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Election Results: Meat and Potatoes
Travis County, Austin ISD come up big on bond projects
News Story  November 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...So now comes the construction. Pace said the AISD board will continue meeting with the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee, as well as quickly spinning operations up on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, to prioritize work on the most essential projects..."

AISD Board Considers Futures for Underused Facilities
The district’s property portfolio has become an increasingly pressing matter
News Story  December 8, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The first indications of what could be the future shape of AISD were laid out on Nov. 30 to the district's Facilities and Bond Plan­­ning Advis­ory Committee (FABPAC) by consultants from Brailsford & Dun­lavey..."

Public Notice: Race and Education
Fun times well after midnight with the AISD board
News Column  April 6, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...Worst of all, no one was willing to step up and take credit for the decision. When trustee Ted Gordon complained about this major move being included in a long-range plan, without ever being decided or even proposed at the board level, other trustees countered that this was the measured recommendation of the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee, who had looked at the options, and decided that this was among the district's top priorities..."

Schools, Sprawl, and Citizenship
Vote begins on $520 million school bond package
News Story  August 27, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...There was a late-hour but very brief public dispute over whether the district would pay tradesmen "prevailing wages" – an admittedly slippery concept – on the roughly $400 million of bond construction projects. That was resolved, at least in a preliminary fashion, when the board of trustees agreed to commission an independent wage study, overseen by a committee including labor representatives..."

Demand and Supply
The CBAC makes its recommendations, and the school board ponders its options
News Story  February 8, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Before the presentation, board President Mark Williams stressed that part of the reason for the citizens' committee was that it could bring greater public consultation to the process and that he had fully expected it to return with a bigger wish list than suggested by the initial recommendations. "Demand exceeds supply, as it always does, of what people want to get fixed," Williams said, adding that the trustees would have considered whatever the committee had brought them...."

AISD Facilities Boss Exits
Paul Turner announced retirement within weeks of bond election
DAILY News  April 25, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...This meant he oversaw 2004's successful $519 million bond election, and 2008's interim bond worth $344 million. He was also a key player in constructing this year's bond package, and served as the administration's point man for citizens' advisory groups like the Boundary Advisory Committee, the Citizens' Bond Advisory Committee, and the Community Bond Oversight Committee...."

To Bond, or Not to Bond?
Bonds dominate the immediate City Council horizon
News Story  January 13, 2006, by Wells Dunbar
"...Despite the newly unanswered questions hanging over the Great Bond Election of 2006 – like, when's the damn thing scheduled, May or November? – the Bond Election Advisory Committee's work is done. Monday night, the committee stuck to its guns, formally endorsing the same $614.8 million package it drafted in November, including $67.5 million for affordable housing, $92.3 million for open space, and a hard-fought $90 million for a central library...."

Ready to Bond
AISD Tries to Ease Overcrowding
News Story  September 8, 1995
"...After a year of work and study, a 19-member, board-appointed, citizens' bond advisory committee issued a report in June, in which some $370 million in school needs are outlined. Committee chair Mel Waxler said the report does not constitute a recommendation for a dollar figure on the bond package, but merely pinpoints costs associated with needs the group identified...."

The Bond Breakdown
News Story  March 21, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...The first major project of AISD Superintend­ent Pat Forgione's final year will be overseeing a bond election worth $343,717,819. After six months of research and public hearings by the Citizens' Bond Advisory Committee, and consultation with district and school staff, the board of trustees approved three bond propositions for the May 10 ballot..."

'Chronicle' Endorsements and Election Info
Our recommendations for the Nov. 8 election
News Story  November 4, 2011
"...Both propositions have been endorsed by a wide spectrum of local organizations, ranging from several environmental groups to various business organizations, and the $215 million worth of total projects (Prop. 1 and 2) was winnowed by a citizens advisory committee from a list of countywide needs of more than $600 million..."

'Chronicle' Endorsements and Election Info
Our recommendations for the Nov. 8 election
News Story  October 21, 2011
"...Both propositions have been endorsed by a wide spectrum of local organizations, ranging from several environmental groups to various business organizations, and the $215 million worth of total projects (Prop. 1 and 2) was winnowed by a citizens advisory committee from a list of countywide needs of more than $600 million..."

Public Notice: Show and Tell
Civic leaders have big plans for your future
News Column  October 4, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Next up, city staff will present the ASMP vision to the Multimodal Community Advisory Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6-8pm at Capital Metro HQ, 2910 E..."

AISD’s FABulous Facility Plan
The Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee has a few recommendations to consider
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Board President Kendall Pace reiterated that this is "a strategic, not an operational plan" intended to provide every student with an environment optimal for 21st century education – something the district cannot currently claim. The next step for the board will be a vote to adopt some or all of the FABPAC recommendations, at which point the committee will move forward with developing a bond proposal for November...."

Election Coverage: Blowouts, Run-Offs in Education Elections
Anderson, Ashy, and a run-off at AISD
News Story  November 8, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...In Northwest Austin's District 4, Kristin Ashy trounced 20-year-old Zachary Price by 33 points. The suburban district opted for Ashy, who has notable experience as a PTA president and member of the district's Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee..."

AISD Prepares to Slice the Apple
School district battles its budget monsters
News Story  December 6, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...At the final meeting of Austin ISD's Budget Stabilization Task Force on Nov. 14, Eric Ramos pleaded with the committee to recommend cost-saving measures that would avoid impacting teachers and the students they serve..."

School District Preps for Electoral Fight
Challengers emerge for two AISD trustee seats while three remain unchallenged
News Story  July 21, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Four years later, and he has been the cause and subject of tension on the board. He took a hit when his fellow board members voted him out as secretary, and now Andy Anderson – a veteran of several district bodies, including the Boundary Advisory Committee and the Budget & Finance Advisory Committee – has announced a challenge...."

Saving Austin's Schools
Nobody gets everything they want, but AISD’s bond may give everybody something they really need
News Story  September 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...The proposition itself is massive in its concept: $1.05 billion in bond authorization, being presented as part of a $1.13 billion spending plan derived from priority items in the district's Facility Master Plan, crafted over the last few years by its volunteer Facility and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (FABPAC). It's a huge data set with three core conclusions...."

Public Notice: The FABPAC Reaches Out
Plus: Calling all filmmakers, landscape architects, dog & car lovers
News Column  January 19, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Austin Independent School Dis­trict's in-progress update of their Facility Master Plan made headlines late last year when a consultant's report recommended closing up to 10 schools, and building a number of new schools to replace them in different parts of town. The district and the trustee-appointed Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee hastened to remind everyone that that was just one set of consultants' recommendations, and there are plenty of other considerations, and more work to be done..."

News Story  March 24, 2016
"...AISD trustees are considering asking voters for construction funds. At the March 21 board meeting, the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee recommended adding a bond package – contents to be determined – to the May 2017 ballot..."

Location, Location, Location
AISD is moving its administrative offices from West Sixth Street to Highway 290. Why would any government entity do that?
News Story  January 25, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Moreover, while the decision came from the board, it was the administration that selected the actual site – trustees just rubber-stamped it. The current central office, the Carruth Administration Center, was one of 10 properties classified as surplus to district needs in 2015 by the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee..."

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