The first reading to allow for renovations at Walnut Grove Elementary School was approved by Southlake City Council at its Oct. 1 meeting.

On behalf of Carroll ISD, design and engineering firm Hart, Gaugler and Associates requested a zoning change and a submitted site plan so the school district can construct building additions of about 6,389 square feet on the west side of the school, according to meeting documents. These additions are to be used as storm shelters.

The proposed site plan also includes the installation of a chain-link fence and gate for an existing storage area on campus, building elevations and modifications to provide an improved overflow parking area near the front of the school on the east side of the school. 

The school had previously installed Tuff Track grass at different spots on campus. The material allows automobiles on it without causing the grass to sink. But over time, it has become warped and ineffective, so it will be replaced with a porous concrete material, said John Haugen, bond program manager for CISD.

Southlake City Council approved the first reading as part of its consent agenda with a 5-0 vote. Council Members Shahid Shafi and Chris Archer were not present at the meeting. A second reading is expected to take place at a later date.