4 Austin ISD modernization projects breaking ground in the coming month

Students break ground at Menchaca Elementary School Aug. 30, 2018.

Students break ground at Menchaca Elementary School Aug. 30, 2018.

As summer break approaches for Austin ISD students, the district is preparing to beak ground on four projects funded through its 2017 bond. Groundbreaking dates for Murchison Middle School, Norman Elementary School, Blazier Elementary School and Bowie High School are listed below with information on what the projects aim to achieve.

May 21- Murchison Middle School
The Murchison Middle School community will celebrate a groundbreaking at 9 a.m. May 21. The campus, located at 3700 N. Hills Drive, Austin, will see $23 million in modernization work, including a sixth-grade addition, relocation of the schools library and administrative office and a bus loop addition, according to the district’s website. Expansion and modernization could bring the school’s capacity to 1,700 from its current 1,113 capacity.

May 23 - Norman Elementary School
According to a news release by the district, a Norman Elementary School groundbreaking will be held  at 9:30 a.m. May 23 at 4001 Tannehill Lane, Austin. Norman Elementary students have been attending class at Sims this school year due to ongoing planning and work over the past 12 months, and students will parade from Sims to the groundbreaking of the project’s next phase beginning at 9 a.m., according to the district.

Norman will see $25 million in total modernization through the 2017 bond, with the campus expected to reopen in fall 2020, when students for both Sims and Norman will begin attending the campus.

June 4 - Blazier Elementary School
Blazier Elementary, located at 8601 Vertex Blvd., Austin, will have a groundbreaking at 9 a.m. June 4 for its relief campus. The new $50 million campus will house students from grades 4-6 and give relief to the overcrowded Blazier campus, according to the district.

June 6 - Bowie High School
Groundbreaking on $88 million worth of modernization projects at Bowie High School is scheduled to take place June 6 at 9:30 a.m. Projects at the school, located at 4103 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin, will add capacity through building additions and facility renovations and will improve parking facilities, according to the district.

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.


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