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AISD Board Approves Budget, Domestic Partner Benefits

Nathan Bernier, KUT News
A view from Austin ISD's headquarters on W. 6th St.

Austin Independent School District employees will start to learn more today about adding an unmarried partner to their health insurance benefits.

The AISD board approved last night expanding benefits to people a district spokesman calls the “unmarried, committed” partners of regular, full-time AISD employees.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has said another open enrollment period could be added as soon as this fall.

"While we still have a few obstacles to overcome, legal and otherwise, a clear path forward has emerged,” Carstarphen said in a recorded video as part of AISD's annual convocation. “Employees will have the opportunity to add new, qualifying individuals to their coverage as part of a separate enrollment period as soon as October 2013."

The school board also adopted the district’s budget for the current school year. It does not raise the tax rate but does provide a 1.5 percent salary increase for employees.

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