CSISD Hoping to Move Timber Academy H.S. To College Station Conference Center

By  | 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas The condemned College Station Conference Center could soon have new owners with CSISD looking to purchase the property.

It's in need of more than $1.6 million in repairs but could be torn down instead.

The district says its looking to move Timber Academy, the district's alternative high school, to that location.

The city voted to sell the site in February after they closed it more than a year ago because of structural problems that made it unsafe.

News 3 looked into how the College Station Independent School
District hopes to expand there.

Things are quiet now but in just two weeks 50 high schoolers will be starting a new year at Timber Academy High School in College Station.

It's an alternative school with self-paced learning but it's not a school for kids with behavior problems

That's a misconception Principal Margie Martinez often hears.

She's also the principal of the two behavioral education schools which sit separately behind the high school.

"Every kid you would see at a comprehensive high school you see here. From very, very smart who are ready just to go on to college to can't be bothered with high school, to those who struggle. Special Ed kids or maybe a slow learner," said Martinez.

CSISD wants to expand and rebrand Timber Academy from just 50 students to 150 and relocate on land where the now closed College Station Conference Center sits.

CSISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Coulson says the new campus could cost $15 million with the conference center being demolished.

"We have a growing student population. We really want to stay ahead of that to the extent we can, so a new elementary school. And really moving forward with Timber Academy High School and reconstructing that makes a lot of sense for the day and age we live in right now and giving ourselves some choices in terms of their high school experiences. So we’re really excited about that as well," said Eddie Coulson, Ed.D.

Meanwhile Principal Margie Martinez hopes to spread the word on her high school where students choose to go to school here and even have to apply.

"You really think this is one of the best kept secrets in the district?," asked News 3's Clay Falls.

"That's what I hear... That is a common theme I've heard said more than once to me," said Margie Martinez.

The bond proposal is expected to be reviewed by the College Station Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

If it's approved by the board, the $83.5 million proposal will be decided by voters in November.

College Station ISD is currently in negotiations to purchase the conference center from the city.