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BSC Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Nadia Khan - BSC
01:19:13
When we shrink a school officially by building it smaller, the community is impacted by tradeoffs, they aren’t necessarily made aware of, like .5 art/music teachers, fewer opportunities, amenities. Many campuses and building max capacity are under 300. About 10 are below 300 enrollment, and about 4 are below 300 bldg capacity.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:20:21
Nadia, as a member of the bsc your comment in the chat needs to be verbalized
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:20:42
my hand is still raised for trustee foster's questions - both of them
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:21:24
can i please speak after Nadia?
Lauren Baxa
01:25:10
Actually the staffing formula was changed to increase staffing at schools with a high percentage of low SES students. This move wsa done to intentially done to increase support for traditionally marginalized student groups.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:27:53
and yet.. the result does not change the staffing. "weighted" formulas still do not provide full time staff for our schools.
Nadia Khan - BSC
01:28:11
Independent of weight for low SES, if we don’t staff small schools appropriately, then we negatively impact students by relegating them to a small sized school district wide. Low SES weight may increase staffing, but not hit thresholds in place for 1 full time staff needed for some positions.
Lauren Baxa
01:29:48
Nadia-Good point. Art and PE should be offered to every student every day.
Lisa Flores
01:31:13
Has the outcomes of the staffing formula change ever been studied?
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:31:24
i have a comment re: enrollment
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:31:58
it will be very brief
Lisa Flores
01:35:33
Why is the administration discouraging the board from including districtwide sped cameras to eligible classrooms? There were no other sped specific expenditures beyond the Lifeskills portables in plan b. The district could choose, proactively with bond money to protect students.
Lisa Flores
01:38:51
Lifeskills could be moved out of a portable tomorrow without a bond. It is admins’ choice where classes are assigned.
Stephen Anguiano
01:41:03
Bear Creek (14Mil) being removed from plan B would help other schools that need repairs.
Nadia Khan - BSC
01:43:25
What’s the call-in number for this mtg? (In case my internet goes out again.)
Nadia Khan - BSC
01:44:45
@ Lisa - I do want to hear the data on where cameras exist, and see if we can follow up by adding cameras. Also I want to know where other sped facilities are in portables, and if that’s an area we can make address.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:45:45
I agree Stephen
Lauren Baxa
01:47:33
If we are doing equity design for this bond process then how does a school like Anderson get an additional 22 million in Proposal B?
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:48:07
I agree Lauren. We need to give us, the BSC time to edit proposal B for equity
Stephen Anguiano
01:48:24
Bowie received $91 Mil in 2017 and are on the proposal again for another $20MIL.
Lisa Flores
01:48:47
Bottom line is changes in classroom locations is not a bond issue- it is a local decision that admins could make tomorrow to prioritize special education. Do some additions need to happen? Maybe. Was it well planned for?
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:49:12
20 mil is a small amount relative to other projects and schools. I will defend that amount for Bowie right now, Stephen, because all schools in the district are getting their critical facility deficiencies funded for repair or replacement
Lisa Flores
01:49:21
Is the addition of sped portables just to include something “sped”?
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:49:45
but we can for sure revisit all the funds Bowie is receiving
Lauren Baxa
01:49:48
Lisa-life skills classrooms require special facilities such as restrooms and the average classroom cannot accommodate a life skills class.
Lisa Flores
01:50:05
Not a phase 2- it is an expansion.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:50:12
and every school for that matter. again, we need time to review and edit package B
Lisa Flores
01:52:16
Maybe. And maybe students served by Lifeskills could be more meaningfully included so we don’t reduce access to a separate bathroom. The update of bathrooms could be ADA access.
Stephen Anguiano
01:52:38
Akins needs to change school boundary lines so those kids could go to under-enrolled Crockett and Travis HS.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:53:17
I agree, Stephen. Balancing enrollment through policy changes is essential to pair with capital investment coming from a bond.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:54:40
Here is a proposal to change things:
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:54:40
Here is my open plan proposal and is cost neutral:Current-Cook 3.8 milHouston 60 milOak Hill 5.8 milOdom 18.5Williams 17.5Total- 105 milRedistributed and all open plan schools included:Cook 18.5Houston 32 (crawl space issues- we had previously discussed less here it feels like a nice to have full mod but 30 was enough in package A)Odom 18.5Oak hill 18.5Williams 17.5Total 105 mil
Stephen Anguiano
01:55:14
I would like to see money put into CTE program as well.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
01:56:33
we definitely need to put CTE funding into package b
Sachi Edson
01:58:22
Currently at a statewide CTE conference, and I am seeing some of the facilities that neighboring districts have... I would very much like to revisit CTE investment
Stephen Anguiano
01:58:22
@Cuitlahuac whats the total $$$ to fix everything that didn't make the either proposal?
