Tag Archives: AISD Board of Trustees

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…

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…

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…

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…

Monday, May 9, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: AISD tax swap

Austin Independent School District trustees Paul Saldana and Gina Hinajosa join Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about a proposed tax swap between the district and the City of Austin. Sponsored by Austin Water. Post is embedded below.

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…

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic commission postpones Robert E. Lee decision

Last month, the Austin Independent School District voted to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary school, which currently honors a Confederate general from the Civil War. Although renaming issues persist, the concern has largely been resolved. However, at…

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…

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD looks into becoming “innovation” district

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees heard a proposal that could provide the district with more flexibility in its establishment of school hours, student-to-teacher ratios and teacher benefits, among other things. According to AISD Superintendent Paul…

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD announces Lee Elementary decision deadline

In a year defined by hard conversations about race and historical legacies, the Austin Independent School District has finally announced a date to vote on a potential name change for Robert E. Lee Elementary School. The issue was brought to…

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD staff to formalize HUB participation program

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees directed staff to move forward with final plans for the district’s first official historically underutilized business program (known as HUB), though many board members expressed reservations. Although the issue has…

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD moves ahead with new equity assessment model

It’s been more than a year since the Texas Civil Rights Project sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education to call attention to disparities in the ways the Austin Independent School District educates its students. And despite AISD…

Monday, January 18, 2016 by Austin Monitor

January campaign finance filings are here

It’s January, and that means that local elections are starting to heat up. Jan. 15 campaign finance reports are in, offering insight into spring elections and crumbs for speculation about fall elections. For candidates seeking office in Travis County this…

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Shrinking AISD enrollment could be new normal

Trustees for the Austin Independent School District are asking district staff to let them know what variables they have control over after hearing grim student enrollment projections. At Monday’s workshop meeting, board members heard the results of an annual demographics report…

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD hires marketing firm to tackle enrollment woes

Land purchases and resignation announcements aside, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees took additional steps to address the district’s enrollment issues Monday. In a 7-0 vote with trustees Kendall Pace and Edmund Gordon abstaining, the board decided to spend…

Monday, December 14, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Departures and Debriefings

That’s that, then … On Friday, the Austin Monitor learned that Richard Viktorin has resigned from his part-time position in City Council Member Ora Houston’s office following her vote on tax incentives for the Circuit of the Americas. Word of…

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