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Hays Free Press March 9, 2011 NE't~ Page 3A ACC trustees name finalists for president Austin Community College board of trustees has named three finalists to replace Dr. Stephen B. Kinslow, the retiring president and chief executive officer. The finalists are Dr. Donald Douc- ette, senior vice president and provost at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Ind.; Dr. Katherine Pers- son, president of Lone Star College- Kingwood; and Dr. Richard Rhodes, president of El Paso Community College. The board plans to name a new president in May. Kinslow plans to retire this year after six years at the helm of the state's largest community college district. ACC Hays, planned as a $45.8 mil- lion, 72,000-square-foot campus on Kyle Parkway, is projected to open in August 2013. Kyle mayor to host coffee on , to ay Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson is hosting a second Coffee with the Mayor at 10 a.m., March 12, at the Vantage Apart- ments, 4925 Cromwell Drive, off Kyle Parkway. The event will be an open forum format. "It is an opportunity to hear what is happening in our city, as well as a chance to tell me what you want to see us focus on this coming year," Johnson said. Commissioners Court canceled March 15 The Hays County Commissioners Court will not meet on Tuesday, March 15 due to scheduling conflicts of three members. The court will next meet on March 22. Court sessions are video streamed on the internet at www.co.hays.tx.us/ commcourtiive. Video is also ar- chived and available for viewing at the county's website. K2 banned in Kyle The Kyle City Council last week voted to ban the sale and use of Salvia divinorum and so-called synthetic marijuana, sold under product names such as K2, becoming the first Central Texas city to do so. The ordinance also prohibits the I possession of pipes and other para- phernalia used to for smoking the banned substances. It does not affect products sold or marketed for use with tobacco, officials say; addressing con- cems from the proprietor of the city's only smoke shop. "The council, in it's wisdom, made appropriate modifications to the ordi- nance in response to citizen, business owner and council member input to ensure that pipes, and other products used with regular tobacco use, are exempted from the ordinance," said council member David Wilson, who sponsored the new law. The ordinance passed 5-2 on sec- ond reading March 1 with Mayor Lucy Johnson and council member Diane Hervol dissenting. Products being sold, distributed, and marketed in the form of incense or herbal smoking blends under names such as "Dascents", "Fire N Ice", "Genie", "K-2", "K-2 Sex'~ "K-2 Summit", "K O Knock-Out 2" "Pep Spice", "Sage", "Salvia Divinorum", "Solar Hare", "Spice", "Spice Can- nabinoid", "Spice Diamond", "Spice Gold", "Yucatan Fire", and "Zohai" are specifically addressed in the ordinance as being prohibited if they contain the chemical components set out in the ordinance. Kyle calls for social service applications The Kyle City Council is taking applications for allocations from the $30,000 set aside in the year's budget for nonprofits and social service agen- cies directly serving local residents. The applications must be submitted to the city secretary by noon Friday, April 29. The form can be downloaded at cityofkyle.com, and is available at City Hall and the Kyle Public Library. The council's community relations committee will make recommenda- tions to the full city council for appro- priating the funds. Last year's recipients include CASA of Central Texas ($3,500), Hays- Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Abuse ($2,000), Meals on Wheels ($6,000), CTMC Hospice Care ($2,500), Southside Community Center ($2,000), Hays-Caldwell Women's Cen- ter ($6,000), Greater San Marcos Youth Council ($2,200), Hays Cotmty Food Bank ($3,500), and Hope and Love 4 Kids ($2,300). For information, contact interim assistant city manager Jerry Hendrix at 512-262-3921 or jhendrix@cityofkyle. com. Editor's Note: Candidate filing be- gan Feb. 14 for the Buda and Kyle city councils and the Hays CISD board of trustees. The Hays Free Press prints candidate announcement press re- leases and photos as a public service. Send such correspondence to news@ haysfreepress.com SUBMII"rED REPORT Shaun Bosar of Kyle announced his candidacy for the Hays CISD at-large trustee position vacated by Mark Jones upon his election to the Hays County Commissioners Court. Bosar, an operations manager ing youth to succeed. He is mar'tied to Carpenter