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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

 

February 25, 2019, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS: Superintendent’s School Consolidations Update

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. MOU with ACC for Ready, Set, Teach Program
    2. Human Sexuality and Responsibility Scope and Sequence Revision for Grades 3 – 8
      1. The Board is putting out a request for proposals for human sexuality and responsibility curriculum that will “include the most current scientifically accurate information regarding child and adolescent health issues, contraception, and accurate information on failure rates, and risk reduction of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV,” as required by Board policy.
  • Facilities
    1. Contract for construction manager-at-risk firms for school modernization projects
    2. Contract for renovations at Allison ES, Akins HS, Casey ES, Highland Park ES, Kealing MS, Mathews ES, Odom ES, and Pleasant Hill ES
  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of the Executive Director for Special Education for Austin ISD
  • Policy
    1. TASB Policy Update 112, see BoardDocs Agenda Item 15.1 for all changes am

 9:05 PM President’s Report

  • Equity Policy Update

9:10 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • African American History Month (Statement)
  • School Name Changes (Possible Action)
  • Reinvention Roadmap for Repurposing, Consolidations, Boundaries and Better Facilities, see draft timeline here (Action)

Feburary 4, 2019 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment:

  • Only 22 of 30 slots were filled
    • Many speakers addressing changes to sex education curriculum, school renaming, and Celebration Church.

2.      Public Hearing: Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

  • 2017-2018 TAPR data was released in December 2018 providing school-level performance and demographic data. Check out your school’s TAPR here.
  • No one signed up to speak

3.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda passed unanimously
  • Board approved 2019 – 2020 Instructional Calendar 8-0-1
    • Austin ISD adopts 2019-20 school calendar. Here’s what changed – Statesman
    • Trustee Mathias abstained after discussion of including formal recognition of days celebrating Hispanic leaders on the calendar, as with Martin Luther King Day. Response was that the calendar was only to show days off from school.
    • 2020 Graduation will be taking place between Friday May 22, 2020 and Thursday, May 28th, 2020 coinciding with the end of school.

February 4, 2019, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS:  Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) 

7:25 PM   Public Comment

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

8:35 PM Public Hearing – 2018 Annual Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

9:05 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    • SY2019-20 Instructional Calendar
  • Business & Finance
    • Amendment to Contract for Residential Treatment Center Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Facilities
    • Contract for construction/renovations at Lee ES, Walnut Creek ES, Reilly ES, Jordan ES, Houston ES, Hill ES, and O. Henry MS
    • Resolution of AISD regarding acquisition of property for modernization of Doss ES and Norman ES
  • Human Resources
    • MOU with Stephen F. Austin State University for Educator Preparation Program
    • MOU between AISD and Texas A&M University for ALEC Teacher Education Program
    • MOU between AISD and the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany) for Student Exchange Program
  • Items for Separate Vote
    • Approval of an Electric Utility Easement Agreement for Menchaca ES and Govalle ES

 

November 26, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

1. Swearing in of New Trustees

  • District 1: LaTisha Anderson
  • District 4: Trustee Kristin Ashy
  • At-Large: Runoff Election

2. Public Comment

  • 20 slots were filled, remaining slots filled by waitlist
  • Speakers voiced support for renaming Fulmore after Sarah Lively
  • Teachers spoke in opposition to increasing class sizes and reducing planning time

3. Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda items 11.1 to 14.3 passed unanimously 7-0-0
  • Consent Agenda items 15.1 to 15.3 passed 7-0-1; Trustee Elenz abstained
    • Various interlocal contracts between AISD and UT
  • Item 10.1 Adoption of Instructional Materials Adoption Committee; Board voted to move item to next meeting to give administration time to increase number of Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALTs) on the committee 7-1-0; Trustee Mathias opposed. He was adamant that this would slow down the process of delivering new materials.

4. Superintendent’s Report

  • School Name Changes
    • Board voted to rename Allan campus after Anita Ferrales Coy 6-1-1; Trustee Teich opposed and Trustee Ashy abstained
    • Read about Allan Renaming Committee’s process and recommendation here
    • Trustees chose not to make motions for renaming other schools so there were no other votes.
  • Budget Priorities
    • If the status quo of declining enrollment and increasing recapture continues, reserves will be exhausted in the next few years. CFO, Nicole Conley Johnson Anticipates a $60 million budget shortfall next year.
    • AISD’s Budget Priorities are that Every Child Will:
      • Thrive in exemplary schools
      • Read on level by 3rd grade
      • Excel with exceptional teachers
    • Budget Stabilization Task Force to deliver their recommendations on Dec. 14
    • Austin ISD faces unpopular options to fix budget: closing schools and redrawing boundaries

November 26, 2018, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS:  Swearing in New Board Members, School Name Changes, & Budget Priorities

 7:25 PM Items Pertaining to Board Elections

  • Recognition of Outgoing Board Members
  • Administration of Oath of Office for Positions 1, 4, 6, and 7

