Austin Schools Seek to Address Space Shortage

January 29, 2018 10:05 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It's been an ongoing challenge for the Austin school district, and the search for a solution has evolved into a look at a bigger picture.

“We continue to grow as a school district and our needs are well beyond just our community learning programs," Superintendent David Krenz said.


It’s an idea that comes from crowding at the community learning center, which houses 275 students in programs like early childhood family education, pre-school and school-aged childcare.

"Our rooms are between 700 and 800 square feet without bathrooms and without closets," CLC director Amy Baskin said.

And that's well short of ideal.

"Guidelines for pre-school are a thousand to 1,400 square feet, that include a bathroom and closets.”

"We are ahead of the game in terms of our demographic projections," Krenz said.

So when a community was formed to look at solutions to the space problem here, it expanded its scope to look at the district's elementary schools.

"We're planning for six meetings,” Krenz said.

“Everything is on the table at this point, so we really want community members to have an open mind, creative thoughts and ideas," added Baskin.

“And then hopefully a recommendation to the school board sometime early summer," Krenz said.

The committee held it’s first meeting on Monday evening.


Dan Conradt

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