6/19/2017 AISD Board Meeting Notes

June 19, 2017, Meeting Follow Up

1.     Ceremonial Oath of Office for District 6 Trustee – Geronimo Rodriguez Jr.

2.     Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled; many constituents speaking on topics related to bond projects at Eastside Memorial, L.C. Anderson High, and LASA as well as he Mueller Middle School

3.      Public Hearing

  • No speakers signed up to speak on the 17-18 Budget & Tax Rate or the flexible schedule for Travis & Lanier

4.     Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Translation & Interpretation Services pulled for a separate vote – Trustee Anderson discussed concern about paying these contracted employees more than district employees
  • Approved the sale of district properties valued at $11.8 million
  • Consent Agenda passed unanimously after brief discussion

5.     Superintendent’s Report

  • Adoption of the recommended FY2018 Budget
    • Approved $1.45 billion budget and tax rate, giving employees a 1.5% raise.
    • Recapture is expected to be $534 million this year, the district will use $54 million from reserves to cover costs
  • Adoption of an order calling a 2017 Bond Election
    • Extensive discussion on the importance of keeping the bond below $1 billion to prevent an increase of the tax rate
    • Multiple amendments to include projects at Blazier and Cowan, as well as a new Northeast middle school built on Mueller land, all failed because they caused the bond to exceed $1 billion
    • Trustees approved bond projects but delayed formal vote until next week

6/19/2017 AISD Board Agenda Preview

June 19, 2017, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS: Vote on 17-18 budget and calling of November bond

7:40 PM   Public Comment

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

 8:50 PM Public Hearing

  • FY2017-2018 Recommended Budget and Tax Rate
  • Optional flexible school day program for Graduation Prep Academy @ Travis & Lanier

 9:35 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    1. SY 2016-2017 General staff development & attendance related waiver
    2. TEA Innovative Course Application
    3. Optional flexible school day program for Grad Prep Academy @ Travis & Lanier
  • Business & Finance
    1. Final budget amendment for FY16-17
    2. Approval of an agreement for private nursing, Montessori professional development and materials, charter bus, central warehouse equipment, fine arts & creative learning partnerships, network storage, translation, tree care, and moving services
    3. Adopt a resolution declaring certain AISD-owned property as surplus and authorizing agreements of sale & purchase
    4. Approval of the proposed 17-18 audit plan
  • Facilities
    1. Selection of contractor: demolition of T.A. Brown ES & repair of floors district-wide
    2. Approval of additional services for existing contracts for bond projects
    3. Authorization to use purchasing cooperatives for construction
  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of principal of Allison ES & Norman ES
  • Policy
    1. Proposed amendments to FFA, Student Welfare, Wellness and Health Services
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Approval for Heart of Texas Writing Project Dual Language MS Teacher Training
    2. FY 2017-18 Renewal of the facility construction and use agreement between the City of Austin and AISD for the J.J. Pickle ES/ St. John’s Community Center

 10:05 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • Adoption of the recommended FY2018 Budget
  • Adoption of an order calling a 2017 Bond Election

5/22 AISD Board Meeting Notes

May 22, 2017, Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

All 30 slots filled and speakers spoke on a variety of topics including: support for continued funding of the Dual Language program, Alejandro Delgado for District 6 Trustee appointment and need for facility improvements

2.      Public Hearing

  • 2013 Bond Contingency Program Funds Utilization
    • CFO, Nicole Conley asked for board authorization to use funds to deal with smaller facilities contingencies that might arise during the school year

2.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda passed unanimously after brief discussion

3.   President’s Report

  • Discussion about adjusting timeline for appointing D6 Trustee in order to have someone in place for graduation ceremonies – ultimately decided to stick with the original timeline in consideration of GACC candidate forum. Candidate interviews on May 30, appointment on June 12

4.      Superintendent’s Report

  • Presentation of the recommended 2017-18 Budget
  • Preview of preliminary FABPAC bond proposal
    • Key takeaways from community engagement sessions
      • Increase communication to non-parents
      • Explain to constituents how bonds can be passed without raising taxes
      • Explain the phasing/timelines of projects more clearly
    • Equity Sub-committee
      • Will develop a white paper on equity to better inform process for successors

5/22 AISD Board Agenda Preview

May 22, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS: Process for filing D6 vacancy, FABPAC bond discussion, 17-18 budget recommendations & Equity Plan update

7:30 PM   Public Comment

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

 8:40 PM Public Hearing

  • 2013 Bond Contingency Program Funds Utilization

 9:10 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    1. Amendments to ACC agreements for integrated training and education programming/ESL
    2. Proclamation 2017 instructional materials adoption recommendations
  • Business & Finance
    1. Budget, investment, and tax reports for Jan., Feb., and Mar. 2017
    2. Approval of resolution regarding hazardous traffic conditions, agreements for desktop computers, Chromebooks, AVID program, intervention programs for reading and math, and meal price increase
  • Facilities
    1. Selection of contractor for playscapes at Cook, Ortega, Rodriguez, and St. Elmo
    2. Approval of guaranteed maximum price for renovations at Highland Park Elm.
    3. Approval of design for addition and renovations at Mills, Odom, and Rodriguez Elm. School
    4. Selection of Master Planning Consultant
    5. Approval of the use of 2013 Bond Contingency Funds
  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of the Principal of Zilker Elm. School
    2. Appointment of the Executive Director of Talent Acquisition & Development
    3. Consultation agreement between AISD and Education Austin: employee compensation
  • Policy
    1. District of Innovation related policies
    2. Proposed amendments to internal audit department charter
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Approval of agreement for transportation services to Earth Camp
    2. State of Texas Interagency Cooperation Contract for UTPrep STEM program

 9:40 PM President’s Report

  • Process for Appointment to fill board vacancy in AISD District 6

 10:10 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • Update on Equity Plan
  • Presentation of the recommended 2017-18 Budget
  • Preview of preliminary FABPAC Bond Proposal