Possible Homeless Shelter Site Could Move Forward And 5 Other Things Happening This Week
From Austin Independent School District's superintendent contract to a possible homeless shelter, here's a look at what our KUT reporters are looking out for this week.
In The News This Week
Austin ISD Board To Discuss Superintendent Contract After Paul Cruz Announces Departure
Paul Cruz, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, announced last week he would be leaving the district to take on a new role at UT Austin. His letter announcing his resignation did not say when he would be leaving the district. Cruz is under contract to serve as superintendent until December 2021. AISD’s Board of Trustees could force him to honor the contract, alter the contract or dismiss him, among other options.
During a meeting Monday, AISD’s Board of Trustees is expected to discuss Cruz’s contract and a transition plan for a new superintendent. They’ve set aside time to talk in closed session — meaning not in public — so it’s unknown if they’ll make any public announcements on the topic.
Video Sharing System Could Improve Regional Response To Traffic Incidents
On Wednesday, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board will decide whether to move forward with a new video sharing system. It would allow the CTRMA to share video streams with TxDOT, the City of Austin and Austin Police among other partners. The hope is that it would improve regional response to serious traffic incidents.
Texas Transportation Commission To Consider Lease Agreement For Possible Homeless Shelter Site
On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission is set to consider a lease agreement between TxDOT and ATX Helps, a nonprofit run by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Austin Alliance. ATX Helps plans to build a permanent shelter with up to 300 beds on state-owned land at U.S. Highway 183 and Montopolis Drive.
Gov. Greg Abbott directed that Austinites experiencing homelessness be allowed to camp on the five acre site, which was a TxDOT maintenance yard, until a regular shelter can be built. Those currently at the camp worry that a new shelter would mean a loss of autonomy.
Early Voting Ends Friday
Early voting for the 2020 primary elections started Feb. 18 and lasts until Friday. Election Day is March 3. To find out what's on the ballot other than the party nominations for president, check out our voter guide. Not sure where to vote or what to bring? Here's what you need to know.
Events Happening This Week
Views And Brews
On Tuesday, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy hosts a Views and Brews event at The Cactus Cafe. This week’s topic is Mental Health: Self-Medicating in a Broken System. Austin-based musician Thor Harris and Doug Smith, a senior policy analyst and mental health advocate, join McInroy to talk about trying to remain healthy while attempting to help others. The free event starts at 6 p.m.
The Importance Of Black Media
KUT’s John L. Hanson Jr., host and producer of In Black America, will discuss black media and the importance of it in social movements and pop culture on Friday. The Policy Alliance for Communities of Color at UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs is hosting the discussion. It starts at 11:30 a.m. at the LBJ School.