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Teacher Housing Info Session | Sesión informativa sobre vivienda para maestros - Shared screen with speaker view
John Kreese
27:19
Hey so im just wondering if being LGBTQ is ok here?
Norma Garza Mittanck
27:27
Norma Garza, Community Engagement and Multicultural Outreach. Thank you for being here!
Melissa Vargas
27:45
Housing is too expensive in Austin
Roxanne Evans
27:57
Everyone welcome in this space, JK!
Jennifer Klassen
28:08
Jennifer Klassen, community member and my partner is a teacher at an AISD high school
Gloria Vera-Bedolla
28:16
@John, all are welcome here.
John Kreese
28:31
Ok thanks sm guys!
dayna m
29:04
i think we should get the homeless people houses, it is sad to see the amount of homeless people here
Gabriella Beker
30:07
Click here to view today’s presentation, the bond summary, and additional resources | Haga clic aquí para ver la presentación, el resumen de la propuesta de bonos, y recursos adicionales: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NA2RE28CXrv726ohsR4la7jZdAZyn3gRaa6HhtjnzLA/edit?usp=sharing
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
31:29
I just want to make sure that poll that we did that only gave us 10 seconds to vote isn’t used as polling staff about their opinion about this matter.
Roxanne Evans
32:05
Thank you, Gracie and Kynan.
Gabriella Beker
32:33
Hi Gracie and Kynan! It is definitely not. We will have a survey, link will be shared at the end of the meeting, and we will also have breakout groups later to discuss.
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
32:53
Ok thank you.
Guillermo Zenizo
36:42
As long as I know, you are not recruiting from Mexico, that would be a Good spot to look at, instead of looking at Spain.
Gabriella Beker
37:03
Feel free to share questions in the chat or use the raise hand function. We will have a Q&A opportunity shortly.
Ali Ghilarducci (she/her/hers)
37:16
@jeffry don, we have folks on mute, are you able to put your question in the chat?
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
38:59
Why are we calling this teacher housing when classified workers are making poverty wages in our district. The district will say “teacher” is the general word when talking about staff but I want to know that classified workers will get access to affordable housing. Just as much as we have a teacher shortage we have a huge classified shortage (especially TA) and that’s because classified workers make a financial sacrifice to work for our district.
Candace Hunter
39:12
Other districts are offering higher base pay, not housing. Why is housing the lever the district feels is best?
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
39:20
We have only been talking about teachers. We constantly forget about classified workers.
Roxanne Evans
39:40
Good question, Candace!
Ali Ghilarducci (she/her/hers)
39:56
@Gracie, the state doesn't allow districts to include other job classifications in the teacher housing bond. however, we would work to leverage the bond dollars to create housing for other positions too
Roxanne Evans
40:05
Classified staff really have it rough.
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
41:01
What is the proposed requirement for applying for teacher housing? Will teachers need to be employed by AISD? What is a teacher loses their job or quits their job?
Candace Hunter
41:46
Housing is not the chief reason given by former teachers as to why they leave. It’s campus climate, workload, and support. How will housing support those areas?
Ali Ghilarducci (she/her/hers)
41:54
@candace, it's not either/or, the district is working to bring teacher pay to a more competitive rate, teachers and our lowest wage workers were the only staff to receive raises this year in an effort to put all available dollars where they are needed most. Teacher housing would be an added incentive paid for with bond funding, if approved
Roxanne Evans
42:23
What district owned land is likely to get this housing, if approved?
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
42:31
^^
Eric Ramos
43:29
@Ali can you explain how if we can only use bond money for teacher housing, what does it mean we would leverage bond dollars for other employee housing? How does that work can someone explain that piece of it?
Gabriella Beker
45:08
@Eric we'll be going into our Q&A in just a moment and that's the first thing we will address
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
48:37
How will teachers be prioritized for the limited units? What would the contract look like for the housing? Teachers are worried about the stipulations of living in company housing.
Mary Friedman
49:10
I am so glad the district is considering this now. For years I've seen teachers start there careers here in our inner-city schools who move out to other districts once they get married and start their families.
Mary Friedman
49:25
*their careers
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
49:34
What is the rationale for $50M? We first heard that the idea was 50 units, then we heard 200 units, then 300 units, now the presentation is saying 500-1000. I am curious why this is the amount we’re proposing
Sandra Velasquez
50:07
Soy Sandra Velasquez, actualmente trabajo como Asistente de Maestra de Pre K 4. y quiero estar segura de qque estoy en la reunion correcta o solamente es para Maestros; por otra parte, quisiera saber si en el programa de Casas para Maestros, tambi[en podremos aplicar los Asistentes de Maestros? Gracias por atender este mensaje en chat
Candace Hunter
50:24
@Ali in this bond it is not either or it is only housing with no pay increase guaranteed. We are nearly $10K behind.
