June 27, 2019 – A new bond program was proposed to the AISD Board of Trustees by AISD administration and the Capital Needs Steering Committee at the Board of Trustees meeting June 25.
The Board of Trustees appointed 37 individuals to serve on a Capital Needs Steering Committee and charged the committee to provide recommendations to the Board for prioritized facility and identified capital needs through 2025 to support the District’s strategic plan.
The full Committee met six times and subcommittees met a total of four times from January through June 2019 to assist in prioritizing identified capital needs presented by the Administration. Community meetings and surveys were conducted to gather input to inform the Committee’s work. Capital needs were prioritized based on data from enrollment forecasts, a comprehensive capital needs assessment, and results of community surveys.
The co-chairs of the CNSC, Jeannie Deakyne and Gara Hill assisted in presenting the Committee’s final recommendations to the Board at the meeting on Tuesday. A partner with Cooperative Strategies, the AISD’s consultant for the facility master planning process, was also on hand to answer questions along with AISD administrators involved with the assessment.
Board members followed the presentation with questions and requests for more data. The Board will then reconvene in August to consider the proposed bond program and decide if it wants to call for a bond election. A bond proposition must be called for by the Board by Aug. 19 for it to be included in the November election.