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Stories by Courtney Griffin

Monday, January 9, 2017 by Courtney Griffin

AISD enrollment expected to decline at slower rate

In the first meeting of 2017, Austin Independent School District staff presented mixed news to the board of trustees in its annual demographic report. This report is used to predict 10-year student enrollment trends within the district based on housing…

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Pool wins District 7

Tuesday night, incumbent Leslie Pool easily won her District 7 seat for City Council against challenger and political newcomer Natalie Gauldin. Early voting results Tuesday evening solidly placed her in the lead by 40 percent, giving rise to dinnertime cheers…

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD greenlights new scorecard

At Monday’s regular board meeting, Austin Independent School District trustees unanimously approved the new district scorecard, a steering document that will be used to evaluate Superintendent Paul Cruz’s performance in the future. The scorecard uses new initiatives to promote the desegregation…

Monday, October 24, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Seven residents vie for AISD seats

Today marks the first day of early voting, and the Austin Independent School District board of trustees has five seats up for grabs, with seven residents vying for spots. However, only two seats are being contested.Cindy Anderson and David Quintanilla…

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD backs off city amendment, for now

A potential disagreement between the city and Austin Independent School District board of trustees and staff was put on hold at the AISD board’s regular Monday meeting last week, when a motion to send a letter of opposition to City…

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD postpones potential bond

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees decided to pump the brakes on future bonding efforts for district schools for another year.At the board’s workshop meeting, trustees met with the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee to…

Friday, September 16, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD drafts district scorecard

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees spent Monday night hammering out what success will look like for the district at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. Preliminary talks focused on the potential use of new approaches to…

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD employees see insurance hikes

The final board of trustees meeting attended by Austin Independent School District’s Chief Human Capital Officer Michael Houser brought hard news: Some AISD employees could see a significant portion of their newly approved raises go toward paying increasing health care…

Monday, August 22, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD has high hopes for restructured Special Ed Department

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees received an update at last week’s meeting on the recent restructuring of the Special Education Department. Board members heard from the new executive director of special education, Jean Bahney, about initiatives that…

Friday, August 19, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD HUB policy gets final vetting

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees took a final look this week at the district’s proposed new historically underutilized business program, which is tentatively set to be implemented in mid-November. Contrary to past meetings, the Monday workshop meeting…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Smoking ban gets fogged at Music Commission

A preliminary proposal to ban smoking on all patios in Austin was met with pushback and prompt backpedaling at a meeting of the Music Commission on Monday.Proposed by Central Health, a taxpayer-funded district in Travis County, a potential amendment to…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD approves $1.3 billion budget

Trustees with the Austin Independent School District approved a $1.3 billion operating budget for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year in an 8-0-1 vote Monday night, with District 1 Trustee Edmund Gordon abstaining. It is the largest budget AISD has ever…

Monday, May 30, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Planning Commission and AISD back charter school code change

Last week, City Hall was filled with people hoping to speak to the Planning Commission about proposed changes to how charter schools are built. And, though there are still details to be worked out, those amendments will be moving on…

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD takes one look at equity gaps

Austin Independent School District staff presented trustees with a single-year data snapshot last Monday that showed obvious equity gaps within the district’s student population.However, the snapshot is only one piece of the district’s complete equity report, which is tentatively due…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD Trustees favor new Lee for Lee Elementary

After a near-yearlong process, Austin Independent School District trustees heard three final choices for the renaming of Robert E. Lee Elementary school at their Monday workshop meeting.Although not set to formally vote until May 23, board members reached a verbal…

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Music Commission narrows omnibus priorities

Austin’s Music Commission managed to prioritize some of the “kitchen sink” initiatives put forward by the Austin Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution during its Monday night meeting. But while stakeholders shared multiple recommendations for potential music industry best practices,…

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD’s financial woes: Why a tax swap?

Although Austin Independent School District trustees have been lamenting the district’s troubled financial state for more than a year, it may not be readily apparent what the problem is, particularly given recent news that the district is bringing in $1.3…

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD gives first peek at $1.3 billion dollar budget

The Austin Independent School District gave the public its first look at next year’s budget Monday. But to many, the song is the same as it was last year: Employees need more money, property taxes are skyrocketing and the district…

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD hears results of Imagine NE Austin proposal

At Monday’s workshop meeting of the Austin Independent School District board of trustees, members heard the results of AISD staff’s community engagement effort known as Imagine Northeast Austin. The project, which posed questions to residents regarding future facilities and academic…

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD trustees hear proposals for South Austin magnet school

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees heard five future programming proposals for a potential new South Austin magnet school, but that is about as far as planning went Monday night.At the board’s workshop meeting, Edmund Oropez, AISD’s chief…

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