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4 HISTORICAL MARKER Mexican American former 'Southside School' receives historical marker.. - Page 1C Hays Free Press * April 24, 2013 ~a~s ~[ree ~ress Page 3B O Hays CISD school board trustee candidates give their opinions The candidates for Hays CISD Board of Trustees single-member District 5 are incumbent Marty Kanetzky and Debbie Mufioz, the wife of former Hays CISD board member Joe Mufioz. Below are their responses to questions from the Hays Free Press. The election will be Saturday, May 11. Early voting begins April 29 at the following locations: Buda Elementary School, Hays CISD Central Administration Office and Kyle City Hall. Q:Why are you running for the Hays CISD Board of Trustees? A: I am running for my second term on the Hays CISD Board of Trustees because I want to continue guiding the district as we strive to provide eve~ stu- dent with the knowledge and educational experience they need to become productive members of society. Q: What are the most pressing issues facing Hays CISD now and in the future? A: We need to improve student academic results. Our students will ultimately be competing for acceptance into colleges and for the best jobs. We are obligated to pro- vide them with the knowl- edge and skills they will need whether they choose to go straight into the workforce or continue their education in college or technical school. Q: If elected, what are the top three things you want to accomplish in the first year on the dais? A: Improve student aca- demic results. Increase individualized instruction opporttmities. Improve efficiency and accountability. *Q: Hays CISD currently holds more than $500 mil- lion in debt. How will you balance the district's needs versus increasing debt? A: I have continued to push for finding ways to save the district money without adversely affecting student learning. During my current term the district has refund- ed existing bonds 3 times (a 4th time is pending) at lower interest rates, already saving the district over $18 million (another $7million in sav- ings is pending) over the life of the bonds. As our popula- tion increases, eventually requiring more classrooms for more students, we need to remember that no child has ever been educated by a fancy building- the impor- tant thing is what goes on inside that building. Q: Do you think a public school district should pro- vide sexual education as part of the instruction/curricu- lum? Why or why not? /~ Yes. Sex education is part of a well rounded edu- cation. I also believe parents should have the fight to review the curriculum and determine if they want their own students to be provided with some of the more sensi- MARTY KANETZKY tive (or graphic) information. Q: Do you support the use of CSCOPE as the curricu- lum management system for the district? Why or why not? A:Yes. CSCOPE is not perfect, but it is robust and totally aligned with the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). CSCOPE should be available to teachers as a resource and tool. Teachers should not be forced (and are not currently required by our district) to use the les- son plans. Parents are now rightly allowed online access to CSCOPE documents (with the exception of unit tests and answers). Like any other system there should be a continuous loop of feedback and improvement. Q: There is discussion in the state legislature about training educators to carry handguns at school Would you support ha~ng selected Hays CISD employees (at each campus that does not already have a School Resource Officer on staff) receive training and carry a concealed gun to school? Why or why not? A: Yes. Having someone on campus that is trained properly and knows how to safely use a weapon to help protect our students and staffwould be another deter- rent to those who might want to do harm. Q: Why should voters elect you over your opponent? A: I will continue to push for improvements in student academic results. I will hold myself and the district ac- countable for actual results. I will continue to ask the tough questions and gather the information needed to make the right decisions. I will continue to be a diligent steward of the taxpayer's money and hold myself to high standards of ethics and integrity. Q:why are you running for the Hays CISD Board of Trust- ees? A: I am passionate about en- suring that our children receive a rich and vibrant education that encourages and promotes academic excellence. I am eager to be part of a team that plays a significant role in shaping their future. We have many chal- lenges ahead of us- growth and funding issues, talent manage- ment, and socio-economic dynamics to name a few. Ad- dressing these challenges by engaging our community in an effective and collahorative man- ner is essential to the continued success of our children. I believe I have the drive, the passion and the enthusiasm to tackle these challenges head on. Q:What are the most pressing issues facing Hays CISD now and in the future? A: Managing the district's growth and funding challenges are the most pressing issues facing the district today and in the foreseeable future. Our district continues to be one of the fastest growing districts in the state. As a result, many of our children, especially those at- tending middle and elementary schools are currently experienc- ing overcrowded conditions, which threaten the safety of our children, impede effective learning environments and are simply not acceptable. In addi- tion, while tax revenues in our area provide some relief, state funding continues to dwindle and the needs and costs of our district continue to escalate. We must create and maintain a cul- ture of visionary planning and proactively engage in transpar- ent and effective communica- tion within our community