Lisa Flores
02:00:46
Do ed specs require an attached bathroom for Lifeskills?
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:04:36
i cant remember excactly but i was north of 2.1 billion
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:04:42
we had to cut a great deal to get it down to 1.5
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:04:51
we then put stuff back in to bring it back up to 2.1 for proposal B
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:04:55
that was our processs
Jeremy Striffler
02:05:47
The total cost to address all deficiencies across the District is $4-$5 billion per Ed Ramos as the community meeting this past Saturday
Stephen Anguiano
02:05:59
I love to see the tax ramifications for homeowners at $2.1B
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:06:39
Stephen, from what i understand a house valued at 650k would see $65.00 increase but i am speaking beyond my area of expertise
Jeremy Striffler
02:07:16
Yes, that is correct. The presentation to the Board last night included tax ramifications to homeowners. It can be found in Board Docs: https://go.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/Public
Stephen Anguiano
02:07:23
I'm probably the only one that wants to GO BIG
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:07:39
Jeremy, yes i need clarity on where that number came from but there are levels of addressing deficiencies. All schools are getting critical deficiencies addressed
Jeremy Striffler
02:08:20
That number comes from addressing all deficiencies identified in the Facility Condition Assessments for Years 0-10
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:08:22
you are not Stephen. The BSC created package B because it wants to do more than the "tax-rate neutral" 1.5 version
Lauren Baxa
02:09:03
According to the proposal last night the net change to the tax rate even in proposal B would be a tax reduction. There is currently a 6.5 cent reduction in the overall tax rate for this year so proposal b's one cent increase would still result in a 5.5 cent reduction in tax rate for all homeowners.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:09:28
that is correct. overall we are still decreasing the tax rate. that's important to tell the public
Lisa Flores
02:09:37
That is where equity by design came into play. The Academics committee in LRPC prioritized The Who served before the building. Not to be obvious, but this is where social capital in individual districts will change what is on the bond. Most people won’t vote for it unless it directly benefits their kids- which is not equity by design.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:10:32
bond steering committee members can respond to many of the concerns being brought up by trustees. i am patient and now that we will get a chance to address them.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:10:44
*know
Stephen Anguiano
02:10:55
If we went BIG, we could save money on energy bills and be nice to see what our ROI would be.
AISD_Sarah O'Brien
02:12:20
Thanks, Cuitlahuac. We will go to Trustee Anderson and then to you and Nadia.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:13:51
please make room for Nevin
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:13:52
yes!!
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:14:43
Sarah, please allow Nadia to go first
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:15:24
Valerie Turullos, BSC member also can address some concerns. Im also happy to let her speak before me as well.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:27:54
Here is my open plan proposal and is cost neutral:Current-Cook 3.8 milHouston 60 milOak Hill 5.8 milOdom 18.5Williams 17.5Total- 105 milRedistributed and all open plan schools included:Cook 18.5Houston 32 (crawl space issues- we had previously discussed less here it feels like a nice to have full mod but 30 was enough in package A)Odom 18.5Oak hill 18.5Williams 17.5Total 105 mil
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:28:00
please don't forget about me :)
AISD_Sarah O'Brien
02:28:22
We got you next!
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:29:46
thank
Nadia Khan - BSC
02:30:12
can arati speak up or around the plexiglass glass?
Lauren Baxa
02:31:43
I can accept the schools I am advocating for are not going to be modernized but I am concerned that we don't see a path for when they will be modernized? It seems like the bond priorities change with each bond cycle. How do citizens trust their school will not be passed over and actually be taken care of in the next cycle? Especially when long range plans are not considered in the bond process.
Yvonne Massey Davis
02:32:15
Perhaps you’ve already discussed this; but, can you please share the process that was/ is being utilized to look at these proposals through a diversity lens. Has Dr. Hawley been involved? Again, I might have missed the discussion.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:32:36
Lauren, can you be specific about the schools you are advocating for?
