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AISD Board Adopts Major Changes For 2012-13 School Year

Photo by Nathan Bernier, KUT News
The AISD board adopted several proposal last night, including one $5.5 million plan intended to reduce overcrowding at north central Austin elementary schools.

So much community and media attention was focused last night on Austin ISD’s controversial proposal to outsource an East Austin college prep program to a South Texas charter school operator that we didn’t have time to tell you about other sweeping overhauls the school board approved for next year.

Here’s a recap of what the board approved.

The school board also voted to reject bids to buy two administrative buildings, Carruth on West Sixth Street and Baker in Hyde Park. AISD put those buildings on the market earlier this year when it was facing pressure to slash administrative costs while eliminating 1,100 positions.

The Baker Center was assessed at $5.2 million, and AISD received bids from Bula Lewis Farms and Hyde Park Historic Properties for $8.1 million and $7.8 million, respectively. But AISD staff advised rejecting the bids in part based on the future market value of the building and “recent facilities investments” the district made at Baker.

The Carruth Administration Center at 1111 West Sixth Street, which serves as AISD’s administrative headquarters, was appraised at $27.5 million. The district received bids from Cerco Development for $16 million. Another bid from a group called 1111 W. 6th St. JV, LLC offered a 50-year ground lease of 200,000 square feet in Highland Mall and a rent waiver worth $4.6 million.