to find solutions. Q: If elected, what are the top three things you want to accomplish in the first year on the dais? P As a newly elected trustee, educating and familiarizing myself with the district's poli- cies, board govemance and legal protocol at both the local and state levels will be a top priority. I will strongly promote and support efforts to relieve overcrowded conditions in our schools, as well as efforts to reconstruct the entrances to our older schools so that access is limited to a single entry point. And finally, we must continue to expand our efforts to recruit and retain the very best for our children. Our district leaders have taken great strides to bring compensation levels up to a comparable level within the central Texas area. However, we are still near the bottom when DEBBIE MUNOZ compared to other districts. I believe we must work together to make Hays CISD the employ- er of choice! Q: Hays CISD holds more that $500 million in debt. How will you balance the district's needs versus increasing debt? A: Working collaboratively with all the various stakehold- ers, including school adminis- trators, educators, legislators, and taxpayers, is essential to finding the balance that is fight for this district. My vision for my term is to have regularly scheduled focus group meetings within the community that fos- ter collaboration and consensus building to find unique, innova- tive and fiscally responsible solutions. In addition, we must continually review and amend the strategic initiatives already adopted by the board and hold administrators and fellow trust- ees accountable to ensure that the district's needs are being met with minimal impact to the district's debt. Q: Do you think a public school district should provide sexual education as part of the instruction/curriculum? Why or why not? A: This is a very good ques- tion! I have my own personal opinion about how to best educate my son in this regard. However, my personal opin- ion is but one of many in this district. As an elected official representing the entire district, I would reach out to our commu- hity to find a solution that works best for all our students district- wide. I would also encourage parents to research this topic and decide what is best for their own children. Q: Do you support the use of CSCOPE as the curriculum management system for the district? Why or why not? A: qlais is also a great question. As I understand it, CSCOPE is a customizable, online cur- riculum management system that is used to assist schools in meeting the high standard of rigor and relevance required in the STARR assessments. Once again, my opinion is but one of many. I would reach out to the experts in this area, including the superintendent, the administra- tors and the teachers to evaluate whether CSCOPE continues to be an effective solution for our students as we continue to strive for academic excellence. Q: There is discussion in the state legislature about training educators to carry handguns at school. Would you support having selected Hays CISD employees (at each campus that does not already have a School Resource Officer on staff) receive training and carry a concealed gun to school?Why or why not? A: I believe that it takes more than a couple of classes and the right to carry a concealed weap- on to effectively stop a potential threat. As a wife of a retired police officer, I know first-hand that it takes great discipline, extensive training, and excep- tional skill to be fully capable of utilizing guns in a proper and effective manner. Once again, I believe it's important to seek out the opinions of the entire com- munity in this regard. We must work collaboratively to find a solution that is appropriate for our entire district. Q:Why should voters elect you over your opponenff A: As a parent of a Negley 5"' grader and a recent Leh- man graduate, I'm extremely familiar with the current needs of our students and have a vested interest in preserving and improving the overall quality of our schools well into the next decade. I have extensive work experience dealing with diverse and amazing people from all across the State of Texas. I have a passion for working with people, especially when working toward a common goal. I believe my experiences and background will bring a unique perspective to the board that may not be currently represented. I support open discussion and collabora- tion and believe that I can be the voice for District 5. I'm driven, enthusiastic and eager to work with you to make our schools better. I hope I have your sup- port and vote on May 11"! Q: If you could live the life of any historical figure, past or present, who would you want to be?Why? A: Eleanor Roosevelt. She was one of the greatest women of the 20~' century and was a strong advocate for humanitari- an efforts. She was an incredible woman and an amazing leader! II BY ANDY SEVILLA Hays CISD school board candidate Debra Munoz has outraised and outspent in- cumbent Martha Kanetzky in their bid for a seat on the dais. Munoz has raised $2,584 in the past month, according to campaign finance reports, in her attempt to replace Kanetz- ky for the single-member District 5 spot on the school board. Kanetzky, who beat Munoz's husband, Joe, with almost 70 percent of the vote for the same seat in 2010, has raised no money, according to her campaign finance report. Munoz's two biggest donors were Belia and Cesar Ornelas of Kyle and Lucinda and Man- uel Gonzales of Cypress, each couple donating $1000 toward her campaign. Munoz also re- ceived contributions from J. Sylvester Perez, David Wiley and from former Hays CISD superintendent ]eremy Lyon and his wife, Ellen - Munoz took in $200, $150 and $100, respectively. She also received $134 in contributions of $50 or less. Mufioz, too, has expended