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Austin Achieve plans to expand
Monday, May 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Austin Achieve Public School, which is a charter school in East Austin, has announced plans to build a new middle and elementary school on a second campus. According to a press release from the school, it will be honoring a Windsor Park request to cap enrollment at its existing Manor Road location at 600 students and will build the new campus near the intersection of U.S. 290 and U.S. 183, at 7424 East Highway 290, with access from the frontage roads. Plans include a 100-foot setback from neighbors and a 50-foot setback from the road. The new facilities are scheduled to be completed by 2018. Though relations with neighbors haven’t always been rosy, in a statement to the press, Windsor Park Neighborhood Association president Karen Pagani threw her support behind the school, saying, “Our neighborhood has been concerned about the potential impact of a second facility on Austin Achieve’s current site for some time, and we are happy that the school has found a second, much larger site that will allow them to expand to serve more children while still being good neighbors to the people living near both campuses. … Austin Achieve strives to provide the children of East Austin with a high-quality education close to home, and I am happy to have them in our neighborhood. I am very pleased to see that they are reaching out and working with their new neighbors much earlier in the process this time around.”
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