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~ ~i -~:::;::i:ii~:I~I~i~% ~ : : .... NO MO' POLLO Polio Tropical closes in Kyle _afterpagea lYearD of operation. Hays Free Press April 26, 2017 Page 3B BY LESLY DE LEON Rapid population growth in Hays County means increased enroll- ment for Hays CISD. At the April 17 meet- ing, Hays CISD Board of Trustees were presented with the district's capital improvement plan, which assesses growth for the next ten years. According to the capital improvement plan, dis- trict officials could enroll between 19,600 and 19,800 students for the 2017-18 school year. Officials expect an increase of approximately 2,800 students during the next five years. According to Hays CISD's capital improve- ment plan, officials project to have 21,995 students enrolled by 2021-22, and 25,930 by 2026-27. "When you look at the capital improvement plan, it's based offthe projection from our-de- mographer over the next five to ten years," said Carter Scherff, HCISD chief operations officer. According to the document, a majority of schools will be over ca- pacity in future years. By the 2021-22 school year, 15 of the district's 27 schools will be over functional or building capacity. By 2026-27, 18 of the 27 schools will be over enrollment capacity. Currently only seven schools, including both high schools, are over functional capacity and Hemphill Elementary School is over building capacity. While Lehman High School has a building capacity of 2,760, it's. expected 3,732 students will be enrolled there by 2026-27. Hays High School has a Functional Building Campus Capacity Capacity Hays High School 2,250 2,890 Lehman High School 2,250 2,760 Live Oak Academy 175 175 Barton Middle School 900 1,100 Chapa Middle School 765 920 Dahlstrom Middle School 855 1,080 880 857 McCormick Middle School 800 980 660 Simon Middle School 765 880 718 Wallace Middle School 765 940 Blanco Vista Elementary School 800 900 764 Buda Elementary School 702 770 541 Camino Real Elementary School 800 820 781 763 Carpenter Hill Elementary School 800 880 Elm Grove Elementary School 720 790 Fuentes Elementary School 720 790 Green Elementary School 714 780 Hemphill Elementary School 720 720 Kyle Elementary School 770 850 Negley Elementary School 780 900 755 740 Pfluger Elementary School 800 880 Science Hall Elementary School 720 810 Tobias Elementary School 720 790 19,291 22,405 Actual 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 ........ ::~:.. ;: ' "$.:.::~ .'.~'-'.~.., ..... $::.:~:.:.:.~::~.: ::.- "~o"..~".." ~.--o..-...:~.:" .:..':s.'.".'.'.'.::~.'.,.::~:.:.::.: .~'.'.~.'..~ '..~..~ .~:: 2,5i 2 ..... 2~63~ ~1~ ~i~~,'.',~ ~ ~!~ ~ ~ ~ ~: ~~~ ........... ~ .... ~: :,:::: ~:~ :::~:: :;~::: ~::~~24 :.:~ 181 141 155 159 151 155 647 663 671 618 683 675 852 846 802 828 872 ~ ~ ~:~ :~ ~~ ..................... ~ ~i~::~::.::~:.:~,::~i~i~ !~ ~:!~i~~ 557 561 584 607 647 743 740 739 739 664 641 637 620 614 616 ........ ~ ~ :'::i:::;~:~i ~i ~i~ i::~l::~ ~(.~!~:~;~::%;:;::~ ~ ~ i~.~!~!~:':~,:'::i:;i~ ~i~i~i~ .... ~::.:~:::,~i:i:~:::~,~,~:..~.~:.....~:~. ......................................... ,,, :: 618 662 673 698 682 690 701 679 684 710 734 771 672 678 669 652 693 742 7~0; ; 799; ~ " ~ ~ ~ ~ ~:~ .-~ ..... ' " ........... 700 707 19,209 19,803 20,318 20,819 21,364 21,993 building capacity of 2,890 and it's expected 3,556 students will be enrolled there by 2026-27. All middle schools, excluding Barton Middle School, will be over enrollment capacityby 2026-27. Ten elementary schools, excluding Camino Real Elementary, Carpenter Hill Elemen- tary and Kyle Elementary, will be over enrollment capacity by 2026-27. To address growth, dis- trict officials are planning constructing two new high schools, one new middle school and four Currently only seven schools, including both high schools, are over functional capacity and Hemphill Elementary School is over building capacity. new elementary schools.Early voting began this As more subdivisions "The school needs are week. are built in Kyle, Buda and assessed by bonds for the The 2019 bond would surrounding areas, more future," Scherff said. include one middle children are enrolled in Voters are being ask school, two elementaryHays CISD schools. to vote May 6 on a $189 