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Tag Archives: AISD

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Samantha Zern

AISD budget task force begins tackling $30M deficit

At the Monday night meeting of the AISD Budget Stabilization Task Force, the 31-member group focused on establishing priorities and procedures as it begins the process of developing recommendations to balance the district’s budget.The task force, made up of Austin…

Monday, July 16, 2018 by Claire McInerny

New principal hopes project-based learning will improve academics at Mendez

When students at Mendez Middle School return to school next month, there will be new curriculum – and a new principal.After Mendez failed state standards four years in a row, the Austin Independent School District agreed to let an outside…

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by Claire McInerny

What should I ask of my legislators if I want Texas’ school funding system to change?

It’s a typical summer day at Emily Herrington’s house in Northeast Austin. Her two daughters, Penly, 7, and Laurel, 3, are playing with their kittens and reading books in the living room.Penly is going into second grade at Blanton Elementary…

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Mose Buchele

New data show lead in drinking water at five more Austin schools

Lead has been found in the drinking water of five Austin public schools, new data obtained by Environment Texas from the Austin Independent School District shows. It’s the second time in the past year the toxic metal has been discovered…

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Norman and Sims end school year as separate schools, before combining this fall

The Austin Independent School District is hosting a picnic Saturday to introduce the Norman and Sims elementary school communities to one another before they combine as one school in August.Students from Norman will go to school in the Sims building…

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s infill builders raise $10K to pay for 3,400 student lunches

With an eye toward public education, infill developers in Austin are tackling a new problem.Builders Care Austin, a 501(c)(3) that allows infill builders around town to make philanthropic contributions, has raised $10,000 to help pay off the lunch debts of…

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

How can city government help Austin parents with child care?

The high cost of day care, which can easily run $1,000 per month, is one of a number of expenses that are making the city increasingly inhospitable to working- and middle-class families. City Council is exploring ways to make child care…

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Two community groups compete for job to help turn Mendez Middle School around

Mendez Middle School will be run by a group outside the Austin Independent School District next year. At a meeting last night, two groups explained to parents, teachers and community members how they would improve academics at the school.Mendez has…

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Middle school turnaround plan impresses board

Having to reinvest in a failing school is typically a somber affair, but the Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees was pleasantly surprised by the thought and energy that had been put into the Burnet Middle School Turnaround Plan…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: What blind spots?

Colossus of roads… “There’s no question that I am probably the largest road proponent in the Milky Way.” Thus Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty began a stemwinder about his transportation prescription for Central Texas at a luncheon hosted by the…

Friday, January 26, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD delays decision to rename schools named for Confederate figures

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees is slowing down its timeline for a vote on whether to change the names of five schools named after Confederate figures.When the school board started this discussion in November, it proposed changing…

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

AISD submits top picks for Transformation Zone partner

After meeting with representatives from eight Northeast Austin campus advisory councils last week, the Austin Independent School District administration has selected its top picks for the role of design partner in a Transformation Zone grant. Empower Schools Inc. from Boston…

Friday, December 29, 2017 by Austin Monitor

2017: A Monitor year in review

City Manager search Oh boy. City Council closed out the year by (finally) appointing new City Manager Spencer Cronk more than a year after former manager Marc Ott announced his departure. That is great news for a city that has…

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Claire McInerny

No Austin schools are being consolidated … yet

No Austin schools will permanently consolidate, but it could happen if under-enrolled schools in East Austin do not boost enrollment over the next few years.In documents published last week, timelines for school construction projects showed six schools in East Austin…

Friday, December 1, 2017 by Claire McInerny

What is Alamo Drafthouse going to do with AISD property in Hyde Park?

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees voted this week to sell property in the Hyde Park neighborhood to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for $10.6 million.The Baker Center is in a former school building at 3908 Avenue B, which…

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

School district announces first-year bond project timelines

The Austin Independent School District is not wasting any time putting the 2017 bond money to use, according to a presentation by Superintendent Paul Cruz at the school board’s Nov. 27 meeting. Cruz emphasized that strict adherence to project timelines…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by KUT News

AISD and Travis County bonds win easy victories

AISDVoters resoundingly supported the Austin Independent School District bond, which maintained a wide margin of victory all Tuesday evening. In the end, 72.06 percent voted in favor of the bond.Austin ISD posed a $1.05 billion bond question to do improvements…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Vows, complaints and questions

Not half bad… The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors has been challenged to walk its talk. At last Tuesday’s work session, activist Zenobia Joseph took aim at the agency’s proposed bus network redesign and the claims that it…

Monday, October 23, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD seeks environmental flexibility in redevelopment of Barton Springs schools

The Austin Independent School District is one step closer to reaching an agreement with the city that would allow it to redevelop some of its overcrowded campuses in order to accommodate growth in student populations. At its meeting last Wednesday,…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Claire McInerny

Mentors help drive attendance at Austin schools

Students in Central Texas miss more days of school than kids in any other part of the state.Around 10 percent of local students are chronically absent, meaning they miss more than 18 school days a year. A quarter of Austin…

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