School for kids with dys­lexia buys South­west Austin site

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Shonda No­vak sno­vak@states­ Raw­son

Austin’s Raw­son Saun­ders School is buy­ing prop­erty in South­west Austin that it plans to use as its fu­ture cam­pus site, school lead­ers say.

The 33.7-acre site, which Raw­son Saun­ders School is pur­chas­ing from St. An­drew’s Epis­co­pal School, is near School Road and Pat­ton Ranch Road, not far from St. An­drew’s Epis­co­pal School’s Up­per School cam­pus. Raw­son Saun­ders School is cur­rently at 2614 Ex­po­si­tion Blvd.

Con­struc­tion on the new cam­pus is sched­uled to be­gin next year, with plans to open for the 2019-2020 school year. The cam­pus will be built in phases, with a to­tal price tag not yet avail­able.

The pend­ing con­tract for the land sale pro­hibits dis­clo­sure of the pur­chase price.

Raw­son Saun­ders School plans to de­velop 5.2 acres of the land, based on the school’s long-term needs and im­per­vi­ous-cover lim­its. The fu­ture cam­pus is ex­pected to have about 144,000 square feet and will serve grades one through 12.

Of­fi­cials with Raw­son Sanders, a non­profit in­de­pen­dent school, say it is the only full-cur­ricu­lum school in Cen­tral Texas ex­clu­sively for chil­dren with dys­lexia, and one of only a few of its kind in the coun­try. It has 174 stu­dents and 77 fac­ulty and staff. An­nual tui-

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