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Sept. 24, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

AISD School Financial Integrity Rating for 2010-11

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen presented the district's 2012 Financial Integrity Rating report for review by the Board of Trustees, which was followed by an opportunity for public comment.

The purpose of the statutorily required Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, administered by the Texas Education Agency, is to ensure that school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve performance in the management of their financial resources.

For 2012, AISD received the highest rating of Superior Achievement, with the highest possible score in all 20 indicators. AISD also received the maximum score and earned the Gold level in the Comptroller’s Leadership Circle for the third year in a row, one of just a handful of Texas governmental entities that has achieved this level of consistent financial transparency.

Highlights: Consent Agenda

The board removed Consent Agenda Item 13.1, Approval of FY2014 Budget Parameters for separate consideration. Afer discussing the item and amending language in budget parameter 12, the board unanimously approved the item. Budget parameter 12, as amended, reads:

To move down the path of (1) increasing school level autonomy, effectiveness and innovation; (2) ensuring that funds follow students based on their individual needs; and (3) decreasing disparities in per-pupil funding, the district will work in a phased approach, with experts and the community, to implement a revised funding model, considering at least, in part, student weights, as a basis for resource allocations, targeted to begin in the 2014-15 school year.

The Board unanimously approved the remaining Consent Agenda items, including:

  • a memorandum of understanding between AISD and the U.S. Department of Defense for the federally funded Starbase Academy program, which allows fifth grade students from eight AISD elementary schools to attend a five-day STEM program at Camp Mabry;
  • measures to enable the construction of the North Central elementary school; and
  • amendments to district policies governing class ranking and graduation.

Superintendent's Report: Revision to FMP Framework

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved proposed modifications to the Facility Master Plan (FMP) framework, which is designed to maximize graduation rates and academic achievement within adequate and equitable facilities for all students across the district.

The principal change recommended by the administration is the creation of a bi-annual cycle for developing and implementing the district's Annual Academic Facilities Recommendations. This change will allow staff to fully complete one AAFR cycle from planning through implementation before initiating another cycle, which eases the funding and resource constraints under the current process.

The Board of Trustees adopted the district's first FMP framework at its Nov. 21, 2011 meeting.