IDEA Allan finds permanent home for school

Oct 31, 2013
Community Impact

IDEA Allan Academy & College Prep has found a permanent home

Executive Director Larkin Tackett said the organization plans to close Oct. 31 on a 10-acre field in east Austin's Montopolis neighborhood, north of the intersection of Riverside Drive and Vargas Road. In a message to the school's families, stakeholders and local media, Tackett said the property will be transformed into a permanent, 90,000-square-foot facility including 50 classrooms, a comprehensive college planning center, a gym and a soccer field

The school hopes to open its new site in August 2014. IDEA needs to raise about $4 million during the next several years to cover the facility funding gap for public charter schools in Texas, Tackett said

IDEA has been looking for a new location since December, when the Austin ISD board of trustees voted to terminate the district's contract with IDEA effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year. During the summer, it relocated to a temporary location at 220 Foremost Drive in Southwest Austin

Of the school's 605 students, about 90 percent of the school's students come from low-income families, according to Steve Mudd, IDEA Allan College Prep principal, noting the school has focused on achieving a high attendance rate

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