APS Board will hear facilities recommendations

Published 8:34 am Monday, May 14, 2018

Expanding Woodson Kindergarten Center to include preschool and first grade is just one recommendation the district’s facilities task force will make to the Austin School Board tonight.

A space crunch at the Community Learning Center, housed at the former Queen of Angels Catholic Church school, prompted the district to form a facilities task force which began its work in January.

The four-point recommendation also suggests that the district should consider a consolidation of second to fourth grades at Banfield, Southgate and Neveln elementary schools; and that Sumner Elementary School be repurposed to house the district, Area Learning Center and the ABE (Adult Basic Education) programs.

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The last point suggests that the existing spaces at the high school which house the district office and Area Learning Center will be repurposed for current and future enrollment growth at the high school.

No action is expected on any of the recommendations tonight.

Enrollments have grown by 1,000 students in the past 10 years. While the CLC triggered the conversation, it was thought that the elementary schools should be included in the discussion.