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Page 4; The Free Press o J BY LAURIE CROMWELL tUlTl 65 years of age. That BAND BOOSTER AND School Board President means this bond will not cost ATHLETIC BOOSTER: At ,senior citizens more money in the overwhelming request of Vou are faced with a very school taxes, the community, the 2001 bond Jr. important vote concern- TAXPAYER: Nobody referendum included a separate ing this bond election. The likes taxes, but in 1999 the tax proposal for a performing arts process began in 2000 with a rate was $1.8769. The tax rate center and expansion to the task force formed to evaluate today is $1.68. The cost to footballstadium. Bylawfunds the needs of this school dis- sell bonds is the lowest in 40 must be spent on those projects trict. It was determined to ask years. We can approve build- as approved by voters. The voters for their support in ing permanent facilities now community supported the need 2001 and return in 2003 for or delay the inevitable and pay for extra-curricular facilities support to complete the pro- for permanent solutions later, then and now needs to support jects. In the interim, taxes will be the curricular and instructional Vote "YES" if you are any heeded to pay for temporary enhancements provided in this of these categories: solutions. We should make bond. decisions based on the most PARENT: If you have for our money. NEW RESIDENT: Most children attending Hays CISD people moved here for the schools, you know the quality FORMER SCHOOL community environment and education being offered. You BOARD MEMBER: All cur- schools. Growth in Hays are also aware of worn out or rent and previous board mem- CISD continues on an average overcrowded campuses pattie- bers receive training to learn of 47-50 new students per ularly. Successful voting of that Maintenance and month. From now until 2006, this proposal includes two ele- Operations funds are used for an absolute minimum of 4,000 mentary schools and a middle teacher salaries and opera- additional students will enroll. school to relieve overcrowd- tional costs imperative to the This projection includes ing for the next three years as school district. Interest and approved subdivisions and not well as improvements/addi- Sinking funds are allocated those in the planning and per- tions at every campus. It will towards debt. A vote for this mitting stage. New residents keep .the neighborhood school bond will NOT take moneyshould support this effort to concept instead of "busing" away from instruction. In keep the community and edu- students from one end of the fact, the opposite could be cational system that attracted district to the other or placing true. Board members should them to move to our district. them in costly temporary champion this cause as a mat- portable buildings, ter of fiscal responsibility. EMPTY NESTER: For those who had children; grand- 2001 BOND SUPPORT- STUDENT/TEACHER: children; nieces/ nephews; or ER: Voters in 2001 over- Teaching in overcrowded neighbors attend public whelmingly stated their desire classrooms does not lend itself schools in Hays CISD, past for a new high school, ele- to the best environment for bond referendums allowed mentary school and major teachers. Students who are educational facilities. Better improvements. All 2001 bond wet, cold, and uninterested in schools make a better and safer projects are being built as rep- learning create low morale community. resented to voters, on-time and make teaching more diffi- and under budget, saving cult. This proposal creates a We need your help to pass much needed dollars for addi- "main street" concept where this proposal. Funds will only tional projects and reserve students and teachers walk the be spent as needed. All solu- contingencies. The process campus protected from the tions to our fast growth require has been replicated for this elements. Security for stu- money and this is the mostlog- BY WmLtA, M "MOE" JOI SON highest bond debts per student in Former HCISDSuperintendentthe state. Excessive debt can destroy an individual, a business Uraeeasolieve that there are three basic or a school district. This means ns to question the timing that a large part of every dollar the of this bond issue, school district spends will go to Reason #1: The Uncertainty retire debt, leaving fewer dollars of State Funding for instruction (teacher salaries) A banner headline in the San and general school operations. It Antonio Express News last week should be understood that school read "Robin Hood Faces Death." bond funds are for the purpose of What does this mean to Hays construction of school facilities CISD and other low property and the purchase of equipment for wealth school districts in the State those facilities. They are not for that are receiving Robin Hood general school operation costs Funds? No one really knows the (salaries, maintenance, utilities, answer at this time. The State programs, supplies, etc.). Legislature is currently wrestling All around us are the ugly with the school funding question signs of a down economy. A Kyle while facing a funding deficit of area constable recently reported some ten billion dollars and that he had served 143 eviction declining state revenue. It appears notices in the past year--and 14 that school funding will not be in January of this year. We have a increased and there is a possibili- lot of people and students leaving ty of reductions in state schools the district. People are hurting and funds. Our district may need higher taxes will only add to their every available dollar for current pain. programs and salaries. It would If our taxes become excessive, seem prudent not to incur addi- it may well discourage new busi- tional debt until we have answers ness and commercial firms from to the question of funding, locating to Hays CISD We need Certainly, we will have a better new firms to increase our tax base picture of School Funding when and relieve the pressure on home the legislature finishes its work owners and small businesses. The this summer, location of the Toyota plant in San Reason #'2: Student Growth Antonio will add billions of dol- and Current Facilities lars to the Bexar County