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AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES WORK SESSION SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
Existing: Facility Use and Boundary Task Force
District policy, FC (LOCAL), states that “individual
school attendance areas shall be defined by the board upon recommendation of the Superintendent” The Facility Use and Boundary Task Force (FUBTF) was created on June 20, 2005 The charge of the FUBTF is:
Use a collaborative process to develop new school boundaries Provide recommendations for boundary changes for existing schools, and Developed assignment plans for accountability-related contingency plans
Existing: FUBTF Membership
AISD community and appointed by the Board and Superintendent for an extended period of time and with deep knowledge of the process
by the CAC of each affected school Serve for the duration of the boundary process
A high degree of contention during the boundary
process for the District's two newest schools led to an effort to improve the boundary decision-making process. Geographic members may:
have parochial interests that are in conflict with the best interests of all students be overwhelmed by the amount of information that must be analyzed not be accustomed to the public scrutiny that is inherent in any boundary process
Proposed: District Boundary Advisory Committee
On May 9, 2011, the Board of Trustees directed staff to
research best practices for determining and recommending boundary changes. On August 15, 2011, staff provided the Board the proposed Boundary Advisory Committee bylaws for comment. The Boundary Advisory Committee (BAC) will:
develop boundary recommendations from a district-wide perspective, provide a focus on the interests of the entire district, and advise the Superintendent in the development of boundary recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
Proposed: BAC Membership
BAC membership will: Be appointed by the administration to represent the District as a whole, Reflect the District's racial and geographic diversity, Understand Austin’s unique history, and Have sufficient subject matter expertise
Proposed: BAC Process
Establish a standard set of criteria Gather public input from affected school
communities to prioritize criteria and evaluate proposed boundary changes Incorporate public input and present recommendations to the Superintendent
After tonight’s discussion:
the Board’s comments into proposed
bylaws Present final process and bylaws for approval at the Board’s September 26, 2011, meeting, to allow for the establishment of a district BAC.