Charter school breaks ground on $13 million Austin campus

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On the heels of some lawmakers asking for tougher oversight on charter schools, one of the largest charter schools in the state is breaking ground on a new facility spanning 10 acres.

IDEA Public Schools newest charter school campus in Austin, Allan Academy & College Prep, will be located at 1909 Vargas Road in East Austin’s Montopolis neighborhood, north of the intersection at Riverside Drive and Vargas Road.

The $13 million project includes construction of a new primary and secondary school totaling approximately 84,000 square feet.

The campus will include 50 classrooms, a college planning center, gymnasium and soccer field. Once complete, the facility will be designed to support more than 1,300 students in grades K-12. The first phase will include the installation of modular buildings to be done in conjunction with the start of the main building.

Some lawmakers say some of the worst performing charter schools have been allowed to  remain open for years, with little oversight.  “What we need is a new way of approaching authorization, follow up and closure,” said Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

“We told families if your student works hard and does their part, we will do our part and we guarantee that your child will go and through college,” said Larkin Tackett. The IDEA schools claim 100 percent of their students go on to college.

The  new building is expected to open January 2015.

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