Zoom Logo

Austin ISD Budget Update Session 1 - Shared screen with speaker view
Arati Singh
52:06
The school board will approve its legislative priorities around August 2022.
Arati Singh
52:59
https://www.austinisd.org/legislature
Jen Cregar, Terra Lumina
57:13
Can someone please explain the paygrade acronyms?
Leslie Stephens
57:35
NIS is Non-Instructional Support Personnel
Leslie Stephens
58:02
IS is Instructional Support Personnel and AUX are our bus drivers/bus monitors
Jen Cregar, Terra Lumina
58:18
Thank you!
Lisa Flores
59:16
It would be helpful to have more information on the Central Office cuts to understand which departments are being cut. This information is already available correct? Will we have to wait just before the vote to understand where the cuts are?
Lisa Flores
59:31
More transparency is needed.
Courtney Perry
01:00:21
@Lisa Flores, I agree. There are Central Office folks who are key components to student achievement.
Leslie Stephens
01:00:33
We do have the list of positions that are being reduced. We have not listed those anywhere on the website at this time. The positions with personnel were notified on April 4th.
Courtney Perry
01:00:44
I by achievement, I mean more than academics.
Sharyn Vane
01:01:07
When will the positions cut by department become available?
Leslie Stephens
01:01:45
I can look into how we would provide those by position. (i.e., posting, etc.)
Lisa Flores
01:03:02
Are all teachers eligible for PPFT?
Leslie Stephens
01:03:17
Yes, as of 2020-21 all teachers are on PPfT
Alison Thomasson-Bramley
01:04:00
I wonder why more experienced teachers chose not to embrace PPFT.
Courtney Perry
01:04:41
PPfT is a lot more work for teachers; the compensation is not commiserate with the workload. It also requires ANOTHER test for students.
Dru Robinett
01:04:53
Originally, we had a phased in approach of up to 1000 per year to manage the implementation. We have added in all over time.
Leslie Stephens
01:04:58
The appraisal system of PPfT started in 2014-15; the compensation part began in 2016-17 and added 1,000 teachers each year until all were put onto PPfT compensation in 20-21.
Lisa Flores
01:05:12
Are special education teachers eligible?
Leslie Stephens
01:05:28
Yes, all teachers are on PPfT compensation
tona vasquez
01:05:31
Looks good but in reality, it takes one person at least making 55,000 to keep their head above water so to me it still creates a challenge for teachers to maintain a sustainable living here in Austin.
Courtney Perry
01:05:36
Apologies if I missed this information...will this slideshow be made available to the public after this meeting?
Marie Leann
01:05:43
Lisa I have the breakdown of cuts
Community Engagement
01:05:54
Yes, the slides will be available!
Alison Thomasson-Bramley
01:05:56
When will librarians become eligible to participate in PPFT?
Marie Leann
01:05:58
I’m not supposed to, but I do…
Lisa Flores
01:05:58
Thanks Marie!
Lisa Flores
01:06:44
Fund balance at 20% is a local decision. Doesn't the legislature require 10%?
Marie Leann
01:07:09
Courtney Perry I’ll send it to you as well
Valerie Turullols
01:07:28
Marie Leann can I get that as well?
Leslie Stephens
01:07:36
At this time, librarians are not eligible for the PPfT appraisal or compensation system, we have a different appraisal system for librarians, we are looking at various options to develop a system for librarians, however, we do have to work within our available finances.
Marie Leann
01:08:31
Yes I’ll send to you now
Marie Leann
01:08:42
Courtney and Lisa, please let me know if that’s what you’re looking for
Lisa Flores
01:09:47
I appreciate this information. I also would like to understand how we are spending the money we have. I don't feel like I understand our budget. Will more detailed information be presented?
Valerie Turullols
01:09:49
Is the staffing weighting for economically disadvantaged students changing from 1.2 to 1.1?
Leslie Stephens
01:10:18
The staffing ratio at secondary did change from 1.2 to 1.1.
Lisa Flores
01:10:41
Will the weight for special education for staffing remain 1.5?
Marie Leann
01:10:42
Lisa - Did I miss SpEd funding transparency?
Lisa Flores
01:10:58
There hasn't been any sped budget reporting for 2 years.
Leslie Stephens
01:11:09
Yes, the weighting for the counselor and AP positions for special education remained at 1.5 at all levels.
