School sitting empty for 3 years on track to open this fall

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — An elementary school that has been sitting empty for three years is still on track to open in the fall.

Over the last three days, a spokesperson with the Leander Independent School District said moving trucks have been delivering furniture for the classrooms and cafeteria at Reed Elementary in Cedar Park. Most of the teachers have also been hired, and students who will be attending got a sneak peak of their new campus last week.

In February, KXAN reported on the delays facing the district’s newest elementary school. Students and teachers have yet to use the $18 million building that was supposed to open in the fall of 2011.

Reed Elementary School. (Erin Cargile/KXAN)
Reed Elementary School. (Erin Cargile/KXAN)

The district told KXAN it could not afford to open the school because of a downturn in the economy and the state making major education funding cuts back then.

Keeping it closed cost taxpayers. Through numerous records requests, KXAN discovered at the time, the district had spent nearly $18,000 just to keep the lights and water on, the landscaping looking good and the building maintained. By not opening Reed, the district said it saved $600,000 a year in personnel costs.

LISD posted a video on their Facebook page Friday to explain how they decide when a school is built and where, and how they spend your tax dollars.

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