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June 11, 2012 Board Work Session

Recommended FY2013 Budget and Proposed Staff Compensation Increase

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen presented AISD’s Recommended FY2013 Budget, which totals $982.1 million.

The Recommended Budget includes an allotment to provide the equivalent of a 3 percent increase for all staff for one year only at a cost of approximately $14.1 million. This one-time payment would be funded out of district reserves, Dr. Carstarphen said. If the Board decides to hold a Tax Ratification Election in November 2012, and voters approve a tax increase this one-time payment could become a permanent salary increase for all employees.

At the June 18 Regular Board Meeting, the Board is scheduled to take action and tentatively approve a proposed expenditure budget for FY2013. Adoption of the budget and tax rate is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 28. State law requires school budgets be approved no later than Aug. 31.

Continuation of Consideration of a Tax Ratification Election (TRE)

Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley-Abram presented information to the Board to facilitate its continuing discussion on whether to pursue a TRE in either November 2012 or November 2013.

Consideration of Policy Update 92

Intergovernmental Relations & Policy Oversight Director Edna Butts presented proposed revisions to district policy addressing reductions in force based on financial exigency, and reductions in force based on a program change. The policy update incorporates provisions from Senate Bill 8, which the Legislature enacted last session. The proposed policy revisions are scheduled for Board action at the June 18 Regular meeting.

Review of District's Proposed Guiding Principles for the 83rd Legislative Session

The Board reviewed proposed guiding principles for the 2013 legislative session. Among the areas identified as needing specific attention and improvement in the next session are:

1.    inadequate funding for the high cost of education;
2.    increasing accountability and assessment requirements;
3.    the competitiveness of AISD teacher salaries, considering the requirement that the district and its employees pay both social security and TRS for all employees; and
4.    the diminishing availability of funding to continue the district's key programs.

The guiding principles are scheduled for Board action at the June 18 Regular meeting.

Presentation of Preliminary Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Results

Chief Performance Officer Bill Caritj presented the district’s preliminary TAKS and STAAR results, including performance on end-of-course assessments by ninth graders and middle schoolers enrolled in certain high school courses. Click here for more information on AISD’s preliminary spring 2012 state assessment results.

Discussion of Single-Sex Schools for District 1- Pearce and Garcia Middle Schools

The Board discussed the possibility of creating single-sex middle schools at Pearce and Garcia. This proposal was originally part of the Annual Academic Facility Recommendations for the 2012-13 school year, but the topic was placed on the following year’s implementation timeline. Trustee Bradley expressed her desire to see this model developed in a timely manner to ensure a quality launch for the 2013-14 school year.