AISD Future: 2017 Bond Newsletter – September 2021

As part of our continued commitment to communicate the progress of the bond program, we are sharing the latest issue of our quarterly AISD Future: 2017 Bond Newsletter. We are trying out a new, streamlined look to give you everything you need to know during your busy day.

This edition includes: 

  • Modernization projects opening this fall 
  • L.C. Anderson historical marker dedication ceremony
  • Blazier Elementary School Intermediate Site project spotlight
  • Intro to AISD’s new Chief Financial Officer

Modernization Project Updates

Eastside Early College High School front entry

This semester, Eastside Early College High School and International High School at the L.C. Anderson campus, Hill Elementary School and Sánchez Elementary School all opened their modernized facilities. Stay tuned for grand opening celebrations for each campus in the near future! 

LBJ Early College High School also began construction on its modernization this summer, which includes a new media center and spaces for the Health Sciences Program.

Three campuses marked the partial completion of their modernization: Casis Elementary School’s academic building, Austin High School’s special education spaces and Bowie High School’s athletics facility.

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Austin High School gym
Hill Elementary School gym
Casis Elementary School

L.C. Anderson Historical Marker Dedication

L.C. Anderson alumni at the historical marker dedication ceremony

On July 17, L.C. Anderson High School alumni traveled from near and far to commemorate the location of Austin’s only Black public high school. Joined by U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Mayor Steve Adler and AISD leadership, the alumni shared nostalgic memories of their high school years as they unveiled the historical marker at the site of the new Eastside Early College High School. 

“L.C. Anderson was like a home to us,” said alumna Estelle Solomon Brooks, class of 1958. “It was like a family to us, so to have this event today will serve as memories for our generations to come for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

The mark of L.C. Anderson is unmistakable in the new Eastside campus, honoring the legacy of “Always Remembered, Always Treasured.” 

Watch the full live stream on the Austin ISD Facebook page. 

Project Spotlight: Blazier Elementary School Intermediate Site

Blazier Elementary School Intermediate Site media resource center

Located in southeast Austin, Blazier Elementary School Intermediate Site is the first facility specifically designed to serve grades four, five and six in Austin ISD. As part of the 2017 Bond Program, this project provides immediate relief to overcapacity at the elementary school. Designed with the goal of increasing connectivity and building relationships, all academic wings connect to the media center and main cafetorium. As part of AISD’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program, 7 percent of the work at Blazier was completed by minority-owned contractors, and an additional 11 percent by women-owned contractors. The modernization project represents $6.5 million invested into HUBs. The Blazier Blue Jays have enjoyed the new facility since it opened in August 2020. 

Click here to learn more about the Blazier campus and watch the virtual grand opening event. 

Meet the New Chief Financial Officer, Eduardo Ramos

AISD is proud to welcome Eduardo Ramos as the district’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Ramos holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Edward’s University and has more than 25 years of experience in school finance, most recently serving at Pflugerville ISD and Hutto ISD.

As CFO, Mr. Ramos will manage all the financials of AISD including the budget, purchasing, state and federal grants, the historically underutilized business program and more.