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September 23, 2019 Regular Board Meeting

7:25 PM   General Public Comment

  • Up to 10 members of the community may speak for 1 minute

7:55 PM   Public Hearing: Telehealth services

8:05 PM Presentation of School Financial Integrity Rating

8:10 PM   Public Testimony:

  • All members wishing to speak on agenda items will get to speak. Board desires to allow one minute per speaker but can reduce at board discretion if there many speakers.

8:35 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    1. Dual Credit MOU
  • Board Administration
    1. Approve Meeting Minutes
  • Business & Finance
    1. Contract for Food
    2. Monthly budget amendment report
    3. Approval for Amendment for Reading and Math Intervention
  • Facilities
    1. Approval of contracts and agreements
  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of Head Start Administrator
    2. Personnel actions: appointments, resignations, retirements, contract renewals
  • Policy
    1. SHAC and Safety and Security Bylaws
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Sidewalk agreement with City of Austin
    2. Building Use with University of Texas at Austin
    3. Interlocal agreement with UT Dell Medical School

  Superintendent’s Report

  • Adoption of Ordinance Setting Tax Rate and Exemptions

 Adjourn

August 26 2019 Meeting Follow-up

1.     Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • People spoke supporting and approving the new sex ed curriculum that was originally going to be voted on in Aug, but has been pushed

2.     Consent Agenda

  • Consent agenda passed unanimously
    • Approval of many contracts, agreements:
      • Approve flexible school day program at graduation prep programs
      • Agreement with the College Board for PSAT/NMSQT
      • Approve Meeting Minutes
      • TASB Advocacy Institute Nominees
      • Annual review of debt management policy, investment policy
      • Monthly budget amendment report
      • Interlocal agreements with: ACC, Workforce Solutions, Texas State, Central Health
      • Contract for development of strategic plan
      • Approval of Head Start Budget
      • Approval of facilities contracts
      • Appointment of ED of Transformation Zone and ED of Contracts and Procurement
      • Personnel actions: appointments, resignations, retirements, contract renewals
      • Policy Amendments and Approvals
      • 19-20 Student Code of Conduct
      • Items for Separate Vote
        • Agreements with the City of Austin
        • Agreements with UT Austin
    • Announcement was made that public comment would be formatted differently and the agenda would be structured differently for next month’s voting meeting.

3.     Superintendent’s Report

  • Attendance Awareness
  • Opening of Schools Report (video highlights from the first few days were shown)

Watch the meeting here.

August 26, 2019 Regular Board Meeting

7:25 PM   Public Comment

  • Up to 30 members of the community may speak for 2 minutes

8:35 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    1. Approve flexible school day program at graduation prep programs
    2. Agreement with the College Board for PSAT/NMSQT
  • Board Administration
    1. Approve Meeting Minutes
    2. TASB Advocacy Institute Nominees
  • Business & Finance
    1. Annual review of debt management policy, investment policy
    2. Monthly budget amendment report
    3. Interlocal agreements with: ACC, Workforce Solutions, Texas State, Central Health
    4. Contract for development of a strategic plan
    5. Approval of Head Start Budget
  • Facilities
    1. Approval of contracts
  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of ED of Transformation Zone and ED of Contracts and Procurement
    2. Personnel actions: appointments, resignations, retirements, contract renewals
  • Policy
    1. Policy Amendments and Approvals
    2. 19-20 Student Code of Conduct
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Agreements with the City of Austin
    2. Agreements with UT Austin

9:05 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • Attendance Awareness Month
  • Opening of schools Report

 935 PM Executive Session

10:20 PM Adjourn

Austin Independent School District School Board. https://www.austinisd.org/board

June 17, 2019 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Speakers spoke out against the district’s continued partnership with Celebration Church, arguing that makes AISD a less inclusive space for LGBTQ students.
    • People spoke on both sides of sex education curriculum debate. Some urged Trustees to approve the new curriculum in August, and others believe the curriculum is inappropriate and the selection process was flawed.

