Owasso Public Schools aimed to accommodate more students and replace what was, at the time, their oldest elementary building. The mission of the school was to be one of the finest elementary schools in Oklahoma with a curriculum that has expectations in academics and in developing great citizens. At approximately 90,000 square feet and boasting 33 classrooms, the new Barnes Elementary facility is unique in its design. The four wings of the school radiate out from a central area that houses the administrative offices, cafeteria, and media center. The “citizens” that attend Barnes Elementary are treated to an interior designed around the concept of a town. The entrance of the school is adorned with decorative elements symbolic of downtown. Each wing of the school has a neighborhood theme. The hallways throughout are decorated with street lights, and a suspension bridge leads the way to the gymnasium.