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Community Weighs-In on Space Concerns at Austin School

January 29, 2018 10:31 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Austin Public School District Monday held its first of several meetings to garner community feedback on a growing issue with space at the Community Learning Center.

More than 50 people attended the meeting at the public library, which included a presentation of the district's projected enrollment increase and gave those in attendance the chance to share their ideas to combat the cramped quarters.

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The CLC, which operates out of leased space in the back of Queen of Angels Catholic Church on the city's east side, offers preschool educational opportunities along with community education programs like English and college preparation courses. 

One of the concerns from community members was having little separation between programming for adults and for young children. Others brought up accessibility needs, classroom spaces that are smaller than recommended and the age of the building as things the district should consider in a future site.

Library director Julie Clinefelter, who attended the meeting, said she's optimistic the community will offer good feedback to help shape the city's future.

"Any time you get a group of community members together to talk about what the actual problems are and what possible solutions might be, that's a really good place to start," she said.

While the district hasn't decided if they will build a new building, add on to an existing one or find the space somewhere else, a similar process several years ago resulted in the construction of I.J. Holton Intermediate School to house fifth and sixth graders.

Several other meetings are scheduled in the upcoming weeks; the next is Tuesday, February 6, with biweekly meetings scheduled until April 3. Times and locations have not yet been determined.


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