Aledo ISD Board News
Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty brought forth a recommendation to put the district’s next elementary school on a 24-acre site off of Kelly Rd., but was ultimately voted down in a split vote by the Board of Trustees in a special meeting Monday night.
Citing demographic data and other research, Citty outlined the district’s efforts to pin down a southern location. Sixteen different property owners were approached about a potential school site, with most unwilling to sell to the school district.
Utilities were also a major factor in the decision, and district officials ended up moving the proposed location further away from the water systems for Aledo and Fort Worth, deciding instead to create on-site water and sewer services for the site.
BREAKING: The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees votes 4-3 to not accept Superintendent Derek Citty's recommendation for a southern campus for the district's next elementary. Full story coming later this evening on The Community News website.
The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees approved the tax rate for the 2015-16 fiscal year at its regular meeting Tuesday night. Overall, the rate will be $1.5950, with $1.17 allotted for M & O, and $0.425 for I & S.
A number of citizens spoke in support of the board and the increase, and made suggestions on how the district can improve communication with the community.
Trustees also began what will be an extended discussion on district communication and transparency.
For the full story, see the Sept. 18 edition of The Community News.
A review of the Texas Academic Performance Report will be given at the December Aledo ISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The report includes an assessment of the district’s 2013-14 performance and a profile for staffing with regard to class size. Graduation rates, SAT/ACT testing results and other indicators will be covered as well.
Following the AISD Board meeting, the Texas Academic Performance Report will be posted on the district’s website (www.aledo.k12.tx.us) under Assessment & Accountability by school name.
Aledo voters will decide Nov. 4 whether the school district can issue $61.5 million in bonds to improve schools and build a new elementary.
Trustees were unanimous in calling the election Monday night, following six months of work by an appointed committee of citizens and educators that investigated the district's growth projections.
An AISD 2025 Committee is in the formation stages as the district looks to study facility needs and develop a long-range plan that will serve the district’s children into the future. The committee will involve a cross-section of Aledo ISD citizens in this communitywide effort, which is charged to serve in an advisory capacity to the School Board and Administration on a temporary basis regarding the topic of long-range facility planning. Topics of discussion include existing and future projections on student enrollment; facilities and capital improvements; current and projected financial information; attendance rezoning; new construction and more.
For more information or to apply for a position on the AISD 2025 Committee, download the documents at the link below:
From the Aledo Independent School District
AISD Board Trustee Bobby Rigues has been selected as one of 36 Texas school board members to attend the Federal Relations Network conference in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 2-4, 2014. He is representing our Congressional District 12 – (Texas U.S. Representative Congresswoman Kay Granger District 12). The goal of the FRN is to make public education a top priority of Congress and the Administration.
“There is no better individual to represent both Aledo ISD and Texas public schools as a whole on the topic of making education a priority,” said AISD Superintendent Derek Citty. “Mr. Rigues has spearheaded this effort across Texas. This national network will undoubtedly bring more focus on our students and their education, where it is needed most.”
The National School Boards Association's Federal Relations Network involves local school board members from every congressional district in the country who are committed to advocating for public education. Thirty-six school board members will be representing the Texas Congressional Districts. The FRN gives Trustees an opportunity to make a difference in the education of our nation's public schoolchildren.
Aledo fifth graders will attend McAnally Intermediate School beginning with the start of the 2014-15 school year in August.
The school board adopted the administration's recommendation Monday to ease crowding at the four elementary campuses.
In a related move the board voted to form a 10-year long range planning committee to address district growth estimates that enrollment will more than double.
Stephanie Adams will serve her first day as Vandagriff Elementary principal tomorrow. Adams has been the assistant principal at Stuard Elementary since 2010.
The AISD School Board voted 6-1 not to raise taxes.
The district will instead take the needed funds to repay debt from the general fund, which has been set for emergencies, and revisit the tax issue next year.