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-4- +- Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press January 11,2017 .s win STAFF REPORT Hays High School's Speech and Debate team completed a strong outing at the Winston Churchhill Classic at Churchill High in San Antonio. Leading performance in the Texas Forensics Association Tournament and Tournament of Champions Qualifying meet was Chance Walker, who reached the finals, then won first place in Foreign Extempranous Speaking. Walker's Foreign Extemporaneous win also earned him his second bid to compete for national title at the TOC this May in Chicago, Ill. The TOC is the most selective speech and debate competition in the nation. COURTESY PHOTO Hays High speech and debate team members (back I-r) Emma Morgan, Sarah Gouzien, Patrick Fox, AJ Garcia, Jordan Clements; (front, I-r) Brough Cosgrove, Jude McClaren, Chance Walker pose for a photo after the Winston Churchill Classic Moore, Peyton Luke Jackson, in San Antonio. Walker and teammate while Emma Morgan Jordan Clements made and Jude McClaren the semifinals in the made the semifinals Student Congress, in Extemporaneous Speaking. AJ Garcia and Sarah Moore made the semifinals in Cross Examination (CX) debate. -- . m 3310 B FM 967, Ste #Al10 Buda, Texas 78610 Near the corner of FM 1626 and 967 512-523-8680" Iongonho,c0m Report Card: Hays gives TEA an 'F' Continued from pg. 3B across the state, which is a"departure from the current system that com- pares schools with similar demographics." Other issues McKie addressed were campuses with higher percentages of economically disadvan- taged students receiving lower grades in the dis- trict, which was expected. Hays CISD's possible resolution was developed by Texas Association of School Administrators and has been approved by more than 100 school districts. The district also plans to implement ten- ants "set forth in Creating a NewVision for Public Education," which was de- veloped by TASA in 2008. "Our goal with this work "We embrace community- based accountability that allows districts the creativity to develop curriculum and programs that, while meeting general state standards, are important locally." -Mike McKie, HCISD Superinbtendent is to transform education in a manner that is mean- ingful and that creates a high quality education system that prepares students for college and careers," McKie said. "We embrace community- based accountability that allows districts the creativ- ity to develop curriculum and programs that, while meeting general state standards, are important locally." Should the board pass the resolution, Hays CISD would join Dripping Springs ISD, which passed a similar resolution op- posing the rating system in 2016. ~::::~,.,.?~ ~$~`~;~;~s~(~$~:~ ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: : ::.: :; :;:::::~.~$::~;,:4 ; :.- :;i~iii~i+# ~i~ii.i~.~.ii ,~. i,iiiii~L~.i~.~i~::i::i~+~+i+~#,i::ii$i:+ii~ii~#:iiiiii::::+ :#:~:: ~i ::~i i i::i i;:: ::i::~@~::iii::!i!i,I ~ii :,i::i@~::i+@i::iiiiii~::ii#i::iiiiiiiiiii::!:,~ ~i!i::i::!:: i : :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: .................................. be .... . iduc n j:i! Renovation " !J + Continued from pg. 3B district, our cities, and the county and will always remain active," Bryant said. "I am committed to this community and will continue to serve on commiteees and boards." Bryant also added that she cares about every child and that they were "more than students to me." She also said that it was important to be a voice for staff and teachers and that "they knew someone was listening." "I wouldn't trade this experience for anything," she said. "It has contrib- uted to my growth into the person who I am today and has allowed me to meet and represent thousands of people from all over the district." LETTER FROM BRYANT TO HAYS CISD PARENTS For more than a decade, I have proudly served the community in various capacities, including nearly six years as an At-Large Trustee on the Hays Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. It has contributed to my growth into the person who I am today and has allowed me to meet and represent thousands of people from all over the district. However, after much prayer and deliberation, I have decided not to seek re-election. It is time for me to pass the mantle and to pursue another calling in life. I will be focusing my full attention on earning my master's degree in counseling. When I first ran for the Board, I set out with seven goals in mind. They were to: represent all by visiting every school in the district twice a year or more (to continue to build relationships with the community), stand strong for smaller classroom sizes, increase pay for teachers and staff, increase safety in our schools, promote accountability, heighten greater transparency, and champion better communication. I can now proudly say that these goals have all been accomplished. My choosing not to run for re-election will not hamper my involvement in HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Bryant at her swearing in ceremony in 2014. "1 wouldn't trade this experience for anything ... "It has contributed to my growth into the person who I am today and has allowed me to meet and represent thousands of people from all over the district." -Sandra Bryant, HCISD trustee my community. I love our school district, our cities, and the county and will always remain active. I am committed to this community and will continue to serve on committees and boards. I will also continue to mentor and be a voice for the people. The name of my Facebook will change but I will keep communities informed on what's happening in the district. I must thank my husband, Ray Bryant, who has been a devoted partner on this journey. I couldn't have done this without his support! To our three children, Essence (Hays High School graduate), Darius, and Jaque (Lehman High School graduates) - thank you for sharing me with everyone else! I also want to express a deep appreciation to my constituents for their vote of confidence. To my pastor and his wife, thank you for always lifting me (us) up in your prayers. In closing, there are a few more things I would like the community to know about me. I care about every child. They were more than students to me. It was important for me to be a voice for the staff and teachers and that they knew someone was listening. Lastly, even when you didn't see me up front fighting for you, please know that I was always in the background working on your behalf. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Yours in solidarity, Trustee Sandra Bryant I, I E I "i