Update as of Feb. 26, 2013

On Feb. 25, 2013, the Board of Trustees approved a May bond election.  The election will be held on May 11, 2013, with early voting beginning April 29 through May 7.  A list of polling locations will be available closer to Election Day.

The Board’s decision to approve the 2013 Bond Program was based on the recommendation of the Citizens' Bond Advisory Committee, which, over the past nine months, has worked with schools and the district’s facilities staff to identify critical needs at our schools. They include safety and security, technology, infrastructure, and renovations and new construction to accommodate growth in our student population.  

For more information on the 2013 Bond Program, please visit austinisd.org/bond


  

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

February 23, 2013

There is one guiding question for the Board’s discussion on February 23, 2013 as it relates to a proposed Bond Program:

  1. Does the Board concur with the Draft Administrative Recommendation for the Finalized Proposed Scope, Size, and Tax for a Proposed May 2013 Bond Program?
To view the complete agenda item for Feb. 23, please visit:  http://www.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/Public
 
Reference materials are available below:

Exhibit A - 2013 Bond Timeline.pdf (105 KB)


February 11, 2013

There was one guiding question for the Board’s discussion on February 11, 2013 as it relates to a proposed Bond Program:

  1. Does the Board concur with the Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) recommendation to the Superintendent on the preliminary scope of work for a proposed May 2013 Bond Program?
To view the complete agenda item for Feb. 11, please visit:  http://www.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/Public

Reference materials are available below:


January 22 & 29, 2013

Members of the public had an opportunity to address Austin ISD’s Board of Trustees and provide feedback at two public hearings on Jan. 22 at Crockett High School and Jan. 29 at Reagan High School.  The meetings were followed by a televised special board meeting.

Reference materials are available below:

Exhibit A - 2013 Bond Timeline

Exhibit B - CBAC Preliminary Scope of Work Summary

Exhibit C - Financial Information and Tax Impact Related to Proposed May 2013 Bond Program

Exhibit D - Citizens Bond Advisory Committee Presentation of Preliminary Scope of Work for a Proposed May 2013 Bond Program

Exhibit E - 2013 Bond Proposal Summary by Group

Exhibit F - Preliminary Scope of Work for a Proposed May 2013 Bond Program

Exhibit G - Preliminary Scope of Work for a Proposed May 2013 Bond Program

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

January 14, 2013

The Board of Trustees received the CBAC presentation of its Preliminary Scope of Work for a Proposed May 2013 Bond Program, in which the tri-chairs focused on the following:

  • CBAC Priorities and Alignment with the Board’s SY 2013-14 District Priorities
  • Committee Process
  • Public Involvement
  • Proposed Grouping of Bond Project Recommendations
  • Tax and Financial Impact 

CBAC members dedicated over 1,400 hours of their personal time and reviewed over 180 public comments to complete its charge.  The CBAC members indicated they remain available to assist the District.

October 23 and 25, 2012

The CBAC hosted public hearings at Reagan and Crockett high schools, respectively, to obtain public input on priority projects that should be considered for inclusion in the Proposed May 2013 Bond Program.  Based on the input received, the CBAC established the following priorities (listed in priority order) to serve as a guide for the development of the scope of work.

  • Building infrastructure renovations for safety and functional equity;
  • Health, safety and security;
  • Relief for overcrowding;
  • Athletics;
  • Academic initiatives;
  • Learning environment (classroom equipment and fixtures), technology, fine arts

October 8, 2012

The Board of Trustees also received a follow-up progress report, in which the tri-chairs focused on the following:

  • CBAC Priority-Setting Process;
  • Tax Impact of the Proposed May 2013 Bond Program; and
  • CBAC Timeline and Next Steps

August 13, 2012

The CBAC presented its first progress report to the Board of Trustees.  The highlights of the progress report included the following:

  • Committee structure, operating procedures and values;
  • Committee deliberations; and
  • Information regarding future progress reports to the Board of Trustees.

The CBAC’s work aligns to Timeline, Activities and Milestones for a proposed May 2013 Bond Election (see Exhibit “A”). 

The CBAC held a day-long retreat on Saturday, September 29, 2012, and discussed revenue assumptions and tax implications; received feedback from the Administration’s Cabinet on potential bond projects; identified criteria for prioritization of potential bond projects; linkage of projects requested in the Strategic Plan action steps; and identified a formative list of potential projects.  In addition, the CBAC identified projects and Annual Academic and Facilities Recommendations (AAFRs) for further consideration after receiving additional information.

May 7, 2012

The Board of Trustees directed the Administration to proceed with the planning for a future bond program to meet AISD’s facility needs.  The first step in the process was the creation of a CBAC.  The formation of this committee was a result of an earlier unanimous recommendation (March 26, 2012) from the Capital Improvement and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (CIBPAC) to the Superintendent that a CBAC be established to address AISD’s major capital improvement needs through a bond program.  The CIBPAC recommended that the CBAC’s work move forward with a more in-depth review of facility infrastructure needs to determine projects to be included in the scope of AISD’s next bond proposal. 

With the Board’s approval to proceed with planning for a future bond program, and its recommendation that an ad hoc advisory committee reporting to the Superintendent be established, the Administration developed a committee charter that included the CBAC’s charge, membership criteria, and reporting schedule.  The charge of the committee is as follows:

  • The CBAC is charged with developing recommendations on the scope of work for a proposed new district bond program.
  • The goal of the CBAC shall be to develop a scope of work that minimizes tax impact by focusing on projects of highest need, yet is comprehensive enough to equitably safeguard the long-term investments of taxpayers.
  • In developing its recommendations, the CBAC shall carefully consider all information provided by the district administration.
  • In its deliberations, the CBAC may consider, but is not limited to:
  • Needs of academics, fine arts, athletics, and other district programs
  • Overall tax impact on the community
  • Future growth
  • School overcrowding and under utilization
  • New facilities and maintenance of existing facilities
  • Other capital improvements needs
  • Energy efficiency and environmental responsiveness
  • Time-sensitive opportunities