Bixby High School students are one step closer to having a new building, as district officials broke ground on a new high school Tuesday.
Slated for completion in 2024, the 200,000-square-foot building will be able to accommodate 1,700 students across 60 classrooms, plus a research hub and community rooms.
The $70 million project was part of the district’s $114 million bond package approved by voters earlier this year and will replace a facility that opened in the mid-1960s.
“When this new building opens its doors in 2024, it will serve as further evidence that we live in a community that believes education is vitally important in providing opportunities for all children in Bixby,” Superintendent Rob Miller said in a press release.
“It will symbolize a community that understands that investing in education is a shared responsibility and we do it willingly for our children and the future of our city.”
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According to data from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, each grade at Bixby High School had around 500 enrolled students in the 2021-22 school year.
However, with the suburban district’s enrollment growing by 18% over the last two years, at least two high school grades are projected to have 600 students each by the time the new facility opens.