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June 18, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

Recognitions

Teacher of the Year, Classified Staff Member of the Year and Principal of the Year

The Board of Trustees recognized Matt Earhart from Anderson High School as the AISD Teacher of the Year for 2012. The Teacher of the Year award recognizes and honors teachers who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and teaching.       

The Board of Trustees recognized Diana Luna from Cunningham Elementary as the AISD Classified Staff of the Year for 2012. The Classified Staff of the Year award recognizes a district staff member who has gone beyond his or her regularly assigned job duties to promote the development and progress of AISD’s mission.       

The Board of Trustees recognized Donna Houser from Anderson High School as the AISD Principal of the Year for 2012. The Principal of the Year award recognizes and honors a campus administrator who has gone above and beyond to create an exemplary environment for learning for students and educators on his or her campus.       

ILPC and UIL Journalism Recognitions

The Board of Trustees recognized students who ranked in first or second place in newspaper and yearbook awards at the Interscholastic League Press Convention (ILPC) and the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state academic competitions.

There were 68 students who placed first or second in the ILPC’s statewide individual newspaper and yearbook awards. The Board also recognized four campuses for earning Bronze, Silver or Gold Stars from the ILPC, two campuses for receiving Silver or Gold Medals from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and one campus for receiving the Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association.

Kealing Middle School Band 2012 Sudler Silver Cup Award

The Board of Trustees recognized and congratulated the Kealing Middle School band program for receiving the Sudler Cup from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Sudler Cup is the highest international honor that a middle school band program can acheive. It is awarded only to bands that have maintained the highest level of quality of musical performance and organized distinction at the international level over a period of several years.

Bedichek Junior Marines Receive Three National Titles

The Board of Trustees recognized and congratulated the students and faculty leader of Bedichek Junior Marines for earning three titles at the National Middle School Drill Championships held in Dallas. The areas of recognition were in Unarmed Color Guard Performance, Armed Exhibition Drill and Overall Unarmed Color Guard. This is the first time the Bedichek Junior Maries have competed in the national competition.

Red Dragon Players Are State 5-A UIL One-Act Play Champions

The Board of Trustees recognized and congratulated the state champion Austin High School Red Dragon Players who won the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state championship for their performance of the one-act play, “King O’ The Moon.” This marked the first time in UIL Conference 5A history that a school has won back-to-back state championships, and Austin is the first 5A school in UIL One-Act contest history to win three state titles

Highlights of Consent Agenda

The Board of Trustees approved the Consent Agenda, including:

  • Authorizing facilities repair and improvement at several campuses;
  • Approving a contract with Austin Voices to continue the community engagement plan for Govalle and Ortega elementary schools, Martin Middle School and Eastside Memorial High School;
  • Approving district’s guiding principles for the 83rd Legislative Session;
  • Approving a memorandum of understanding between Austin ISD and Austin Community College for the provision of adult education classes; and
  • Approving an interlocal agreement with the University of Texas at Austin for professional development and technical assistance.

The Board also confirmed the following principal and central office staff appointments:

  • Gilma Sanchez, principal of Barrington Elementary School
  • Deborah Warnken, principal of Cowan Elementary School
  • Suzanne Burke, associate superintendent for academics
  • Kimiko Cartwright, executive director of educator quality
  • Pauline Dow, chief academic officer
  • Gilbert Hicks, associate superintendent for schools
  • Leo Lopez, executive director of finance
  • Mel Waxler, chief of staff

Recommended FY2013 Expenditure Budget and Proposed Increase in Compensation for SY2012-13 Only for all Regular, Full and Part-time Staff Eligible for Benefits

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the FY2013 recommended expenditure budget, totaling $982,148,462.

The recommended budget includes costs to support payment allotments to all employees for one year only to provide the equivalent of a one-time three percent pay increase, which will cost an estimated $14.16 million.  This payment will be funded out of district reserves.

If Austin voters choose to approve a tax rate increase through a Tax Ratification Election in November, the district could make the salary increase permanent for all employees.  Otherwise, the district would need to make an additional payment of $14.6 million in FY2014 out of its reserves to cover this action for the subsequent year.

Resolution Amending the Historic Landmark Property Exemption Program and Ordinance Approving Partial Exemptions for Certain Historical Properties

In separate votes, the Board of Trustees approved the district’s resolution amending the Historic Landmark Property Exemption Program and the ordinance, Approving Partial Exemptions for Certain Historical Properties. Both measures prevailed by a vote of 6-2 (Mr. Torres and Mr. Schneider voted nay). By taking this action, the Board conformed AISD’s exemption program to match provisions recently adopted by the City of Austin.