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@- BOOK IT Kyle installs four Little Libraries in city parks. - Page 1C .: Free Hays Free Press January 25, 2017 Page 3B BY SAMANTHA SMITH As Texas thermom- ters fluctuate like a oiler coaster, some families in need find themselves and their chil- dren unprepared for the bitter cold of the winter season. For some, keeping up with a growing child's need for a new coat may be something that is a challenge. Early next month, Hays CISD will host its third annual Coats for Kids distribution drive, which will help provide needy families the chance to obtain winter coats for their children. According to an email interview with Angie Mendez, Hays CISD director of community relations, the district had previously partnered with the annual Austin Junior League coat drive for a distribution event. However, due to trans- last two years. portation issues for some According to Mendez, local families, district the Hays CISD Coats officials opted to host a for Kids drive will be on local, yet smaller, coat Saturday Feb. 4 at the drive for students for the Kimbro building at Kyle Elementary School. 'Tkny family who is in need of a coat can show up and select a coat," Mendez said, "No ID is required." Mendez said various student organizations as- sist with collecting coats, along with campus coat donation drops across the district. Hays CISD has a spon- sor who donates dry cleaning services to clean the donated coats before distribution, according to Mendez. "We have a sponsor who provides the dry cleaning and local com- munity organizations help on distribution day," Mendez said. According to Mendez, the event isn't as large as it was two years ago, but the results are worth the effort put into it. "Last year we collected over 300 coats and all were distributed," Men- dez said, "If we can keep 300 students warm, it's all worth ifi" ~d BY ANNA HEROD The journey toward a new Hays CISD high school moved forward after the Hays CISD board of trustees approved new design documents for a potential third campus. On Monday, the board voted 7-0 to approve the new documents upon the recommendation of Superintendent Michael McKie. Trustees approved the schematic layout of the proposed new high school last September. The newly approved docu- ments were the product of further meetings between administration, architects and staff about various finishes and furniture for the potential school. Dist. 4 Trustee Me- rideth Keller was initially hesitant to approve the documents without input from the public. She feared it may appear to her constituents that the board was making deci- sions without first hearing their opinions, and that it may affect the upcoming May 2017 bond election. "I don't want it to seem like we don't care what people have to say," Keller said. "I just want to be cognizant that these buildings that we're talk- ing about belong to our community." However, McKie and other district representa- tives assured Keller that the design documents consist only of finish- ing touches inside the proposed school that are up to district standards for education. Carter Scherff, Hays CISD chief operations officer, said approving the design documents simply allows the architects and engineers to proceed with the project so they can stay on track to finish by July 2019, in time for the The approved design for the proposed $122M third high school Carter Scherff, Hays CISD chief operations officer, said approving the design documents simply allows the architects and engineers to proceed with the project so they can stay on track to finish by July 2019, in time for the school year. school year. said Tom Oehler, a repre- Scherff said if any of the sentative with Stantec, a board's constituents'come company involved with forward with feedback the project. about the design docu- Oehler added the ments, the project's team district "benchmarked could still change the this facility against Hays documents accordingly in High." the future. He said they wanted to "If, in a community ensure there's "equality forum, some issue arises, across the district of not some desire to change just finishes and care, but something, I think we in terms of spaces and would be more than the opportunities we can happy to go ahead- I provide to students." mean that's what forums After learning changes are for are to inform the can be made to the docu- process, inform the proj- ments if needed, Keller ect, to make the necessary said she was comfort- changes or whatever it is," able voting in support of includes expanded career and techology areas the documents to avoid delaying the projected completion date of the proposed high school. "The first portion of your comments - that's was what I was looking for," she said. "I don't un- derstand that my thought of wanting to wait until after the public forums creates a problem on the back end, but you came to the table and said, 'yeah, I know you repre- sent the community and need to listen to them, we can all work together on that.'" Oehler explained that it's important to approve these documents before the May 2017 bond is voted on, if the district wants to meet its target completion date and have time to move furniture and equipment into the school in time for fall 2019. "This is an outstanding learning center," he said. "We want to accommo- date you and we want it to be right." COURTESY and an outdoor classroom. RENDERINGS +- + :: /" I/ ~ i "i i!: