Tag Archives: AISD Board of Trustees

Friday, August 7, 2020 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD’s school year delayed until Sept. 8, first eight weeks could be online-only

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted to delay the start of classes for the school year until Sept. 8. Virtual classes were supposed to begin Aug. 18, but the board wanted to give teachers more time to…

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

AISD officials discuss Covid-19 response

Austin Independent School District officials spoke at an Austin Justice Coalition panel Wednesday night, discussing how the district and its students are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home order that has shuttered schools.Speakers included AISD Board of Trustees…

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Chief equity officer calls Austin ISD’s school closure process inequitable and ‘short-sighted’

School closures and consolidations are not “equity strategies,” the Austin Independent School District’s chief equity officer says in a report released Monday.“They are short-term and often short-sighted approaches to cost savings that are seldom reinvested in programming in the very…

Friday, September 6, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD wants to close 12 schools, expand academic programs throughout the district

The Austin Independent School District has released a plan to close 12 schools and move those students to other campuses. The district is also proposing boundary changes and wants to add academic programs at more than 30 schools.“Change is hard,” Superintendent Paul…

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD board approves process to close some schools by August 2020

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to move forward with a plan for closing and consolidating schools.The decision to close schools comes as the district continues to face declining enrollment. Demographic reports show enrollment will…

Monday, November 19, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Austin school board, communities clash over names for Confederate-named schools

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees will vote next Monday on what to rename four schools currently named after members of the Confederacy. The board will decide between honoring the schools’ wishes, which in some cases means no name…

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

Cruz gets another year at helm of AISD

The Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees only took a few minutes Monday night to approve a one-year extension of Superintendent Paul Cruz’s contract.The extension means that Cruz will continue getting paid $310,000 a year through 2021. After getting…

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Here are the candidates for Austin ISD board of trustees

Five seats on the Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees will be on the ballot Nov. 6.The role of the school board is to oversee the AISD superintendent and district administration. The board votes on district policy and budgets,…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Some argue proposed new names for Austin schools don’t leave Confederacy behind

Despite momentum earlier this year to rid Austin Independent School District properties of links to the Confederacy, the district’s board of trustees is facing pushback over proposed new names.At a meeting last night to publicly discuss recommendations for Sidney Lanier…

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by KUT News

Here are the new names proposed for Austin ISD buildings tied to Confederate figures

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote Oct. 22 on the proposed new names for four AISD buildings named for Confederate figures.After a long dispute about whether the buildings commemorated the state’s struggle with racism…

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Jack Craver

Declining enrollment, segregation dominate AISD board meeting

The Austin Independent School Board’s unanimous decision to spend $25 million modernizing Sanchez Elementary School was welcomed by a substantial contingent of those who packed the board’s chambers Monday night, but it hardly assuaged long-term concerns from east side activists…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Andrew Weber

AISD Board President Kendall Pace resigns after text message controversy

Kendall Pace, president of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees, said this morning that she would resign from her position as president and as Place 9 trustee after controversial text messages she sent to another board trustee surfaced…

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

AISD Board of Trustees contemplates deep cuts to the budget

The Austin Independent School District’s preliminary budget for the 2018-19 school year was released on April 23. On April 30, the members of the AISD Board of Trustees weighed in with their thoughts on how to continue to fund administrators…

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

AISD board debates how to prevent a financially insolvent school district

When Austinites passed the $1 billion Austin Independent School District bond that was intended for major improvements in school facilities as well as transportation and district-wide improvements to technology for teachers and students, they knew they were voting to provide…

Monday, March 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Humanist mockery and moonlight towers

Thoughts and prayers… Following the most recent mass shooting, a familiar debate has emerged that pits those who argue in favor of gun control against those who emphasize mental health treatment and (in some cases) more guns. In a Facebook message…

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

School board approves Confederate school renaming process

The Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 7-2 last night to approve an action initiated by district staff last fall to rename five school facilities named after Confederate military personnel.Deliberation on whether to change the names for the…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

School board still split on school renamings

At its Feb. 12 work session, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees formally discussed the possibility of renaming several Confederate-affiliated facilities. It was the first time it has done so since tensions between some trustees had culminated in an…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

School district fiscal forecast bleak

Although it did not come as a shock, the precarious position of the Austin Independent School District’s financial future dampened the mood at the end of the board of trustees’ Jan. 22 meeting. The ever-increasing amount of recapture the district…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

AISD pumps brakes on Confederacy renamings

The initiative to change the names of Austin school facilities bearing the titles of Confederate military personnel lost steam at the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees’ Jan. 8 work session. The item was scheduled to come to a…

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Trustees alarmed at exclusion of minority-owned businesses from middle school renovation

In the bidding for 2013 bond improvements to the Dobie Middle School campus, two minority-owned firms were passed over in favor of a company that included a few minority-owned subconsultants as part of its proposal. The Austin Independent School District…

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