A sixth comprehensive high school to relieve high enrollment at Round Rock High School could overcome another hurdle at the November 17, 2016, regular Board of Trustees meeting during a vote on the schematic design. Trustees reviewed the design progress at its November 1, 2016 workshop and visited with architect O’Connell Robertson regarding the 2,600 student campus planned for Pearson Ranch Road in Austin.
After the Board votes on the schematic design, the project will be further developed to bring more details to how some of the spaces will be utilized. The Board will also discuss long-term facility planning and Career and Technical Education (CTE) program offerings at the school.
Architects worked with community and stakeholder groups to utilize the topography of the landscape and the configuration of the school to meet instructional and community needs. It focused on building a size to accommodate growth and allow teachers to have their own classrooms.
The Citizens Bond Committee is currently working on a recommendation for the Board to review for a possible Bond election. The Board ultimately determines Bond projects as part of an election.
The total high school project is planned to cost $130 million, including the construction, design, furniture and technology costs. It could also include a $20 million, 750-seat auditorium, similar to those the District is building at Cedar Ridge and Stony Point high schools from Bond 2014.
The Board approved $11 million in Bond 2008 surplus funds in April 2016 for the design of the project to expedite the process, if voters approve the project. Without relief, Round Rock High School is expected to grow to nearly 4,000 students by 2021.