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Page 4A Hays Free Press = January 11,2017 + School Bond: Now In trustees' hands Continued from pg. 1A $33 million elementary schools and a new trans- portation facility. Some items led to debate, includ- ing discussion on a new baseball/softball complex at Hays High. The GIC recommend- ed the board attempt to include the complex in the bond in order to avoid potential Title IX violations due to lack of on-campus softball field at Hays High. She said the recommen- dation "strikes a balance" between meeting the needs for students to "compete in a global economy" and the amount the district could ask for a bond. Board trustees raised questions on the recom- mendation, which ranged from cost of facilities, to the need for a new ad- ministration building, to a $900,000-plus upgrade to three campus libraries. Carter Scherff, Hays CISD chief operations officer, said the district esti- mated the cost of construc- tion at $250 per square foot :for the new schools. Trustee Esperanza Orosco asked about the importance of a new Cen- tral Services Center, which would house the district's network facility. The CSC, a 100,000 square-foot, three-story facility estimat- ed at $22 million, would be located on an acre-and- a-half property near the Performing Arts Center. Dianne Borreson, Hays CISD Chief Technology Officer, said an outside firm evaluated the district's Central Network Opera- dons Center in 2008, which found it was "at capacity." She added that at capacity, the district doesn't have the "proper mechanical, prop- er electrical infrastructure." She said it shifted the discussion from building not just an administration building to where "the core of central services" can be located. "! don't want you to think of it as if we don't build the admin, technol- ogy is going to stop. That's Want to offer your thoughts on the bond discussion? Here is a list of when the public can speak on the bond forums or during public comment. at Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Board agenda workshop meeting Lehman High Cafeteria 1700 Lehman Road, Kyle TX 78640 Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Bond public forum at Buda Elementary School Upper Campus (Kunkel Room) 300 San Marcus, Buda, "IX 78610 Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. Board business meeting with bond Lehman High Cafeteria 1700 Lehman Road, Kyle TX 78640 public comment Jan. 24 at 6:00 p.m. - Bond public forum Kyle Elementary School (Kimbro Bldg.) 500 West Blanco Street, Kyle, TX 78640 Jan. 26 at 6:00 p.m. - Bond public forum Hemphill Elementary School 3995 East FM 150, Kyle, "IX 78640 Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Special called board Location TBD meeting for bond not the case," Borreson said. "We're setting our- selves up to be vulnerable to disasters and that would be devastating impact on our central services, tech- nology we serve out there." Orosco said she was "nervous" about the cost of the library upgrades. Kim- broly Pool, Chief Academic Officer, said the improve- ments would expand the Wallace and Barton middle and Kyle Elementary school libraries to add ftLmimre, technology, and areas for a mobile maker space. But when asked about the return on investmen in students by mobile maker space technology, district officials said there is no data locally as the tech- nology is "too new in our district." Several residents who spoke during public com- ment, however, expressed concern over the GIC's proposal. One speaker asked the district to prioritize spending when it came to the bond. '7kre we going to invest in buildings, or are we going to invest in students and helping improve their performance and helping support the teachers who help support the students," the speaker said. One speaker echoed board trustee Willie Ten- orio's call for background information on how the district arrived at the square foot cost estimate for campuses. One woman said the public didn't have a"seat at the table" until after a formal recommendation was made. "I feel it's unfair, i. to ask the committee draw the line on spending without the benefit of a public hear- ing," the speaker said. Should the board choose, items within a possible bond could be finalized by Feb. 6. The legal date to call an election is Feb. 17. Fluoride Debate: Raging on in Buda Continued from pg. 1A "long-term waste product that is highly corrosive and pollutes the air and water." Buda resident Amanda Bodine claimed that she "isn't anti-fluoride," but that she expected council members to "take the pulse of their constituents" to determine ffthey are in- formed about the HFA they would be ingesting. Brian Lillibridge, Buda Water Specialist, said that the City signed and passed a