schools and an adminis- Kyle and Buda's home million bond for High trative building. The 2021 sales are up more than School #3, Elementary bond would include High 10% over the same period School #14, a new Buda School #4, one elemen-last year, and the unem- Elementary campus and tary school and a trans- ployment rate in Hays a transportation center, portation center. County is below 3.5%. District Growth By the numbers % growth Year expected 2016-17 3.0% 2017-18 3.1% 2018-19 2.6% 2019-20 2.5% 2020-21 2.6% 2021-22 2.9% 2022-23 3.3% 2023-24 3.0% 2024-25 3.5% 2025-26 3.6% 2026-27 3.4% BY SAMANTHA SMITH Residents' tempers flared during a public forum Monday at the Hays CISD Monday night Board meeting. The audience attend- ees spoke about mistrust of the HCISD administra- tion and the 2017 Bond projects. Of the eight total public comments, six were from residents speaking out for or against the bond projects; most raised concerns about the lack of trust for the current adminsitrafion. Will McManus called the proposed 2017 Bond projects "the latest of many leadership defi- cit issues that we (Hays CISD) are suffering from." Describing the current leadership in the district, McManus said, '~kt best we have allowed a root of indifference and medioc- rity to be planted and, at worst, we have been de- ceived into believing that it is okay to be that way." McManus referred to low student test scores, low SAT scores and a low AP pass rate across the district as a few of the many concerns he has with the current adminis- tration. He also ,said Hays CISD has a poor rating on McManus also took his entire five minute time to address his and other residents' mistrust in the district after feeling forced to vote for an ex- pensive bond package or see Hays CISD students suffer the consequences of inaction. "I have been here a long time and I have never seen trust between the community and the district this low," McMa- nus said. Matt Ochre also com- "At best we have allowed a root of indifference and mediocrity to be planted and at worst we have been deceived into believing that it is okay to be that way." -Will McManus, resident in the Hays CISD plained about the 2017 bond projects, saying he was "underwhelmed with the current leadership" of the district. Ochre called for more transparency from the district on the cost of the bond projects and claimed that the way the administration promoted them felt more like coer- cion than cooperation. "Some people in the- administration or on the board wanted to make it very painful for residents to vote No to the bonds," Ochre said, using the Federal government shut- ting down National Parks as an example of trying to teach people a lesson in obedience. Zack Hall addressed the board regarding his mis- trust with the current ad- ministration as well as his begrudging support for the 2017 bond projects. "We have been put in a position where, if we don't support these bonds, the students will be in very bad shape," Hall said. Hall said that board members had "some tough choices to make." He talked about the strength of district's current leadership, compared to the public perception and district scores in the 1980s and 1990s. Trace Shelton echoed Hall's sentiments about the dominance of the Hays school district in the region in the 1980s and 1990s, but added, "We don't need to go back- wards to be great." Shelton said the district needed a change in cul- ture, calling it one of fear instead of creativity, inno- vation and excellence. "This administra- tion and in some cases this board have really destroyed my faith in people," Shelton said. In addition to the culture of Hays CISD, Shelton said he and many others were concerned about the integrity of the administration and cited the controversy over the Hays High Fight Song "Dixie" as an example. "Let's fight for a bet- ter district," Shelton said defending his choice to stay, instead of moving to Wimbefley or Dripping Springs. Both Carla Perez and Laura Millet voiced their support for the bond projects but insisted that a change in leadership may be necessary in or- der to achieve results. "Perhaps it's time for a change," Perez said. "We must not be held back by a lack of adminis- trative leadership," Millet said. j i;~= ,, i 4