March 26, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Many speakers concerned with potential school closings at Norman ES and Mendez MS

2.      Consent Agenda & Considerations:

  • Consent Agenda passed unanimously
  • Consent Items pulled for a separate vote (architectural and engineering contracts), passed 7-0-1, Trustee Mathias abstained
  • Items pulled from the dais for a separate vote
    • Norman & Sims Modernization
    • Contract for Desktop and Laptop Computers
      • Approved 8-0-1, Trustee Cowan abstained
      • Trustee Anderson raised concern that this contract limited teachers’ technology choices
    • Appointment of Operations Officer for AISD
      • Approved 8-0-1, Trustee Gordon abstained
      • Rationale shared with board member regarding appointment -This is a new position the district has created to take some pressure off of Nicole Conley as her work with the Public School Finance Commission continues. This person is uniquely qualified to assist with workload associated with bond projects due to their strong finance and construction background. An entire department was streamlined in order to justify spending on such a position.
      • Newly hired Austin ISD executive to oversee his current employer

Austin Independent School District School Board.