Magnolia ISD approved $33.51 million from its 2022 bond package totaling $228 million to be allocated for the construction of Audubon Elementary School during a March 20 school board meeting.

According to Executive Director of Facilities Tim Bruner, the elementary school will cost less than initially expected. According to the 2022 bond presentation, the elementary school was expected to cost $41 million.

During the meeting, Bruner said that estimated cost was determined by weighing inflation and trying to foresee needs that could arise due to the economy.

A final design presentation was given during the meeting that showed the floor plans as well as interior and exterior renderings. The elementary is proposed to have two levels with the first level consisting of early childhood through first-grade classrooms, flex spaces and the cafeteria. The second level will consist of second- through fourth-grade classrooms and flex spaces, according to the presentation.

The elementary school will be located in the master-planned Audubon community. A construction timeline could not be provided by the time of publication. Bruner said the elementary school is still expected to be open for use by the 2024-25 school year.