North Central Austin Edition | June 2022


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AISD names interim superintendent

District approves tax deal for chipmaker AUSTIN ISD District trustees accepted an application from NXP Semiconductors for an agreement that would give the chipmaking company tax incentives to expand its Austin facilities and keep millions of dollars out of the district’s recapture payment. The board authorized the appli- cation’s submission to the Texas comptroller of public accounts at a May 19 meeting. Five trustees voted in favor. Trustees Ofelia Zapata and Noelita Lugo voted against it, while Arati Singh abstained. NXP’s proposal is based on Texas state law Chapter 313, which allows public school districts to oer com- panies that build up property and create jobs in their communities up to 10 years of property tax breaks. In exchange, the companies pay for a portion of the district’s taxes. AISD’s recapture will reach an estimated $846 million next year, according to district Media Relations Manager Cristina Nguyen. The agreement with NXP would allow the district to keep nearly $67 million out of state recapture payments. TAX INCENTIVES AISD led a Chapter 313 application which would provide NXP tax incentives while easing the district's recapture burden. $67 million Austin ISD would save in recapture $846 million Austin ISD's estimate recapture payment before the deal 10 years of tax breaks for NXP SOURCE: AUSTIN ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER


AUSTIN ISD The district named Anthony Mays, AISD chief ocer of schools, as the interim superinten- dent June 14. “I got to Austin with very little college knowledge, and now I sit before you as the interim super- intendent—the rst Black male in Austin ISD—and I’m thankful,” Mays said at the June 14 meeting. The decision followed a public comment period and a closed session discussion from the board that started June 13. Stephanie Elizalde resigned from

SEARCH PROCESS Austin ISD's superintendent search is expected to take a year.


Superintendent Paul Cruz resigns Elizalde named new superintendent Elizalde resigns Elizalde’s last day Goal start time for new superintendent

Feb. 19, 2020

HIGHLIGHTS AUSTIN ISD A group of 31 students from Akins and Travis early college high schools graduated from Austin ISD with the district’s Dual Language Seal of Biliteracy on June 1. The students are the rst cohort to complete 12 years of AISD’s dual-language program, beginning in kindergarten and continuing throughout elementary, middle and high school. AISD began its dual-language program in 2010 at 10 schools. The program has since expanded to over 70 campuses and serves nearly 15,000 students. Languages oered include Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin Chinese. AUSTIN ISD Former Austin ISD Police Chief Ashley Gonzalez departed the district May 24. Gonzalez will go on to lead a police agency in Massachusetts. The announcement was made on the same day Gonzalez marked his four- year anniversary with AISD. Austin ISD Will not meet in July for summer break. MEETINGS WE COVER GERONIMO RODRIGUEZ, AUSTIN ISD BOARD PRESIDENT, AT A TOWN HALL JUNE 8 ON GUN VIOLENCE FOLLOWING THE UVALDE SHOOTING; RODRIGUEZ PROMISED AISD WOULD CONTINUE TO IMPROVE SAFETY ON CAMPUSES AND ADDRESS UNDERLYING ISSUES, BUT HE URGED LEADERS TO ACT ON THE ISSUE

Aug. 11, 2020

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the position in May to take the superintendent job for Dallas ISD. The search for a full-time replace- ment is expected to last until summer 2023.


A request for proposals for a new superintendent will be posted in January, and a candidate will be selected and hired by summer 2023.

Anthony Mays

Austin rep. announces $5.5 million for school COVID19 safety measures

AUSTIN ISD The district will receive $5.5 million in federal funding to reimburse its spending on COVID-19 safety measures, according to a June 7 news release from U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, DAustin. AISD spent millions over the past two years to keep its community safe by purchasing personal protec- tive equipment, sanitation sup- plies, social distancing measures,

and screening and testing sites for students and sta, according to the release. “We are thankful to Congress- man Doggett for advocating for this federal reimbursement,” AISD board of trustees President Geron- imo Rodriguez said in a district media advisory. “These resources have been essential to keeping our students and community safe during the pandemic.”

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