The ambitious $60 million renovation of Bartlett High School is heading into its final stretch with the recent opening of a new cafeteria, the upcoming debut of a new state-of-the-art auditorium and work progressing on a new library, gymnasium, field house and other features.
Jim Steinbrecher has worked at the school for the past 28 years and is enjoying seeing the school’s makeover take shape.
“It’s truly breathtaking,” said Steinbrecher, BHS film and speech teacher and one of its athletic directors. “We’re looking ahead to a surfaced track where the track team will be able to host events next year, and lacrosse is hosting this spring on the new turf.”
Just outside the cafeteria’s large wall of windows looking out onto the school’s new turf stadium, a plaza is being constructed that will provide outdoor seating and a new blue eight-lane running track by this summer.
A large new student commons hub will be equipped with a dozen 55-inch televisions to highlight daily lunch menus, events and announcements, and the area will connect with the cafeteria, auditorium and gymnasium.
The old cafeteria is being gutted now to start retrofitting it for the library, and once it’s finished the old library will move down into that space. The former library space will then be retrofitted into a new STEM area.
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