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Statement from Board President Geronimo Rodriguez, Representing Current and Incoming Trustees

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November 16, 2022


Yesterday evening, the current AISD Board of Trustees met with the four newly elected members who will be joining the board Dec. 1. Our shared goal was to begin discussing the process of choosing a new interim superintendent to serve Austin ISD until a permanent hire is made. 
As current and future trustees, we stand together at a moment of many transitions. We know that you stand here with us – part of our Austin ISD community that cares deeply about our students, our staff, our district, and our shared success. 
This is also a moment of opportunity. Our community sent a clear message of support for Austin ISD by passing a historic $2.44 billion bond last week. Enrollment is steady, with families across our district choosing Austin ISD schools for more than 73,000 students. Thousands of teachers, bus drivers, custodians, principals and other staff are working to ensure that great things happen every single day in our schools. The love we all share for the district and our students is a powerful source of strength, and we thank each of you for all that you do to support and improve our schools. 
As we begin to plan for this important transition, we want to share an update with the Austin ISD community so you know where things stand, what to expect in the weeks ahead, and how you can be part of this process. 

  • A new application and instructions will be posted no later than Thursday, Nov. 17, at https://www.austinisd.org/board/superintendent-search. We are inviting applicants both internal and external to Austin ISD, and we are seeking applicants to serve solely in the role of interim – not people who might wish to fill the permanent superintendent role. 
  • Our goal is to name a new Interim Superintendent on Dec. 15. 
  • The new board will create and share the process for recruiting, selecting and hiring a permanent superintendent after new members are seated Dec. 1. At that meeting, we will begin the process by discussing the hiring of a search firm. Our goal is to identify a new superintendent who can begin working for Austin ISD by July 1, 2023. 
  • We will be holding a short series of listening sessions ahead of the Interim Superintendent hire.
  • We are committed to robust and inclusive community engagement as part of the process of hiring a permanent superintendent. 

Thank you for being part of our Austin ISD community, and thank you for working with us to serve our students, support our staff, and strengthen and celebrate our schools.

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