AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s a $43 million project aimed at improving safety and technology at Doss Elementary.
Austin ISD is constructing a new school and Monday evening the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee will get an update on the design at a special board meeting.
Doss Elementary is just one of 17 schools listed to receive updates thanks to the district’s approved 2017 $1 billion bond.
Many of the improvements focus on safety, including fire and intrusion alarm upgrades and security camera replacements. Technology is also at the top of the list of enhancements. District officials say there’s no doubt technology is a major part of moving forward as a district.
“When you have the opportunity to build a new school, you can really integrate technology into the school instead of retro-fitting onto maybe an older facility,” said Samantha Alexander, the assistant director of public affairs and operation for the district. “We used to have computer class, which was to learn how to use a computer, and now you see computers are integrated into everyday learning and we get to build the space to make that even better than they have right now.”
Later this month, on Sunday, Oct. 28, the district will be hosting a community meeting from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Doss Elementary at Lucy Reed located at 2608 Richcreek Road in Austin.
The new school is slated to open Aug. 2020.
Modernizing the district:
Austin ISD officials say the goal of the 2017 Bond is to modernize or construct 17 new campus facilities, which include replacement schools. The 17 schools are listed below:
- Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
- Bowie High School
- Brentwood Elementary School
- Brown Elementary School
- Casis Elementary School
- Doss Elementary School
- Eastside Memorial Early College High School & International High School at Original L.C. Anderson
- Govalle Elementary School
- Hill Elementary School
- Menchaca Elementary School
- Metz, Sanchez & Zavala Modernization
- Murchison Middle School
- New Blazier Relief
- New Northeast Middle School
- New Southwest Elementary School
- Norman Elementary School
- Rosedale School