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April 23, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

Recognition of 2011 National Board Certified Teachers

The Board of Trustees recognized 30 new or renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Austin ISD boasts 243 NBCTs currently in its employ, more than any other Texas district.  A three-year study by The National Research Council of the National Academies shows that National Board Certification has a positive impact on student achievement, teacher retention, and professional development.

The 30 teachers recognized as NBCTs are:

Akins High School

Bonnie Hauser

Anderson High School

Heather Schulman, Sabrina Thomas, and John Villarreal

Austin High School

Gayle Andrews and Katherine Holbrook

Bowie High School

Martha Anne Kuntz, Dana Richard, and Denise Sanders

Crockett High School

Virginia Gannaway

International High School

Kyle Olson

McCallum High School

Carey West

Covington Middle School

Shannan Peterson

Fulmore Middle School

Elizabeth Abernathy

O. Henry Middle School

Deanna Sylvia

Murchison Middle School

Megan Tesano

Webb Middle School/REACH

Linda Voelzel

Barton Hills Elementary School

Laura Embree, Amy Geltemeyer, and Claire Halbert

Casis Elementary School

Stephanie Hudgins and Jennifer Mangels

Cowan Elementary School

Susan Armstrong

Cunningham Elementary School

Shelby Ottley Bujan

Govalle Elementary School

Katie Turner

Harris Elementary School

Ilena Napoles

Metz Elementary School

Rebecca Flournoy

Perez Elementary School

Tarah Burris

Reilly Elementary School

Clifford Hall

Travis Heights Elementary School

Laura Honey


Public Hearing: FY2013 Budget and Possible Tax Rate

Members of the public received an opportunity to speak before the Board on the AISD’s Revised FY 2013 Budget.


Resolution Concerning High Stakes, Standardized Testing of Texas Public School Students

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution expressing concern about the state’s over reliance on high-stakes, standardized testing, and calling on the Texas Legislature to reexamine the public school accountability system with the goal of creating a new model that relies on multiple and varied measures of student achievement.


Highlights of Consent Agenda

The Board of Trustees approved the Consent Agenda, including:

  • Appointing principals for the following schools: Eastside Memorial High School, Kealing Middle School, Paredes Middle School, Metz Elementary School and Lucy Read Pre-K School; and
  • Revising district policy to allow students to earn partial credit in courses for which a State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course exam is required, which aligns this policy with the Board’s decision not to include student performance on end-of-course exams in the calculation of student grades.


Final Action on Proposed Revisions to Board Policy DGB (LOCAL), Section I and Section II, Consultation with Nonsupervisory Professional Employees and Consultation with Classified Employees

The Board of Trustees approved revisions to Sections I and II of  Board Policy DGB (Local), Consultation with Nonsupervisory Professional Employees and Consultation with Classified Employees by the following vote: 6 ayes, 1 nay (Ms. Moya), 1 abstention (Ms. Bradley). (Mr. Torres was absent for the vote.)

The Board approved the Modified Exclusive-Inclusive Consultation model recommended by the administration to replace the current consultation policy. Key features of the new consultation policy include:

  1. The term of office for an employee organization to serve as the elected representative will be reduced from 4 years to 2 years.
  2. To ensure that the elected representative formally receives advice, counsel, and exchange of information on matters pertaining to educational policies and conditions of employment, a Consultation Agent Advisory Council (CAAC) will be formed.
  3. The Consulting Team shall work in good faith whereby both parties will refrain from taking issues agreed upon as consultation proposals in the Consultation Agenda until impasse has been officially declared, or by mutual agreement if the parties agree to discuss such issues outside of the process.

In presenting this item to the Board, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen emphasized that all current employee organizations in the district have sufficient membership to be represented on the CAAC.