New Southwest Elementary School July 2018 Update

One of the key projects included in the voter-approved Austin ISD 2017 Bond Program is a New Southwest Elementary School that will provide relief to the over-utilized Kiker and Baranoff Elementary Schools, with a planned capacity of 522 students. Following the AISD vision of creating 21st-century learning spaces for students, the new elementary school will incorporate flexible spaces allowing for collaborative, interdisciplinary and project-driven learning.

BGKA and Flintco have been contracted by the district for this project, and a Campus Architectural Team, made up of members of your school community, has been meeting regularly with the project team since February to provide input as we seek to create an environment for 21st century learning.

Project Team
The CAT for the New Southwest Elementary School includes:

  • Megan Counihan, Principal at Baranoff ES
  • David Crissey, Principal at Kiker ES
  • Malisa O’Connell, Instructional Staff
  • Beth Cantu, Administrative Staff
  • Kristi Samon, Administrative Staff
  • Travis Nichols, Parent
  • Karina Cruz, Parent
  • Katy Smith, Parent
  • Amanda Krueger, Parent
  • Jessica Henderson, Parent
  • Melissa Tanis, Parent
  • Anoop Gopakumaran Nair, Community Member
  • Karen Hibpshman, Community Member

Community Meetings
As part of the district’s commitment to communicate the progress of the bond to the community, we want to be sure you are aware of opportunities for public engagement around key project milestones.

On Friday, August 10, you are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about the New Southwest Elementary School, including a preview of the schematic design for the project, which includes solidified goals and draft drawings of the new school. The project team will also review the project parameters, how the district’s educational specifications are being met, and any prior feedback leading up to this meeting and how that is being applied. The meeting will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the Circle C Community Center. We hope to see you there!

For the most up-to-date information on the New Southwest Elementary School, including project events and key dates, please visit

Give Feedback
If you have any questions about the 2017 Bond Program, please reach out to the bond communications team at 512-414-9595 or