Multiuse facility concept proposed for former Allan campus

A multiuse facility is being proposed for Austin ISD's former Allan Elementary School campus.



Allen Weeks, executive director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth, presented the three-phase proposal to trustees at the AISD board's May 12 meeting based on feedback received from members of the community. The board did not take any action at the meeting.



A variety of options have been considered, including reopening the campus as a school and using the building to house other AISD programs. Austin Voices has helped AISD conduct community engagement meetings to gauge public opinion on how the district should use the campus.



The proposal has involves using the campus as an early childhood center starting with the 2014–15 school year, he said.



"We've got a wide range of families in that community all looking for early childhood opportunities, so I think that could be very compelling," he said, noting the suggestion came from parents in the campus neighborhood.



Starting in the 2015–16 school year, the district would also add a science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, resource center, as well as a potential career resource center for high school students in the 2014–15 school year.



The third phase of the proposal is a study period for two years on how to strengthen middle school options in Eastside Memorial vertical team, Weeks said.



Trustee Ann Teich agreed with other board members who said they want planning for the campus to begin immediately.

By Kelli Weldon
Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. She was promoted to editor of the Southwest Austin edition in April 2015. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events, transportation and education, she is also the beat reporter covering the Travis County Commissioners Court.


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