"It was never our intention to take parents out of the process," said human resources director Michael Houser as he presented the administration proposal.
The board did not amend the revised procedure before approving it, but some members raised pointed questions about true effectiveness of CAC representation of the larger campus communities. Trustees Cheryl Bradley and Robert Schneider were particularly skeptical about the consistency of CAC participation districtwide Schneider suggested that without more effective supervision of CACs, the district may well be in violation of state law. Other trustees said that they were hearing from parents that parent-teacher associations would provide more independent parental representation. Superintendent Pat Forgione and Deputy Superintendent Darlene Westbrook responded that the administration has been aggressive in making sure CACs are functioning as intended, with active parental and community involvement. In moving to enact the revisions, John Fitzpatrick called the new process a "good balance" that should be tried for a year and adjusted as necessary.
At Monday's meeting, chief financial officer Larry Throm also presented the proposed budget assumptions and priorities for 2004-2005, to be reviewed by the board and adopted at a later meeting. Throm is expecting an essentially static budget, with no anticipated new state revenues (pending a spring special legislative session) and no radical drops in property-tax revenue. The board also officially voted to call the May 15 election, at which Fitzpatrick and trustees Rudy Montoya, Johna Edwards, and Ingrid Taylor will be returned or replaced. (The same ballot will include ACC board races and the vote on a Travis Co. health care financing district.) Candidate filing begins Monday, Feb. 16.
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