Lauren Baxa
02:33:10
McCallum and Crockett vertical teams
Nadia Khan - BSC
02:33:10
Lauren - I think it would make sense to complete the bond schedule for future bonds with the continuation of the LRP process - which essentially halted to allow with bond to be prepared.
Barbara Spears Corbett
02:33:54
I joined the meeting late...but is the concern about Anderson's Gym
Nadia Khan - BSC
02:34:26
I’m not sure why Monty is saying that… I don’t agree.
Barbara Spears Corbett
02:34:32
what is the concerned regarding Anderson's Gym
Lauren Baxa
02:34:33
But in 2017 they developed a 25 year plan that was ignored. How are we to trust that this plan wont be ignored by the next group?
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:35:08
Yvonne, the process started last August with the long range planning committee spending a significant amount of time learning about the equity by design process. that process centered the communities that are most marginalized. its difficult to describe the process over a chat but we did focus on the communities first.
Lisa Flores
02:36:11
Special Ed cameras are safety.
Lauren Baxa
02:40:19
22 mill seems like a lot for a locker room.
Lauren Baxa
02:43:14
Austin ISC screwed up when they didn't buy land to build a highschool in SW. Now they are about to make the same mistake in SE.
Lauren Baxa
02:43:56
And its growing at a rapid pace.
Lauren Baxa
02:44:36
YES!!!!
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
02:44:42
Lauren, the total budget for Anderson is $25M. It includes the following: High priority facility deficiencies (may includelife safety system, security, heating and airconditioning, plumbing, etc.), football/soccerfield upgrades (artificial turf, lights andseating), secure entry vestibule, modernizedgyms and lockers
Stephen Anguiano
02:45:28
I think another HS in SW will kill sports for Bowie and Austin HS. It will be interesting if the parents fight it.
Lauren Baxa
02:48:17
Jeremy, interesting that Anderson is slated to receive things they already have. Anderson already has a turf competition field with lights. The difference in proposal A and proposal B is 22 million dollars. The only difference I see between the two proposals are the improvements to the gym and locker rooms.
Lisa Flores
02:48:48
Contingency funds MUST have clear transparency. Closed school money going to pay for contingency projects in a parallel system that has never been disclosed is not something to repeat.
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
02:49:29
Ahh, sorry. I only pulled from Proposal B. I need more input from BSC on the pricing.
Nadia Khan - BSC
02:49:40
(We did phase Winn, and then jetted.)
Lauren Baxa
02:50:00
How many bond cycles does the BSC expect it to take before schools that do not serve marginalized communities get "taken" care of?
Stephen Anguiano
02:51:11
@Lauren That's why I want to GO BIGGER, but the concern is passing a bond
Lisa Flores
02:51:18
Yes Nadia!
Stephen Anguiano
02:51:59
I have a kid at Crockett and Austin High.
Stephen Anguiano
02:52:27
Our family is zone for Akins.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:52:28
i didn't want to take up more time while i was speaking
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:52:41
here is a proposal to address the open-design concept schools
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:52:41
Here is my open plan proposal and is cost neutral:Current-Cook 3.8 milHouston 60 milOak Hill 5.8 milOdom 18.5Williams 17.5Total- 105 milRedistributed and all open plan schools included:Cook 18.5Houston 32 (crawl space issues- we had previously discussed less here it feels like a nice to have full mod but 30 was enough in package A)Odom 18.5Oak hill 18.5Williams 17.5Total 105 mil
Lauren Baxa
02:52:49
Stephen, this would be the year to go bigger. With the 6.5 cent reduction in property taxes, there is an opportunity to go bigger.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:52:50
open-design = open plan
Stephen Anguiano
02:54:03
Yes, but the ballot will read THIS IS A TAX INCREASE
Lauren Baxa
02:54:50
That is where a good marketing campaign comes into play. AISD is already going to have to sell prop B as it is.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
02:57:15
one reasons we decided to include a package b was to own the requirement to include that language. yes package b is a tax increase. the net tax rate is still decreasing for the district. and what package b provides the district is vastly superiors to package a because it gives the district more control of its local budget, money that would be going to maintenance and operation will be saved because of modernizations.
Lisa Flores
02:57:34
Will ALC get anything?
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
02:58:08
Cuitlahuac, I am working to identify how I can best provide the details about teacher housing with the BSC and Board. What is important, compared to Baker and Loyola Lane, is that this time it will be District-driven process compared to selling land / handing over control to other groups.
