Cook Elementary School

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As part of the 2022 Bond, Cook Elementary School will receive upgrades to its open-concept floor plan, adding full walls and doors between learning areas to improve safety and the student experience. Additionally, the campus will receive improvements to outdoor learning spaces and be provided space for a school mental health center, and community pantry. These renovations will be some of the first bond projects to be completed as part of the 2022 Bond, expected to open to students at start of the 2025-26 school year.

A Campus Architectural Team, composed of campus staff, parents and community members, will work with the district and project team to determine design details to best meet the needs of Cook’s students, staff and community.

Follow the link to view the campus FAQ in Spanish

Anticipated Project Timeline

*This schedule is subject to change and will be updated quarterly.

Community Meeting Update

Cook Elementary School's construction kick-off, community meeting and 50th anniversary celebration were held on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

  • This event and meeting included remarks from Principal Priscilla Sanchez-Emamian, Superintendent Matias Segura and Board of Trustees President Arati Singh.

  • The project team, Smith & Co. presented information on construction and design of the new spaces. 

  • In addition to acknowledging past alumni in attendance, Cook ES allowed guests to interact with historical artifacts.

  • Students at Cook created a garland, which included messages about what they love about their school. The garland was then used to close off the construction area as a special welcome to the new campus design.

  • Some images of the school’s design shared during the meeting are pictured below. More detailed renderings can be located within the meeting presentation.

Some images of the school’s design that were shared during the meeting are pictured below. More detailed renderings can be located within the meeting presentation.

rendering of the new swing space portable locations
rendering of the new fencing
rendering of the phasing plan

 

Meeting Item  English  Spanish
Recording  Meeting Recording 05/04/24 (ENG)  Meeting Recording 05/04/24 (ESP) 
Presentation Materials 05/04/24 (ENG) Materials 05/04/24 (ESP)

Notes

Notes 05/04/24 (ENG)

Notes 05/04/24 (ESP)

For meeting materials from earlier community meetings, please visit the document archive. To view the recorded presentations from previous meetings, see link below:

Priscilla Sanchez-Emamian, Principal 

Rebecca Abbott, Parent 

Teresa Bull, Teacher

Amir Emamian, Parent 

Erika Falloon, Teacher

Loretta Finder, Parent

Lucila Forsythe, Teacher

Roseanne Gonzales, Staff

Julie Leyva, Staff

Analleli Lopez-Tavera, Teacher

Marco Miranda, Teacher

Rodrigo Rodriguez, Teacher

Claire Romero, Parent

Janette Ruiz, Teacher

Melody Williams, Staff

Historically Underutilized Business Program (HUB)

Austin ISD's Historically Underutilized Business Program is committed to advancing equity in contracting, ensuring HUB firms can compete fairly and participate in construction-related, bond-funded projects. The HUB Program is a core business strategy for the district, formally adopted by the trustees in August 2016. A HUB is a business that is 51% owned, managed and controlled by a minority or woman — groups that are historically underrepresented in architecture, construction and other professional services. Austin ISD supports one of the most comprehensive public school HUB programs in the nation, providing tools for minority- and women-owned businesses to do business with the district.