Dear AISD Community,
Today marks a special time in my tenure at Austin ISD. It is the day that I proudly begin the journey as AISD Superintendent.
I want to thank the board of trustees for this opportunity to continue our work to improve student performance.
Over the years, I’ve been offered lots of good advice, and something that has always stuck with me is “Bring your ‘A’ game.” As I think about the future of AISD and the opportunities and challenges we have ahead, that’s exactly what I intend to do. Addressing enrollment and recapture issues are among my top priorities for the district, and, working with staff and community members, I will be thoughtful and tenacious in the pursuit of solutions.
And I know I’m in good company. The AISD community is an extraordinary group of hardworking, passionate and committed people. Working together, we will sustain a culture of excellence and innovation to ensure that every student is ready for college, career and life.
I’ve often been asked why I was interested in the superintendency. The answer is simple: When you see a need, you step up to the plate because it’s the right thing to do. I am proud to lead the 12,000 employees and 85,000 students and their families of AISD, and I will work to foster a culture of excellence and innovation in all we do!
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.