2.      Public Hearing

  • 4 people signed up to speak
  • All thanked the Trustees for the new employee compensation plan, giving teachers, counselors, and librarians with 5 years experience a 7% raise, and all other employees a 6% raise.

3.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda Items 10.1 – 11.3, 11.6 – 11.7, 12.2 – 13.5 passed unanimously
    • Appointment of the Principal Hill ES and approval of various MOUs with universities
  • Items Pulled for Separate Vote
  • Appointment of an Equity Officer for AISD
  • Adoption of proposed Texas Association of School Boards’ advocacy agenda
    • Read all of TASB’s resolutions on BoardDocs Item 14.8

4.      Superintendent’s Report

  • Recommended FY2020 Budget
  • Employee Compensation Plan includes across the board raises for school employees.
  • Dress Code Update
    • The board voted to update the district’s dress code for the first time since 2007. AISD said the goal of the update was to make sure students aren’t disciplined for clothing choices based on gender, gender identity, racial identity, religion, sexual orientation or body type.

 

June 17, 2019  Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS: Appointment of the Equity Officer, Adoption of FY2020 Recommended Budget, & Approval of Employee Raises

7:25 PM   Public Comment

  • Up to 30 members of the community may speak for 2 minutes

8:35 PM Public Hearing: Budget and Tax Rate

  • Contact Superintendent’s Office for questions regarding public hearing sign up

9:05 PM Consent Agenda

  • Business & Finance
    1. Contracts for private duty nursing services, property insurance, law enforcement body cameras, school mental health centers, and professional development services
    2. Final budget amendment for FY2018-2019
  • Facilities
    1. Approval of Vendor List for 21st century learner furniture
  • Human Resources
    1. MOU between AISD and University of North Texas, AISD and University of Reno, Nevada, and AISD and A&M University-Kingsville
    2. Appointment of Principal of Hill ES
    3. Appointment of Equity Officer for AISD, read the job description here
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. MOU with UT to provide UT Speech-Language Pathology students educational experience utilizing the personnel, equipment, and facilities of AISD
    2. MOU with OnRamps, a blended learning initiative at UT
    3. Adoption of proposed Texas Association of School Boards’ advocacy agenda

9:35 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • Adoption of the recommended FY2020 budget
  • Approval of AISD employee compensation plan to provide 7% base salary increase to teachers with more than 5 years experience, and a 6% base salary increase to all other existing employees effective July 1, 2019.
  • Approval of revisions to the student dress code policy; read about how school staff will enforce the dress code here.
  • Lucy Read update: AISD is currently reviewing the option of co-locating a specialty pediatric clinic for students at Rosedale at Lucy Read.

May 20, 2019 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Education Austin organized teachers and school staff to speak out about the proposed 1 percent raise. Speakers asked for a 10 percent raise for all employees, noting that the state is poised to fund AISD at historic levels.
    • Speakers also addressed concerns about the Guiding Principles, wondering whether the document sufficiently ensures that school changes will be made equitably.

2.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda passed unanimously
  • Items Pulled for Separate Vote
    • 6: Hazardous routes approved unanimously.
    • 9: Contract with Addision Group for temporary employees for Human Resources and Finance department approved unanimously. Admin explained that IT support/technical positions are difficult to fill and they need recruiting support.
    • 11: Contract for student growth assessment data and software approved unanimously

3.      Superintendent’s Report

  • Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) Presentation
    • PPfT is a human capital system that provides supplemental compensation for teachers on one of three leadership “pathways”: (1) literacy, (2) social and emotional learning, or (3) transformative technology. Teachers can work towards a series of micro-credentials, earning points that can increase their base salary.
  • Guiding Principles
    • Trustees voted to approve the Guiding Principles, a document that will provide guidance for administration as they move forward with school repurposing, consolidations, and closures, passed 8-0-1. Trustee Singh opposed.
    • Amendment reading “Cap percentage of economically disadvantaged students experiencing school closures after more information has been received and after the equity officer has been hired.” approved 5-4. Trustees Ashe, Wagner, Elenz, and Rodriguez voted against.

