One potential project in Abilene ISD bond proposal 2018: replace 3 elementary schools


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    On November 6, taxpayers in Abilene will vote on a $138.7 million Abilene ISD bond proposal, which a big part would go towards replacing three elementary schools.

    Austin Elementary School, Dyess Elementary School and Taylor Elementary School are the oldest elementary schools in Abilene ISD, which is why replacing them is one of the potential projects on the 2018 bond proposal.

    Austin Elementary School opened in 1959, Dyess Elementary School opened in 1957 and Taylor Elementary School opened in 1955.

    "By the time construction would start, if the bond does pass in November, they would all be over 60 years old," said Abilene ISD Superintendent Dr. David Young.

    $69.1 million of the $138.7 million proposed bond is dedicated to replacing these three campuses.

    Young said that if the bond passes in November, the new campuses will no longer be exterior-opening campuses, but instead, the hallways, classroom doors and bathrooms doors will all be indoors.

    "Each of the schools will be designed to serve 850 students, which gives plenty of capacity for them to grow," Young said.

    If the proposed bond were to pass in November, two of the three campuses would be open for classes in August of 2020 and the third school would be completed one year later.

    If it passes, the new Austin Elementary School and Dyess Elementary School would be built next to the schools that they would replace.

    “We have plenty of room to build a new campus right next to the current campus and then when we have a new campus, we would demolish the existing structure," Young said.

    There are slightly different plans for Taylor Elementary School and Young said that AISD may consider another site for the new school.

    Abilene ISD will hold two community meetings, the first of which will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday night in Abilene High School’s west cafeteria.

    According to AISD’s website, here is how the rest of the proposed bond is split up: $36.6 million will go toward a new career tech center, $23 million will go toward athletic and fine arts program expansions and renovations and $10 million will go toward capital improvements.

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