Future Southwest Austin campus officially named Bear Creek Elementary School

At a May 18 Austin ISD board meeting conducted over Zoom, trusteee Yasmin Wagner sat in front of a view from a Bear Creek Elementary School classroom. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
At a May 18 Austin ISD board meeting conducted over Zoom, trusteee Yasmin Wagner sat in front of a view from a Bear Creek Elementary School classroom. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

At a May 18 Austin ISD board meeting conducted over Zoom, trusteee Yasmin Wagner sat in front of a view from a Bear Creek Elementary School classroom. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

The future southwest elementary school in Austin ISD will officially be named Bear Creek Elementary School.

Set to open in August, trustees on May 18 chose Bear Creek Elementary out of a pool of three finalists, which also included Barbara Beyer Elementary and Lady Bird Elementary as options.

Trusteee Yasmin Wagner—who made the motion and represents Southwest Austin—said that the name will point to the natural environment that surrounds the new school. The school's different classroom wings are already named after animals, and animal footprints are stamped into the floors around campus, she said.

Bear Creek, which runs through a small canyon a half mile south of the campus, can be seen from classroom windows and is a feature students will be able to see every day, Wagner said.

"[The school] truly has one of the most spectacular views in Austin, looking out to the south [to] the Hill Country and the county line of Travis County and Hays County," she said.

Wagner said she saw overwhelming support for Bear Creek from the task force and the community within the school's attendance area. However, she also said she appreciated the community involvement in the naming process and the suggestions submitted.

"There were some very worthy and deserving individuals whose names were submitted, including Mrs. Barbara Beyer, who was a former teacher who was lost to us way too young and taught for many years at Oak Hill Elementary. I would be remiss if I didn't note her contributions and thank her family for making sure that we are aware and know her, and that her legacy continues to live on," she said

The new southwest elementary school is under construction at the corner of Trissino Drive and Escarpment Boulevard in the Avana neighborhood. The $36.3 million school was funded through the district’s 2017 bond program and is scheduled to open for classes in August.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


Valentina’s offers breakfast and lunch tacos as well as barbecue. (Courtesy Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ)
South Austin's Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ will move to Buda in next year

The business announced it will be moving within the next year.

Under the city of Austin's phased enforcement plan released May 10, citations at public encampments will begin in mid-June to be followed by arrests and clearances in July as necessary. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's homeless ordinances back on books May 11, but arrests, camp clearings won't start until July

Austin announced a "phased process" to introduce Proposition B ordinances beginning with one month of outreach followed by one month of warnings and citations before arrests or clearances begin as necessary.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopened to the public in April. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopens in Austin; turf fields open in Pflugerville and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

I-35 traffic
State now accepting public input on North Austin I-35 overhaul project

The public now has the ability to review and provide feedback on planning materials for a $400 million I-35 project.

Austin Bouldering Project currently operates a gym on Springdale Road in Austin. (Courtesy Austin Bouldering Project)
Local rock-climbing gym to open new location in South Austin this fall

The new gym will have comparable offerings to the original in East Austin.

Tents have become a common sight throughout Austin including along Cesar Chavez Street downtown, but with the passage of Proposition B the city may now consider moving unsheltered homeless individuals to designated sites. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Designated campsites for the homeless are back on the table

City staff had previously dismissed developing official camping locations in 2019, but new directives from City Council this week could revive the concept in Austin.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

Stephanie Hayden-Howard will become an assistant city manager in Austin on May 10. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Role changes coming for health officials leading Austin-Travis County COVID-19 efforts

Dr. Desmar Walkes will take over as Austin's next medical director and local health authority as Dr. Mark Escott and Stephanie Hayden-Howard transition to new roles with the city.

The brewery and kitchen‘s new spot will offer a larger indoor setting area than its original. (Courtesy Suds Monkey Brewing Co.)
Dripping Springs brewery relocates to new, expanded facility closer to Austin

Suds Monkey Brewing Co. opened in Dripping Springs in 2017.