Austin ISD eyes new tech center for district

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin school district is considering building something new to help students learn.

Plans for a student tech center are still in the early stages and the school board has not yet approved it.

But, there was a lengthy conversation about it at Monday’s board meeting about the applied technology center at Anderson High School.

Administrators say it could serve as a STEM hub, providing everything from a space for robotics teams to practice, to a spot where kids from across the district can come together for computer technology courses.

“As you know…that’s the area that’s growing very fast,” said Edmund Oropez, interim chief schools officer. “We need to create the programming that’s gonna meet the job market’s needs.”

The board is currently set to vote on accepting the gift in August. There’s an aggressive timeline to have the facility open in the fall of 2015.

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