The Austin ISD board will vote tonight on whether to spend $16 million left over from the 2008 bond package. But at least one item on the plan dealing with an in-district charter school is likely face some opposition.
Back in 2008, Austin voters approved $345 million in spending for the school district. Then the recession hit. Construction prices dropped. And AISD wound up saving a bunch of money.
Now, the school district wants to spend $16 million of the $19 million in left over “bond contingency funds.” The school district’s lawyers say that’s okay as long as it fits with the original intention of the bond.
Some of the money would pay for dozens of critical renovations at schools across town, like replacing an elevator at Anderson High School, repairing the heating and cooling system, and fixing waste pipes under the kitchen at Eastside Memorial High School.