Hill Elementary School in Northwest Austin hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for modernized campus

Hill Elementary School ribbon cutting
From left: AISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde, Principal Jack Drummond, Trustee Kristin Ashy and board President Geronimo Rodriguez participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hill Elementary School renovations. (Screenshot courtesy Austin ISD)

From left: AISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde, Principal Jack Drummond, Trustee Kristin Ashy and board President Geronimo Rodriguez participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hill Elementary School renovations. (Screenshot courtesy Austin ISD)

Austin ISD officials and the Hill Elementary School community gathered March 1 for a ceremonial grand opening celebration for the recently renovated campus.

The school—located at 8601 Tallwood Drive, Austin—received $17 million in renovations aimed to modernize the building and increase its capacity. While construction concluded in October, a ribbon-cutting ceremony had been delayed due to COVID-19.

Among the improvements made at Hill Elementary School are a new fourth-grade classroom wing, which includes modern and flexible learning spaces; a new gymnasium; and outdoor learning areas, according to an AISD press release.

“Our modernized campuses are more flexible, and they are easier to adapt because at the end of the day it's how our teachers maximize the space,” AISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said at the ceremony. “The new furniture and flexible learning spaces mean our kiddos and our staff can learn and teach in ways that best work for them.”

The Hill Elementary School project was funded by the more than $1 billion 2017 AISD voter-approved bond.


AISD District 4 Trustee Kristin Ashy said the completed construction represents a partial renovation of Hill Elementary School, and additional projects, including vestibule improvements and modernizing additional classroom spaces, may happen in the future.

“Now that we’ve returned to in-person learning, my hope is that the modernized Hill Elementary School is a treasured space for students for decades to come,” AISD board President Geronimo Rodriguez said.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.