Abilene Independent School District, Texas

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Abilene Independent School District
Abilene, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Heath Burns
Graduation rate:92.4%[1]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $139.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Stan Lambert
Board members:7
Term length:4
Abilene Independent School District is a school district in Texas that served 16,992 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] Abilene Independent School District is the 67th-largest school district in Texas.

About the district

Abilene Independent School District is located in Taylor County, Texas
Abilene Independent School District is located in Abilene, 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.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Abilene (%) Texas (%)
White 75.5 70.4
Black or African American 9.6 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Asian 1.7 3.8
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 24.5 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[3]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 22.5 76.0
2008 26.7 72.3
2004 22.1 77.3
2000 24.4 73.6

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.[4]


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.[5]

School board

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.[6]

Abilene Board of Trustees
Member Place Term Ends
Robert T. Laird 1 2016
Randy Piersall 2 2016
Barry Lynn Hoefer 3 2016
Laura Dyer 4 2014
Danny Wheat 5 2014
Stan Lambert 6 2014
Kelvin Kelley 7 2016

School board elections

See also: Abilene Independent School District elections (2014)

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:[7]

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.

All public comments are limited to five minutes per person or 20 minutes per issue. If more than four people wish to speak to an issue, the time allotted to each person will be reduced to keep all comments within the 20-minute limit, or groups may choose a spokesperson who shall have the time that would otherwise have been available to members of the group.

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:

  • Time limits will be strictly enforced.
  • Personal attacks may not be made on individuals.
  • Vulgar or indecent language may not be used.
  • Appropriate dress shall be required.
  • Cheering or applause shall not be allowed.
  • A person may address the Board on the same issue or topic during no more than two consecutive meetings.

Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.[8]


Abilene Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

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
2013-2014 $81,567,286 58.6% $4,188,182 3% $45,585,446 32.7% $6,931,482 5% $935,913 0.7% $139,208,309
Averages: $81,567,286 59% $4,188,182 3% $45,585,446 33% $6,931,482 5% $935,913 1% $139,208,309

Teacher salaries

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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 39,000 45,200 53,238
MA 40,000 46,200 55,263

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.[1]

District schools

Abilene Independent School District operates 24 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

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

Academic performance

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:[12]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 25,614 33,272 77 50
Student Progress 1,400 4,400 32 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,037 1,500 69 55
Postsecondary Readiness 810.9 1,000 81 75

Contact information

Abilene Independent School District logo.jpg
Abilene Independent School District
241 Pine Street
Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: (325) 677-1444

See also

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