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+ BUDA NINJA Locals take on Buda Ninja Warrior contest. - Page 1C Hays Free Press March 1, 2017 Page 3B RENDERING COURTESY OF THE HAYS CISD Above is a conceptual rendering of what the exterior of Elementary School 14, which is within a proposition in the 2017 bond, could look like. The Hays CISD board of trustees approved design documents for the campus. BY MOSES LEOS III cated on High Road in the CISD deputy superin- prototype to adhere to a ES 14 will be a two- to be used as outdoor eastern part of the district, tendent, said the new changing curriculum. That story facility that features a learning spaces. Trustee Esperanza Orosco elementary school is built prototype was used forlarger gym that can house But board trustees cast the lone dissenting to house 900 students. De- Science Hall, Camino Real, two groups of studentseliminated several corn- The design for a 115,000 vote, citing cost concerns, pending on any changes, Pfiuger and Carpenter Hill at the same time. The ponents in the design, square foot, $34 million The design, created bythe school is projected to elementary schools, campus will also have a Those included a physical elementary school that's lead architect Claycomb hold 768 students whenAccording to Scherff, maker space area adjacent properties of matter and part of a $189 million pro- Associates, Architects, is it's projected to open its the district will use the to the library and some photosynthesis learn- postion in the Hays CISD 20,000 square feet larger doors in September 2018. design approved by trust- classrooms added to each ing spaces, Spanish tile bond was forwarded by than Carpenter Hill El- Bo Ledoux, vice presi-ees Monday for ES 15, a wing. roofing and finishes in the board trustees Monday. ementary and Pfluger El- dent at Claycomb Associ- replacement for the Buda In addition, the cam- outdoor learning spaces. By a 6-1 vote, trustees ementary schools, which ates, Architects, said Feb. Elementary lower campus, puses will have science Scherff said Monday the approved design docu- were the last schools Hays 20 the company's design which is also within the laboratories, which are district removed the items, ments for Elementary CISD constructed, reflected changes from the bond, and future cam- added to the Pfluger de- School (ES) 14, to be 1o- Carter Scherff, Hays current elementary school puses, sign, with area underneath NEW SCHOOL, 4B SUBMFFrED REPORT A 2009 Lehman High graduate has been named as one of five honored by the national Communi- ties in Schools (CIS) office for the 2017 All In For Students award. Melissa Limon, who is a first-generation college student, was named as an award recipient. The All In for Students awards, created in 2007, honors the dedication of CIS staff, educators, community partners and CIS alumni, who go over and above for students, empowering them to stay in school, graduate and go on to brighter futures. This year, one superin- tendent, one principal, one CIS coordinator and two CIS alums from the national network of 155 affiliates received this recognition. Limon said in a state- ment she credits Com- munities In Schools "With CIS backing me I gained self-confidence that I could do things for myself ... I remember the college application process, and I didn't know if l could do it or leave my family. CIS told me, 'You need to go out and experience life.'" - Melissa Limon for supporting her University and currently throughout high school serves as a CIS Ameri- and encouraging her to Corps member at Webb leave home to pursue her Middle School in Austin dreams, where she mentors and "With CIS backing me tutors students full time. I gained self-confidence When her AmeriCorps that I could do things service ends, Limon for myself," she said. "I plans to be involved with remember the college CIS. Limon is applying to application process, and graduate school to earn I didn't know if I could do her social work degree. it or leave my family. CIS "I would love to stay told me, 'You need to go with CIS. It has always out and experience life.'" stayed close to my heart, Limon graduated from Stephen E Austin State UMON, 4B PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HAYS CISD BY LESLY DE LEON Hays CISD Board of Trustees Monday ap- proved a targeted im- provement plan that's meant to help address areas of low performance. After a report showed bilingual/ESL and special education students were scoring lower on stan- dardized tests than their peers, the district began drafting a TIP to better serve those students. Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) is an accountability system that monitors the programs receiving federal title funds, including special education, English Lan- gnage Learners (ELL), and Career and Technology Education (CTE). The annual PBMAS re- port stages each program's success on a scale of 0 to 4, with zero being the best score. According to the 2015-2016 PBMAS report, Hays CISD's special education program is in Stage 2, and ELL and CTE programs are in Stage 4. Due to the PBMAS report, Hays CISD had to undergo a TEA audit and produce a comprehensive targeted improvement plan to increase perfor- mance rates. The approved tar- geted improvement plan focuses on improvement in special education, ELL and CTE, The first goal for the "Most CTE teachers don't come from a world of education ... They have a business background. That's where they need the help, with instruction." -Suzi Mitchell, director of CTE ESL program is that students will achieve 10 percent growth on State of Texas Assessment of Aca- demic Readiness (STAAR) exams, said Alejandro G6ngora, director of bi- lingual, ESL and migrant programs. "What we want to do is celebrate progress and not so much focus on a pass- or-fail measure," G6ngora said. The second goal focuses on ensuring 70 percent of ESL students will graduate on the Rec- ommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program diploma plan. Currently, 59.7 percent of ESL students are gradu- ating on those diploma plans, G6ngora said. The goal for special education focuses on helping students achieve passing rates of at least 60 percent on the STAAR, said John Fuerst, ex- ecutive director of special programs. "We continue to have issues with the passing standard for the STAAR assessment," Fuerst said. In the plan, features in- clude providing co-teach training, inclusion train- ing, follow-up observa- tions and feedback, Fuerst said. The goal for CTE fo- cuses on helping students who receive special edu- cation and ESL services score at the same level as their non-SPED/ESL peers on STAAR assess- ments. CTE teachers are experts in their content areas, but may not have sufficient instructional training needed to meet the needs of all students, said Suzi Mitchell, direc- tor of CTE. Teachers surveyed said they need assistance in differentiation education for special education and ESL students, Mitchell said. "Most CTE teachers don't come from a world of education," Mitchell said. "They have a busi- ness background. That's where they need the help, with instruction." To improve these is- sues, the plan includes hiring full-time instruc- tional coaches to work with teachers and the integrating of more of the core curriculum into CTE HAYS CISD, 4B II : ]