Marie Leann
01:11:29
How can we get transparency around SpEd funding?
Marie Leann
01:13:08
I have a question — on “equity” line item in budget… is the city still contributing in at least the amount they were in prior years for enrichment or is this replacing city contributions. And I may have worded that a bit oddly, I’m juggling a baby.
Cathy Jones
01:13:36
Have all ESSER funds that the district is eligible for been received? Do any of the ESSER funds help fund the 22-23 fiscal year?
Dru Robinett
01:13:41
To an earlier comment/question: PPfT at the basic level is a combination of points for teacher effectiveness, etc. Teachers in Texas are required to have an appraisal/evaluation system, which includes a student growth component. Our PPfT system marries options for additional compensation for teachers effectiveness and professional growth that is permanently building. By default, all teachers can earn points which add into $ based on their evaluation, years of service and student growth. Any of the optional components such as Leadership Pathways are not required but are available to teachers who are interested, and this also contributes to point accrual. Those points translate into dollars. Even without PPfT, Texas teachers would be required to have evaluations with a student growth component. Other systems such as T-TESS (our state’s evaluation system) generally don’t tie to opportunities for teachers to earn permanent compensation increases.
Marie Leann
01:14:31
$900,000 I believe from city in recent year (maybe last)
Ken Zarifis
01:16:02
so is there a way to prioritize funds being directed to students with special needs? as we know they are often overlooked or marginalized (intentionally and unintentionally). direct guidance to campuses may be needed to see that our special needs students deserve. can that happen?
Marie Leann
01:16:08
Decreased staff
Marie Leann
01:16:33
Ken, good point. And elementary generally has higher needs than high school
Lisa Flores
01:16:38
A request: a breakdown of the ESSER funds that were used for students- how and where.
Marie Leann
01:19:38
Was it Webb that lost $200,000-$250,000 last year?
Jen Cregar, Terra Lumina
01:19:55
I 2nd the request for seeing how the % eco dis change and the $2M equity allotment affect each other and what the net impact is by campus.
Emily Sawyer
01:20:09
It ignores the impact of CONCENTRATION of poverty
Valerie Turullols
01:21:02
Yes this wider distribution is concerning. I would like transparency on how it is impacting high needs campuses
Lisa H
01:22:05
isn't 40% usually considered the breakpoint? as far as accelerating impact of concentration
Lisa Flores
01:22:09
@Ken I don't think principals deciding about enrichment activities will be equally inclusive right now. I second the need for guidance and minimum standards.
Marie Leann
01:22:28
It’s challenging, to me, that schools lost so much funding (hundreds of thousands?) but then we say we are giving just 2m (around 20,000/school) for after school/enrichment programs vs educational
Kelby Stark
01:23:02
Lockhart ISD implemented a similar pay scale.
Alison Thomasson-Bramley
01:23:17
So the equity allotment is meant to supplant title I funding that will be distributed to more schools rather than supplement existing funding?
Kelby Stark
01:23:19
Where teachers can earn more based on certain criteria
Lisa Flores
01:23:38
Who is the decisionmaker for how much is distributed to campuses for the equity allotment?
Courtney Perry
01:23:58
When was the last time Austin ISD had a budget audit? Recently Houston ISD found $300 million surplus; perhaps Austin is due an audit/
Lisa Flores
01:24:16
Great question TA. Most kids who need support get kicked out of afterschool care fairly quickly.
Marie Leann
01:25:45
Where do we account in the budget for the five new area associate superintendents and executive principal positions?
Marie Leann
01:26:02
Second asking for an audit
Lisa Flores
01:26:18
Is there a plan to bring that down to 55%?
Lisa Flores
01:26:50
What do we spend? It would be helpful to have this be part of routine budget presentations, as well as SHARS incoming income.
Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:27:06
third asking for an audit but what is this Marie Leann is saying about new superintendents and executive principals? what even IS an executive principal
Ali Takata
01:27:28
How does Kealing MS receive T1 funds if its eco dis percentage =35.2% (according to aisd website)? Did you say it the limit was lowered to 40% for next year? I don't understand this.
Marie Leann
01:27:29
Pending org changes
Lisa Flores
01:28:10
Really, we need a budget that connects with our priorities, strategic plan and values.
Marie Leann
01:28:46
Lisa. Agree - Connecting the dots is important
Lisa Flores
01:28:49
Who decides where those special ed dollars are spent?
