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Area residents donate for annual day of local giving. - Page 1C Hays Free Press March 8, 2017 Page 3B Thomas Bashara (right) works with various puzzle cubes from the mobile maker space at the Buda Public Library. Kelleah Meuth (center) shows off a creation to fellow mobile maker space participants. Area students got the chance to show off their creative skills during Teen Tech Week held at the Buda Public Library. The event allowed students on Monday to work with the library's pop-up mobile maker space, which is a "do it yourself" space where people gather to "create, innovate and learn," according to the city's website. ~:~:~:~i~i]i?:":i:~ ~: ~::::-:~::-': :.'~ i: .......... " : :::. ::y~ ~ ~% :.?~/~ PHOTOS BYSAMANTHASMITH BY LESLY DE LEON Hays CISD Board members approved a third Academic Program Management audit conducted by Gibson Consulting Group. According to docu- ments, the audit would cost $21,500. The consulting group will visit six schools, as well as conduct two focus groups and interview up to eight Hays CISD central office staff. Gibson Consulting Group conducted an audit in 2014-15 and a follow-up audit in 2015-16. Board members voted 7-0 to approve a third audit for the 2016- 17 school year. This audit will evalu- ate the implementations made after the initial au- dit's recommendations. Superintendent Michael McKie rec- ommended the audit because 2016-2017 is the first year of full imple- mentation of recom- mendations. The audit will "take a quick snapshot of where we are at the end of this year," McKie said. After this audit report is finalized, it will be submitted to the Board Audit Committee and the consulting group will present its findings at a "We're making a lot of strides and we're moving in a direction we want to go but we really need to see how well we're doing and look at ourselves critically." - Willie Tenorio, district 2 trustee board meeting. "We would have the results to make any ad- justments needed mov- ing forward into next year," McKie said. The audit is a good way to measure and see how the implementation is working, said Bert Bro- naugh, district 3 trustee. "The concern around the table and the discus- sion was that we needed this audit to make sure this idea was realized," said Teresa Tobias, dis- trict 1 trustee. "I think it was valuable that the board would be able to see what came about from this process." According to docu- ments, the audit will focus on how implemen- tation is being managed and how resources are "We felt we had some used to support instruc- improvement there that tion. was needed and we "We're making a lot of wanted an independent strides and we're mov- observer to come and ing in a direction we look at what we needed want to go but we really to do," Tenorio said. need to see how well At the Feb. 27 meeting, we're doing and look at HCISD Board mem- ourselves critically," said bers received a 53-page Willie Tenorio, district 2 progress report from the trustee, audit and follow-up au- During last year's dit conducted by Gibson follow-up audit, the Consulting Group. consulting group noted The report included significant progress in comments on the dis- the development of ma- trict's implementation of terials, tools, and profes- recommendations. Rec- sional development, ommendations included Tenorio said the first enhancing curriculum audit was conducted be- training for teachers and cause officials felt there developing a district- was a need for improve- wide staffing strategy for ments, instructional support. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Lobe Mur award for y receives aspirations Lehman High School's Meghan Murphy has been se- lected as a 2017 recipient of the Award for Aspirations, an honor given by the National Center for Women and Information Technology. The award noted Meghan's computing-related aspirations and demonstrated interest in technology, her leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. PHOTO SUBMITrED BY JEREMIAH MCMILLAN, HHS COMPUTER SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR McManus scores in Computer Science Invitational Hays High School computer science students competed in the Viperwolf Computer Science Invitational sponsored by Oracle. Zach McManus, second from the right, placed 7th in written out of 93 students. i, |t