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Page 2 The Free Press Current Events BY BILL PETERSON Editor HAYS CISD -The Hays CISD's hired guns for its superintendent search came to the William M. Johnson Administration Building Wednesday to conduct focus groups. Within weeks, they'll start interviewing candidates. And they already know what questions to expect from the can- didates who are looking to run the Hays CISD. Whoever takes the job is going to find himself in a fast- growth school district that just turned back a $105 million bond for new facilities. "Occassionally, things hap- pen and they happen for a rea- son," said Houston attorney David Thompson, who is facili- taring the search with Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Moses. "That's the first question they'll want reassurance on: Does the community support the schools?" Neither Thompson nor Moses said the outcome of last Saturday's bond election will cripple the superintendent search. But they also said the best candidates will have their eyes open. "Sophisticated people are going to know that bond issues are going to fail" Moses said. "This district was unusual in that they tried a bond issue with an interim superintendent (Marvin Crawford). Outstanding people who are interested in the position are probably going to want to meet with some of the people who were opposed to it" Thompson and Moses said the applications are coming in quickly. Already, they have received 76 "significant inquiries" and 50 complete files and resumes. They aren't all seri- ous contenders. "Some are reaching a little bit," said Thompson. "Some are reaching a lot" said Moses. Thompson and Moses will take their files and focus group feedback to the school board on March 17. From there, the board will narrow down the field to a manageable list of candidates for interviews. The HCISD Board of Trustees plans to do one round of interviews March 24-26. A sec- ond round would take place March 31-April 4. Ideally, the board would have a deal done before the beginning of May. Two seats on the school board are up for election on May 3. In order to have a superinten- dent under contract on May 1, the district would have to name a finalist on April 9. State law mandates a 21-day period for public scrutiny. Thompson said he and Moses recommend that the board select one finalist and work with that person. They said it's unlikely that a candidate, once named as a finalist, would use that status as leverage for a better deal in his present position. "It's an exception when that happens," Thompson said. "If anybody does that, they under-" stand that they aren't going to talk to us again." Thompson and Moses said they do consultation on about three superintendent searches per year. They are doing no other superintendent searches besides Hays at this time. FACIALS MASSAGE . PEDICURES MANICURES COLOR . NAILS . WAXING TANNING HAIR HAIR REMOVAL "Your Oasis Away" For the Whole Family BY BRErcr STRONG give a description of lane closures October. The county hired a con- Staff Writer and specific dates for completion, sultant for the project and will Dry Hole Road also is also up hold a public meeting next month COUNTY-The Hays County for a five-month project starting in for the project. Road Department has given aDecember. Dry Hole will go from The county spent close to $1.5 hopeful glimpse at the future of two 12-foot lanes and a one-lane million in 2002 and fixed nearly local roads for 2003. Kohlers bridge to two ll-foot lanes with 18 miles of roadway. Old Black Crossing, Dry Hole Road and four-foot shoulders and an addi- Colony accounted for 1.58 miles Hillside Terrace are all set for a tional bridge. The county, which of reconstructed roadway and facelift in the coming year. will hold a public meeting in Satterwhite Road, which made up The biggest project will be a April, is hiring a consultant for 1.71 miles, is waiting to be five-month endeavor to change the project, repaved. Kohlers Crossing from two lanes Hillside Terrace will receive Even with the July floods, the to four. Construction is set to two-foot shoulders as part of its county finished 99.5 percent of begin in December. A public improvements, with construction the 80 nziles it expected to com- meeting will be held in March to to span four months beginning in plete in 2002. The department 268-7862 262-6397 Fax: 268-0262 E-Maih or Kyle Librarian, from page 1 fion as the librarian at the mals. Episcopal Theological But one enterprising library Seminary in Austin. The job was user came in looking for books supposed to last three months, by or about Immanuel Kant, the but Meats worked there for 19th centuty German philoso- '.eight months. Following that pher whose "Critique of Pure ~ssignment,' Me~S' i~an tlie'" Reason," changed' '~ modem library landscape for th ' ' lJeory of Correctional Facility in knowledge and the philosophy Lockhart for a year and a half. of mind. The Kyle library has no , After cost-cutting at the suchbooks. facility reduced that job to one "People will surprise you," ,day per week, Mears heard Mears said. "I would have about the opportunity in Kyle. expected that at a university With a 16,000-volume collec- library." tion and a budget of about Mears said the Kyle library $100,000, most of which goes to is strongest in current fiction. salaries and benefits for employ- However, the library can pro- ees, the position isn't exactly a cure just about any book career builder. But it hits the through the state's Inter-library spot for Mears. Loan program. "There is a routine that's The newspapers have espe- involved wlien you're at work;' ciaUy been getting a workout s aid Meats, 65. "I like routine. I recently, Mears said, due to peo- never think of work as work. ple using the "help wanted" ads. When I leave the house, I say, And that leads to heavy use for 'j'm going to the library.'" the fax machine, for which the ; Unlike an academic library, library charges $2.00 on trans- fiaost of the customers at the missions of five pages or fewer. Kyle library are looking for Mears recently procured a materials of everyday life. $1,800 Lone Star Grant for Many, he said, are interested in library books. At an average materials pertinent to starting a cost of $22, including the library l usiness or taking care of ani- discount, that should be good Visit me at my new office at 251 N. FM 1626, Bldg. 2, Suite C in Buda for about 80 books. Mears said he would like to add about 200 per year to the collection. "There are a lot of similar problems between a public library and an academic ltbtar 'i ~6ars said. "There's never nbugh money, there's never enough staff, you always want to update your collection and make sure your books are shelved properly." The main issue, though, is customer service, Mears said. "My ideal would be to serve every person who comes in here and never turn anyone away," Mears said. Mears said he's enjoying the job so much that he might stay with it for a very long time. At least, as long as he can. "That was a question when I interviewed," Mears said. "They said, "Do you think you can do 10 years?' I don't know. I might be on a walker by then. But as long as the Lord is willing, I'm enjoying it." 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