AISD committee to review report, consider closing 11 schools

Report on AISD facilities' possible future

AUSTIN - Austin Independent School District is in the process of creating a Facility Master Plan (FMP) that will address the district's facility needs over the next 20-30 years. The school board appointed a committee, the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee or FABPAC, to build the FMP and develop a potential bond package to send to voters in November 2017.

AISD hired Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D) to conduct a facility suitability assessment, looking at the condition of the buildings themselves, and an educational suitability assessment, to grade the learning environment of each school.

This week, B&D is presenting the results of it's assessment to the FABPAC which includes the option to close 11 campuses that are in poor condition and consolidate them with others, renovate campuses and build new schools.

AISD's goal with the FMP is to modernize the buildings across the city. The average facility in AISD is 40 years old while some are more than 100 years old. Last month, T.A. Brown Elementary School had to close indefinitely due to floors that were deemed too unsafe for kids. That discovery was made during B&D's assessment.

Here are the consolidation and relocation options as outlined in the report:

  • Consolidate (close) Sims Elementary and send students to Norman Elementary
  • Consolidate (close) Pecan Springs Elementary and send students to a new school that will be built in the Mueller Development
  • Consolidate (close) Brooke Elementary and send students to Linder Elementary or Metz Elementary; re-purpose Brooke school building
  • Consolidate (close) Ortega Elementary and send students to Govalle Elementary
  • Consolidate (close) Dawson Elementary and send students to Galindo Elementary; re-purpose Dawson building
  • Consolidate (close) Joslin Elementary and send students to Sunset Valley Elementary and either Zilker Elementary or Galindo Elementary
  • Consolidate (close) Sanchez Elementary and send students to Zavala Elementary after Zavala is renovated; re-purpose Sanchez building
  • Consolidate (close) Lucy Read Pre-K School and send students to schools near their neighborhoods
  • Consolidate (close) Ridgetop Elementary and send students to Reilly Elementary
  • Consolidate Webb Primary Center (which is made up entirely of portable buildings) into Webb Middle School to offer K-8
  • Consolidate (close) Dobie Pre-K Center and send students to Graham Elementary and Hart Elementary

The plan also suggests building four new elementary schools that would be located in the Mueller Development, southeast Austin, southwest Austin, and northwest Austin.

When it comes to the middle schools, the assessment suggests renovating most of the schools but replacing the Sadler Means Young Womens Leadership Academy building.

For high schools, the consultants suggests building a new high school in southeast Austin and relocating the International High School to Lanier High School. They also presented an option of moving the Liberal Arts and Science Academy completely out of LBJ High School and splitting up the program at other schools. Those options are to send 1,000 students to Martin Middle School and 1,000 to Covington Middle School or relocate 2,000 students to Travis High School. Another option is written as "Martin to Eastside 6-12, Covington to Crocket 6-12 and Travis students to various neighboring schools.

The assessment is currently being reviewed by the FABPAC and they are scheduled to complete the FMP by February 2017. In March 2017, the FMP proposal will be presented to the school board. In May, the public will get it's first look at a proposed bond package that could be approved by the school board in June with an election in November.

Go here to read the full report.

The map below contains all of the schools mentioned in the report and recommendations for the schools. The elementary schools that could be consolidated are red stars, otherwise elementary schools are in blue; middle schools in yellow; and high schools in green.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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