Tag Archives: AISD Board of Trustees

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Study: AISD passive participant in discrimination

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees heard troubling news Monday: AISD’s contracting process does nothing to combat entrenched discriminatory practices among businesses and governmental entities in the Austin area, according to a recent disparity study. The study, which began…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD changes school naming policy, barely

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees unanimously tweaked its facilities naming policy. Although the change clarified the district’s ability to abolish controversial school names, it provided little guidance on if and how such a process might…

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD delays, but keeps “new” LASA on table

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees heard a barrage of new academic program proposals for South Austin on Monday. But at the end of the meeting, the long-discussed idea of creating South Austin’s version of the district’s prestigious…

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD punts Confederate name changes to committee

With tension hanging thick in the air, Austin Independent School District trustees’ tempers rose as they discussed ways to tackle the politically and racially charged topic of potentially changing Confederate-related names associated with five AISD schools: Robert E. Lee Elementary…

Monday, November 2, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD tightens military access to students

Military recruiters seeking to sign up future servicemen and -women will have less access to Austin Independent School District students than they did one year ago. On Monday, board members unanimously adopted new language in the district’s visitors policy that…

Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD reviews staffing; changes could cost millions

With enrollment dropping, a tight budget and no sign of relief from the Supreme Court of Texas, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees trudged forward with its budget discussion Monday, assuming another year of limited resources and growing…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD trustees appoint Wagner to D7 spot

The Austin Independent School District concluded a more than six-week appointment process at its regular meeting Monday when, in a 7-0 vote — with Secretary Jayme Mathias abstaining — board members appointed Yasmin Wagner to South Austin’s District 7 seat.…

Monday, September 21, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD District 7 candidate forums conclude

Two Austin Independent School District trustees and about 40 residents packed Baranoff Elementary School’s cafeteria this weekend to hear District 7 candidates Yasmin Wagner and Jonathan “Dale” Sump field questions. Saturday’s meeting was the third and final in-district forum. Now…

Friday, September 18, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD begins South Austin academic talks

Even if the Austin Independent School District trustees come to an agreement in December, a new, advanced academic program in South Austin probably will not open its doors until the 2017-2018 school year, said Superintendent Paul Cruz. At the board’s…

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD avoids dipping into savings

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget at Monday’s regular meeting, and thanks to a record increase in certified property values, the district will most likely avoid dipping into its contingency funds. This year’s…

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD changes on the horizon after 84th session

Teachers, staff and students are no strangers to state legislators fiddling with school ratings or standardized testing, and this past legislative session was no exception. Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees received an update on changes brought…

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD trustees lean toward transparent appointment process

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees laid out a timeline for potential District 7 applicants at a special meeting Tuesday night. Most of that process will be open to the public. In a 6-1 decision with District 1…

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD hears final budget draft

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District’s chief financial officer gave trustees the good news first: AISD will have more revenue than it expected to have in June’s version of the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget. But most of it will go to…

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD seat open to applicants

Austin Independent School District board members achieved another small step in the ever-evolving process to replace longtime Board Member Robert Schneider. At Monday’s workshop meeting, trustees decided to open Southwest Austin’s District 7 seat to all qualified applicants instead of appointing the area’s…

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD forgoes special election

In a dramatic, down-to-the-wire 4-4 decision late Monday night, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees opted to appoint a replacement for Southwest Austin’s open seat rather than dish out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a special election.…

Monday, July 27, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Lack of program metrics could complicate AISD equity assessment

Austin Independent School District students have roughly 98 campus-based summer programs to choose from this year. However, there is no single reliable system tracking program-related student metrics. It’s a flaw that AISD Board Member Kendall Pace said could hinder the district’s…

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD purchases $14 million in devices

Students and teachers across Austin Independent School District campuses will soon see new mobile devices popping up in classrooms, but not everyone will get an iPad in next year’s locker. AISD board members unanimously approved $14 million to purchase 20,000 new…

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD stalls on employee raises

Austin Independent School District board members heard better budgeting news Monday but still could not come to an agreement on employee raises. The wrong decision could mean “draconian” cuts in future years. Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley presented board members…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Penalty cards and petitions

Eckhardt deals a new hand from a new deck… Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt introduced last week a new method for dealing with citizens whose comments during public communications might stray outside of the Travis County Commissioner Court’s wheelhouse. Perhaps with…

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Concerns about concerns about concerns

Queen of Zoning exits City Hall stage… Betty Baker, the chief author of Austin’s historic preservation program as well as the first and only chair of the city’s 14-year-old Zoning and Platting Commission, said goodbye to her friends at the…

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