Lauren Baxa
02:59:10
Did the BSC athletic committee consider an investment in aquatic sports?
Stephen Anguiano
03:00:02
Travis HS is over due.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:00:37
Sarah, are all BSC members getting a chance to speak in this go around? I know i just spoke to respond to trustees, but I too have some "break-my-heart" aspects of the bond
Sachi Edson
03:00:44
@Lisa - ALC is on the draft list under Anita Coy. Proposal A has school mental health center and safety vestibule. Proposal B has that + outdoor learning (extra 200K)
Stephen Anguiano
03:00:59
Remove Bear Creek and you got 14 million to help other schools
AISD_Sarah O'Brien
03:01:22
Yes, we will get to our online folks. I see Barbara's hand up so we'll go to her first then you and Nadia.
Lauren Baxa
03:02:15
McCallum was built the same year. Plus Travis has had more substantial improvements to the academic classrooms over the years. McCallum's fixed capacity is 1596 and Travis is around 1827. The schools were built with the same design initially. Unfortunately, McCallum did not meet the equity requirements for a major investment.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:02:22
Jeremy, I appreciate that high-level information but my concerns stand - there is a lack of definition and details. And, this housing project has not included the teachers and staff it aims to support. nothing about us without us. i am not sure we have time before trustees vote to get those kind of details and definitions to the point where I can support that amount of money.
Nadia Khan - BSC
03:02:41
Please tag all Lisa’s comment for discussion. We need more info on sped. We don’t have the knowledge to make decisions. We don’t have data or best practices, or planned changes in how inclusion would affect buildings. New buildings are presumed to be inclusive…but are they?? And it would be great if the sped committee was consulted for comment. It may be possible to add specificity on various kinds of projects to align with best practices. data on where cameras are now. data on how the built environment can best support sped students who are in main buildings, in gen ed classrooms, and in portable where they can’t be moved into main spaces.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:02:44
as you can see, every bit of money from this bond is needed to go into our schools and students
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
03:03:46
Our teachers have made it clear that they are being directly impacted by the continued rising costs in the City of Austin. They regularly voice these concerns to our staff and Board of Trustees. The cost of living in Austin and the lack of affordable housing options have been a major challenge to our colleagues in Human Capital who have faced an uphill battle of recruiting and retaining teachers.This crisis in Austin is limiting our teachers’ ability to live and work in the communities they serve. According to the June 2022 housing market report from the Austin Board of Realtors, the median home sales price is $615,000. Assuming a 30-year loan at a 5% interest rate and a 5% down payment, a household would need an annual income of $151,278 to afford that home (assuming they do not exceed spending 30% of their income on housing - according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a household spending more than 30% is considered cost-burdened). Further, rents have increased 17.4% over the past
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
03:04:11
12 months according to the July 2022 Austin Rent Report published by ApartmentList.com. That same report states the average rent for a one-bedroom is $1,499; an individual would need to make $59,960 to afford that apartment. The starting salary for teachers in the District is $52,190.The Board recognizes the need to continue to work to increase teachers’ wages, but our annual budget is constrained by the current education funding model. The reality is that Texas ranks 40th in public school funding, only spending $9,871 per pupil versus the national average of $13,815. Further, under the recapture system, the State takes about 50% of the District’s general fund revenue. This school year, the State will collect $845 million from the District under recapture. Without an immediate change to these systemic issues, we cannot easily move the needle on wages.However, bond funds are not subject to the state’s recapture. They can’t pay for staff salaries or raises but they can be used for teacher housing.
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
03:04:37
And we need to be creative and think big about how we can enhance the overall benefit package for our teachers, and we believe providing access to affordable housing is one great strategy. This is not a situation of either/or regarding increased wages and housing. It is the District saying “Yes, and”.As the discussion around teacher housing progresses, we plan to engage our teachers via surveys and focus groups to best understand their needs in terms of type of housing, location, and more.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:05:03
we will need to speak more about this Jeremey because the teachers I have spoken to including those that made comments online, WE, feel insulted by a housing bond when salaries for teachers and classified staff in our district are among the lowest in central texas.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:05:42
the more money from this bond that goes to facilities, technology, transportation etc. the more money the district has in its budgets to raise salaries
Lauren Baxa
03:06:49
I think affordable housing for teachers could go a long ways in helping the district attract new, younger teachers who just graduated. Most of which cannot afford to live in Austin. I understand why current teachers would be insulted, but they need to understand teacher pay cannot be addressed through a bond.
