Board Briefs: Work Session (Aug. 12)
Lori Lee, AISD’s director of the audit department, was available to respond to trustee questions about the AISD 2013-14 Audit Plan, which is scheduled for board action on the Aug. 27 consent agenda.
83rd Legislative Session Summary
Edna Butts, AISD’s director of intergovernmental relations and policy, joined representatives from Moak Casey & Associates to provide a summary of major education legislation enacted during the recent legislative session. They reported on the major education-related changes made by the legislature in key areas, including: accountability issues, the state budget, school finance, property tax and facilities issues, and student discipline.
Presentation of the Recommended FY2013-14 Budget
Nicole Conley, AISD’s chief financial officer, summarized the Recommended Budget for FY 2013-14. The recommended budget would continue to support the 3 percent salary adjustment, which was pensionable, provided last year to all regular and full-time employees. It also includes funding to cover another nonrecurring adjustment to provide the equivalent of a 1.5 percent increase, to be paid in two lump sums, to all regular full-time and part-time employees. This 1.5 percent adjustment would not be pensionable.
The tax rates would be unchanged: For Maintenance and Operations, the tax rate will remain at $1.079 per $100 of assessed valuation for the 2013 tax year. For Interest and Sinking, the tax rate will remain at $.0163 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the 2013 tax year.
Continuation of Discussion of the Development of Facilities Master Plan (FMP) Guiding Principles Including Information and Analysis Regarding the May 2013 Bond Election and Potential Next Steps
Prior to the May 2013 bond election, the board adopted a “Resolution Regarding the Use of Bond Proceeds, Providing for the Appointment of an Oversight Committee, and Addressing Matters Relating to Future Facility Master Planning.” As part of this resolution, the district committed to the development of a Facility Master Plan on or before June 30, 2014.
The board discussed this topic on June 12. Based on trustee observations, guidance, and points of emphasis at that meeting, the administration subsequently gathered input and feedback on potential guiding principles. Using this information, trustees developed draft guiding principles for these areas: academics, safety, and protection of financial investment.