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NEW YEAR BABY Seton Hays welcomes first baby of 2017 - Page 1C Hays Free Press January 4, 2017 Page 3B BY MOSES LEOS III A iseries of tragedies t the Lehman igh and Hays CISD communities during the holiday break, prompting district officials to help guide students and staff through the grieving process. According to a district letter sent to parents, district officials were informed on Christmas Eve of the death of Joshua Gregorio "J" Marquez, who was a Lehman High freshman. Details of Marquez' death are unknown at this time. According to his obituary, Marquez loved music and aspired to be a rapper, doing so in front of his friends and family. Marquez would go "the extra mile" for his mother and supported his friends and classmates through difficult times. Roughly 24 hours later, district officials were notified of the death of Juan Manuel Martinez-Soliz, who was a longtime custodian at Lehman High. According to his obituary, Martinez-Soliz passed away suddenly at St. David's Hospital in Austin on Christmas evening. On Dec. 27, district officials learned of the death of Michael Mince, 15, of Kyle, who was killed in a tragic hit and run incident along FM 2001 in Niederwald. "The Lehman High School and Hays CISD Juan Manual Martinez-Soliz Joshua Gregorio "J" Marquez Michael Mince communities have suffered two tragedies during the past three days," said Hays CISD spokesperson Tim Savoy in a statement. "Anytime a student dies it is tremendously painful, but particularly when it happens during the holiday season. Our hearts are heavy and we are praying for the families of Joshua and Michael. We are mourning the losses, but also finding comfort in knowing that these two precious students gave us so many gifts and joyous memories during their short time with us." Hays CISD crisis counselors will be on hand at Lehman High when students and staff return to school Jan. 5. STAFF REPORT Hays CISD officials will now take the next step toward potential projects that could go into a possible bond initiative this May. On Monday, the Hays CISD board of trustees will consider accepting the Growth Impact Committee's recommendation for projects to go in the bond during a special called meeting. The GIC recommended a single proposition bond that will total $265 million. The proposal includes a $122 million high school and two $33 million elementary schools. Residents will have a chance to Comment on the proposal Monday and during a series of public forums that will be held in January and early February. The district must decide on calling a bond election by Feb. 17. Hays ClSD ....... %iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ...... Board empanels Growth Impact Committee September 2016 bond 201 7 process Board considers Growth Impact Comittee recommendation January 2017 timeline Board considers calling bond election February 17, 2017 deadline Election Day Voters decide whether to approve bond May 6, 2017 + , :il l ii } Ji Ji; I ill I