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AISD's Superintendent was given a positive evaluation Monday night by the board of trustees. But whether or not her contract will be extended is still unknown.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has received an extension of her contract twice since she's been here. There is mixed opinion on whether it should be extended again. Her contract runs through June 2015.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen is the head of a district that has 86,000 people and 11,000 employees, which is why the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce believes she has the toughest job in town.

"There's some deep structural problems that Dr. Carstarphen is trying to take on and those are tough and those are things that have caused push-back from the community. I think she is somebody who can take on deep structural problems," said Drew Scheberle of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Although the chamber supports her, some of the decisions she's made over the past four years have placed her job in question. Not all members of the board of trustees are completely confident in her work.

"We need to have better control of our finances, our facilities. I want to personally see what we're doing not only for the kids who are really struggling but also for kids that are already performing at or above the curve as it was," said Robert Schneider, AISD School Board Trustee.

Schneider says he would like to see what will be done over the next year to address those concerns. He isn't the only one.

"They still haven't hit the high school graduation goals, the college readiness goals, or the direct college enrollment goals that have been put in front of them. For them to get done, the board has to work together with the superintendent," said Scheberle.

That is something that has not been easy in the past. They have been divided on several issues. But Scheberle says that is what's needed for good things to happen for taxpayers and children.

AISD is currently one of the best performing districts in the United States.

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