Dear Northwest Hills Community:
As you now know, the Austin ISD Bond passed! I am so thrilled that the expansion and modernization of Doss Elementary is one of the first projects that will be tackled by the district. Thank you for supporting the bond!
The Doss Project, which will occur at the same time as the Murchison Middle School 6th grade addition, includes new classrooms to accommodate our growing population, modernization of the existing campus, flexible work spaces for students and teachers, and updated technology all in a two-story design. The new classroom additions will allow us to have all of our Doss Elementary homeroom classes under one roof! Now, that is exciting!
For the Doss addition and modernization project, the consultants and the district have discussed completing it in phases or doing it all at once. The phase model of the renovation would require significantly more time – an estimated 3-4 years – and would cost substantially more. Instead, we are going with a faster, more cost effective approach. This will require all Doss students to move to another location during the renovation so that the modernization and addition will only take an estimated three school semesters. The plan is for the Doss and Murchison projects to be treated as one project, with one contractor. This will be more efficient and cost effective.
During the renovation, Doss Pre-K through 3rd grade students will be housed at the Lucy Read Pre-Kindergarten Campus (located at 2608 Richcreek Rd.) while 4th and 5th grades will be in portables at Murchison Middle School. This would begin in the fall of 2018. The Doss 4th and 5th graders will be completely separated from the rest of MMS. They will have their own portable cafeteria, gym, and library. Our Doss students will not be intermingled with the MMS students.
I am in the process of developing a FAQ that will be sent out to the community through NWACA and posted on the Doss PTA website. This will be regularly updated as more information and details become available. I am meeting with district officials this Friday to discuss the plan and to have the current campus/community questions answered. The Doss Campus Advisory Council will meet with district officials on November 27th in order to continue the discussion about the project. At the December 1st Parent Principal Coffee in the Doss Jane Willis Library, we will spend time updating everyone on what we currently know about the plan and we will take all questions. MMS Principal Bradly Clark will also be in attendance at this Doss PPC.
In order to ensure that everyone is informed, I am having a parent/community meeting this Wednesday, November 15th from 12:00-1:00 in the Doss Jane Willis Library. You are welcome to join us. I will also live stream this meeting on Facebook on my Principal Griffin Facebook page. You will be able to ask questions via Facebook comments, and we will answer those during or shortly after the meeting. We will also video this session and post the video on the Doss PTA website.
We are focused on making this transition as smooth as possible while continuing to provide your kids with the high quality, well-rounded educational experience that is expected from Doss Elementary.