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School district to add Spanish-speaking success coach

Published 10:01am Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Austin Public Schools board approved an updated integration budget Monday that will add another success coach within the school district.

Board members unanimously approved the $684,000 budget, about $44,000 more than the previous budget, which now allows for a Spanish-speaking success coach at the new I.J. Holton Intermediate School. Success coaches help students of color, new students to the district and others to succeed in class. The integration also goes to various programs and events to bring students together and learn about different cultures and topics throughout the year.

At the meeting, board members also approved a new dress code at Austin High School. Over the summer, students, staff and administrators looked at updating the dress code to mirror that of other schools, but more than anything to simplify the stipulations within the student handbook.

Student school board representative Jiyoon Shin called the previous dress code “an overwhelming list of specific things you can’t do.” After researching dress codes at several schools, AHS was able to chop its three-page dress code to three-quarters of a page.

The dress code simply states students must be clothed from armpit to mid-thigh and gives examples of certain garments not allowed, such as tube tops. Students were happiest with a change that now allows them to wear tank tops, Shin added.

The Austin Public Schools Board will next hold a study session 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the district offices inside AHS.


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