Austin ISD’s new southwest elementary school takes shape


Site clearing in preparation for construction of a new Austin ISD southwest elementary school will begin next month at Escarpment Boulevard and Trissino Drive.

Presenters detailed the project at a Jan. 22 community meeting. Plans for the $36.2 million facility include space for 522 students at opening with expansion plans for up to 696 students.

Located within a few miles of Clayton, Baldwin, Kiker and Baranoff elementary schools, the new campus will provide relief for increasingly crowded Kiker and Baranoff. Kiker Elementary School in Circle C opened in 1992 and serves over 1,100 students. Baranoff Elementary School near Manchaca opened in 1999 and serves approximately 950 students.

“This, for me, is a celebration,” said Yasmin Wagner, Austin ISD board member who represents Southwest Austin. “We are celebrating what will be the largest elementary school investment from the [2017] bond. It’s a great investment in our growing population in Southwest Austin.”

Austin ISD’s new southwest elementary school is one of the first facilities in the 2017 bond package to be built. Voters approved the bond—the largest in district history at $1.05 billion—to renovate and construct new schools.

What’s next?

Site work will begin in February. Crews will start vertical construction in July. Nearby residents can expect trucks entering and exiting the construction site on Escarpment Boulevard.

Austin ISD is in the process of establishing an attendance boundary for the new school, a spokesperson said. A boundary advisory committee formed last week. The process will take about a year, with an anticipated January 2020 timeline for notifying families who will be affected.

The school is on track to open in August 2020, according to the Jan. 22 presentation.

Here is a map that shows the locations of Kiker, Baranoff and the future southwest elementary schools.

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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