Located on the Hill Farm property, the new Bryant Junior High will serve students in grades 8-9.
With 8th grade students attending BJH, Bethel and Bryant Middle Schools will move to 6-7, allowing room for growth at both grade levels. Ninth grade students will be moved off the Bryant High School campus, allowing for growth at the 10, 11 and 12th grade levels. Overcrowding will decrease at all three schools and traffic patterns will improve.
BJH will initially be built with classroom space for 1,600 students. Multi-use spaces (cafeteria, gym, media center) will be built to accommodate 2,100 students. A classroom wing expansion can be added for future growth without the need to increase capacity in multi-use spaces.
Update December 2017: Many construction projects separate the site package from the building package to expedite the timeline. A site package bid of $3,863,884 from Baldwin and Shell was approved by the Board on October 26, 2017.
The construction package is planned for bidding in December 2017 pending approval from the state fire marshall. All city approvals have been granted for the project.
Update (April 2018): On February 5, 2018 the board approved the building package from Baldwin and Shell for the Bryant Junior High School for $43,750,861.
The junior high building package includes all driveways, parking lots, and curb cuts for Hill Farm Road.
While the project came in $3.5 million under budget, the district did not bid any football (including fieldhouse) or track facilities. The football/track facilities will be bid separately at a later time.
Update June 2018:
The Bryant School Board, staff and administration were joined by community members to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Bryant Junior High School on June 7.
Construction is already underway for the facility. When the doors open in August 2019, the new junior high school will serve Bryant students in the eighth and ninth grades.
Bethel and Bryant Middle Schools will shift to a sixth and seventh grade configuration, allowing room for growth at both of middle schools in each of the grade levels.
Additionally, ninth grade students will be moved from the high school campus, allowing for growth at the 10th, 11th and 12th grade levels. By building the new Bryant Jr. High, overcrowding will decrease at all current secondary schools which should have a positive impact on traffic patterns.
The facility will initially be built with classroom space for 1,600 students. The multi-use spaces (cafeteria, gym, media center) will be built to accommodate 2,000 students. A classroom wing expansion can be added for future growth without the need to increase capacity in multi-use spaces.
In addition to 73 classrooms, features of the new 252,000 square foot facility include science, business/career education, and family consumer science labs; music rehearsal spaces; art rooms; and multi-use areas including a black box theater. The two-story media center will feature a computer lab. Athletic spaces will include a 1,200 seat gym with stage; four practice courts and eight locker rooms.
In the new cafeteria, students will enjoy a dining and serving space large enough to provide 8-10 different food options.
The new junior high will provide outstanding opportunities for our students, in a safe and secure learning environment. We look forward to offering our Hornets a strong academic program focused on high student achievement, a comprehensive athletic program, and positive student activities.
We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our citizens, and we look forward to building the future of our school district and community together.
Completion: July 2019
Estimated Costs*: $51,127,800
Total Cost*: $47,614,745
*Includes driveways, parking lots, and curb cuts for Hill Farm Road
*Does not include any football (including fieldhouse) or track facilities
State Participation: $18,144,320.85