DISTRICT: Fi­nan­cial woes were key is­sue for Carstarphen

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Con­tin­ued from pre­vi­ous page the con­vo­ca­tion as the first of many mile­stones dur­ing her first year. An­other mile­stone, the strate­gic plan — which lists goals for the next five years, in­clud­ing a 90 per­cent grad­u­a­tion rate and new col­lege readi­ness pro­grams — has re­ceived ac­co­lades from the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“What we want is a world­class ed­u­ca­tion, and I think she’s the next step to­ward that,” said Drew Scheberle, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of ed­u­ca­tion for the Greater Austin Cham­ber of Com­merce. “Our busi­ness vol­un­teer lead­er­ship has been very im­pressed with her and her CFO.”

Carstarphen said her goal was to stop what wasn’t work­ing, in­clud­ing dis­man­tling the district’s high school redesign pro­gram and mak­ing changes to the bilin­gual pro­gram, and fo­cus on the pro­grams that were ef­fec­tive.

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