First Look: Inside Austin’s New and Modernized Menchaca Elementary School

By Sally Hernandez

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Austin school leaders study the possibility of closing up to a dozen schools in the city, they are getting ready to open a brand new one very soon.


Kate Mraw has designed schools for several years, Menchaca Elementary is her latest project set to open in January 2020.

As the lead designer for LPA Design Studios, she says this was a collaborative effort, saying: “What was most rewarding is that the community designed it. We worked with a team of parents, teachers, community members, neighbors.”


Once completed the new Menchaca Elementary will become Austin’s newest modernized school.

“There are a lot of pieces in this space that really reflect modern technology, modern work spaces in the way people collaborate and work together,” explains [Principal Eliza] Loyola.

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