Austin Schools Seek Upgrade To Help District’s Most Talented

Posted at: 03/24/2014 11:14 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- One Austin school could be getting a facelift to help the district's most talented students.

On Monday, the Austin school board decided to move forward with a proposed remodeling project at Southgate Elementary School.

The plan would create special classroom space for the district's gifted and talented program, and would be similar to classrooms at IJ Holton Intermediate School.

School officials said the project represents the district's commitment to getting the very best out of its students.

"This is what the district stands for, what is good, what the children can do, not what they can't do,” said David Krenz, superintendent of Austin Public Schools.

Although nothing has been finalized, developers said the project could cost around $800,000.

Schools leaders said they chose Southgate because it had available space not currently being utilized for instruction.

Parents of kids who qualify for the program would have the option to transfer their child to Southgate fulltime, but can opt out of the program if they choose.