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Nov. 19, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

Approval of the Order to Canvass the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election

At noon, Nov. 19, a quorum of the AISD Board of Trustees met in the Board Auditorium to canvass the returns and declare the results of the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election, as required by state law.

Following the presentation of results from each election by Chief of Intergovernmental Affairs Edna Ramona Butts, the board approved the order to canvass the election.

Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

The AISD Board of Trustees convened at 7:00 pm, Nov. 19 to conduct its regular meeting.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen recognized and thanked the four outgoing board members for their commitment to students and their service on behalf of the district’s schools and community.

President and District 5 Trustee Mark Williams served eight years on the board, beginning in May 2004, and was elected President in 2006. During his tenure, Mr. Williams consistently demonstrated his commitment not just to his constituency in District 5, but to all of AISD’s students and staff.

District 2 Trustee Sam Guzman was first elected to the board in 2007 and was reelected in 2008. He was instrumental in bringing the new Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center to the district as a solution to the problem of overcrowding at nearby Linder Elementary, and has been a strong supporter of bilingual education for our growing ELL population. Mr. Guzman has been a strong advocate for the students and families of District 2, and has stood up for what he believed was in the best interest of his community.

District 3 Trustee Christine Brister was elected to the board in 2008 after many years of service as a volunteer at the school and district level. She has had a steady hand and a firm voice on behalf of her constituents, and she will be remembered for her efforts to address such issues as overcrowding in north central elementary schools and increasing graduation rates through the creation of new pathways at Lanier and Travis high schools and twilight schools.

At-Large Trustee Annette LoVoi was elected in 2004 to represent District 8, which encompasses all of AISD. During her tenure, Ms. LoVoi has consistently demonstrated her dedication to all the students and families of AISD.

Administration of Oath of Office for Positions 2, 3, 5, and At-Large 8 Trustees

The four newly elected members of the Board of Trustees were administered the oath of office in the presence of family and supporters. The new board members are:

  • District 2: Jayme Mathias
  • District 3: Ann Teich
  • District 5: Amber Elenz
  • At-large: Gina Hinojosa

Election of Board Officers

After returning from Executive Session, the board announced the election of the following officers:

  • President: District 4 Trustee Vincent Torres, who replaces outgoing President Mark Williams;
  • Vice President: At-large Trustee Gina Hinojosa;
  • Secretary: District 2 Trustee Jayme Mathias

Highlights of Consent Agenda

The board approved the consent agenda, including the following items:

  • AYP/PBMAS integrated improvement plan for Austin Independent School District;
  • 2012 tax levy;
  • Annual review of AISD investment policy;
  • Final guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the Performing Arts Center;
  • Policy Update 95; and
  • District policies on grading, academic achievement and class ranking.

Superintendent’s State of the District Report

Dr. Carstarphen reported to the board on the State of the District Address and Showcase, held Nov. 13 at the Toney Burger Stadium.

The State of the District Address is part of AISD’s annual report to the public. It offered an opportunity for the community to see and experience the excellent work and amazing talent in AISD, while allowing the district to inform and educate the public about the district’s progress during the 2011-12 school year and its goals for the future.

The entire event was funded at no cost to the district, thanks to the support of 20 sponsors, including Target, IBM, Wells Fargo and The Austin Public Education Foundation.

Approval of Budget Process for FY2013-14 Assumptions & Staffing Formulas

The Board of Trustees approved the proposed 2013-14 Budget Assumptions and 2013-14 Staffing Formulas.

When Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley Abram presented this topic at the Nov. 12 Board Work Session, she made the following key points:

  • The budget assumptions have changed little between this year and last.
  • The administration advises that the board consider including the expenditures associated with the one-time compensation adjustment to provide the equivalent of a 3 percent increase in the base budget assumption when developing the FY14 preliminary budget.
  • The administration is assuming no change in the current tax rate in these budget assumptions.