An elementary school at 3000 Wayside Drive was built in 1959 for $125,080. Like Ranch Heights, it began with four classrooms, an all-purpose room, lunchroom, kitchen, teacher's lounge and principal's office. In 1962 it grew just as Ranch Heights had the previous year: a $240,620 addition added six classrooms, an auditorium, music room, and altered kitchen and lunchroom. Five classrooms were added to Wayside in a 1993 bond issue, a 1998 bond issue provided for air conditioning in the gymnasium, and a 2000 bond replaced a major retaining wall behind the school and removed fabric and vinyl wall covering from interior walls, which were then textured and repainted.
In May 2007 a bond issue was approved that included seven new classrooms for the building and would improve parking and traffic flow for the site. In September 2007 the Bartlesville School Board approved a contract with Ambler Architects to provide architectural services to the District for the future addition. In December 2007 Boldt Construction, Inc. was contracted to provide construction management services for the project. During the summer of 2008 a new entrance canopy was installed as well as new heating and air systems, new ceiling tiles, made-over restrooms, and revitalized corridors. Classrooms were painted, cabinet work done, and the gymnasium received upgrades. Hallways had numbers painted in them to indicate the grade level they catered to, and each room had an electronic white board.
In November 2009 the Board approved additional contracts with Ambler ($156,960) and Boldt ($170,722) for design and construction management of the new classrooms along the northwest side of the building. They were completed for the start of the 2011-2012 school year and were all Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten rooms. The new rooms formed two four-classroom pods clustered around an open commons area. A bright and colorful hallway leads to each cluster of classrooms, and the commons areas feature several fun and educational activities for the young students.
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Wayside in 1997
Wayside in 2009