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September 26, 2011 Meeting

Trustees Approved Contract Extension for Superintendent

The Board of Trustees Monday approved a one-year extension to Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s employment contract. The approved amendment extends the contract by one year, to June 30, 2014.  All other provisions, including compensation, remain unchanged.

Board President Mark Williams said 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 the district going forward. He added that the Board believes that Dr. Carstarphen “possesses the skills, commitment, passion and courage to prepare and lead AISD into the future.”

Earlier in the day, Superintendent Carstarphen spoke about how delighted she was at the Board’s “show of confidence” in the work and progress of the district.  The superintendent reaffirmed her commitment to prioritize the work, stabilize the plans around a proven set of standards, optimize the district’s resources and continuing the work to get students ready for college, career and life in a globally competitive economy.

Facilities Master Plan Process Presented to Community

Superintendent Carstarphen presented the Administrative Recommendation for the Facility Master Plan process to the Board of Trustees Monday. 

The FMP, originally presented at the September 12 work session, is a framework with a three-part process:

  • A comprehensive, long-term FMP;
  • Annual updated information; and
  • Annual Facilities Recommendations, driven by academics and operational needs.

The Superintendent’s administrative recommendation, which moves the district toward its goal of a 10-year plan for its facilities planning, calls for the Board to:

  • Adopt a Facility Master Plan at its November 21 Regular Board Meeting.
  • Identify and appoint a diverse Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee at the December 12 Regular Board Meeting.
  • Approve Annual Facilities Recommendations at the December 12 Regular Board Meeting.

From now through December, the Superintendent will hold public hearings and meetings on the FMP and continue to communicate recommendations with stakeholders, and gather and submit community input received to the Board.

For additional information about the Facility Master Plan and opportunities for community engagement, please visit

New Trustee Boundaries Approved  

Trustees approved new boundaries for the trustee districts Monday. Every decade, after the U.S. Census is taken, the school district is required to determine whether it must redraw trustee boundaries, based on population shifts. Shifts in the Austin population required redrawing the boundaries.

Based on related action by the Board on Monday, Trustees will be allowed to complete their existing terms as opposed to all trustees having to run at the time of the next election, which would otherwise have been required.

Adjustments made to the trustee boundaries are solely for electoral purposes. They do not affect the attendance zones or vertical teams or other aspects of student assignment or school district operations.

To review the new trustee boundaries, visit  

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on Monday, October 24, 2011. Click here to review complete board agendas. Learn more about AISD at

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