The Barrington school and park site now has nine more portable classroom buildings, for TA Brown Elementary. Brown will also share some of the Barrington buildings, such as the cafeteria.
During the past school year, TA Brown faculty and students were split between buildings at AISD’s Allen campus, in southeast Austin, and Reilly Elementary. The criteria for the selection of a site for the school’s home for the next two to five years were:
- A strong community and staff desire to keep all TA Brown students together at one site
- The proximity of the selected site to the TA Brown community [in Georgian Acres and Highland]
- The capacity of the site to adequately hold additional portables
According to Valerie Taylor Schkade with AISD:
Barrington was the campus selected because it is the campus that best meets the criteria.
AISD facilities staff have looked closely at minimizing the impact of the portables on the track and park area. The portables will not displace any part of the current track. Our current information indicates that out of 85 trees, only six will need to be relocated. No trees will be removed. The contractors that relocate the trees will take all necessary precautions to protect the trees from damage.
AISD will provide school buses for the students who live south of 183. The city was already developing a written Safe Route to Schools plan for the Barrington campus, which will now include the TA Brown students. They also already had construction projects scheduled over the summer including accessible sidewalks and traffic calming.
More information about AISD portables
Next school year, AISD will have three north central schools entirely in portable buildings: Dobie PreK, Webb Primary, and TA Brown.