Emily Sawyer
01:29:47
Are Per student title 1 allotments the same regardless of campus concentration of poverty?
Emily Sawyer
01:30:17
An increase in per pupil funding across the district is nice, but not exactly an equity effort.
April Clark
01:30:18
Q: Thanks hen will a comprehensive strategic plan be provided for comment prior to the vote to accept the proposed Budget? Thank you
Community Engagement
01:30:24
All- I am saving the chat from this meeting and can follow up with folks on the questions that haven't been addressed. You can also feel free to email me gabriella.beker@austinisd.org and I'll connect you with those who are able to help!
Lisa Flores
01:31:04
there really needs to be special education representation that understands the impact on the students and staff when decisions like the elementary planning happens. I appreciate the work the principals did and periodic planning for sped teachers is not in line with a stated commitment for more inclusive practices.
Valerie Turullols
01:31:13
Can you make the follow up answers public? I have many of the same questions that have been asked in the chat.
tona vasquez
01:31:20
The additional question I had was about the funding for Prime Time: was all the money that was to go to Prime time used and if not where did it go? Did it carry over and if so who got it? It appears there are only 16 campuses, I believe, that apply for this funding and have received it, I guess? Has the funding increased or has it been maintained and if so who decides what happens to the funding? Also I don't see a current list of the schools receiving this funding this year.
Lisa Flores
01:31:35
I agree Valerie. Would love to see these questions answered.
Sharyn Vane
01:31:36
Yes I would love to see the answers to these questions made public.
Cara Firestone
01:31:49
I’m concerned about the elimination of Instructional Coach positions. While those are on campus positions in function, are they considered a central office position in terms of cuts?
Community Engagement
01:32:09
We have FAQs up on our website austinisd.org/budget I can add some of the repeat questions there
Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:32:17
English 1 is not a choice
Marie Leann
01:32:20
Cuitlahuac - please check your messages on Facebook.
Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:32:49
ok Marie
Lisa Flores
01:33:21
Choice is not equal for all students. Students with disabilities lose electives to get sped services and are disproportionately double blocked.
Diane Wells
01:33:36
Could the answers to the questions brought up during this meeting be shared with all of us in attendance right now?
Jen Cregar, Terra Lumina
01:33:36
Gabriella - Can you please post responses publicly to all the questions asked here, whether they are verbally responded to tonight or not?
tona vasquez
01:34:35
How will the 2mil in the line item play a role in increasing after school programming for students and how are parents going to be able to play a role in the decision on what that program will look like on campuses. We used to have parent advisories that engaged in these discussions on campuses. It does not appear to be happening now.
Arati Singh
01:35:00
All are welcome to join me and the Austin Council of PTAs for an "afterparty" convo with CFO Ramos at 7 PM! https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkd-murz0tHtJ0vHGKh8y0tJXSlp4VD3G_
Marie Leann
01:35:35
How are after school enrichments applied (high school vs after school) and are we providing transport because that will be a barrier. Transport will also eat up the budget.
Lisa Flores
01:35:39
the allotment for one person to deliver inclusion and resource is inappropriate. this is 2 positions. they require totally different planning and functions.
Amber Welsh
01:35:42
I would echo April's question. will there be a strategic plan approved prior to asking for budget approval? how does budget fit with strat plan?
Marie Leann
01:35:48
I feel like this has not been well thought out or well explained
Marie Leann
01:36:21
We have to have the strategic plan
Arati Singh
01:36:59
The board plans to review the strategic plan at the May meeting, thanks!
Marie Leann
01:37:01
Correction high school vs elementary, I’m sorry
tona vasquez
01:37:11
You are making it tough for principals to decide how to use their allotted monies from Title I for instructional purposes when monies are becoming tight.
Lisa Flores
01:37:15
I hope the district can move towards separating resource and Inclusion. One group has to go without supports while the other is being implemented and they are needed concurrently.
Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:37:44
@Arati - this strategic plan? https://www.austinisd.org/strategic-plan
April Clark
01:37:45
+1 Valerie please post all answers on the meeting page for all to download
Community Engagement
01:38:23
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkd-murz0tHtJ0vHGKh8y0tJXSlp4VD3G_
Lisa H
01:39:51
thanks, everybody!
Cara Firestone
01:40:02
Thank you!
Community Engagement
01:40:05
publicinput.com/budget-aisd
Community Engagement
01:40:25
austinisd.org/budget