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- hge 2 me Current Events March 6, 2003 BYCYNDYSLOYAK-BAIU'ON of 14 students said the teacher tion admits to telling students to re- Middlebrook said Wednesdayteaching, and that sanctions need Associate Publisher helped and coached them during mad sections, sound out words and that her agency had been notified to be in place should the teacher the test. look back over their Hays CISD via telephone and decide to again pursue her career. Hj YS CISD---A Kyle The investigation was brought Monitors on the statewide test that the written report was expect- Middlebrook said that school ementary School teacher is on by a parent who reported to Dr. are not allowed to give any coach- ed shortly in the investigator's districts are required to relxxt any aking early retirement, effective at Steven Ebell, Hays CISD Assistant ing whatsoever, and all monitoring office, testing irregularities. If the district .the end of this school year, after Superintendent for Curriculum teachers sign an oath acknowledg- While sanctions against a does not report to TEA on these . alleged testing security violations and Instruction, that her child had ing that they understand the testing teacher can vary, Middlebrook said matters, the district can be found in ,on last week's Texas Assessment been coached by the teacher dur- information is confidential, the strongest sanctions against a violation of testing rules. . of Knowledge and Skills test. ing the test. according to Texas Education teacher can be the suspension of Depending on the details FotLrth graders throughout the The district conducted an Agency spokesperson Suzanne the teaching certificate. Such reported by Hays CISD, TEA will chool district were given the investgation that involved inter- Middlebrook. actions wouldbe takenby the State investigate the situation. Whether TAKS test on Thursday. The test viewing students and the teacher, The Hays CISD investigation Board for Education Certification. the followup is just a phone call bad been scheduled for Tuesday, and concluded that violations had and result has been forwarded to However, at this point, TEA with the teacher and students -lput the ice stoma and closure of occurred, the TEA by telephone and by let- would still pursue sancations involved, or whether TEA makes : school delayed the testing day. The teacher denies giving any ter, according Crimmins. The letter against this teacher, despite the fact on on-site investigation depends , A district investigation found student answers on the test, stated that there is "no reason to that the teacher is retiring, on the details provided by the testing security violations by only according to Julie Crimmins, Hays believe this problem extends Middlebrook said that, despite the school district. one teacher. CISD Public Information Officer. beyond this one teacher and this teacher's retirement, the teacher Middlebrook said as soon as The investigation found that 13 Crimmins said the teacher in ques- one testing group" later could decide to go back to TEA re ives the written report from Hays CISD, the agency will conduct its own investigation. They will not necessarily close the case, Middlebrook said, but will wait until the test results are released'in May to decide on final action. Because there is no account- ability associated with the TAKS tests this year, then any investiga- tion at the school district would probably be taken on a case-by- case basis. This is the first year for TAKS testing. Middlebrook said such actions by the teacher might affect only that one school or that one class, rather than the entire dis- trict. Hays CISD and the State Below is a comparison between the Hays ( ISD and the state averages for school dis- tncts, showing the percentage of budget spent on various categories for the 2001-2002 school year, the last for which comparable data is available, according to the Texas Education Agency's Academic Excellence Indicator System. Category State average Hays CISD Instruction 51.0 43.4 Instructional Related Services 2.7 2.5 Instructional Leadership 1.2 0.5 School Leadership 5.2 4.3 Suppod Services - Student 4.0 4.0 Student Transportation 2.6 5.4 Food Services 4.8 4.4 Cocurricular/Extracurncular Activities 2.2 1.8 Central Administration 3.5 3.4 Plant Maintenance and Operations 10.1 9.7 Security & Monitoring Services 0.6 0.1 Data Processing Services 1.1 O. 1 Other (Includes Debt Service) 10.8 20.4 Total Budgeted Expenditures 100.0% 100.0% 106 Hwy 81 North in Kyle (Pac-N-Sac building) Open 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Mon-Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm(512)268-5372 Now accepting sv BRravr SraONG ceres, presentations initiated by Carter % Staff Writer "This type of growth, if not have been made by the Barton :, controlled, will compromise what Springs/Edwards Aquifer iSAN MARCOS-Hays County we've done to try and create our Conservation District Pet. 2 Commissioner Susie vision of our city," Mathis said. (BS/F, ACD) among other experts Tuesday "If you're looking for a tomplate on water quality and preservation. any seen m recent commts- for a subdivision ordin ce, this is Aside from subdivision regu- :,tuners court proceedings. Her not it" lations, the hot topic was meant to = iggest concern Came in the form This is the second appearance be a workshop to review and re- Sol a 1,541-1ot subdivision called in commissioners court for Big examine the salary survey, includ- Sky Ranch, which barely Sky Ranch. Several weeks ago, ing qualifications and education ~misses going into Kyle's Extra debate about the ranch ended with requirements for county employ- = rerritorial Jurisdiction.Carter asking for the developer to ees. The county-wide raises came =: The reason her red flags went come forward with the infonna- under some heat recently from is because the property in tion on water and wastewater citizens concerned that the raises estion did not meet the county's solutions for such a large proper- were coming at the wrong time mbdivision regulations. She was- ty. because of the economic down- the only government official Carter took issue with every turn. = 0ncemed about the develop- subdivision item on the agenda, The court tabled the item, -inent. Both the city manager of allthe while trying to illustrate the however, due to the absence of yle, Tom Mattis, and Buda City need for developers to provide all Pct. 4 Commissioner Bill Bumett, .1~ . . = kdministrator Bob Mathis attend- information pertaining to their who was on the committee that =,ed the meeting to voice their con- properties to the court. 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They came million in 1999 and school offi- = mt early in the fall to schedule cials say it was well less than $1 owlth us. We're looking forward million in 1998. :to their coming" In addition, some discrepan- Laura Hennessee, a cies in statistics indicate that the :spokesperson for the comptrol- Hays CISD's performance at :ler's office, said 10 districts, are ,selected for review every fall, with another 10 selectedin the ,spring. She indicated that the comptroller's office probably has been planning to audit the Hays CISD for some time. , "We get tons of requests for reviews," Hennessee said. "We ~" . . . ; pnontlze the greatest need at the spending in the classroom may be better than the comptroller's office indicates. While the comptroller's office said the dis- trict spent only 43.4 percent of every operating dollar in the classroom in 2001-02, the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) says the district :moment" spent 53.9 percent of its operat- : The TSPR is a comprehen- ing budget in the classroom for sive review of a school system the same year. The Comptroller aimed at making recommenda- tions to put as many dollars as .=possible into the classroom. In addition to making recommen- ,dations for savings outside the [classroom, the TSPR collects ' "best practices" it finds in every district. i "I believe we have a bunch oJ~ those" Folmar said. "I think iWe're going to get some pats on the back. I'm sure we'll get r ome other findings, too. You r bn't have a review like this iithout those. But if they can i nd ways for us to save money, take it" "- Hays CISD officials added at a number of factors could . ome out in favor of the district the course of an audit. For example, the school dis- 'trict's fund balance increased to and AEIS both put the state average at 51 percent. Furthermore, said Folmar, a couple peculiarities in the dis- trict's bookkeeping come into play. For example, the district placed $200,000 worth of tech- nology teachers under a budget function for technology in 2001- 02. Folmar those teachers should have been counted under the instruction function and that the matter has been rectified for the current year. Also, the district purchased $700,000 worth of school buses this year, paying cash. Most dis- tricts finance their buses, Folmar said. 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