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June 17, 2019 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Speakers spoke out against the district’s continued partnership with Celebration Church, arguing that makes AISD a less inclusive space for LGBTQ students.
    • People spoke on both sides of sex education curriculum debate. Some urged Trustees to approve the new curriculum in August, and others believe the curriculum is inappropriate and the selection process was flawed.

2.      Public Hearing

  • 4 people signed up to speak
  • All thanked the Trustees for the new employee compensation plan, giving teachers, counselors, and librarians with 5 years experience a 7% raise, and all other employees a 6% raise.

3.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda Items 10.1 – 11.3, 11.6 – 11.7, 12.2 – 13.5 passed unanimously
    • Appointment of the Principal Hill ES and approval of various MOUs with universities
  • Items Pulled for Separate Vote
  • Appointment of an Equity Officer for AISD
  • Adoption of proposed Texas Association of School Boards’ advocacy agenda
    • Read all of TASB’s resolutions on BoardDocs Item 14.8

4.      Superintendent’s Report

  • Recommended FY2020 Budget
  • Employee Compensation Plan includes across the board raises for school employees.
  • Dress Code Update
    • The board voted to update the district’s dress code for the first time since 2007. AISD said the goal of the update was to make sure students aren’t disciplined for clothing choices based on gender, gender identity, racial identity, religion, sexual orientation or body type.


May 20, 2019 Meeting Follow Up

1.      Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Education Austin organized teachers and school staff to speak out about the proposed 1 percent raise. Speakers asked for a 10 percent raise for all employees, noting that the state is poised to fund AISD at historic levels.
    • Speakers also addressed concerns about the Guiding Principles, wondering whether the document sufficiently ensures that school changes will be made equitably.

2.      Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda passed unanimously
  • Items Pulled for Separate Vote
    • 6: Hazardous routes approved unanimously.
    • 9: Contract with Addision Group for temporary employees for Human Resources and Finance department approved unanimously. Admin explained that IT support/technical positions are difficult to fill and they need recruiting support.
    • 11: Contract for student growth assessment data and software approved unanimously

3.      Superintendent’s Report

  • Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) Presentation
    • PPfT is a human capital system that provides supplemental compensation for teachers on one of three leadership “pathways”: (1) literacy, (2) social and emotional learning, or (3) transformative technology. Teachers can work towards a series of micro-credentials, earning points that can increase their base salary.
  • Guiding Principles
    • Trustees voted to approve the Guiding Principles, a document that will provide guidance for administration as they move forward with school repurposing, consolidations, and closures, passed 8-0-1. Trustee Singh opposed.
    • Amendment reading “Cap percentage of economically disadvantaged students experiencing school closures after more information has been received and after the equity officer has been hired.” approved 5-4. Trustees Ashe, Wagner, Elenz, and Rodriguez voted against.

March 25, 2018 Meeting Follow Up

1. Public Comment

  • All 30 slots filled
    • Speakers voiced opinions for and against the renaming of Sidney Lanier HS
    • AISD employees spoke out against a reorganization of the Academics & SEL departments

2. Consent Agenda & Considerations

  • Consent Agenda Items 8.1 – 10.1; 10.3 – 12.2 passed unanimously, including:
    • Contract with United Way for early childhood services; Statesman Article
    • Appointment of the Principal of Williams ES
  • Items Pulled for Separate Vote
    • Agreement with the City of Austin to provide funding for the startup costs for pre-K classrooms for 3 year-olds. City of Austin has agreed to give AISD up to $80,000 for furniture, curriculum and supplies. Read the agreement here.
      • Passed 8-0-1, Trustee Wagner abstains because of her work with the City of Austin
    • Agreement with UT for teacher and administrator prep programs passed 8-0-1, Trustee Elenz abstains because of her work with UT

3. Superintendent’s Report

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.

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

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:

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:

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.


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

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