Travis Early College HS to get upgrades if there is $2.44B AISD bond

A total of $250 million would go towards improvements to Travis ECHS if the bond is approved by voters this November.

AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin Independent School District (AISD) hopes voters will approve a $2.44 billion bond issue in November. That would total $250 million Travis Early College High School.

The school was built in 1953.

“To be honest, which is not obsolete,” said AISD operations manager Matias Segura.

Segura said if voters approve the district’s bond issue in November, the high school will see major changes.

“We’re going into the ground. It’s going to be a whole new facility,” Segura said.

He said the whole school needs work.

“So it will be the sports facility, the visual performing arts facility, there will be you know all the core spaces, the educational spaces, there will be furniture, there will be grass here,” Segura said.

Travis ECHS Director Eric Posadas hopes voters will pass the bond.

“Hopefully we can get a school that our kids are proud to go to and be a part of,” Posadas said.

Posadas added that the upgrades would not only improve the school itself but also the community.

“Will help improve our community, which will help improve the lives of our students, educate them and prepare them for the future. And it starts with creating modernized learning spaces,” Posadas said.

He said everything from the classrooms to the sports facilities needed a lot of work. One example is the school’s weight room.

“A lot of the equipment is old like the air conditioning, especially at peak times of the day when it’s hot it really doesn’t cool down very much,” Posadas said.

He said the sports fields also need changes and improvements and the facilities lack lights.

“There are holes and bumps and stuff, so it’s difficult to use,” Posadas said.

Segura said the school would also see major security and technology upgrades.

“We want to position our students for the coming decades, and that can’t be done with band-aids. That simply does not work. And so an investment like this really allows us to reconsider Travis County Early High School is supported on this side,” Segura said.

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