AUSTIN (KXAN) - As kids head back to school, some children will be attending classes in portable building.
Changes in facilities for Austin Independent School District means a new so-called "pre-kindergarten village" will be launched on the Webb Middle School campus on Monday.
The pre-k village is made up of a cluster of portable buildings separate from the Webb campus.
Danielle Pokorny, a first-year pre-kindergarten teacher, is excited about the change. She encourages having pre-kindergarten classes through first grade in one area.
"I like the idea that they are all going to be around the same age group; so we don't have to worry about older kids with them. We will be able to have the focus on primary grades," Pokorny said, "It's going to be a big focus on early literacy especially."
The village idea arose because of under-enrollment at Webb and over-enrollment at North Central elementary schools. Not all Austin ISD board members have been excited about classroom changes at Webb. Trustee Cheryl Bradley does not like the idea of putting the district's youngest children in portable buildings.
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A 55-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Monday morning near Lakeway.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
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Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.