Austin ISD District news
A task force formed by AISD to evaluate cost-cutting options presented a list of suggestions Jan. 7 that included adjusting attendance boundaries and closing schools. AISD issued its own recommendations Dec. 10 with 91 possible budget reductions over the next three years. AISD Chief of Business and Operations Nicole Conley Johnson said the deficit is due to increased recapture payments to the state of Texas and a decrease in district enrollment. Without making reductions, district staff anticipates running at a deficit of more than
$30 million in future years.
1. Austin ISD Headquarters
After selling its headquarters at 1111 W. Sixth St. in 2017 to a developer for $36.5 million, AISD will move administrative staff to the Southfield building, located at 4000 S. I-35. Construction is underway at the new headquarters, and the district plans to move into the new offices by the end of June.
2. Eastside Memorial High School
A new $80 million Eastside campus will soon be built at the site of the original L.C. Anderson High School, located at 901 Neal St. The project is funded by the 2017 AISD bond. On Jan. 19 a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of Eastside’s new school.
3. Fulmore Middle School
Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, Fulmore, located at 201 E. Mary St., will become Lively Middle School. The school will be named after Sarah Beth Lively, a teacher at Fulmore for 25 years. Lively was in attendance at the Dec. 17 AISD board when the decision was made.
4.The University of Texas
UT plans to partner with a private developer to build a new $338 million basketball arena near the intersection of Red River St. and Robert Dedman Drive. The new arena, which will replace the Frank Erwin Center, can host 10,000 for basketball games and about 15,000 for concerts and shows.
5. Huston-Tillotson University
Austin’s historically black university opened the new location of its Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Dec. 6 at 1023 Springdale Road. The center’s goal is to help women and minority students launch new business ventures through incubator services, entrepreneurial courses and partnerships with local organizations.
6. Austin Community College
ACC will add new associate degree programs in fashion design beginning in 2019 and technical theater beginning in 2020. The programs will prepare students with technical skills to enter the workforce in industries the college has identified as crucial to Austin’s economy.
7. St. Edward’s University
After receiving a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation this fall, St. Edward’s will establish the Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, which will give students internship and research opportunities in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.