Austin Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said voters sent a message to the school board in this Saturday’s bond election: Work with what you have.
Carstarphen said that the $490 million approved for Austin schools will help the district focus on what she called “critical needs.” But she added that voters’ rejection of Propositions 2 and 4 could mean that AISD will use cost-saving measures.
Update (10:30 pm): The Greater Austin Chamber has released its response to tonight's vote. The Chamber says it's excited about the technology upgrades being provided by the passage of bonds 1 and 3. While lamenting that Prop 2 lost by about 200 votes saying, "we should remember that only 7.2% of registered voters cast a ballot. Those who thought someone else would solve this problem were mistaken. Every vote matters."
Update (10:20 pm): With all votes counted, AISD only won 2 of the 4 bond propositions on the ballot today.
Prop 1: $140 million for Health, Environment, Equipment and Technology Prop 3: $350 million for Academic and Building Infrastructure Renovations
Residents at the Oak Creek Village apartments in south Austin are waiting to see if the state grants a developer tax incentives to construct a new, larger complex in its place. The developer, Eureka Family Group, wants to keep 173 units as affordable housing — which would allow current residents to stay in their homes.
But, if the state doesn'tapprove the project, many residents might have to move. Educators and parents at the nearby school — Travis Heights Elementary — are also concerned.