Austin ISD scheduled to announce superintendent lone finalist July 21

Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz, seen here in 2018, announced his future resignation Feb. 18. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz, seen here in 2018, announced his future resignation Feb. 18. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz, seen here in 2018, announced his future resignation Feb. 18. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Last week the Austin ISD board of trustees held three special meetings in closed session to interview candidates for the district’s upcoming superintendent vacancy.

This week, the board will hold two more, which will involve a second round of interviews followed by the scheduled announcement of its lone finalist for the position, according to meeting agenda for July 20-21.


According to the agendas, the interviews will again take place in closed session, and due to state law, candidates for the position have not been named. The July 21 meeting will, however, include a session for public comment and testimony at 7 p.m. with an action item to name the lone finalist in open session later that night.

Individuals interested in making a public comment, which will be prerecorded before the meeting, can do so here.

Outgoing Superintendent Paul Cruz—who announced his resignation in February to take a position at The University of Texas—has been active during the ongoing pandemic, and is scheduled to officially leave the district Aug. 31.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


MOST RECENT

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

Photoo of Travis County sign
Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners Court will hold rare joint session to address 'dire' COVID-19 status

County Judge Andy Brown called the meeting "an opportunity to coordinate responses."

Voters line up during the Dec. 15 runoff election. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legality of ranked-choice voting prompts disagreement between supporters, Austin city attorneys

If a Jan. 11 petition is validated, Austin voters could decide whether to support the implementation a ranked-choice voting system. But is it unconstitutional?

A group of Austin-area school districts is advocating for early distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for school staff members. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin-area school districts advocate for teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccines

Educators in the designated population for early distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in 32 states. Texas was not one of them, according to a Jan. 14 letter signed by 17 Central Texas school districts.

H-E-B is preparing to accept coronavirus vaccine appointments through an online portal. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B launches vaccine portal; Whipped Bakery opens in Leander and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Austin Pizza Garden's menu features specialty pies, salads, sandwiches and starters. (Community Impact staff)
Iconic South Austin pizza restaurant to close after 27 years

Austin Pizza Garden will close Jan. 17 after 27 years in the community.

The company plans to invest $2.5 million into renovations for the project. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tesla planning new South Austin showroom at The Yard

The company plans to invest $2.5 million into renovations for the project.

Dr. Anthony Fauci gave remarks while accepting the Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership from Dell Medical School. (Screenshot via The University of Texas)
Dr. Anthony Fauci praises UT researcher’s role in vaccine development

Dr. Anthony Fauci's remarks came while accepting the Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership from Dell Medical School.

Photo of Judge Andy Brown at a press conference
Travis County health leaders say Regional COVID-19 Therapeutic Infusion Center will help unburden hospitals

In its first week, the center offered 120 coronavirus patients an antiviral antibody treatment.