Hill Elementary teacher Andi Bosar. .Bosar has been an ac- tive supporter of his wife, her classroom and Hays CISD ed- ucational pro- B0~Q! grams; being exposed to and understanding is- sues impacting parents, educators and students. Furthermore, Bosar has been an active volunter in a for ChemWest Systems, brings a numberofcommunityyOuth-based strong business background with organizations including 'Buda Bud- the ability to quickly understand dies', a mentoring program to Buda and articulate the process behind Elementary students, Coaches for creating a strategy that fulfills an Student Ministries at Austin Stone organizational vision, connecting the dots between tactical operation and strategic initiatives, recogniz- ing future opportunities and trends that lead toward creating an enrich- ing educational experience for our future's leadership. Leveraging his business and organizational experi- ence, Bosar would also bring strong governance and financial account- ability to the board. Ahusband, father, mentor, coach; Bosar is passionate in empower- and 'Destination Imagination Man- ager' at Carpenter Hill Elementary. Adhering to a high level of integ- rity and ethics, Bosar's leadership style is based on a simple principle that begins first with defining real- ity, ends with saying thank you and in between is a servant... A servant for the children ... for the teachers ... for the administration ...for the community. Bosar further defines his 4 x 4 philosophy as serving: For the Children: supporting and enabling the vision of Hays CISD to develop students, socially and academically, to be prepared for the 21 st century. For the Teachers: knowing those whom have the highest contact with the children are teachers. A School Board is responsible for empower-. ing them to achieve the utmost suc- cess possible- equipping, support- ing, and serving them; attracting and retaining the highest quality professional teachers possible. For the Administration: ensuring the administration is enabled with the appropriate means to support the teachers and students with the best quality facilities, tools and re- sources. For the Community: recognizes that we are entrusted by the com- munity with the responsibility of insuring financial accountability and appropriate allocation of re- sources that align with the vision that supports the children, the teachers and the administration in developing our community's fu- ture leaders. In conclusion, Bosar strives to enable 'Team Hays' to be the best of the best in attracting the best teachers, developing the best stu- dents, and creating the highest quality and performance standards for Hays CISD. Lost Guru Continued from pg. 2A Defense attorney Angelyn Gates, another lawyer on the guru's far-flung defense team- Prakashanand had at least a dozen lawyers working on his behalf - then argued that the accusers had a motive for coming forward, and it wasn't to save children from abuse. "They did not come forward to save the children, but came for- ward when there weren't any chil- dren left [at Barsana Dham],"she said. Gates painted a picture of a fam- ily feud among the two accusing sisters and their family, which still lives on the ashram. In addition, all three accusers were already ashram outcasts when they de- cided to file police reports in 2007 while they were all living in Seattle, Wash. Gates added that Swamiji had taken a vow of celibacy and devot- ed his entire life to his spirituality. 'All you have is thlee girls who were shunned away," she told the jury. 'USE YOUR GUT' Compton concluded closing arguments by asking the jury to ig- nore what she termed the defense's misdirection tactics. Keamey objected multiple times during Compton's arguments, requesting a mistrial at least five times. Compton claimed that Swamiji does not live a simple life at the ashram, as defense witnesses had testified earlier. "He sits on a throne. He has a servant," she said. "He's hanging out with millionaires and going to Las Vegas." Compton also added that most sexual abuse cases have only one victim- this case has three. "Use your gut," she told the jury. "You know the truth." Throughout the trial, an elderly Swamiji listened to testimony in a reclining brown chair to rest his bad back. He recently had back surgery, which stalled the trial last year until a doctor could medically clear him for court. Plainclothes security from the Hays County Sheriff's Office also sat behind the prosecutor's desk as security was heightened for the high-profile trial. 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