ground­break­ing for new ele­men­tary school

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

Su­per­in­ten­dent Jesús Chávez and school board mem­bers broke ground on the district’s 32nd ele­men­tary school Tues­day.

The school, sched­uled to open for the 2011-12 school year, will be 110,000 square feet, with a ca­pac­ity for 900 stu­dents. The school, at 2850 Paloma Lake Blvd., was bud­geted to cost $24.1 mil­lion to build. How­ever, be­cause the prices of steel, iron and other con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als have dropped in the past year, ac­tual con­struc­tion costs are ex­pected to be $13.3 mil­lion, leav­ing $10.8 mil­lion in sav­ings that might be used to­ward fu­ture bond projects.

A name for the cam­pus has not been se­lected, but nom­i­na­tions will be ac­cepted in the fall.

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