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New campuses point to continued Central Texas school growth

Landscapers installed the grass and construction workers finished a decorative brick path at the Manor district’s ShadowGlen Elementary campus over the last several days, the finishing touches on one of a handful of new Central Texas school facilities opening this year.

The new schools and centers, which cost about $85 million all together, point to the continued growth in local suburban districts and school systems’ emphasis on improving career and technology courses.

The new facilities rolling out this year:

Austin school district:

Applied Technology Center, on Anderson High School Campus, 8403 Mesa Drive

Size: 14,500 square feet

Space: 5 classrooms

Capacity: 400 students

Cost: $2.5 million

Funding: anonymous community donor

Details: The center is slated to open in November. High-tech STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focus. Has computer and electronics lab, engineering design lab, woodworking/sheet metal shop. Computer numerical control shop with mills, lathes and 3-D printers. Donor gave financial gift through Boy Scouts of America National Foundation and stipulated when facility is not in use by district, local Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council will have priority access during non-school hours.

Georgetown school district

George Washington Carver Elementary, 4901 Scenic Lake Drive

Size: 101,052 square feet

Space: 44 classrooms

Capacity: 910 students

Cost: $17.2 million

Funding: $137.3 million bond package (2010)

Details: Four open-flex spaces and a learning stair accommodates small or large group learning opportunities outside typical classroom space. Rooftop patio with direct access from art room allows for use of natural light for student art projects.

Lake Travis school district

Lake Travis High School Annex, 3328 Ranch Road 620 South

Size: 151,697 square feet

Space: 50 classrooms

Capacity: 1,000 students

Cost: $20.6 million

Funding: $158.5 million bond package (2012)

Details: Repurposed Lake Travis Middle School. On the same property as Lake Travis High, allows for 3,500 students at the high school without having to open a separate 9th- through 12th-grade campus. Annex will house freshman core courses, extracurriculars and a cafeteria and library for all students.

Leander school district

Christine Camacho Elementary, 501 Municipal Drive in Leander

Size: 110,417 square feet

Space: 45 classrooms

Capacity: 800 students

Cost: $24.2 million

Funding: $559 million bond package (2007)

Details: STEM-focused campus. Built with a neighborhood model concept to facilitate small group instruction and student ownership of learning. Classrooms have a fat L-shaped design. Use of natural light. On-site parking for approximately 500 cars.

Manor school district

ShadowGlen Elementary School, 12000 ShadowGlen Trace

Size: 99,500 square feet

Space: 41 classrooms

Capacity: 700 students

Cost: $18.3 million

Funding: $111.5 million bond package (2007)

Details: Project-based learning design. Collaboration spaces. Natural light in every classroom. Highest energy efficiency rating in district to date.

Manor ISD Career and Technical Certification Center, 312 Murray St.

Size: 9,500 square feet

Space: 6 classrooms

Capacity: 90 students

Cost: $1.7 million

Funding: $124.9 million bond package (2014) and Samsung funding

Details: New workforce training center. First of its kind in Central Texas. Partnership with Austin Community College. Students earn college credit and job certifications to work as nursing assistants, medical assistants and computer technicians.

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