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Board Briefs: Regular Meeting (Sept. 29)

Presentation of Austin ISD School Financial Integrity Rating for 2014 

As part of the state's Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), school districts are required to submit financial data, which is used to rate the district according to defined indicators.The ratings are: superior achievement; above standard achievement; standard achievement; substandard achievement; and suspended: data quality.

For 2014, the Austin Independent School District received a superior achievement rating, and notably the district also received the highest possible score in all 20 indicators. The 2014 rating is based on an analysis of financial data for the 2012–13 school year. 

Superintendent Search

Board President Vincent Torres reported that the application deadline for candidates to apply for the position of permanent superintendent is Monday, Oct. 20. In late October and early November, the search firm and board members will screen potential candidates. Finalists will be introduced to the community through forums and other venues. 

Throughout this process, the board will be guided by the candidate profile that the search firm developed based on input from the community. Public meetings are expected to be held in early December, with a final candidate possibly approved in January. 

2014-15 District Performance Goals

Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz presented performance goals and identified targets in four key areas: 

For the Class of 2015, an increase in graduation rates to 88.3 percent (federal) and 90 percent (state); a 15 percent reduction in the failure rate for STAAR/EOC performance; a 0.2 percentage point increase in attendance; and a 15 percent reduction in discretionary removals from the classroom. 

To reach these targets, the administration developed operational objectives in the following areas: Whole Child/Every Child; College-Ready Culture; Portfolio of Rich Options; Human Capital; and Systems.

Approval of FY2015–16 Budget Approach and Process, Initial Budget Parameters and Budget Development Calendar

The board approved budgetary parameters and a budget development calendar that will serve as a guide to developing the preliminary budget for FY2015–16.  


The board unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Dora Fabelo as executive director for human resources. Fabelo has worked for the district since 1987 as a Spanish and bilingual teacher, assistant principal, principal and, for the past three years, as director of recruiting and staffing in Human Resources. She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008; her degree is in curriculum and instruction with concentrations in bilingual education and school administration.