AISD trying to retain teachers

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin Independent School District said it needs to do more to retain teachers.

According to a Thursday night presentation to the board, AISD has a goal of retaining 90% of teachers in Title 1 schools by the 2025-26 school year. In 2021-22, the district retained 79.2%, a drop of 3.7% from 2020-21. Title 1 schools serve large numbers of disadvantaged children.

The district is also falling behind in non-teaching staff retention with 83.3% remaining in the current school year, which is 4.2% less than in 2020-21.

According to Assistant Superintendent Brandi Hosack, 90% of teachers reported feeling burned out in the past year. She said teachers blame a lack of resources, changing expectations, feeling undervalued, financial stress, state mandates and a growing list of new initiatives.

AISD said it is currently trying to retain staff at Title 1 schools with:

  • leadership training
  • Involve staff in decision making
  • Protect teacher/staff time
  • Treat teachers and staff as professionals

The trustees heard the following recommendations for the future:

  • Provide leadership and mentorship specific to Title 1 campuses
  • Develop specific points of contact/checkpoints with Title 1 teachers
  • Carry out the internal process of “Stay Interview”
  • Adapt district-wide mentoring program for Title 1 campuses
  • Require a more detailed exit survey

In other district news,

  • AISD promises to prevent a repeat of the April 29 paycheck delay. The district said human error caused the debacle and there will be changes. The district said it has improved its process and timelines and is changing the contract it has with the bank that handles payroll.
  • Board meetings will begin at 6 pm beginning June 9.

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