 8:20 PM   Public Comment

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

9:30 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    1. Selection of 2019 Instructional Materials Adoption Committee Members
  • Business & Finance
    1. 2018 Tax Levy
    2. 1st Quarterly Budget Amendment Reports for July – September 2018
    3. 1st Quarterly Budget, Investment and Tax Reports for July – September 2018
    4. Monthly Budget Amendment Reports for October 2018
    5. Contract for Interlocal Agreement with North East ISD
    6. External Financial Audit for 2017 – 2018
    7. Amendment and renewal of Agreement with Central Health for MAP Program
    8. Approval of MOU for Children’s Mental Health Partnership of Travis County
  • Facilities
    1. Contract for renovations at Martin MS, roof improvements at Palm ES, and repair and violation remediation for stormwater facilities
  • Human Resources
    1. Routine personnel actions
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Interlocal Cooperation Contract between AISD and UT Heart of Texas Writing Project
    2. Interlocal Cooperation Contract between AISD and UT for Professional Education
    3. Interlocal Agreement with UT Austin Latino Research Initiative for Nepo Club Program

10:00 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • School Name Changes, read the Task Force’s criteria
  • Budget Priorities and Staffing Guidelines

10:30 PM Executive Session (closed)

  • Board will consider and take appropriate action concerning board secretary vacancy

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

October 29, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

 

1.      Public Comment:

  • 20 slots were filled, remaining slots filled by waitlist

2.      Public Hearing: 18-19 TEA Improvement Plans

  • One person signed up to speak

3.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda items 10.1 – 15.3 pass unanimously 7-0-0, Trustee Elenz was absent from the meeting
    • Increased student-to-teacher ratios of 23-to-1 at Lee ES and Highland ES
    • Targeted Improvement Plans (TIP) for four Improvement Required (IR) schools: Widen ES, Sadler Means YWLA, Graduation Prep Academy @ Travis, and Rosedale. See all plans under Item 10.2 on BoardDocs.
    • New interim principal at Akins: Tina Salazar
  • Item 16.1 Partnership with UT for Student Teacher Preparation, approved 6-0-1. Trustee Gordon abstained due to his connection to UT

4.      President’s Report

 

October 29, 2018, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS:  Superintendent’s Evaluation & TEA Improvement Plans

 7:25 PM   Public Comment

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

 8:35 PM Public Hearing 2018-19 TEA Improvement Plans  

9:10 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    • Child Care Local Match Contribution Agreement
    • 2018-19 Improvement Plans for Widen ES, Sadler Means YWLA, GPA at Travis ECHS, and Rosedale School
    • 2018-19 Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Grant
  • Business & Finance
  • Facilities
    • Contract for Construction Manager-at-Risk selected for Norman ES Modernization
    • Lease agreement b/w AISD and Travis County for Juvenile Justice Alternative Ed Program
  • Human Resources
    • Appointment of Principal of Akins HS
    • Student Teacher Preparation Partnership MOU with Texas State & Texas Tech
    • Class-size Exceptions for Fall 2018
  • Policy
  • Items for Separate Vote
    • 2018-19 Student Teacher Preparation Partnership MOY with UT

9:35 President’s Report

  • Announcement of 2018 Board Continuing Education Credits
  • Consideration of Superintendent’s Evaluation and/or Contract Amendment

 9:40 Superintendent’s Report

  • Dyslexia Awareness Month

September 24, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment:

  • All 30 slots were filled
    • Many speakers shared opinions about the decision to modernize Sanchez Elementary. Concerns raised:
      • The Bond specified a modernization project for the Eastside Memorial Vertical Team, however, Sanchez ES is in the Austin Vertical Team.
      • Does the decision to modernize Sanchez mean that Zavala ES or Metz ES could close?
      • Safety concerns about Sanchez being close to the I35
      • Concerns that the engagement process pit schools against each other for resources
    • Casis ES parents expressed frustrations with leveling of a kindergarten teacher at their campus and how the administration handled it.
    • Community members spoke in support of the East Austin Manifesto

2.      Presentation of AISD School Financial Integrity Rating for 2018

  • No one signed up to speak at the Public Hearing
  • AISD receives a perfect store of 100 and a rating of Superior from TEA
  • Moody’s gives AISD an Aaa bond rating

3.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda passes unanimously 7-0, Trustee Geronimo Rodriguez was absent from this meeting and did not participate in any votes
  • Approval of Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) Roster
    • Trustee Julie Cowan raised concern that the board was unfamiliar with the SHAC appointee process and that this affected diversity of opinion on this team.
      • Lisa Goodnow, Associate Superintendent of Academics and SEL, explained that the board must appoint at least 5 members, and others may apply and be approved by the board.
    • Board approved the proposed SHAC roster 6-0-1, with Trustee Cowan abstaining

September 24, 2018, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS:  Elementary Modernization Project Approval

 7:25 PM   Public Comment

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

 8:45 PM Presentation of Austin ISD School Financial Integrity Rating for 2018

  • Followed by Public Hearing at 8:45 PM

9:15 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    1. Approval of Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) 2018 – 2019 Roster and Board of Trustees SHAC Member Appointment
    2. Metz, Sanchez, Zavala Elementary Modernization Project
    3. Agreement between ACC and AISD for Dual Credit Educational Partnerships
  • Business & Finance
    1. Contract for Advanced Email Protection and Analysis Solution
    2. Contracts for Security Cameras and Camera Installation
    3. Contracts for Membership and Participation in Purchasing Cooperatives
  • Facilities
    1. Approval of Electric Utility Easement Agreement at New Southwest Elementary School
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Interlocal Agreement with City of Austin: Mexican American Cultural Center
    2. Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
    3. Building Use Agreement with UT at Frank Erwin Center for 2019 Commencement Ceremonies
    4. Advise TX Interlocal Agreement with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and UT