The Budget Stabilization Task Force is a key component of the district’s strategy to address its growing budget deficit. The ad hoc advisory body will meet multiple times over the summer to explore a broad range of actions the district could take to balance the budget in the next two to three years.
While the work of the task force will inform potential topics of discussion, the preliminary scope of work will include:
- Evaluating the alignment of budgetary investments and potential divestments with the district’s Strategic Plan.
- Analyzing the Academic Return on Investment study to consider sunsetting programs/initiatives.
- Discussing potential effects of resource reallocations and increased efficiencies.
- Exploring ways to maximize district employee benefits and compensation
- Exploring district revenue options.
The product of this work will be the development of annual deficit reduction targets and options, and a summary of findings, with rationale, for the superintendent’s consideration.
Task force membership is a combination of board nominated and non-nominated individuals with the intent of ensuring representation from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and expertise, reflective of the AISD community at large.
Task force meetings are open to the public, with dedicated time for public comment. Meetings are recorded and made available on the BSTF website.
The district is developing tools to provide the public with additional ways to take part in the work of the task force, and members are charged with carefully considering a broad range of community feedback.
Meetings will tentatively take place 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays—June 20, July 11, July 25, Aug. 8 and Sept. 19—in the Austin ISD Board Auditorium, 1111 W. Sixth St.