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Oct. 22, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Evaluation and Contract Extension

The Board of Trustees approved an amendment to extend the term of the superintendent’s contract by one additional year by the following vote: 7 ayes (Williams, Torres, Moya, Barksdale, Bradley, Brister and Guzmán) and 2 nays (LoVoi and Schneider). This vote extended the superintendent’s contract through June 30, 2015.

Dr. Carstarphen joined AISD in July 2009 with a four-year term running through June 30, 2013. On Sept. 26, 2011, the board voted to extend the superintendent’s contract through June 30, 2014.

The extension of the superintendent’s employment contract originally appeared on the consent agenda, but it was removed for separate consideration.

“Overall, the board is pleased with the progress made by the district under Dr. Carstarphen's leadership during the past year, and continues to believe that she is the right person to lead Austin ISD, especially in light of the many challenges facing our district going forward–including school finance, standardized tests, increased accountability, and competition from out-of-district charters and surrounding districts,” Board of Trustees President Mark Williams said.

Highlights: Consent Agenda

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

  • the University of Texas Ray Marshall Center data sharing agreement;
  • the school improvement plans for Bedichek, Burnet, Garcia, Lamar, Mendez and Pearce middle schools, Eastside Memorial High School at the Johnston Campus and LBJ High School;
  • a Texas Workforce Commission cooperative agreement for child care local match contribution; and
  • the FY2014 budget development calendar.

Administration Recommendation Regarding Bond Timeline

The Board of Trustees approved a timeline leading to a proposed bond election in May 2013 by the following vote: 7 ayes (Williams, Torres, Moya, Bradley, Brister, Guzmán and Schneider), 1 nay (LoVoi) and 1 abstention (Barksdale).

The timeline was developed by the Citizens' Bond Advisory Committee, which is charged with evaluating the district’s major capital improvement and facility infrastructure needs to determine projects to be included in the scope of AISD’s bond proposal.

The committee has reviewed facility requests from individual campuses, as well as requests made at the district level to further support campuses. The district has identified approximately $350 million in systemic repairs as part of its district-wide facility condition assessment. Staff is comparing campus and district requests to the district-wide list of proposed systemic repairs to eliminate duplication.   

At Oct. 23 and 25 meetings, the CBAC will present its work to date and seek feedback from the community on overall priorities that should be considered and proposed categories to include in the bond package.

The CBAC will present a preliminary scope of work to the board at its Jan. 14, 2013, work session. The timeline also calls for the board to order the election at its Feb. 25, 2013, meeting.