Cold temperatures, light rain and fog were not enough to halt the celebration as the Lake Travis school board and administration, local dignitaries, students and numerous other guests gathered on muddy terrain to commemorate construction of the district’s third middle school in Western Travis County Tuesday, February 13.
The $76.2 million facility, located off State Highway 71 and Vail Divide, was designed by Fields & Associates Architects and will be built by American Constructors, both of whom are headquartered in Austin. The 240,000 square foot campus will accommodate 1,200 students in two-story, grade-level houses nestled into the hillside with hill country views. It will feature outdoor science and art areas, an outdoor gathering space, abundant natural light, and multipurpose breakout areas that allow for flexibility and collaboration.
“In spite of the weather, we are more than pleased by the turnout (today) and level of support we continue to receive from our community,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools. “This is a great day for Lake Travis ISD.”
Congratulatory remarks and well wishes were provided at the event by dignitaries and local officials including Lake Travis school board president Kim Flasch, City of Bee Cave mayor Caroline Murphy—whose extraterritorial jurisdiction will cover the new school, and Jeremy Self, chairman of the district’s 2017 Bond Advisory Committee. Other guests included City of Lakeway mayor Joe Bain, Village of Briarcliff mayor Al Hostetler, Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce chairman Matt Womack, Lake Travis Education Foundation president David DeStefano, and Candyce Speidel representing State Sen. Dawn Buckingham.
According to demographer Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), student enrollment at Lake Travis ISD has increased by approximately 76% since 2007. Considering a moderate growth rate scenario, projections indicate a continued increase of more than 60% during the next 10 years, resulting in a district-wide enrollment of nearly 16,000 students.
District officials are planning for the construction of Elementary School 7 scheduled to begin this fall. Middle School 3 and Elementary School 7 are part of the district’s $253 million bond program approved by voters in November 2017.