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February 24, 2019 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

  • All 30 slots were filled
    • Most speakers signed up to address the board’s vote on updating the scope and sequence of Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum

2.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

3.      President’s Report

  • Austin ISD will be hiring a new Equity Officer and drafting an equity policy

4.      Superintendent’s Report

  • Trustee LaTisha Anderson made a motion to rename Reagan Early College High School, Northeast Early College High School. The motion was approved 8-1-0; Trustee Teich opposed citing that the community doesn’t want this change and the high cost associated with name changes. Trustee Mathias also asked the board to turn its attention to west Austin schools with Confederate namesakes like Lamar MS and Austin HS.
  • Board approves Reinvention Roadmap for repurposing, consolidations, boundaries and better facilities unanimously, see timeline & story from Austin American Statesman.

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.

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

August 27, 2018, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS:  Accountability Results & Tax Rate

 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. Approval for Memorandum of Agreement between AISD and Texas School for the Deaf, and AISD and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    2. 2018 – 2019 Service Agreements with Seedling Foundation & Communities in School
    3. 2018 – 2018 Notice of Grant Award: ACE Texas 21st Century Learning Center
    4. Establishment of a Local Graduation Committee as an alternative for students graduating under TAKS
  • Business & Finance
    1. Contracts for Compostable & Reusable Food Trays & Rapid Response Services
    2. Amendment to a contract for School Mental Health Centers at Anderson, Bowie, and Crockett High Schools
    3. Interlocal Agreement with Integral Care for 16 School Mental Health Center
    4. Budget Amendment for FY2018-19
    5. Approval of FY2019-20 and 2020-21 Budget Development Calendar
    6. Annual Review of the AISD Debt Management Policy
  • Facilities
    1. Contract for repair and replacement of selected roof areas at Lamar MS and HVAC units in portable classrooms at various AISD facilities
  • Human Resources
    1. DEC (LOCAL) Policy Revision
    2. Appointment of the Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools for AISD
    3. Appointment of the Executive Director of Middle Schools & Exec. Director of High Schools
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Agreement with College Board for PSAT/NMSQT Early Participation Program
    2. 2018-2019 Renewal of Interlocal Agreement with UT for Literacy First
    3. 2018-2019 Educational Experience Affiliation Agreement with UT School of Social Work

9:05 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • Certification of Graduation for students graduating under TAKS
  • Opening of Schools Report
  • Preliminary 2018 Accountability Results
  • Adoption of Ordinance Setting Tax Rate and Certain Exemptions: I&S Tax Rate and M&O Tax Rate

June 18, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment:

  • Speakers identified a lack of cultural proficiency professional development opportunities & suggested that the district’s Race & Equity Office expand from one person
  • AISD offers free breakfast and lunch to all children and teens ages 18 and younger

2.      Public Hearing: Health Services RFP

  • 6 people signed up to speak, main concern was having an RN present on every campus

3.      Public Hearing: FY2018-19 Recommended Budget and Tax Rate

  • 2 people signed up to speak

4.      Consent Agenda & Considerations:

5.      Superintendent’s Report:

June 18, 2018, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS: Adoption of FY19 Budget, Mendez T-STEM Partnership, & Mainspring Partnership 

 7:25 PM   Public Comment

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

8:35 PM Public Hearing: Health Services RFP  

9:05 PM Public Hearing: FY2018-19 Recommended Budget and Tax Rate

9:35 PM Consent Agenda

  • Academics & Curriculum
    1. Agreement with Mainspring, a charter turnaround partner
    2. Mendez and T-STEM Coalition Partnership and Final Agreement
    3. District of Innovation revisions for Dual Language & Languages Other than English (LOTE)
    4. Approval of extension of the AISD/Austin Partners in Education Cooperative Agreement
    5. Optional Flexible School Day Program for the Graduation Prep Academy campuses at Travis and Lanier HS
  • Business & Finance
    1. Contracts for district-wide professional development services
    2. Agreement for the purchase of Attendance Credits from the state for SY2018-19
    3. Final Budget Amendment for FY 2017-18
    4. District-wide HUB program recommended aspirational goals
  • Facilities
    1. Contract for construction firm for the new Administration Center
    2. Contract for architectural firm selected for Norman ES Modernization Project
  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of Principal of Bryker Woods ES, Uphaus Early Childhood Center, Covington MS, and Fulmore MS
  • Policy
    1. 2018-19 Student Code of Conduct
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Contract for Student Health Services, Request for Proposals
    2. Memorandum of Understanding with OnRamps Program at UT

9:05 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • End of School Year Report (Update)
  • Adoption of the Recommended FY2019 Budget (Action)

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

May 21, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment:

  • All 30 slots were filled
    • Many spoke in support of Special Education and Special Education teachers
    • Speakers voiced concern about “drill and kill” style teaching, deficit thinking, and Kendall Pace’s comments.

2.      Consent Agenda & Considerations:

  • Consent Agenda passed unanimously 8-0
  • Items pulled from the dais for a separate vote
    • Interlocal Agreement between UT and AISD for district’s 2017-2022 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Grant passed 6-0-2. Trustee Gordon and Trustee Elenz abstain because of their affiliation with UT.

3.      Superintendent’s Report:

4.      Board Officers:

May 21, 2018, Regular Board Meeting

KEY ITEMS: Recommended Budget and Employee Compensation Plan; Board Officer Selection

 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. Attendance waivers for select campuses
  • Business & Finance
    1. Contracts for heating, ventilation, air conditioning rental equipment
    2. Amendment to a Contract for residential treatment center services for students with disabilities
    3. Resolution regarding hazardous traffic conditions for 2018-19 school year
    4. 3rd Quarterly Budget Amendment Reports for the months of Jan., Feb., and March 2018
    5. Approval of meal price increase
  • Facilities
    1. Contract for HVAC at Baranoff ES
  • Human Resources
    1. Appointment of Principal of Travis Heights
    2. AISD 2018-19 Employee Compensation Plan as agreed through consultation with Education Austin
    3. Appointment of Chief Officer of School Leadership
  • Items for Separate Vote
    1. Interlocal Agreement Between AISD and UT for the district’s 2017 -2022 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Early Phase Grant

9:05 PM Superintendent’s Report

  • Presentation of Recommended FY2018-19 Budget

9:35 PM Executive Session

10:35 PM Board Officers

  • Consider and take appropriate action to select board officers

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

April 30, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Many spoke in support of the Chinese Language Program at Kealing MS
      • Education Austin organized teachers and staff to speak on what respect means to them
      • Themes ranged from a livable wage, culturally responsive practices, and valuing teacher input

2.      Consent Agenda & Considerations:

3.      Superintendent’s Report:

  • Preliminary Budget
  • Enormous pressure on budget from recapture. 33% of the district’s total budget is sent back to the state.
  • Administration is currently negotiating a raise for teachers and staff with Education Austin. The result may alter budget projections.