Lisa H
50:46
Three years to complete the first project? Or to spend the whole $50 million plus what you leveraged?
Gabriella Beker
51:55
As a reminder, we will be switching into breakout rooms later in the meeting. If you would like to participate in a Spanish breakout group, please let us know in the chat | Como recordatorio, cambiaremos a las salas de grupos más adelante en la reunión. Si desea participar en un grupo de trabajo en español, háganoslo saber en el chat.
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
52:14
I love that you brought that up Mary! How will this housing compete with or replace the “investment vehicle” mindset of housing that most families use when making long term life decisions? Will this help offset teachers moving to Round Rock or Elgin to raise their families? This is only for renting units, correct?
Ali Ghilarducci (she/her/hers)
52:24
@candance, I hear you. If we could pay teachers raises out of bond funds, I have no doubt that would be priority number one
Karla Rivera (she/ella)
52:42
Sandra, esta reunión es para todo el mundo, aunque si estamos tratando de recapturar las opiniones de nuestros maestros (as) si desean ver una propuesta de vivienda para maestros en el borrador de paquete de bonos.
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
54:29
The issue with company housing is that there is huge risk of abuse. When your housing is dependent on your employee status, please are afraid to lose their jobs and will struggle with abuse
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
54:50
As in at their work places which is a huge problem and teachers are worried about this
Karla Rivera (she/ella)
55:08
Voy dirigir su pregunta si los asistentes de maestros cualifican.
Lisa H
55:09
Legally, does the bond money have to be for physically making housing? Specifically, are there options like using some of it for vouchers?
Sandra Velasquez
55:25
Gracias Karla Rivera.
JJ Maldonado
55:48
Are bonds legally for buildings and infrastructure only?
Ali Ghilarducci (she/her/hers)
57:58
@JJ, Examples of things bonds can pay for: Modernized or renovated schoolsUpgraded academic, athletic and fine arts spacesMajor repairs like HVAC, plumbing, roofing, etc.Technology upgradesSchool bussesSafety and security upgradesTeacher housing
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
57:58
When is the deadline for deciding this to be on the bond or not?
Candace Hunter
57:59
I’m sad that Austin ISD has not earned the trust you’re asking for. There has to be at least a general plan for many folks.
Ali Ghilarducci (she/her/hers)
58:55
What bonds can’t pay for: Staff salaries,Staff raises,Utility costs (electric, gas, water, etc.),Consumables (paper, art supplies, etc),Certain vehicle purchases,
JJ Maldonado
01:01:38
In terms of sites; Is there an area, location or region the district has in mind?
Gabriella Beker
01:01:40
@Gracie the Board will vote on Bond proposals next week, tentatively on Tuesday the 9th
Lisa H
01:02:31
AISD can access the Project Connect displacement money, right? Either for more detailed planning or for construction on at least some of your sites? Also outside of recapture?
Gabriella Beker
01:02:33
As a reminder, we will be switching into breakout rooms later in the meeting. If you would like to participate in a Spanish breakout group, please let us know in the chat | Como recordatorio, cambiaremos a las salas de grupos más adelante en la reunión. Si desea participar en un grupo de trabajo en español, háganoslo saber en el chat.
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
01:02:41
Good question Eric
Candace Hunter
01:02:48
What other district in Texas are doing Teacher Housing?
Mary Friedman
01:03:06
I will have to sign off in just a few minutes. Thank you for sharing this information?
Gabriella Beker
01:03:29
Thanks for joining Mary! Look forward to a follow up email with resources and survey links from me tomorrow.
Stacey Smith
01:06:25
thanks for that explanation
Candace Hunter
01:06:51
Alamo Drafthouse and Loyola strike 1&2. Equity by design started with the communities.
Candace Hunter
01:07:31
Loyola was the case where a teacher making 50K didn’t make enough
Gracie Hopkins & Kynan Murtagh
01:07:54
I have to step out to a meeting but I appreciate the opportunities to give feedback. This plan is too rushed.
Melissa Vargas
01:09:24
English
Adriana Gloria
01:09:28
English
Melissa Vargas
01:09:32
Thanks
Katrina Bailey
01:23:21
Can someone put me back in the room with Karla?
Gabriella Beker
01:26:07
Please complete our survey: https://publicinput.com/aisd-teacher-housing Por favor completa nuestra encuesta: https://publicinput.com/aisd-teacher-housing
Gabriella Beker
01:27:05
gabriella.beker@austinisd.org
Katrina Bailey
01:27:22
Thank you for the opportunity to join.