Austin school district nets key support for $892 million bond plan

The Austin school board, campaigning for an $892 million bond package — the largest ever attempted by a Central Texas district — has gained key support from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.  The board has called a special meeting Monday to vote on a resolution that commits to adding a layer of oversight to the bond spending. The resolution also commits to address underenrollment at some campuses — a move aimed, at least in part, to appease chamber leaders who have raised concerns about schools that are close to half-empty.  But after recent talks with the district, the chamber leaders appear satisfied that those matters can be resolved. On Thursday, the chamber’s board voted unanimously to support the bond package, without conditions.

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