The new Pat Dillard Special Achievement Center will open its doors to students on January 7. The Allen ISD alternative school campus will now be housed at the former Lowery Center site at 601 South Main Street in Allen.
The former high school and freshman campus has undergone extensive renovations since June 2018. Those renovations included a partial demolition of the original campus and a complete remodeling of the existing wings in the remainder of the school. Approximately 51,000 sq. ft. were renovated to accommodate the new Dillard Center. Changes include bringing the older facility up to current building codes, new LED lighting, mechanical and life safety systems.
The demolished portion of the school has been converted into parking which will serve the Dillard Center, the Lowery Freshman Center and the Lowery Stadium.
The Dillard Special Achievement Center, which is named for the former school trustee Mrs. Pat Dillard, opened in 1999 to house a variety of Allen ISD programs. Those programs have included the Allen Eagle Academy credit recovery program, non-traditional education programs, and disciplinary placement programs. The new facility will also house several special services programs that serve the entire school district.
The project was part of the 2015 bond proposal which included construction of a new Lowery Freshman Center and repurposing of the old Lowery Center. Plans are for the existing Dillard Center to be renovated and used as a staff development center with space for the technology department, data center and other offices.