Austin trustees to consider up to 10 school closures, rebuilds


The Austin district could close up to 10 aging schools that are in poor condition, consolidating them with others or replacing them, according to a preliminary report from consultants working on a 25-year master plan.

Six new schools across the district could be built, and the nationally ranked Liberal Arts and Science Academy, LASA, now located on the LBJ High School campus, could be moved.

District leaders said the goal is to modernize the district and its campuses with help from a building-by-building assessment that was completed this fall. The district’s average facility is 40 years old, and some are over 100 years old. One in three has been determined to be in poor condition.

The abrupt closure of T.A. Brown Elementary School last month underscores the problems at some schools, which persist after voters rejected $400 million of $892 million in bond funding the district sought in 2013.

The list of possible closures, consolidations and other options is the beginning of the brainstorming and community work that the district plans over the coming months as it prepares for the next bond package, which could come as early as November 2017.

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