Summer construction projects begin at Austin ISD schools

Austin High School and Brentwood Elementary School are among the schools for which AIS is starting projects this summer. (Community Impact staff)
Austin High School and Brentwood Elementary School are among the schools for which AIS is starting projects this summer. (Community Impact staff)

Austin High School and Brentwood Elementary School are among the schools for which AIS is starting projects this summer. (Community Impact staff)

Austin ISD students, teachers and staff have not been on school campuses since mid-March, when the school canceled classes ahead of its spring break.

AISD leaders are still discussing what a return to the classroom will look like, but whatever they decide, some campuses will look significantly different this fall after some construction projects begin as part of AISD’s 2017 bond program.

Funded by the $1.1 billion bond district voters passed in 2017, 19 AISD campuses are being modernized or rebuilt anew, including these area schools starting construction this summer.

Austin High School


This project will replace the running track at Austin High, build a new addition for the athletic programs and renovate academic areas, including special education, life skills, fine arts and career and technical education.

Cost: $30.2 million

Timeline: set to break ground “in the coming weeks,” according to AISD; completion set for July 2022

Brentwood Elementary School


The elementary school in North Central Austin will be partially rebuilt and renovated, increasing its capacity to 696 students. During construction, Brentwood students will be relocated to the Webb Middle School campus at 601 E. St. Johns Ave., Austin.


Cost: $35.8 million

Timeline: August 2020-July 2022

Casis Elementary School


The West Austin school was marked for improvements after it received a 7 out of 100 on its Facility Condition Assessment, a metric the district uses to identify facility deficiencies. A groundbreaking ceremony for the modernized campus was held May 8, and work has begun to improve the physical condition of the school.

Cost: $35.2 million

Timeline: May 2020-July 2022

Hill Elementary School


The overcrowded school in Northwest Austin will expand its capacity from 690 students to 870 students by modernizing its campus. A virtual groundbreaking was held May 1. Construction is scheduled to take just over one year.

Cost: $17.8 million

Timeline: May 2020-July 2021

Rosedale School


This school for children with severe special needs will be moving to a new campus in 2021 at the former location of the Lucy Read Pre-K school. According to the district’s website, construction was scheduled to begin in May.

Cost: $40.1 million

Timeline: May 2020-October 2021
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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