resolution in July 2015 supporting the continued fluoridation of the city's water supply. Sixty percent of Buda's water is surface water from the Guadalupe Blanco Riv- er Authority. The remain- ing 40 percent is ground water from the Edwards Aquifer that has varying levels of "naturally occur- ring fluoride," Lillibridge said. Since November 2015, the city has worked with the Texas Fluoridation Program, a branch of the Department of State Health Services, to design and install a fluoridation system in Buda. They did so after GBRA stopped fluoridating the water from a supply source in San Marcos as a result of the "Fluoride Free San Marcos" movement, IAllibridge referenced a report from an agenda item that was tabled Dec. 20, which said the city intends to fluoridate all surface water sources to not exceed the limit of 0.7 milligrams per liter (mg/1). Lillibridge said the fluoride levels in Buda's surface water differ at a couple of points. Where the fluoride levels are higher, technicians will not add as much fluoride. He added the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has set a Maximum Contain- ment Level for fluoride in drinking water at 4 mg/l, with a secondary level at 2 mg/1. Lillibridge said samples at locations such as the BonitaVista PtLmp Station contain naturally occur- ring fluoride levels ranging from 1.8 to 2.5mg/1. "No treatment or remov- al is required for fluoride levels above the SCL, but annual notification is required," according to city documents. Due to delays in the fluoridation system activa- tion, the fluoridation of the water that was supposed to resume as of December 2016 has not been imple- mented yet. As for the future of fluo- ride in Buda's surface water supp134 Lillibridge said the City would implement the new system within the next fewweeks. New Contract: Kylo takes another look Continued from pg. 1A contract calls for a five percent annual per- formance based salary increase. He added the city opted to maintain with COLA adjustments rather than make them automatic or performance based. Any possible adjust- ments would be made "pursuant to lawful coun- cil resolutions" and with considerations to market compensations for city managers "in similar cities in the vicinity" of Kyle. If the contract is approved, Sellers would receive the same benefits full-time employees in Kyle have. The city would agree to pay the health premiums for Sellers and his family pursuant to the city's group healthcare plan for fifil-time employ- ees. Sellers would receive the benefits should he continue employment in Kyle through March 2025. The city would also pay up to 21 percent of Sellers' base salary as a contribu- tion to the Texas Mtmici- pal Retirement Sytem. Kyle would also bear the "full cost of any fidelity or other bonds" required of Sellers under any law or ordinance. Sellers would receive a $100 per month mobile phone allowance, along with a tablet and a laptop. The renegotiated contract came as a result of massive public scrutiny that followed the city's previous proposal to Sellers. In December, the city proposed an eight-year deal with a provision for a $29,000 reduction in Sellers' base salary. Those funds were meant to go toward a $550,000 home in the Cypress Forest subdivision, which would have been purchased by the city. Monies to purchase the home, a 4,100 square-foot residence, would have come from the city's gen- eral fund reserves. According to city estimates, the home, which would have been a city-owned asset, would appreciate by $227,000 and have cumulative lease revenue of $487,000 after a 30-year period. Sellers would have also received a five percent annual increase over the eight year tenn. Residents, however, held reservations about the contract and spoke out against it on social media and during a special called meeting Dec. 16. Sellers ultimately declined the deal, which forced the city to enter into negotiations. "What came through clear was that most people didn't have a problem with Scott, but they had a problem with the contract and the way it was ap- proached," Webter said. Webster was unsure, however, what the pub- lic's reaction to the new contract would be when it comes up ]an. 17. "The facts of it are thare's nothing creative in this contract," Webster said. "It's a standard three- year agreement based on what other cities are doing." the FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT• FOR HEALTHY LIVIN6 FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ......."' ;'"'....,. e • . )AN.31 ' •Be•Q•• 4 0 O e O .O WHEN YOU JOIN THE HAYS COMMUNITIES Y, you're committing to more than simply becoming healthier. You are supporting the values and programs that strengthen your community. 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