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