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+ GET AMPED Hays County non-profits enter Amplify Austin - Page 1C Hays Free Press * February 25, 2015 Page 3B BY KIM HILSENBECK Changes in Hays CISD ad- ministration, stemming from recent resignations, retirements ......... and promotions, have the district's top level looking a little different. Hays CISD spokesperson Tim Savoy explained the Changes in a written statement. "The two executive director positions over school operations (secondary and elementary) were upgraded to assistant superintendent positions and now report directly to the superintendent. Elsa Hinojosa retired (Dr. Lucio Calzada is the replacement). Tim Persall was promoted with his position. These positions used to report to Dr. [Kim] Pool," he said. Savoy said Pool's position was changed from assistant super- .... intendent of curriculum and in- struction to the chief academic officer and reports directly to officer, the superintendent. "She still reports to the super- "She used to report to Carter intendent, so that was a lateral [Scherff] who is the deputy move," Savoy said. . superintendent," Savoy said. Annette Folmar, who was the Scherffwill remain the deputy executive director of finance, Kl~d~t and will assume was promoted to chief financial the duties of R.C. Hen'in, the ex- ecutive director of maintenance and operations who is retiring. That position will not be filled, according to Savoy. David Hartz was the assis- tant superintendent of human resources who resigned earlier this school year. Elaine Howard filled that vacancy as the chief human resources officer. "With the retirements in December and January, coupled with organizational recommen- dations in the recent curriculum management audit, superin- tendent [.Mike] McKie was able make these changes without any disruption to the district," Savoy said. "The changes took affect this month. The new organizational structure is designed to be more responsive to the needs of our teachers and students." ' I I Ill~ .... "'!" ' I'1 I ',, District scores uneven av,,.V SEV,LU i have got to hold andy I folks accountable, A recently presented state ' because the kids are report illustrating Hays CISD's academic performance reveals students are excelling in social studies, but falling below state averages in math, science and writing. The Texas Academic Per- formance Report (TAPR) provides information on the performance of students on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in each school and district in Texas and how student perfor- mance at school districts com- pare to their respective region and state. The report also tracks students continuing with post- secondary education. "Hays CISD is ahead of the state in Social Studies. In the other areas, the district is statis- tically even with the state or a point or two below," Tim Savoy, Hays CISD spokesperson told the Hays Free Press. As a whole, and at the phase- in satisfactory standard or above, Hays students' STAAR performance fell below state averages in math, science and writing. The district tied the state average in reading and came out on top in social stud- ies. "There were significant bud- get cuts to education in 2011. At that time, Hays lost some positions -- some support posi- tions -- and that school year, 2011-2012, was the first year of the STAAR Test," Joy Philpott, Hays CISD director of assess- ment told the school board of the TAPR results. "So we were asked to do much, much more, and to implement more deeply, with less resources." And while 2011 budget cuts hurts all school districts in Texas, school board member Merideth Keller said that could no longer be used as an excuse. "We talk about 2011 and how that was very difficult for us, but our future and these results are sad." -Sandra Bryant, school board member performance across the board it was difficult for every school district in this state," Keller said. "So if other people are able to bring up their averages, and other districts are able to im- prove over the state averages, we should too." Savoy said that the district : R~adi~Q~ : : : :8~: : : ~ ~ : :: :: ~ :~ ~ ~ :~:: continuously works to increase test scores compared to the state in all subject areas, and that dur- ing the course of the past several ::::::::: : : :: : ::: : ::::::: ::::: :::::::: :: :::: ::: : :: years of test data in general, "we have seen improvement. The latest TAPR report shows test scores for the last two school years. The data reveals Hays CISD came behind the state average in reading, math, writing and science in the 2012-2013 school year. This past school year (2013-2014), the district came behind the state average in all of the same subjects, except for reading. In 2013-2014, the district tied the state average in reading. Hays CISD scored better than the state average in social stud- ies in both years. "We have got to hold folks accountable, because the kids are our future and these results are sad," Sandra Bryant, school board member, said. Dr. Lucio Caizado, who joined Hays CISD in January as the new assistant superintendent of sec- ondary schools, told the board the district now needs to focus its efforts on what to do next. "It's not about, 'look at these scores, let's get them up,'" he said. "It's about let's create a plan and set goals, and let's achieve these goals and get everybody on board." Calzado said he's bringing to Hays years of experience in get- ting school districts' academics improving, and has many ideas he's ready to roll out. The TAPR also revealed that student progress for those who failed the STAAR test last year is higher than the state averages, and drop out rates for Hays are lower than state averages. A higher percentage of Hays CISD students are also taking Advancc Placement exams. Hays CISD Art Show at PAC Bring the whole family for this annual event that showcases student artistic talent from music to paint- ings to living statues. There will be a silent auction benefitting art student scholarships. The District Art Show will take place from 2-7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Hays CISD Perform- ing Arts Center. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Annual Camival & Blood Drive at Kyle Elem. Sign up and donate. Two lives are saved with every donation**. Bring the kids and grandkids to the carnival; there will be lots to see and do. The carnival and blood drive takes place from 2-5 p.m. March 7 at Kyle Elemen- tary School. Sign up at https: //ww2. donor / schedules / drive_ schedule/43343 Use sponsor Code: B775. 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