Tag Archives: AISD

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD approves $1.3 billion budget

Trustees with the Austin Independent School District approved a $1.3 billion operating budget for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year in an 8-0-1 vote Monday night, with District 1 Trustee Edmund Gordon abstaining. It is the largest budget AISD has ever…

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

At Lee Elementary, the sign remains the same

Last week, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees took the bold step of changing the name of Lee Elementary School to Lee Elementary School. However, if a group pushing for preservation of the school’s original sign has its…

Monday, May 23, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Proposed ordinance puts charter schools at odds with neighborhoods

Though they gave it a shot, members of the Planning Commission’s Committee on Codes and Ordinances were unable to reach an agreement on what to do with the draft ordinance that would remove site development plan exemptions for charter schools.Andrew…

Friday, May 20, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Facing pressure, flagship Torchy’s drops alcohol waiver request

Anyone who has been to the South Congress Torchy’s Tacos since it opened in January might be surprised to learn that alcohol sales aren’t soon on the way. Since its opening, the restaurant has featured two large bars — one…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD Trustees favor new Lee for Lee Elementary

After a near-yearlong process, Austin Independent School District trustees heard three final choices for the renaming of Robert E. Lee Elementary school at their Monday workshop meeting.Although not set to formally vote until May 23, board members reached a verbal…

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.

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…

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD to seek bids for 10 properties

The Austin Club and the Austin Independent School District’s centrally located administrative headquarters — as well as other district-owned properties — might soon see an ownership change. On Monday, the AISD board of trustees announced that 10 district properties that are…

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

TNC petition is valid, and Adler has a new idea

Almost as quickly as City Clerk Jannette Goodall could say that the Ridesharing Works for Austin petition signatures were valid, Mayor Steve Adler announced that he had a new idea to add to the litany of concepts already proposed for how to…

Monday, February 1, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Late nights and postponements

Late meeting, again… Early in its tenure, the new City Council took pains to promise the public that the era of late Council meetings was over. A year later, that promise has not come to fruition, and Thursday some Council…

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Grove PUD promises housing for teachers

Though the Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development hasn’t made much progress through the city’s boards and commissions yet, that hasn’t stopped developers from moving forward in some respects.Yesterday, ARG Bull Creek Ltd. announced plans to set aside 19…

Monday, December 21, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The squirrel can’t help it

Is this on?… He was upfront about recusing himself from the vote, but City Council Member Don Zimmerman didn’t sit quietly during the discussion of legal fees associated with the lawsuit he has filed against the city over campaign finance…

Monday, November 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Where have all the children gone? Commission studies Austin’s shrinking family share

Success has come at a cost for families with children in Austin.At its most recent meeting, the Planning Commission took a look at how decreased affordability is impacting families in Austin and started a conversation about how it might address the…

Monday, November 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We do declare

Preservation fight perseveres… Delivering complications once again, the ongoing struggle to create a local historic district in the Bluebonnet Hills section of Travis Heights has experienced another unique twist. This past week, opponents delivered to the city a second valid…

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD considers new East Austin school

The Austin Independent School District has a chance to build a school on free land, but unfortunately that land is situated in a somewhat contentious area where current schools are struggling to fill seats and others have historically been insufficient…

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD talks prison pipeline; reviews current system

At Monday’s dialogue meeting, AISD trustees took their first look at the state of the district’s “school-to-prison pipeline” system, examining the district’s policies and practices that push students out of the classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.Speaking…

Monday, October 5, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD to begin video ticketing

During a quick approval of Monday’s consent agenda, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees unanimously OK’d the use of camera-based ticketing to help curb drivers’ illegal passing of stopped school buses.AISD entered into a one-year renewable contract with…

Monday, October 5, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Monitored

Lost Highway… There’s something missing from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 Plan, but not for long. While working on a story about the 290 East Toll, also known as the Manor Expressway, one Austin Monitor reporter was left scratching his…

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.…

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD subcontractor workers potentially underpaid

An Austin Independent School District subcontractor might have shortchanged its workers by more than $12,000 in total for a project that was contracted in 2009. If settled as is, it could potentially be the largest case of wage noncompliance within…

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