more funds this campaign season, thus far, as her reports show total expenditures of $1,105.10; meanwhile Kanetz- ky has spent $542.19 in her bid to keep her seat. Munoz expended cam- paign funds on advertising, and Kanetzky has spent her money on advertising, print- ing and office overhead. After serving more than a decade as a school board trustee, Joe Munoz resigned his post in Sept. 2009 when he relocated to a different resi- dence in Kyle, as he no longer lived in District 2. A later attempt for a school board comeback in District 5 failed in May 2010 when he took in only 31.4 percent of the vote against Kanetzky who garnered 68.6 percent that vote. Now, a different Munoz is challenging Kanetzky, and this one has $1,478.90 in her cam- paign war chest; Kanetzky has nothing, according to reports. Campaign finance reports forincumbent MeridethKeller, who is running unopposed for the District 4 single-member seat, were not available on the school district's website. A declaration of modified re- porting also was not available on the website. State rules require candi- dates for elected office to sub- mit a campaign finance report 30 days before an election. The rules also require a report eight days before the election. But, candidates who do not accept contributions or ex- pend funds in an amount over $500 can partake in modified reporting. To file under this ex- ception, a candidate must file this declaration no later than the 30th day before the elec- tion, per the election code. Untimely or incomplete campaign finance reports constitute a Class C misde- meanor and the Texas Ethics Commission can assess a $500 civil penalty, per the election code. PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN The 'crowning' glory of fund-raising efforts at Wallace Middle School As an incentive to raise more money for the Wallace Middle School's Re- lay for Ufe team, Assistant Principal Kevin Malandruccolo and teacher Ray Patterson - pictured above with art teacher Adrienne Simes - promised to shave their heads if the Rangers could raise $6,000. Patterson's promise was a heartfelt memorial to late friend Mel Kyser, a cancer battler. His wife, Barton MS teacher Karen Kyser, attended the rally at Wallace. Relay for Life team leader, teacher Gynnis Akin, told attendees at Friday's pep rally that $6,000 would double what the team accomplished two years ago. The final tally came in at $7,391.25. In a late-breaking surprise, teacher Judy AIIred was inspired by the shavings. She stepped up to the shears because students agreed to contribute another nearly $200. COUNSELOR'S 0RNER i n our busy world, we are all bombarded with social media, reality TV shows, and the latest and great- est electronic device or new gadget promising to make our lives faster and easier. It's hard to carve out that little bit of time to spend with our chil- dren when we have errands to run, soccer practice to get to and homework to finish. But at the end of the day that is really what kids are asking for. We've all experienced that feeling that there will never be enough time to finish all the little things that seem so important. Sometimes think- ing about adding more quality time with your child can seem overwhelming and maybe even impossible. But if you are having difficulty connect- ing with your child or if your child is experiencing difficult behavior issues, that might be what they are really asking for. Finding ways to recon- nect and get back to basics doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. If you can find 20-30 minutes a week to spend with your child one on one you might not only notice a difference in your child's behavior but you might also find that your stress level de- creases as well. Let your child lead the way. Ask them what they would like to do. Often times their ideas for spending time together are very simple and don't ,cost any money at all. Playing a game together, going for a walk, making dinner or cooking something can go a long way to improv- ing your relationship and decreasing difficult behaviors. Work together to find activi- ties to do together that will set your child up for success. The activity should have minimal frustration and be something that the two of you can do together but also gives your child the opportunity to lead and feel in control of the situation or activity. The most important element is that you are spending quality time together free from distrac- tions. No TV or cell phone or computer Giving your child your undivided attention communicates that you value them and their opinions free from judgment. Establishing this routine will go a long way in ensuring that you and your child or children continue to communicate with each other through good times and dif- ficult times. Public invited to San Marcos school board, bond issue forum The San Marcos Area League of Women Voters will host a public forum that focuses on the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District's (SMCISD) upcoming school board and bond election. Board candidates John Crow- ley and Michelle Pope Ham- ilton along with San Marcos CISD Superintendent Mark Eads will speak at the forum. Eads will entertain audience questions about the bond propositions after his presen- tation. The bond election is for two propositions, totaling $76.98 million. Proposition 1, for $58.58 million, includes renovation of existing facilities and the construction of new district facilities to address ag- ing campuses and infrastruc- ture, provide equity across the district, increase campus secu- rity and provide space for stu- dent growth. Proposition 2, for $18.4 million, proposes to con- struct a multi-purpose athletic stadium for the school district. The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the San Marcos Activity Center.