December 8, 2023
LEANDER – The Leander school board voted to open an early childhood center at a site off Halsey Dr. using $60 million in bond funds allocated for repurposing facilities.
The new center will provide prekindergarten services to three- and four-year-olds based on eligibility. However, the district may begin offering tuition-based prekindergarten if the center has capacity.
The early childhood center comes as several elementary schools in the district’s northern portion have reached or exceeded capacity. While the opening of Elementary School No. 30 in 2024 will provide relief, some elementary campuses will still be at or over capacity.
The Long-Range Planning Committee also recommended that the district repurpose two of its underutilized elementary campuses in Cedar Park as new locations for the Leander Extended Opportunity (LEO) Center and New Hope High School. The LEO Center would then be repurposed into another early childhood center.
The board also approved an architecture firm to design the center, which will open for the 2025-26 school year.