What Are AISD Advisory Bodies?
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) values the participation and input of all community members and transparency of information and process. To that end, the district has established several advisory bodies consisting of broad stakeholder representation to provide insight and recommendations on important issues.
These advisory bodies may be called task forces, committees, or councils. Some of them are standing bodies and meet permanently on a regular basis, while some of them are ad hoc or periodic bodies and meet for a limited time to address a specific topic. Selection entities for advisory body memberships may include Trustees, the Superintendent, the administration, or the advisory bodies themselves.
Below is a list of current AISD advisory bodies, all of which have their own websites. To learn more about specific AISD advisory bodies, please use the links provided.
Standing Advisory Bodies
(Standing advisory bodies meet permanently on a regular basis.)
Boundary Advisory Committee (BAC)
Budget and Finance Advisory Committee (BFAC)
Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee (CTEAC)
Community Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)
District Advisory Council (DAC)
Dyslexia Support Committee (DSC)
Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESAC)
Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (FABPAC)
Multilingual Education Advisory Committee (MEAC) (Formerly ELLAC)
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
Ad Hoc/Periodic Advisory Bodies
(Ad hoc advisory bodies are formed for a particular purpose and meet for a limited time, and are discontinued when their work is completed. Periodic advisory bodies are also formed for a particular purpose, but on a recurring basis as needed.)
How Can I Become a Member of an AISD Advisory Body?
If you are interested in serving on one or more AISD advisory bodies, please complete the Standard Membership Application Form. Application forms will be kept on file for two years. Application forms are provided to the appropriate selection entities as needed. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee selection for service, but the application will be considered.
The following criteria apply to certain membership categories:
- Parents must live within the district, and must be a custodial parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in a district school. Parents may not also be AISD employees.
- Teachers are generally classroom teachers, but may also include librarians, counselors, coaches, and instructional assistants.
- Community members must live within the district. Community members may not also be parents or AISD employees.
- Business representatives need not live or work within the district. Business representatives may also be parents.
How Can I Tell if There Are Any Current Vacancies?
Each advisory body has its own website (links above). Navigate to the Membership page for a specific advisory body, and current vacancies should be noted. However, even if no vacancies are noted, if you are interested in serving on an advisory body, please submit an application, as vacancies often arise, and advisory body coordinators rely on applications on file.
Can I Visit Meetings of AISD Advisory Bodies?
All regular meetings of AISD advisory bodies are open to the public. In some cases, subcommittee or work meetings may not be open to the public. If you would like to speak before a district advisory body during a regular meeting, please consult the Citizens Communications Guidelines.
Is Information Available on Previous AISD Advisory Bodies?
The Work of previous AISD Advisory Bodies is an important resource to current and future planning. In addition to final reports, links to the websites of several previous advisory bodies are maintained.
What If I'm Interested in Serving on a Campus Advisory Body?
Membership of Campus Advisory Councils (CAC) is determined at the campus level. Please contact a specific campus if you are interested. However, following is a link to general information on CACs, including a standard CAC application form – this form is to be submitted to the applicable campus.