Return to Headlines

Superintendent provides update on HS #2, stresses partnerships on bond projects

March 27, 2024

During the March 20, 2024 school board meeting, a representative from school demographer Population And Survey Analysts (PASA) provided trustees with an update to the 2023-2024 Demographic Study. The presentation highlighted potential changes to the campus capacity of the voter-approved High School #2. The update comes as a result of Travis County’s pending purchase of two significant parcels of land within LTISD boundaries. These two parcels include more than 2,100 acres for conservation purposes. Therefore, the planned development of more than 2,400 homes in these locations will not occur as PASA initially projected. Our demographer now projects that LTISD will have approximately 5,000 high school students when the District reaches build out as opposed to the 5,500 originally projected.

Following our demographer’s presentation, a representative with VLK Architects provided an update on the design phase of the High School #2 campus. Taking into consideration the county’s pending purchase, it was discussed potentially building High School #2 in two separate phases. Phase 1 would be built to accommodate 1,500 students. If and when needed, Phase 2 would be built to accommodate an additional 500 students. It is anticipated that trustees will take action on the change to the campus capacity for High School #2 during the April 17 school board meeting. 

The District continues to make progress on several voter-approved bond projects. Projects which have already been completed include:

  • Installation of security guard houses at LTHS, and installation of upgraded security window film and replacement of door hardware at multiple campuses;
  • Installation of marquee signs at each campus (except at Bee Cave Elementary School which is pending Austin Energy connection and the LTHS marquee which will be updated as part of the Cavalier Drive improvement project during Summer 2024);
  • Installation of water monitoring systems at all campuses;
  • Upgrades to the fueling system and bus wash at the Transportation Department; and
  • Installation of a video wall at the LTHS Performing Arts Center.

Projects currently under design and pending construction include:

  • Elementary #8 which will be located on Hamilton Pool Road and tentatively scheduled to open in August 2026 (late stages of schematic design);
  • Addition to the Educational Development Center (starting schematic design);
  • Addition to the PE space, track and field events, and replacement of the sound systems at the stadium and gyms at Hudson Bend Middle School;
  • Expansion of the current Science wing at LTHS (late stages of schematic design);
  • Installation of artificial turf at the softball and baseball fields at LTHS (pending permitting by Travis County);
  • Construction of a new competition gym and Fine Arts addition at LTHS (50% through construction documents);
  • Renovations to the existing agriculture barns and welding shop, and new construction of a pig barn and greenhouse at LTHS (construction documents in progress);
  • Addition to Women’s Field House and expansion of Cavalier Stadium (programming in progress, schematic design beginning soon);
  • Redesign of Cavalier Drive and parking/pedestrian circulation improvements (in design development);
  • Construction of a new parking lot west of the LTHS cafeteria, new softball field parking, and renovation of the LTHS Annex parking lot along Ranch Road 620 (permitted, ready for construction to begin);
  • Expansion of existing detention/water quality ponds at LTHS to allow capacity for new construction (permitted, ready to begin construction); and
  • Renovation of secure entry vestibules at multiple campuses (permitting stage).

We are fortunate to have a number of local and state partnerships that help make these projects possible. The City of Bee Cave was very instrumental in the completion and opening of the Vail Divide Extension in the summer of 2023, resulting in a safe and efficient thoroughfare for our students and families. Additionally, the City of Lakeway has approved permits for several projects that are scheduled to begin this summer. Furthermore, the District is working to coordinate semi-annual meetings with the cities of Bee Cave and Lakeway to discuss growth, potential construction projects, and plans for future development. 

LTISD also partners with:

  • Water Control and Improvement District 17 to service the northern areas of our school district;
  • Cypress Ranch Water Control Improvement District 1 for two emergency fire access lanes connecting the West Cypress Hills neighborhood to Reimers-Peacock Road, and water and wastewater service for HS #2;
  • Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District on all LTISD properties including ground wells;
  • Lazy Nine Municipal Utility District 1 on wastewater service for LTMS; and
  • Travis County on LTHS site projects and connections to local roadways.

LTISD has worked closely—or is currently partnering—with the Texas Department of Transportation on several projects including:

  • Completion of the Vail Divide extension and Hamilton Pool Road intersection;
  • Addition of a turning lane on Hamilton Pool Road in front of Bee Cave Elementary School, accelerating the project a year in advance of the planned schedule;
  • Purchase of property in front of LTHS for the widening of Ranch Road 620; and
  • Future improvement of the Reimers-Peacock Road/State Highway 71 intersection.

These critical partnerships allow the District to efficiently and effectively complete projects that have received voter approval. Without these partnerships, projects would be delayed significantly, impacting our ability to provide much-needed infrastructure, facilities, and services for our students and families. Thank you for your continued support of our District.

Sincerely,

Paul Norton
Superintendent of Schools