Austin ISD considers staffing cuts amid pandemic

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The Austin school district considers big changes to mitigate a potential loss of state funding.

Enrollment and attendance have both dropped significantly for AISD, which means funding from the state could take a hit as well. So, Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde says one option may be cutting staff because criteria has changed for the spring compared to the fall semester.

“there basically funding us by enrollment as opposed to attendance, but that’s not true for the spring.” This has the potential to affect hundreds of teachers and staff. Another option would be to make programmatic changes where certain programs are combined in order to minimize the number of staff that would actually be needed.

Elizalde says the reductions will have to start at the administrative level, “that will include central office. We will need to look at some of our departments that may not be vital to our organization. Because we would certainly want to leave campuses last.”


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