Abilene Independent School District, Texas
|Abilene Independent School District|
|Number of schools:||24|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Stan Lambert|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Abilene Independent School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtAbilene, Texas, a city located in portions of Jones County and Taylor County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Abilene is home to 118,887 residents.
Abilene underperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.4 percent of Abilene residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Abilene was $41,631 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Abilene was 18.8 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
The superintendent of Abilene Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Heath Burns. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2010. Burns previously served as superintendent of Anderson-Shiro Consolidated Independent School District and Angleton Independent School District in Texas.
The Abilene Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.
|Abilene Board of Trustees|
|Robert T. Laird||1||2016|
|Barry Lynn Hoefer||3||2016|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Seats in Positions 4, 5 and 6 were up for election on May 10, 2014. Voters will choose members for Positions 1, 2, 3 and 7 in May 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2009:
|“||Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion and by time constraints of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.
Public comment on an agenda item (or any item) shall require registration with the Board clerk prior to the beginning of the Board meeting. Rules for public comment include the following:
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
Abilene Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at Abilene Independent School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Median salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Abilene Independent School District
The district's K-12 student enrollment decreased from 17,161 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 16,992 students during the 2012-2013 school year.
Abilene Independent School District operates 24 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Abilene Independent School District|
|Abilene High School|
|Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science|
|Austin Elementary School|
|Bassetti Elementary School|
|Bonham Elementary School|
|Bowie Elementary School|
|Clack Middle School|
|Cooper High School|
|Craig Middle School|
|Dyess Elementary School|
|Holland Medical High School|
|Jackson Elementary School|
|Johnston Elementary School|
|Lee Elementary School|
|Long Elementary School|
|Madison Middle School|
|Mann Middle School|
|Martinez Elementary School|
|Ortiz Elementary School|
|Reagan Elementary School|
|Taylor Elementary School|
|Thomas Elementary School|
|Ward Elementary School|
|Woodson Center for Excellence|
The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:
- Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
- Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
- Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
- Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.
Abilene Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 93% of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||1,037||1,500||69||55|
- List of school districts in Texas
- Abilene Independent School District elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Abilene Independent School District
- City of Abilene, Texas
- Texas Education Agency
- Texas Association of School Boards
- Texas Education Agency, "2012-2013 Texas Academic Performance Report: Abilene ISD," accessed February 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Abilene, Texas," accessed February 25, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "Historical Election Results," accessed February 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Abilene Independent School District, "Superintendent," accessed February 25, 2014
- Abilene Independent School District, "Eligibility/Qualifications," October 18, 2011
- Abilene Independent School District, "Public Participation," December 8, 2009
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Abilene Independent School District, "Adopted Budget 2013-2014," accessed December 6, 2013
- Abilene Independent School District, "2013-2014 Certified Salary Scales," accessed February 25, 2014
- Abilene Independent School District, "Contact," accessed February 25, 2014
- Texas Education Agency, "Accountability Summary 2013: Abilene ISD," accessed February 25, 2014