BAPS Closer To Building Long-Awaited Elementary School
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - Broken Arrow Public Schools are one step closer to building a new elementary school.
The city and school district closed the deal on a land swap agreement thanks to the White House and Senator Jim Inhofe.
It’s a complicated story that began when Broken Arrow purchased a plot of land near the city's Events Park from Gerald M. Brother back in 2010. In 2015, the city agreed to give some of that land to Broken Arrow Public Schools in exchange for another plot of land near Aspen Creek Elementary.
The school district said because of continued growth, they wanted to build a new elementary school there by August of 2020.
But, an unexpected problem arose. The IRS filed a tax lien against Gerald Brother. This prevented the city from getting the deed to the property and exchanging the land with the school district.
Fast forward to last month when Broken Arrow's mayor met with the White House and Senator Jim Inhofe’s office about the situation.
Now the IRS has agreed to give a partial lien release and Broken Arrow can move forward with its plans for a new school.
"We're in the design phase right now, ready to move forward kind of get some shovel in the ground it takes about a year to 14 months to build a school from the point you get started but it will be great, 30 classroom, similar to Timber Ridge which is our newest elementary that just opened last school year," said Charlie Hannema with Broken Arrow Public Schools.
The city will also build a new sports complex and a new park in the southwest part of Broken Arrow.