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Page 4B Education Hays Free Press April 26, 2017 Hays school board candidates running for support in this race? District 1 and At-Large seats were asked the 5. Are you satisfied with leadership within following questions: the district and'why? 1. What are the three biggest issues facing 6. What is one issue that's not being talked Hays CISD today? about and should be getting attention? 2. Where do you stand on Hays CISD's two 7. What was the last movie you saw in 2017 bond propositions and why? theaters? 3. What do you bring to the table, if elected The Hays School Board election will be (or reelected) to the school board? May 6th. At-Large candidate Debbie Mufioz 4. Who do you identify as your base of did not respond prior to print deadline. MICHELLE CAREY supportive of spending without strict accountability for where the dollars are distributed. I think the budget needs to be examined line-by-line to ensure we leave no room for misdi- rected funds or lack of fiscal irresponsibility. 1. Hays needs to grow at a faster pace than we are to com- 6. I am concerned that our pensate for 3rd high school is going to the growth we're seeing and receive increased funding for projected to have. Programs CTE programs that will not for our workforce directed best serve that demographic. students, i.e. a need for more I think the direct graduation to specialized staff hired into workforce opportunities such the CTE & Dual Language as cosmetology, electrical, programs. A strong plan for plumbing certifications and innovative curriculum to include auto mechanics should be built training our incoming students into all of the high schools, but for the workforce without us- I am interested in examining ing a broad sweeping brush 4. I consider my base of these programs to ensure that that assumes all students are support to be the voter who is the unique needs at each cam- graduating high school to at- interested in positive change, pus are best sewed through tend a 4-year university, clear leadership and can ap- careful allocation of funds to preciate an individual who uses those programs. 2. Regarding the bond common sense and balanced propositions I am supportive, listening methods for making 7. I had a mother and son I know we need more funds decisions, date to the movies a couple to prepare for the incoming months ago and we saw 'q-he population moving here over 5. I am not completely satis- Space Between Us", it was the next 10-20 years. I am not fled with the leadership in the pretty good! 3. I bring 20 years of experi- ence working directly with families and their children in the schools and the ministry. I have served on staff for mul- tiple non-profit programs and volunteered in the classrooms, I realize the incredible trust and responsibility that the com- munity bestows upon us as trustees of the School Board. district because we can always improve. If we decide that there is no more room for improve ment then we have settled for "good enough". Seeking a standard of excellence means there is always work to be done defining ways to improve. TERESA TOBIAS 1. Our district is facing many important challenges, so it would be difficult to pinpoint a top priority. I know that if elected I will work diligently alongside my fellow board members to improve our school district in all areas. 2. I am supporting both of our bond propositions this election year. Our schools are experiencing record enroll- ment and we need the new ~,chools that the bond will fund. In addition, Proposition two will allow the district to add and improve some our CTE programs, encourage our citizens to learn more about the bond propositions and how important they are to our district. 3. I feel that our current school board is a group of talented individuals who all bring unique perspectives to the Dais. I am the mother of a child with Autism, so it's not surprising that I love to advocate for children with special needs and their familes. I'm very involved in several Special Needs Advo- cacy groups and I volunteer as a new parent mentor. My fellow board members can always count on me to weigh in on the SPED budget and/or restructuring. 4. I believe my base of support would be fellow parents and community volunteers. Those that get to know me, see me in many of our schools volunteering, and representing our school district at various community events. My supporters have seen me in action and they know my heart. do have concerns that I plan to address in the upcoming weeks. As we evaluate our superintendent and review contracts for our administra- tion, I know how important it is that we are making the right decisions for our district's future success. 6. Although, I know our district has areas of concern that need our attention, we do have great things hap- pening at Hays CISD. I don't believe that we celebrate our successes as much as we should. Everyday, I am reminded of how amazing our Hays CISD students are. They are winning competitions, succeeding academically, and being recognized nationally for their accomplishments. Sometimes it's good to take a step back and appreciate our district accomplishments. 