District staff and board members weighed delaying opening the 29th elementary school in March because of decreased enrollment during the pandemic, especially in younger elementary school grades. Delaying construction was estimated to cost between $3.12 million and $3.55 million due to needed portables and cost inflation, according to the district.
On April 22, the board of trustees approved a $10.15 million maximum price for the project, which is funded with the 2017 bond authorization. The board previously approved American Constructors as the contractor at risk for the project.
Elementary School No. 29 will be in the Bryson community in Leander at 1840 Pleasant Hill Road, Leander. Attendance rezoning for the new elementary school will offer crowding relief to Larkspur and Plain elementary schools.
Editor's note: This construction start date has been updated in this article.