The modernized Menchaca Elementary School, one of the first projects to be completed as part of the 2017 Bond Program, opened its doors on January 8, 2020. The school and PTA hosted a grand opening celebration to welcome the school community to the new modernized school.
The ground-up design for Menchaca Elementary School illustrates how a commitment to community engagement, research, and innovative learning environments can change the course of a campus. The school buildings form two courtyards linked by a second-story bridge that houses an innovative library media center and maker spaces specifically designed for the school. More than 30 percent of the site is open, vegetated space, creating direct links between the outdoors and learning environments. Sustainability and energy efficiency were also baked into every aspect of the design. The new school is an Austin Energy Green Building and the campus is designed to meet LEED Silver certification, including a commitment to air quality and overall wellness for the students and faculty.
To commemorate this grand opening milestone, AISD TV created a video that showcases the new modernized campus and shares stories from those who helped bring the new school to life.
It is so exciting to see the modernized schools come to life and we are looking forward to the work still to come through the 2017 Bond Program. Thank you for your patience and support as we work to create 21st-century learning spaces for all students and continue to reinvent the urban school experience!