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February 13, 2003 Service Directory Marketplace Nolan Kunkel (photo by Maggie Porterfield) Community turns out for Kunkel dedication Some 40 members of the Hays CISD com- munity braved wet, cold weather on Saturday to look at the newly renovated Kunkel Room at Buda Elementary School, and to shake the hand of Nolan Kunkel, the room's namesake. "It is an honor to be here and I appreciate you all turning out for this," said Kunkel, who worked for Hays CISD for nearly 25 years, 20 of them as principal of Buda Elementary School. "This is a grand room and you've done a nice job with the improvements." Tom Oehler, an architect with SHW Group of Austin, the firm responsible for restoring the room to its original grandeur, listed some of the challenges of the renovation. There were two ceilings set below the orig- inal high ceiling, a "spaghetti mass" of wires for technology, as well as some of the cooling units in the ceiling that had to be repaired or replaced, Oehler said. The contractor repro- duced the ceiling tile to emulate the original, had the stage curtain cleaned and restored and hung antique lights to resemble the original fixtures. In addition, parts of the floor and walls were replaced because water damage. 10 address bond issue Ten members of the Hays CISD communi- ty spoke during one of four public hearings on Saturday, conducted by the district to hear public input on the bond issue. The hearing was at Buda Elementary School, and was added late at the request of a speaker at the first public hearing. ,bout 50 people attended. "I do appreciate what you've done here at the old Buda school," said Ralph Pfluger, for- mer member of the school board. "It is clear that you as a board want what's best for the children. Those who are opposing the bond issue are of the same mind set. We grew as a community because we were all concerned about the children. Let's remember and respect those who are speaking differently than we are" Dr. Walter Rudzinsk is a former vice presi- dent of the School Board, serves on the 2001 Bond Advisory Committee and served as a chair of the 2003 Bond Task Force. He also chaired the Attendance Zone Committee, which looked at demographics and drew the attendance lines for all of the schools for the 2003-04 school year. "I've looked at a lot of the demographics," he said. "Whether you look at the moderate or low growth scenarios, the growth is coming and it's going to be very profound. There are going to be thousands of kids coming into this school district?' He noted the bond package was developed through a public process that included a con- siderable amount of input from the communi- ty and staff. Early voting for the February 22 bond elec- tion will continue during school hours through February 18 at the followirg campuses: Kyle Elementary, Tom Green lementary, Buda Elementary, Fuentes Ele[ [entary, Hemphill Elementary, Elm Grove E1 mentary, Wallace Middle School, Barton Jltnior High, Hays High School (Field House), and Central Administration Office.I 1 The package is for a t tal $104.5 million that is based on a facilitie needs assessment of: two new elementary schpols, a new middle / school, the completion of instructional facili- ties at Hays High School and Lehman High School, and district-wide major improve- ments. Impact Center receives $22,000 grant Hays CISD's Impact Center has been awarded a $22,000 grant through the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which provides funds for Disciplinary Alternative Education Program and Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs to conduct service learn- ing activities with their students. The Impact Center grant will fund a four- week summer program for students who have been assigned to Impact during the 2002-2003 school year. Students and teachers will partic- ipate in activities that combine service learn- ing with academic activities that will foster positive community membership and promote pride in personal achievement. Service learn- ing projects will include building a labyrinth at an outdoor education center and creating a brochure to be distributed in Hays County describing state parks close to our district. Grant funds will be used to pay staff for additional days worked in the summer, sup- plies and materials for service learning pro- jects, as well as for food and transportation for students who are selected to participate in the program. The grant was written through the Hays CISD Division of Curriculum and Instruction in cooperation with Impact Center staff, primarily Suzan Pitman. HHS to divulge "secrets of the SAT" A representative from the Princeton Review will be at Hays High School on Saturday, March 1 to help students learn strategies and tips on how to succeed on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), one of the two primary college entrance exams. "Secrets of the SAT" will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hays High School Media Room. The session will include a full-length SAT practice test, a question-and-answer session, breakfast and lunch, for only $7. Princeton Review, Hays High School, Rural Talent Search and Upward Bound are sponsoring the, event. Interested students must register with Laurie Clark in the Career Center by Friday,' February 21. Please contact Mrs. Clark if you' have any questions, 268-2911, ext. 6237. Transfer applications available Applications for intra-district and inter-dis- trict transfers are now available at the Central Administration building, 21003 IH 35 in Kyle. Intra-district transfers are those within the school district; inter-district transfers are those from another school district. Deadline for transfer applications is April 1. The Hays CISD Board of Trustees approved new elementary school and middle school attendance zones for the 2003-04 school year. Parents and guardians of each stu- dent in the district will receive a letter within the week notifying where the student will attend school next year. The district will be practicing an open transfer policy beginning this year: transfers will be approved unless the campus is over capacity. For more information about transfers, con- tact Maggie Ortunio, 268-2141, ext. 6011. 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