Southwest Austin - Dripping Springs Edition | July 2020

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News from Austin & Dripping Springs ISDs

Dallas ISD’s Stephanie Elizalde selected as lone superintendent nalist inAustin

FY202021 budget includes staraises, compressed tax rate forDSISDfamilies

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

BY NICHOLAS CICALE

The board will ocially vote to hire Elizalde in August, and outgo- ing Superintendent Paul Cruz will continue to serve the district until Aug. 31.

Drillette said. “I think it’s a number that respects our employees and gives them a raise for next year, but it also respects the fact that we are going to have some nancial chal- lenges coming forward as the state works through this pandemic.”

DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD Trustees voted June 22 to approve the 2020-21 scal year budget along with sta raises. The vote set DSISD’s general fund expenditures at $67.45 million, with nearly $67.46 million in revenue. The budget also assumes the August adoption of a compressed tax rate for the upcoming tax year, with a maximum expected rate of $1.4047 per $100 of valuation, including an maintenance and operating tax rate of $1.0547 and an interest and sinking tax rate of $0.35 per $100 valuation. The board also passed a com- pensation plan for district sta that includes a 2% average salary increase for teachers. “We would love to give more, but we also have to be aware of what’s coming,” Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Scott

AUSTIN ISD After a ve-month search netting 64 candidates for its next superintendent, AISD announced Stephanie Elizalde as the lone nalist for the position July 21. Elizalde comes from Dallas ISD, where she has served as the district’s chief of school leadership since 2015. According to DISD, she joined the district in 2011 as a director of the district’s STEM program. Overall, she has 28 years of education leadership experience, with previous roles in San Antonio ISD and Southwest ISD. AISD Trustee Arati Singh said she was excited to welcome Elizalde, who showed a familiarity with AISD data and policies during the hiring pro- cess. Singh said Elizalde also spoke at length during the interview process about the importance of special education and discussed “rebranding and remarketing schools” that were at risk of closing.

Stephanie Elizalde

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Dripping Springs ISD Agenda review: third Monday at 6 p.m.; voting meetings: fourth Monday at 6 p.m. 510 W. Mercer St., Dripping Springs www.dsisdtx.us Austin ISD Board information sessions: second Monday at 6 p.m.; voting meetings: fourth Monday at 7 p.m. www.austinisd.org Meetings may be held virtually and not in person. MEETINGSWE COVER

7,696 student enrollment 40 new full-time positions $67.45M in expenditures $67.46M in revenue $1.4047 estimated tax rate per $100 valuation The 2020-21 scal year began July 1. DSISD’s new budget entails the following gures.

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