Chamber of Commerce withdraws, then reaffirms support for $892 million AISD bond


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on April 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 10:35 PM

UPDATE -- At 9:59 Monday night, The Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted to change the Facility Master Plan black to its original proposal.

According to Drew Scheberle with the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the board changed their minds after "further reflection" and now the Chamber fully supports the $892 million bond.


AUSTIN -- Less than a month until early voting begins for Austin ISD’s nearly billion-dollar bond package, and in a sudden change of events the Austin Chamber of Commerce announced it's withdrawing its support.

At an AISD meeting Monday night, the board made an unexpected, last-minute change to the development of a Facility Master Plan on or before June 30, 2014. 

The Facility Master Plan would have “looked at under-enrollment within the district in order to optimize the use of district facilities,” according to AISD’s agenda.

However, Monday night the board voted to change the Facility Master Plan, and eliminate the deadline of June 30, 2014, which is when the Chamber withdrew their support.

"If I had known they were going to do this, I wouldn't have spoken at Citizen's Communication, and we wouldn't have released a statement of support. Chamber of Commerce trusted the board to follow through on what the board had committed to us, and they didn't,” said Austin Chamber member Drew Scheberle.

Scheberle tells KVUE, the Master Facility Plan was important because it would have looked at the long-term problems within the district by June 2014, and now the board has “gotten rid of the ‘curfew.’"

AISD did approve an oversight committee for the $892 million bond at Monday’s meeting. The committee makes sure Austin taxpayer’s money is spent responsibly, if the bond passes to ease overcrowding and fix broken facilities.

The bond is up for election on May 11th. Early voting begins April 29th.


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