Construction on Lake Travis ISD’s Rough Hollow Elementary School on track amid COVID-19 concerns; social distancing implemented on-site

Rough Hollow Elementary is scheduled to open in time for the 2020-21 school year. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rough Hollow Elementary is scheduled to open in time for the 2020-21 school year. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Rough Hollow Elementary is scheduled to open in time for the 2020-21 school year. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lake Travis ISD currently has a number of construction projects underway, in part to accommodate the district’s annual student enrollment increases: notably, renovations at Lake Travis High School, upgrades to the district educational development center, turf repairs at Cavalier Stadium and the opening of Rough Hollow Elementary School.

However, despite COVID-19 concerns, LTISD is not anticipating any construction delays, according to LTISD Communications Director Marco Alvarado.

Under the shelter-in-place order issued by Travis County, public works construction for a taxing entity is permitted to continue, according to county spokesperson Hector Nieto.

Alvarado confirmed that those working on the site are implementing social distancing measures and taking necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Robert Winovitch, LTISD director of facilities and construction, and his team have not found any difficulties obtaining the necessary construction materials from brick and mortar suppliers, Alvarado said.



LTISD’s seventh elementary school campus, Rough Hollow Elementary School, will take up 102,000 square feet and have the capacity to hold about 850 students. Barring any changes, the campus will open in the fall as planned, according to Johnny Hill, assistant superintendent for business, financial and auxiliary services.

Prior the the COVID-19 outbreak, LTISD was anticipating hosting an event May 2 to welcome the community to the new campuses. According to Alvarado, that event has not yet been delayed.

“It is on hold and has not been canceled at this point,” Alvarado said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. “[The administration] will be looking at our list of campus- and districtwide special events on Monday.”

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.