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CSISD looking to buy old College Station Conference Center

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 4:17pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 8:59pm

It's been home to countless conferences, family reunions and meetings but the old College Station Conference center could soon be the new home of College Station ISD's alternative high school.

"We would like to have a high school of choice for students who don't want a traditional high school experience, perhaps want to work at their own pace or even graduate early," said CSISD Superintendent, Dr. Eddie Coulson.

With $1.6 million of repairs needed, the city decided to sell the condemned structure and College Station ISD has had their eyes on the property ever since.

Dr. Coulson tells us the district's current alternative high school. Timber Academy, just isn't big enough to keep up with the growing demand.

"Timber Academy High School graduates anywhere from 60-80 kids a year, depending on the year, and we can't market that to anybody due to a lack of space."

Right now the city and CSISD are negotiating the sale and if all goes well Dr. Coulson says they plan to demolish the building and start new... a $15.5 million project which is part of the $83.5 million bond election.

Voters will get the chance to vote on the bond November 5.

CSISD Board President, Valerie Jochen, says the upcoming bond election is important, "This is a narrowed down list of the things we feel like are needs for our school district to maintain the quality of education we expect in College Station ISD." 

If  approved CSISD hopes to be able to enroll around 150 students at the new school.
 

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