Revised plan for Austin ISD school closures, new campuses out Friday

TA Brown Elementary School in Austin. (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)
TA Brown Elementary School in Austin. (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After months and months of meetings and gathering feedback from the community, a final recommendation for nearly 130 school buildings and future schools across the Austin will be made public Friday.

Austin ISD’s Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (FABPAC) has been meeting on a regular basis to fine-tune the facilities master plan, which takes into account the physical condition of a campus, the capacity and projections, and its ability to educate students on into the future. The plan helps the district map out a plan on what they want the next 25 to 30 years to look like.

“I don’t think there’s any big surprises,” said Leticia Caballero, president of the 18-member FABPAC. “It’s certainly not anything that we haven’t spoken about with the public yet.”

The latest preliminary facilities master plan presented to the public in February and March includes 10 school closures which include:

  • Sanchez ES
  • Joslin ES
  • Brooke ES
  • Lucy Read Pre-K
  • Norman ES
  • Ridgetop ES
  • Dobie Pre-K
  • Webb Primary
  • Alternative Learning Center
  • Dawson ES

The plan also includes eight new schools — a new middle school on land in the Mueller development, four new elementary schools to help relieve overcrowding at Blazier, Doss, Kiker, Baranoff Elementary Schools, and replacing three existing campuses: T.A. Brown Elementary, Bertha-Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Rosedale School.

Highland Park Elementary School parent and PTA member Jenny Carman is looking forward to seeing the final plan.

“We can’t even have an assembly for the whole school at one time much less one grade,” said Carman.”We are looking to refurbish our gym, much of our art space and music space.”

The campus has been flagged for a full modernization project in preliminary reports.

Caballero told KXAN the final version of the recommended FMP is not quite ready and they will likely be working on edits right up until the deadline. A spokesperson for AISD said it will be posted on the district website by 5 p.m. Friday.

 

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