May 20, 2019, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS: Discussion of repurposing, consolidation, & more efficient use of schools & facilities

 7:25 PM   Public Comment

  • Up to 30 members of the community may speak for 2 minutes

 8:35 PM Consent Agenda

  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of Principal of Joslin ES, Lanier HS, Linder ES, Pease ES, and Ridgetop ES
    2. Appointment of Executive Director for Human Resource Services
    3. Appointment of Executive Director, School Leadership – Elementary Schools
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Approval of wastewater and water utility easements with the City of Austin for Doss ES

8:30 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • School Changes
    1. The Board will approve Guiding Principles for the School Changes process work on repurposing, consolidation, and better facilities planning
    2. Region Map

Austin Independent School District School Board. https://www.austinisd.org/board 

April 22, 2019 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Speakers voiced concerns about the 1% pay raise for teachers being too low and leaving out classified staff
    • Speakers brought up issues with dual language implementation
    • Speakers expressed hope that AISD’s new Equity Officer would have the authority to make necessary changes

2.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda passed unanimously
    • Appointment of the Principal of Cook ES, LBJ ECHS, Murchison MS, and Travis ECHS
  • Items Pulled for Separate Vote
    • Various maintenance agreements approved 8-0-1, Trustee Wagner abstained
    • Agreement with UT to designate AISD as sub-award recipient for grant to provide Writers Workshops in Elementary Bilingual Classrooms approved 8-0-1, Trustee Elenz abstained

3.      Superintendent’s Report

  • Preliminary Budget for 2019-2020
    • See proposed budget increases and decreases here.
    • Workshops for the public to attend:
      • Academics and Economic Opportunity Panel
        • This panel will focus on the district’s academic priorities and responses to the changing economic landscape in Central Texas
        • Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 pm @ Alternative Learning Center
      • Equity and School Community Benefit Panel
        • This panel will focus on how the district can continue to meet community needs and how the reinvention process presents an opportunity to increase equity in the district.
        • Thursday, April 25 from 6 to 8 pm @ Dobie Middle School

 

April 22, 2019, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS: 2019-2020 Preliminary Budget & Multi-Year Stabilization Plan

 6:50 PM   Public Comment

  • Up to 30 members of the community may speak for 2 minutes

 8:00 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    1. 2018-19 Service agreement between AISD and Con Mi Madre
  • Business & Finance
    1. Software for Special Education, 504 and related services
    2. Resolution for the approval of Travis Central Appraisal District Real Estate Acquisition
    3. Monthly Budget Amendment Reports for the Month of March 2019
    4. Interlocal Agreement between AISD and A&M AgriLife Extension Service Programs
  • Facilities
    1. AISD to contract with Drenner Group P.C. for real estate entitlement and land use consulting
  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of Principal of Cook ES, LBJ ECHS, Murchison MS, and Travis ECHS
  • Policy
    1. Proposed Amendments to Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) policy
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Approval of Utility Easement Agreements at TA Brown ES, Menchaca ES, and Bowie HS
    2. Grant Agreement between AISD and UT: Development and Implementation of Writers Workshop in Elementary Bilingual Classrooms

8:30 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • Presentation of FY 2019-20 Preliminary Budget and Multi-year Stabilization Plan

 

March 25, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

1. Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Speakers voiced opinions for and against the renaming of Sidney Lanier HS
    • AISD employees spoke out against a reorganization of the Academics & SEL departments

2. Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda Items 8.1 – 10.1; 10.3 – 12.2 passed unanimously, including:
    • Contract with United Way for early childhood services; Statesman Article
    • Appointment of the Principal of Williams ES
  • Items Pulled for Separate Vote
    • Agreement with the City of Austin to provide funding for the startup costs for pre-K classrooms for 3 year-olds. City of Austin has agreed to give AISD up to $80,000 for furniture, curriculum and supplies. Read the agreement here.
      • Passed 8-0-1, Trustee Wagner abstains because of her work with the City of Austin
    • Agreement with UT for teacher and administrator prep programs passed 8-0-1, Trustee Elenz abstains because of her work with UT

3. Superintendent’s Report