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Board Briefs: Regular Meeting (Jan. 26)

Appointment of Superintendent

Trustees voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Dr. Paul Cruz as superintendent of Austin ISD with a contract through December 2017. Dr. Cruz has served as interim superintendent since April 2014. He has worked in education for 28 years. Prior to being named interim superintendent, Dr. Cruz was the district's chief schools officer.

Board Appreciation

January is School Board Recognition Month. This year's theme is "A Work of Heart." Art students from schools throughout the district have created posters to honor the board of trustees. The Hill Elementary Choir, under the direction of Debra Erck, performed. Trustees also received plants from students at the Clifton Career Center and gift baskets donated by Whole Foods Market.

District Celebrates African-American Heritage Month

President Gina Hinojosa described some ways AISD students would observe African-American Heritage Month in February. She invited the Austin community to the district's 32nd annual African-American Heritage Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the new Performing Arts Center, 3500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.

Principal Appointment

Trustees approved the appointment of Heather Scholl as principal of Kocurek Elementary School. Most recently, Ms. Scholl has served as Kocurek's interim principal. During her 17 years with the district, she has served as assistant principal at Pleasant Hill, Palm and Mills elementary schools.

Recognition of LBJ/LASA Football Coach Andrew Jackson

The board recognized LBJ/LASA football coach Andrew Jackson for being named All-Central Texas Coach of the Year by the Austin American-Statesman.