Plan provides a foundation for the district to have a bond election later this year.
The Austin (Texas) school board has approved a $4.6 billion facilities master plan that paves the way for priority projects to be placed within a bond package that is likely to go before voters in November.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that the 25-year facility master plan includes hundreds of recommendations aimed at modernizing district campuses.
The district’s average facility is 40 years old, with some more than a century old. Nearly 40 percent has been determined to be in poor or very poor condition.
If the school board calls for, and voters approve, a bond package, the projects to be tackled in the first six years include:
• Relocating Liberal Arts and Science Academy to a central location
• Constructing three new schools to relieve crowding
• Constructing the middle school in Mueller
• Tearing down and rebuilding T.A. Brown Elementary
• Refurbishing repurposing the original L.C. Anderson High (now the Alternative Learning Center)
• Comprehensive renovations to the Ann Richards School and the Rosedale School, where the district serves its students with severe special needs