Doss Elementary School students return to new campus; six more AISD modernization projects to open in 2021

After a 5 million construction project to modernize the campus and increase capacity, Doss Elementary School welcomed students back on Oct. 5. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
After a 5 million construction project to modernize the campus and increase capacity, Doss Elementary School welcomed students back on Oct. 5. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

After a 5 million construction project to modernize the campus and increase capacity, Doss Elementary School welcomed students back on Oct. 5. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

For the last two years, Doss Elementary School students attended classes at the Lucy Read Pre-Kindergarten School as construction occurred on the Doss campus to modernize the school and increase its capacity to 870 students.

The $45 million project is now complete, and AISD welcomed students back to its new campus Oct. 5. The modernization, which was funded through the district’s $1.05 billion 2017 bond, reduces the need for portable classrooms.

The previous Doss campus was built in 1970 and became too small as the population in the surrounding Northwest Hills neighborhood grew.

As with other modernized campuses, the new school also features improved common areas, more flexible learning spaces and outdoor learning areas.

AISD is planning to host a virtual grand opening ceremony in October, according to AISD spokesperson Eddie Villa.

A total of 19 Austin ISD modernized campuses—schools with new amenities, increased capacity and other improvements— are being built as part of the bond voters passed in 2017.

As of October, six campuses, including Doss, will have opened their doors, another six are set to open in 2021, and the remaining seven will open in 2022.

Construction began in May on four of those AISD projects: Brentwood, Casis and Hill elementary schools and Austin High School. The Rosedale School, AISD’s school for students with severe special needs, held a drive-by parade on Sept. 18 to celebrate the groundbreaking at the former site of the former Lucy Read Pre-K—that $40.1 million new campus is set to open in 2022.

The next modernized schools scheduled to open in 2021 are Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Murchison Middle School, Norman-Sims Elementary School, Sanchez Elementary School, the Eastside Memorial Early College High School and International High School campus and Hill Elementary School.
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