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Tag Archives: AISD Board of Trustees

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…

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

School board wrestles with large STAAR achievement gaps

Like one wrong note disturbing the harmony of a symphony, one faulty academic indicator can throw off a school district’s sense of which of its schools need the most attention. Some trustees on the Austin Independent School District board voiced…

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD considers charter school option for Mendez Middle School

Facing severe under-enrollment and a below-average educational suitability assessment, Mendez Middle School may be turned over to a community partner in hopes of reversing the campus’ downward trajectory.Austin Independent School District staff shared the project initiative with the board of…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Wagner accused of misusing city resources

The Office of the City Auditor’s investigative unit has issued a report concluding that a city employee who serves as an Austin Independent School District board trustee has misused city resources.According to the report, which was released Thursday, Trustee Yasmin…

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD fails to acquire additional voting sites

Travis County has denied a request from the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees for additional mobile early voting sites during this year’s bond election.In a Sept. 27 memo to County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir explained…

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD board and east side group dispute bond tax rate

The Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees has hedged its bet on passing the largest bond in the district’s history by asserting that it will not raise the tax rate. At its Sept. 25 meeting, however, the board was…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Trustees cast doubt on success of UT partnership program

At its Aug. 28 meeting, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees approved an interlocal agreement with the University of Texas at Austin to renew the Literacy First program at 22 Austin schools for the coming school year, but…

Friday, August 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Adler says he won’t pursue tax swap this year

Mayor Steve Adler said Thursday that he does not intend to pursue the idea of a tax swap with the Austin Independent School District this year. He also confirmed that he would not be pushing City Council to set the…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

School board calls for biggest bond in its history

Unprecedented in cost, the $1.05 billion bond package the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees officially approved at its last meeting before summer break is its most ambitious yet. Unlike the 2013 bond election where the package was divided…

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

School board wary of tax rate increase in bond election

Read their lips: no tax increase. With the exception of District 1 Trustee Edmund Gordon, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees was united in its stance against raising the tax rate with the 2017 Bond Package as it…

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD board calls for budget to be more voter-friendly

A budget can be financially sound and make economic sense, but if it doesn’t make sense to the public, it’s worthless. That’s the point that some Austin Independent School District board trustees tried to drive home to district administration and…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD braces itself for end of legislative session

The Austin Independent School District’s budget has been strained since the city’s rapid growth began in the late 1990s, but this year’s state legislative session has district staff anticipating the worst.Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley Johnson told the AISD Board…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

No special election: AISD Board votes to appoint District 6 rep

In an emotional ceremony Monday night, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees honored outgoing Vice President Paul Saldaña at his last official meeting as a board trustee. His colleagues made personal statements expressing their gratitude for Saldaña’s service…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD trustee reveals reasons behind resignation

In a sit-down interview with the Austin Monitor, Austin Independent School District Trustee Paul Saldaña opened up about the reasons behind his departure from the board, disclosing his fears of becoming bogged down in bureaucracy and describing a school district…

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Draft AISD facilities update miscalculates root of underenrollment crisis, board trustees say

Tough conversations about racial segregation and economic disparity need to be had before the Austin Independent School District’s Facility Master Plan update is approved, some trustees said at the March 27 meeting of the AISD board.Monday night, members of the…

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, 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…

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