Austin ISD board trustees approve land sale adjacent to Menchaca Elementary School

A parcel of land will be purchased by Austin ISD to build a new high school in Southeast Austin.

A parcel of land will be purchased by Austin ISD to build a new high school in Southeast Austin.

In order to conduct road improvements on FM 1626, Travis County's Transportation and Natural Resources department has purchased 0.679 acres of land adjacent to Austin ISD's Menchaca Elementary School. The district's board of trustees voted on consent to approve the purchase at a Feb. 27 meeting.

The proposed work would include widening FM 1626 from Brodie Lane to FM 2304. The construction is in response to the traffic increase along the highway.

In lieu of seizure of the land, the county offered to pay AISD the fair market value, appraised at $154,372.

Following the vote, trustee Paul Saldaña, whose jurisdiction includes a portion of Southwest Austin, wondered why the money derived from the sale were not allocated directly toward Menchaca.

While the revenue from the sale was not budgeted toward a specific campus, AISD Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley said the money would be used to help defray costs associated with maintenance across school buildings, including Menchaca.

"You can certainly see those monies going back to help offset the cost associated with Menchaca," Conley said.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


MOST RECENT

The Austin metropolitan statistical area surpasses COVID-19 pandemic job losses. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of a plant store
Succulent Native opens new South Lamar shop and more South Austin business news

It is the second location for the local succulent and cactus purveyor.

Major League PIckleball
New pickleball league launches with inaugural tournament in Dripping Springs

A new pickleball league based in Austin is launching its inaugural season with a tournament in Dripping Springs later this fall.

Travis County sent a letter to TxDOT Sept. 21 asking it to explore more options for its I-35  design through downtown Austin. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County says TxDOT I-35 proposals need ‘more work’ in letter to the state transportation agency

TxDOT said that taking down the highway’s upper decks from Airport Boulevard to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard necessitates property displacements.

APD interim Chief Joseph Chacon was named as Austin's next police chief Sept. 22, pending City Council confirmation. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chacon looks to police staffing, city violence, community relations following appointment as APD's next chief

Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon, a 23-year APD veteran, was tapped to be the department's next chief pending City Council confirmation.

Dripping Springs Mayor Bill Foulds turns to view a map of the proposed Double L Ranch development at a Sept. 21 City Council meeting. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Double L Ranch faces opposition from nearby neighborhoods

The proposed development concerns some neighbors who point to issues with road safety and home values.

The new pedestrian crossing signal should be completed by the end of December. (Courtesy Austin Corridor Program Office)
New pedestrian crossing signal coming to Slaughter Lane at Vinemont Drive

The new signal is a part of Austin’s initiative to improve safety and mobility in the Slaughter Lane corridor.

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

Photo of the Travis County sign
Travis County approves fiscal year 2021-22 tax rate

The newly approved rate, paired with higher home appraisal rates, will result in an increase in taxes for many homeowners.

Photo of people attending ACL Fest
City of Austin approves ACL health and safety plan, holds off on final permit

Austin Public Health gave ACL the go-ahead to allow proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, but asked organizers to require masking in some areas.

Hundreds of complaints were logged against the Austin Police Department last year related to protests against police brutality and systemic racism. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Police oversight office challenges APD handling of most 2020 protest complaints

Austin's Office of Police Oversight objected to several aspects of the police department's approach to classifying and investigating protest-related grievances.