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Ms.  Stacia  Crescenzi
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Principal's Corner

4-22-2018

This is the time of year where I am as much working on the next school year (in this case 18-19) as I am on the current.  The budget is written, though I am still tweaking some line items.  The first round of open positions is posted and we will start interviews next week.  All choice sheets are in and Mr. Paulson and I will start building the master schedule on Monday.  I mention all of this for two reasons, first to let you know that it may be a bit harder to reach some of us over the next couple of weeks.  People will be involved in interviews or wrangling the puzzle that is the master schedule.  Second, it leads me to a question that I have been asked numerous times over the last couple of months.  The question is about growth as we prepare to eventually move to the new building and growth once that is accomplished.   As many of you know, the cut score for acceptance to LASA has risen almost every year since 2011.  We know the students who were accepted with the lower cut score from those years did more than fine since many have now graduated from college.  The ability to accept more qualified students is the prime advantage for us in this move.  However, it’s not as if we are going to move to the new campus in a couple of years and automatically start accepting another one hundred students a year.  My hope is that we are able to grow in a slow, thoughtful manner that allows us to continue to keep the programming we have, monitor student to teacher ratios and keep our traditions and quirky culture.  This might mean that it takes four or five years before we are accepting everyone possible, but hopefully will ensure that those who attend LASA then will have the same opportunities as the students who are with us today.  

AP Assistance

Next week you will receive an email from MS. Czaplinski regarding our need for volunteers during the two weeks of AP testing.  This is not one of those glamorous volunteer opportunities, but it is an essential one.  Looks like we are going to be giving just under 2,600 exams during those two weeks (yes, I know that number is crazy) and the more assistance we have the smoother everything will run. 

Disappointment

A month or so ago, Two Guys On Your Head had a general segment about disappointment (The Psychology of Disappointment) when it comes to decision making.  This might be a good one to listen to as students head into the final days of college decision making.  http://kut.org/term/two-guys-your-head

 

AISD Community Conversations - Budget

You may have heard that AISD is facing a number of years of budget shortfall.  As we find ourselves giving more and more money back to the State because of recapture, those funds have to come from somewhere.   You can learn more about the AISD budget at one of the following events.

Budget Community Conversation Next Steps

Date: 

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: 

Reagan High School Cafeteria, 7104 Berkman Dr.

See the results of the Budget Prioritization Survey and how public feedback impacted the shape of the preliminary 2018-19 budget proposal.

Learn about the work done to date to keep district spending more in line with anticipated revenues as well as next steps in the multi-year budget stabilization process.

Thursday, April 26 | 6–7 p.m.
Reagan High School Cafeteria, 7104 Berkman Dr. 78752
Child care and light dinner provided.

Wednesday, May 2 | 6–7 p.m.
Ann Richards SYWL Library, 2206 Prather Ln. 78704
Child care and light dinner provided.

Friday, May 4 | Noon–1 p.m.
Austin ISD Baker Center Cafeteria, 3908 Ave. B. 78751
Child care and lunch provided.

For more information, visit www.austinisd.org/budget.