ABILENE ISD AT A GLANCE
The Abilene ISD has two traditional high schools, a STEM academy high school, a medical magnet program and an alternative high school for at-risk students. AISD is also home to four middle schools, 14 elementary schools, one alternative placement campus and one adult education center.
The Abilene ISD received an overall “B” grade of 85 for the second straight academic year in 2018-19, Nine campuses received a total of 22 Distinction Designations for Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Post-Secondary Readiness, including ATEMS collecting all seven distinctions. Also, Abilene High’s Jane Hill was selected as a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program for the 2019-20 academic year.
Abilene ISD’s ethnic composition is 44% Hispanic, 37% Anglo, 13% African American, 4% two or more races, and 2% Asian/Pacific Islander. Approximately 70% of students in Abilene ISD are economically disadvantaged.
Abilene ISD covers approximately 106 square miles in Taylor and Jones counties.
Approximately 16,500 students are enrolled in Abilene ISD.
The total tax rate supporting the 2019-20 budget is $1.3214 per $100 assessed value, up from $1.2024 in 2018-19. The increase in the tax rate is attributable to the 2018 bond
package of $138,679,000. However, the Maintenance & Operations rate will be $0.97
(down from $1.04 in 2018-19) and the Interest and Sinking rate will be $0.3514.
Abilene ISD employs nearly 2,500 public servants dedicated to the district’s educational mission, more than 80 percent of whom work directly with students on a daily basis.
The AISD Board of Trustees approved an increase in first-year teacher salaries to $47,500, as well as increases of as much as 8% for employees across the district. Teachers with 1-5 years of experience received a 6% increase, while teachers with 6-15 years of experience received a 7% increase and teachers with 16 or more years of experience received an 8% salary increase. Each of the increases for teachers, librarians, counselors and nurses (RNs) at those three levels are percentage-based raises from their current salaries. Information technology, clerical / para-professional and auxiliary employees will all receive a 6% raise from the midpoint, while administrators will receive a 5% raise from the midpoint. The total increase in payroll expenditures is $6.4 million for the 2019-20 school year.
- AISD will develop a strong literacy foundation for every student.
- AISD will advance character development by nurturing habits of mind and ethical, principle-based leadership.
- AISD will prepare all students for success in college and the workforce.
- AISD will fully integrate student-led technology and develop innovative learning environments and facilities for the purpose of high student engagement, safety and academic success.
- AISD will secure high quality, effective staff who embrace diversity, are reflective of and responsive to the district’s student body, utilize best practices and understand the importance of student engagement, rigorous and relevant learning environments and the significance of connecting with students to foster a desire to learn.
The Mission of the Abilene Independent School District is to provide exceptional educational opportunities in an environment that will produce graduates with the skills necessary to become productive, responsible citizens.
Administration – Cabinet
Dr. David Young, Superintendent
Dr. Gustavo Villanueva, Associate Superintendent for Leadership & Student Services
Dr. Dan Dukes, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Joseph Waldron, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources
Scott McLean, Associate Superintendent for Operations
Melissa Irby, Executive Director of Finance
Lance Fleming, Chief Communications Officer
School Board Members
Randy Piersall, President – Daryl Zeller, Vice President – Cindy Earles, Secretary
Angie Wiley, Assistant Secretary; Bill Enriquez, Member; Samuel Garcia, Member; Dr. Danny Wheat, Member