Austin Founder Lions Club

AISD Bond Election

  • 14 Sep 2017
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The High Road, 700 Dawson Rd, Austin TX 78704


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AISD Bond Election
Dr. Paul Cruz and Nicole Conley

September 14, 2017

 Dr. Paul Cruz, Superintendent  Nicole Conley, CFO

introduced by Lion Tommy Cowan

The Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a November 7, 2017 bond election for $1,050,984,000, which would bring 21st century learning spaces to students without increasing our tax rate.

This bond is designed to modernize or construct 16 new campus facilities, some of which will be replacement schools. It is also planned to update campuses with capital improvement projects. Some key projects included in the bond proposition are:

  • Districtwide improvements to technology for teachers and students and transportation,
  • Improvements to address overcrowding and critical needs, and 
  • Reinvention programs for 21st century learning.

The AISD Board of Trustees approved a bond proposition informed by the Facility Master Plan, which serves as a high-level guideline for all district facilities over the next 25 years. This bond package is the culmination of almost two years of intensive work.

To download the final summary of projects included in the bond package, click here.

While addressing critical facility needs, it is equally important to use this opportunity to modernize facilities and reinvent the urban education experience for AISD.

Early voting is Oct. 23–Nov. 3 and Election Day is Nov. 7.

About our speakers:
Dr. Paul Cruz, AISD Superintendent, began his career in education in 1987. He worked as a teacher, campus administrator, central office administrator and superintendent in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and south Texas. He also served as the deputy commissioner for dropout prevention at the Texas Education Agency. He currently serves as a board member for the Austin Area Research OrganizationAustin Ed Fund and Austin Partners in Education.

Having set a personal goal to earn a doctorate before he turned 30 years old, Dr. Cruz received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Austin at the age of 29. In his doctoral program, Dr. Cruz was a fellow in the Cooperative Superintendency Program, which is designed to prepare future urban school superintendents.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from UT-Austin, with a specialization in English, and a Master of Science degree in educational administration from Corpus Christi State University.

Nicole Conley is the Chief Financial Officer for the Austin Independent School District and is responsible for its over $1 billion annual operating funds (inclusive of the food and debt service fund). She has over 15 years of financial management experience, 11 of which serving in an executive role. She has a breadth of experience from serving in large complex urban systems, like the New York City Department of Education, the District of Columbia Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools and Atlanta Public Schools. Hence, she’s developed a reputation for, and deep expertise in turning around troubled financial systems.

As CFO, Ms. Conley manages the District’s financial operations, which include more than 96 staff members inclusive of the Procurement and Warehouse Operations. Under her leadership, the Austin Independent School District has secured some of the highest financial ratings in the State by multiple ratings agencies, including a Superior rating by the State of Texas. The School District has also earned a number of awards and accolades that include, but are not limited to: the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Leadership Circle Award for Budget Transparency and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting and their Meritorious Budget Award. Ms. Conley was also named 2011 Non-profit CFO of the year by the Austin Business Journal and was a recipient of Phi Delta Kappa, University of Texas Chapter 2011 Umstattd Award for outstanding service to public education.

Featured Lunch Meal $12:
Mashed Potatoes
Apple Pie

Optional Lunch Meal $12:
Chef Salad

Meals provided by Manny Sifuentes, manager at Cafe del Rio, a business staffed by the Commission of the Blind     
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