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May 21, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

Recognitions

Finalists: Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year

The Board of Trustees recognized the following finalists for Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year.  AISD’s Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year will be announced at Salute on May 23.

Teacher of the Year Finalists

Elementary Teacher of the Year —Tracy Graham from Cowan Elementary School

Middle School Teacher of the Year — Alicia Brown-Forbes from Webb Middle School

High School Teacher of the Year — Matt Earhart from Anderson High School          

Principal of the Year Finalists

Joel De La Garza — Pickle Elementary

Blaine Helwig — Graham Elementary

Donna Houser — Anderson High School

Classified Employee of the Year Finalists

Rosalinda Rivera — Pickle Elementary

Janice Snyder — Crockett High School

Luna de Valladares — Cunningham Elementary

ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair

This year, 32 students from AISD qualified and competed in the 2012 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio.  The Board recognized and congratulated the AISD students who received first or second place and/or won a national sponsor award.

State Winners

Sydney Hutton — Bowie High School, 1st Grand Prize, Life Sciences

Bryson Hill — Murchison Middle School, 2nd Place, Junior Mathematical Sciences

National Sponsor Awards

Bryson Hill — Murchison Middle School, Junior Mathematical Sciences, Broadcom Award

Morgan Paiga — Bowie High School, Medicine and Health Sciences, U.S. Army Award

Serena Zadoo — Anderson High School, Senior Environmental Sciences, American Meteorological Association Award

National French, German, Latin and Spanish Exam Recognitions

The Board of Trustees recognized students who scored in the top 5-10 percentile in the country on the national French, German, Latin and Spanish exams, which are recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

This year, five AISD students received a score on the National French Exam that ranks in the top 10 percent in the country, seven students received a score on the National German Exam that ranks in the top 10 percent, 20 students received Summa Cum Laude gold medals based on their performance on the National Latin Exam and 34 students received a score on the National Spanish Exam that ranks in the top 5 percent nationally.

Students Attaining French Recognitions

Kealing Middle School — Amélia Nicot-Cartsonis, Jonah Shaukat and Josephine Walker

Liberal Arts and Science Academy — Bradley Girardeau and Lucy Kalar

Students Attaining German Recognitions

Liberal Arts and Science Academy — Ronja Behrends, Erin Deconcini, Hannah Dornhofer, Jonathan Dornhofer, Travis Duck, Gregory Lyons and Katherine Nehyba

Students Attaining Latin Recognitions

Kealing Middle School — Nicholas Manavi, Teo Rogers, Ethan Russo, Jonathan Sadun, Quinn Simpson, Erin Teal and Matthew Weinberg

Small Middle School — Douglas Archibald, Elizabeth Kolb, Jessica Schwenke, Hannah Willard and Dirk Yaple

Austin High School — Joseph Voss

Bowie High School — Anne Macdonald

Liberal Arts and Science Academy — Elijah Barrish, Roger Cain, Blake Karwoski, Michelle Marchan and Stephen Ngo

McCallum High School — Braden Pellowski

Students Attaining Spanish Recognitions

Gorzycki Middle School — Thomas Crain, Tam Do and Hadley Kopser

Kealing Middle School — Sonia Aguilar, Maris Alford, Sarafina Fabris-Green, Crystal Garcia, Efrain Garduño, Santiago Lopez, Allyson Martin, Lesley Martinez and Judy Shan

Austin High School — Jocelyn Monrroy, Ana Ortiz, Karina Parajon and Jasmin Torres

LBJ Early College High School Jennifer Alonzo, Christian Diaz, Jenni Garcia, Nubia Manzanarez, Sonia Martinez and Mario Soto

Liberal Arts and Science Academy — Carlos Alvarez, Megha Arora, Grant Colbert, Agathe Denis, Alexandra Dolan, Lorena Galindo, Nathan Hattersley, Tim Loose, Anele Page, Kira Prentice, Daniel Weinberg and Anne Woldman

Kealing Middle School Quiz Bowl Championships

The Board of Trustees recognized and congratulated the students Kealing Middle School for recognition earned at quiz bowl championships at the state and national levels.

For the 3rd year in a row, Kealing's A-team won the Texas Quiz Bowl Association’s (TQBA's) Middle School State Championship, held at Y.E.S. Prep High School in Houston. In addition, a Kealing team of three 7th graders and one 6th grader won TQBA's Middle School State Championship, 7th Grade Division. Finally, for the 2nd year in a row, Kealing's A-team won the National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ (NAQT's) Middle School National Championship Tournament, held in Chicago.

Kealing played in the High School Varsity circuit this year, and were successful enough there to earn a spot in the High School National Championship Tournament. Kealing is the only middle school to ever earn the honor. In addition, they are the first middle school team to participate in college tournaments, beating teams from Texas A&M and Tulane University.

TQBA Middle School State Championship

Brandon Lee, Ethan Russo, Jonah Shaukat and Corin Wagen

TQBA Middle School State Championship — 7th Grade Division

Nishanth Kalavakolanu, Ujwal Punyamurtula, Avani Sastry, Ezra Serrins and Graham Stockton

NAQT Middle School National Championship

Ethan Russo, Jonathan Sadun, Jonah Shaukat  and Corin Wagen

J. Frank Dobie Middle School Recognized as an AVID National Demonstration School

The AISD Board of Trustees recognized and congratulated the faculty, staff and students of J. Frank Dobie Middle School on their achievement of National Demonstration School status, validated by AVID Center on April 12, 2012. AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance.

Highlights of Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Item 12.3, Selection of Firm to Provide HUB Program Services for the 2004 and 2008 Bond Programs, was removed for separate consideration. The Board of Trustees approved this item by the following vote: 6 ayes, 1 nay (Mr. Schneider), 1 abstention (Mr. Guzman).

The Board unanimously approved the remaining Consent Agenda, including:

  • awarding a contract for renovations at Allan, Govalle and Ortega elementary schools in support of the new IDEA in-district charter school;
  • approving a City of Austin Parks and Recreation interlocal agreement for an elementary science summer camp;
  • approving a Southern Regional Education Board consulting agreement for Crockett High School; and
  • setting district-wide late-start dates for high schools.

Continuation of Consideration of a Tax Ratification Election

The Board of Trustees continued its discussion on whether, or when, to pursue a Tax Ratification Election. Factors the Board may consider in reaching a decision are:

  1. Plans by other taxing jurisdictions for tax rate changes;
  2. Public opinion and economic climate;
  3. Actions in the 2013 legislative session; and
  4. Possible outcomes of school finance legislation.