tax rolls Certainly, Hays will experi- as well as thousands of jobs for ence student growth. The question citizens. This is what we need in is how much and how quick? The the Hays district--during this 2001 bond issue allowed the downturn in the economy, proper- school district to construct Tobias ty owners do not need the added Elementary School (800 stu- burden of new and higher taxes. dents); a new academic building at Hays High School that Can Summary: serve 12(X)--1400 students; The Hays C.I.S.D. has always Lehman High School (Phase I) been an excellent school dis- should handle an additional 1200 trict a source of pride to our students; additions to Fuentes, community. I do not believe any- Hemphill and Elm Grove one wants sub-standard schools bond package including a citi- dents and teachers will be ical and affordable solution. Elementary Schools have provid- and overcrowded classrooms. zen's advisory committee enhanced by the Please be informed and vote / eo space fornew smaents on Hay's has /tlways and now has reviewing all projects, time- ments funded by this bond. eteeuon J each campus, lnere nave also some Of the fmestand most dedi- lines and costs, been additions to both thecated teachers in the country, and Dahlstrom and the Wallace mid- TEACHERS make good schools. BUSINESS LEADER: die school campuses that will I have spent my entire profes- Education drives the work- increase available facilities, sional life as an advocate for bet- force in a community. These additions should pro- ter schools and education for Economic development is vide space for student growth for every child. My opposition to this greatly needed to offset the the next two to three years. The bond does not mean I am against residential tax burden. Wondering which way the Free Press is going to data presented to school district schools. It does mean I believe we Without quality programs and jump on the school bond election? There's been no patrons for the 2001 bond propos- should be prudent and wait until facilities that enhance the edu- endorsement to date because the editorial board and al projected a district enrollment we have clear answers to all the cational system, our commu- uity will be less attractive to the newspaper owners -- about 10 people in all -- of 9,524 students in this school questions presented. When we businesses. Business leaders can't reach consensus themselves, with some lean- year (2002--2003). On January have these answers I believe peo- 21, 2003 the enrollment was 8612 pie would be willing to support a support this bond and the ing for, some against, and some in between. In next students---912 students short of bond election to meet our school commitment to education week's issue, two stockholders -- from the same the projection, district's facility needs and at the through quality schools, family, no lesstake different tacks on the debate.Reason #3: Bond proper time, I will be one of those SENIOR CITIZEN: Per Debt/Declining Economy people. state law, school district prop- If this bond is passed and bonds are sold, Hays CISD will William "Moe" Johnson, the erty taxes are frozen when you have a total bond debt of approxi- founding superintendent of Hays mately $243 million, one of the CISD, retired in 1984. The Crossword ACROSS 1 El Paso!s first woman mayor Suzy 5 world peace organ. 6 TXism: "he sleeps fast (active) 7 sweet taters 8 Camps, IX 9 Pres. "lke" who was born in Denlson (init.) 12 "ragtime' Joplin who was TX-born 17 Texans can carry it concealed legally 20 Port ~, TX 22 Rockport has largest live in TX 23 Dallas sports card co.: Pro, 24 TX grad academic cap: board 29 TX Oatmeal Festival race: - -Then 30 TXism: "gave him a of his own medicine" 31 cattle breed intro- duced in "IX in 1895 32 Jimmy coached hare after Dallas 36 TXism: "parental plague" 37 this Texan co-wrote "Urban Cowboy" 43 Larado" 45 Moses, Joshua and 47 exotic antelope or TX energy co. 48 apple variety from the TX Hill Country 50 Houston astronaut Carter who died in John Tower crash 51 ex-SMU pres. Kenneth 52 TXism: "could walk under a turtle wearin' gallon hat" (short) 53 Grand Prairie exhibit: Ripley's Believe It 54 "l'Xlsm: "write slow cause he can't fast" 55 USS Texas supported Omaha Beach on - 56 shoe of choice for many TX athletes 58 arrest an outlaw 59 TXIsm: "it'll do pinch' 60 TXism: 'table graze" DOWN 1 TX rancher Chuck Norris film based on a Bible phrase t 4 2 in Angelina Nat. Forest on hwy, 69 15 3 TXism: "up and ' . juice" (coffee) 16 4 TX Tarzan Ely, st al. 9 Dallas people-18 moving company 10 TX Hagman was19 Capt. Nelson in TV 21 "1 "24 11 TX-Mex mafia: "El 12 San Antonio shoe 25 company 13 what you can't use 26 to buy TX lottery 27 ticket (2 wds.) The Original this Pramlnger directed TX Tierne) all I can stand" TXism: "1 can dance to that " (agree) film studio of TX Ginger Rogers DFW arrival guess sx-Aggie Slocum this Brands heads for TX in "The Chase" (init.) TXism: 'it's root hog ~ die rodents TXism: 'cream rises to (quality) by Charley & Guy Orbison Cop~ht ~ooa l~ ocawn at~. 2 13 ~ 14 15 0 a [ r---- S ~0 41 0 5 1=-581 28 TXiam: "gentle as a horse on ~ go-rotmd" 33 Alamo's Travls drew a line the dirt 34 Rangers league 35 Gov." Ferguson 37 TXism: 'tall hog the trough" 38 TX Pride's "My Eyes Can Only See As You" 39 Michael Irvln ran this on the gridiron 40 Houston's Barbara Land 41 metal mixture 42 TX Relays is a track 44 former mate 46 TXism: "run it a lawyer= 49 birth state of TX outlaw Sam Bass 50 pie ala 57 Midland FM radio 2003 School Bond Issue Ballot Proposition The issuance of $104,500,000 of bonds for the construction and equip- ment of school buildings (new ele- mentary and middle schools, renova- tion and improvement of existing school facilities, including Hays and Lehman high schools and district- wide technology) and levying the tax in payment thereof. Election day is February 22, 2003 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. polling places ale: Hays Central Admin. Office Kyle Elementary School Hemphill Elementary School Buda Elementary School Tom Green Elementary School Buda Primary School Hays High School Driftwood Community Center Texas gr0s. w0rd Solutions, Page 3 0f The Market laee !