On Feb. 24 the board of trustees voted 5-4 to change its contracts for all professional employees, including teachers and librarians, from one year to three years.
The board voted April 28 to name the new North Central Elementary School No. 2 on West Rundberg Lane as Jaime D. Padron Elementary School. An Austin police officer, Padron died April 6, 2012, in the line of duty.
On Nov. 4 and Dec. 16, voters elected new board of trustees members Edmund Gordon, District 1; Julie Cowan, District 4; Paul Saldaa, District 6; and Kendall Pace, At-Large Position 9. District 7 trustee Robert Schneider was re-elected to his fourth term.
In April the PISD board of trustees approved an across-the-board pay rate increase, putting the districts wages at or above 90 percent of the fair market pay rate.
Voters passed a $287 million bond package May 10. The bond money will be used to build new campuses, fix aging infrastructure, increase safety and security and introduce new technology. PISD is expected to grow by about 400 new students per year, according to district estimates.
Solar panels installed during the summer could save PISD more than $1 million during the life of the panels, the district announced in June.
ROUND ROCK ISD
On May 10 voters approved the district's $299 million bond election to fund three propositions to address RRISD's needs, such as student access to technology and adding new fine arts venues.
Construction finished in July on Success High School, the district's alternative high school, located at 500 Gattis School Road, Round Rock. Renovations were also completed at Round Rock High School.
New trustees Nikki Gonzalez, Place 1, and Suzi David, Place 5, were sworn in Nov. 20. Incumbents Diane Cox, Place 3, and Paul Tisch, Place 6, were re-elected. Terri Romere, Place 4, ran unopposed.