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Page 2 The Free Press Current Events February 27, 2003 Search for HCISD superintendent continues in wake of bond rejection BY BILL PETERSON Editor AYS 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. County to address local roads in 2003 The Free Press 268-7862 262-6397 Fax: 268-0262 E-Maih or BY BRErI" STRONG Staff Writer OUNTY-The Hays County Road Department has given a hopeful glimpse at the future of local roads for 2003. Kohlers Crossing, Dry Hole Road and Hillside Terrace are all set for a facelift in the coming year. The biggest project will be a five-month endeavor to change Kohlers Crossing from two lanes to four. Construction is set to begin in December. A public meeting will be held in March to give a description of lane closures and specific dates for completion. Dry Hole Road also is also up for a five-month project starting in December. Dry Hole will go from two 12-foot lanes and a one-lane bridge to two 11-foot lanes with four-foot shoulders and an addi- tional bridge. The county, which will hold a public meeting in April, is hiring a consultant for the project. Hillside Terrace will receive two-foot shoulders as part of its improvements, with construction to span four months beginning in Kyle Librarian, from page 1 fion as the librarian at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Austin. The job was supposed to last three months, but Meats worked there for mals. But one enterprising library user came in looking for books by or about Immanuel Kant, the 19th centuty German philoso- '.eight months. Following that pher whose "Critique of Pure ssignment,' MEWS' iail' ilia'" Reason," changed'  modem library dt'll'":WIihli'f  landscape for th''flieory of Correctional Facility in Lockhart for a year and a half. , After cost-cutting at the facility reduced that job to one day per week, Mears heard about the opportunity in Kyle. With a 16,000-volume collec- tion and a budget of about $100,000, most of which goes to salaries and benefits for employ- ees, the position isn't exactly a career builder. But it hits the spot for Mears. "There is a routine that's involved Mien you're at work" aid Meats, 65. "I like routine. I never think of work as work. When I leave the house, I say, 'j'm going to the library.'" . Unlike an academic library, filost of the customers at the Kyle library are looking for materials of everyday life. JClany, he said, are interested in materials pertinent to starting a lusiness or taking care of ani- knowledge and the philosophy of mind. The Kyle library has no such books. "People will surprise you," Mears said. "I would have expected that at a university library." Mears said the Kyle library is strongest in current fiction. However, the library can pro- cure just about any book through the state's Inter-library Loan program. The newspapers have espe- ciaUy been getting a workout recently, Mears said, due to peo- ple using the "help wanted" ads. And that leads to heavy use for the fax machine, for which the library charges $2.00 on trans- missions of five pages or fewer. Mears recently procured a $1,800 Lone Star Grant for library books. At an average cost of $22, including the library discount, that should be good FACIALS MASSAGE * PEDICURES MANICURES COLOR NAILS WAXING TANNING HAIR HAIR REMOVAL October. The county hired a con- sultant for the project and will hold a public meeting next month for the project. The county spent close to $1.5 million in 2002 and fixed nearly 18 miles of roadway. Old Black Colony accounted for 1.58 miles of reconstructed roadway and Satterwhite Road, which made up 1.71 miles, is waiting to be repaved. Even with the July floods, the county finished 99.5 percent of the 80 riffles it expected to com- plete in 2002. The department 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 liblar'  tars 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." worked on nearly 70 flood-related projects from July to September and spent more than $100,000. FEMA completely reimbursed the county for the expenditures. For the coming year, the deparmaenta has lined up another 80 miles of roadway to pave or reconstruct with nearly 20 of those miles being completed in Pct. 2. 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