AUSTIN - Paul Saldaña is expected to step down from his role on the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees Friday morning, according to KVUE's partners at the Austin-American Statesman.
Saldaña, who was elected in 2014, said there are multiple reasons for his decision - one being to spend more time with his family.
"There are no hidden agendas," Saldaña said in the Statesman's report.
Saldaña voted against the facilities multi-billion dollar master plan that would provide upgrades to all of the campuses in the district. Saldaña said he was concerned the plan wouldn't help under-enrolled campuses, forcing their closure.
According to the Statesman, Saldaña has been a trustee throughout his tenure that strongly supports equality within the district. He encouraged the district to support immigrant students and fronted a new ethics and cultural studies course, set to debut this fall, according to the Statesman.
AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz released the following statement on Saldaña's expected resignation:
"I thank Trustee Saldaña for his service and commitment to the students and families in the Austin Independent School District.
Trustee Saldaña approached his position with passion and enthusiasm and with the perspective as a parent and a life-long Austinite. His efforts included leading the charge to establish a Historically Underutilized Business program and advocating for high academic achievement and equity for all students.
I wish him well and respect his decision to spend more time with his wife and his four sons."
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