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
03:07:14
According to HousingWorks Austin, since 2013, the City provided bond funds totaling $122 million to support the development of affordable housing. From that seed, developers leveraged $788 million in additional financing to develop 43 projects. Every $1.00 of bond funding generated approximately $6.50 of additional financing. Accordingly, we anticipate our proposed $50 million could generate $325 million. The average cost of building a unit of rental housing currently costs approximately $250,000 to $300,000, which means we project up to 1,000 units.
Latisha Anderson
03:08:19
My comment did the Stetson report specifically identify a need for cameras in every classroom?
Latisha Anderson
03:09:31
All parents will to provide feedback related to that since it would have an impact on all
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:10:03
Lauren, as someone form the east side, I have issues with the district sending the newest-to-the-profession teachers to our schools and I think that if we want to retain young teachers throughout their career, we need to focus on salaries, which a bond can address by freeing up maintenance and operations money.
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
03:10:11
There is a cost to turnover at the District that impacts our general fund. The Society for Human Resources Management estimates that each employee turnover costs about 1/3rd of that worker’s annual salary. If providing affordable housing opportunities for our teachers keeps them in the district, then we could see approximately $1.5 million of annual savings generated for every 100 teachers we retain.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:10:42
Affordability is an issue with cost but also with district policies and leadership and how teachers and staff are treated.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:11:09
Jeremey, the numbers you are proposing sound good on a chat, but neither long range planning nor bond steering committee have received *any* of this information.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:11:25
an undefined plan is a slush fund ripe for abuse and easily can miss the target like Baker and Loyola did.
Lauren Baxa
03:11:49
Cuitlahuac, the district does not send teachers to a school. Each school is responsible for hiring their staff. I agree with you about educators being underpaid!
Jeremy Striffler, AISD Director of Real Estate
03:11:54
Understood, and I have reached out to my colleagues about how I can best share this with BSC and LRP.
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:13:39
can i please speak to Matias's comment he is saying right nwo
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:13:41
now?
Lisa Flores
03:14:14
The Stetson report did not, as cameras are state law and a viable bond expenditure. Cameras can be requested by the board of trustees. The purpose is to keep students safe from abuse and neglect. The Stetson report identified that problems identified in 2019. The report did not include the great resignation and current impacts to staff and the greater potential for neglect.
Stephen Anguiano
03:14:29
YES GO BIGGER
BSC - Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
03:14:49
"big empty boxes" is problematic
Nadia Khan - BSC
03:15:28
@trustee anderson - Maybe Lisa knows that. I know that right now parents of sped students have to ASK to get a camera. And they DON’T inform parents of this, or give an opportunity to request. So then we know who ends up getting cameras is likely those who are eligible and also in-the-know. Not those who most need it.
Lisa Flores
03:15:34
The Stetson report is a start-Not the end all be all. It took 3 years and considerable community advocacy for the report to even be released. It won’t govern all needs
Nadia Khan - BSC
03:16:00
Lisa - who is defined as eligible for the camera?
Ali Ghilarducci
03:16:46
For folks watching via Zoom who are not members of the committee, we'd love to get a pulse after these conversations, how are folks feeling regarding the potential lager bond with the one cent tax rate increase vs. the smaller bond we could afford without raising the rate?
Lisa Flores
03:17:12
@Nadia- self contained settings. Law require a majority of students in attendance must receive sped services and a student needs to sadly spend 50% or more of their day to be eligible.
Sachi Edson
03:17:28
@Nadia - Education code says that cameras are required in certain special education settings/classrooms upon request. In my experience, this typically comes from parents but it can come from the school
Diane Wells
03:17:46
@Ali - go big!
Latisha Anderson
03:17:47
Yeah but a decision for cameras in all classrooms needs input from all parents since all will be impacted. The reason the Stetson report was references is because it could help those who dont have a child in SpEd to understand whats going on.
Lisa Flores
03:18:08
Cameras can be requested by parents, principals, staff, or board of trustees
Lisa H (she/her/ella)
03:19:13
thanks, everybody!
Lisa Flores
03:19:26
A camera can be installed by any of the people mentioned above. It doesn’t require consensus from every parent for a camera to be installed. Again only to protect against abuse and neglect.
Lisa Flores
03:19:54
Not installed- requested.
Katrina Montgomery
03:20:21
Thank you!