5. There is always room for 7. I went to see the movie improvement for any admin- Trolls with my children.. Great istration. That being said, I movie! CHARLES MCNEIL 1. The declining test scores and ratings, the crisis of confi- dence in the administration that is cur- rently revealing itself, whether warranted or not, and the upside down priorities that place building designs above teacher compensation and true education. 2. I oppose both propo- sitions. Having heard the objections of a critical mass in the community on both sides of the issue over the process that unfolded, it is impossible to think their concerns lack merit. Beyond that, the prices are exorbitant. Hays CISD does not have the luxury of a large tax base, and engaging in construction that ignores that reality is foolish. It is also not possible to look past the dishonest tactics inherent in Prop 2. It is too convenient earn their support or not. that nearly every school in the 5. I think it would be Distdct requires major roof prudent to reserve judgment repairs, and it is the one area in that regard until I have a that parents cannot read- chance to interact with the ily access and inspect for administration personnel in an themselves, official capacity. The concerns are sobering for me, and I 3. I bring a fresh perspec- certainly do not dismiss them. tive. I have no promises to ful- However, principle dictates fill to any special interest, and that I extend every courtesy I have no biases that I bring to to the professionals of the the position. My professional District, and that includes al- life places me in the role of lowing the leadership team an applying innovative solutions opportunity to prove them- to unique applications, and I selves to me. see that as this Board's great- est deficiency. 6. From what I have seen, it appears as though everything 4. The neighbors and under the sun is being ad- friends that I have throughout dressed. If there is one thing the District and in the general that always could use more region. One thing that this attention, it is innovation. endeavor has taught me is Local government works as the humility that comes from a large machine, and can be reconnecting with old friends slow to change, but we owe it that support my decision to our constituency to be ever to run. I am thankful for the mindful that an evolving world many relationships that I have demands innovative solutions. forged throughout the years, Continuing to do things as and their support is greatly we have always done them is appreciated. It is important to never an appropriate answer. state that I will serve all citi- zens of Hays CISD, whether I 7. Sing DOYLA BURRELL 1. Leadership, Education and Growth 2.1 will vote AGAINST Proposition 1. There needs to be a redesign 4. People who believe to the buildings which should we need to do a better job 6. The understaffing of result in a lower cost. at educating the students, our campuses. Even though I will vote FOR Proposition which prepares them for the the board has approved 2. There are items on this list next phase in life. People recent hires we are still I am not in favor of. In order who feel the district needs to understaffed. This affects to get the CTE (technical provide more accountability students learning. training) expansion so that for the revenue and how it is each HS campus will be able being spent. 7. Star Trek Beyond to offer the same courses 5. Not at all. The leadership and capture students that allowed our campuses to be have not been able to take poorly maintained to the the classes I will vote yes for price tag of $66 million. They this proposition, are proposing a $122 million HS#3 what will be 3. I have leadership and the ability of the leadership management experience, to properly maintain this I have a strong work ethic building when they have and I work well with others, not maintained the other 22 school campuses? VANESSA PETREA 1. Growth. We need functioning facilities, lower teach- er-to-student ratios, increased teacher satisfaction and innovative instructional tools despite budget con- straints. many of our campuses are overcrowded. We desperately need new schools, fire sprin- klers and leaky roofs need to be fixed. But, I think the district needs to improve how new school designs are selected and how critical maintenance needs are addressed. I am supporting both bond proposi- tions; however, if elected, I will advocate for community input and more transparency to re- view and approve new school designs. have support from educators, administrators and parents due to my involvement in vari- ous campuses. 5. I believe our district needs strong, visionary leadership to address the multifaceted chal- lenges faced by our district. Unfortunately, I have not wit- nessed the kind of leadership from our current district ad- ministration that is required to really push the needle forward on some very critical issues. Clear Vision. We should be 3. I have two children in the 6. Academic standards speaking a common language district, including a son with have slipped in our district and embracing a shared vision special needs. I currently serve over the past few years. At the for our district. There should be on the Hays CISD Education a consistent student journey Foundation beard and as PTA high school level, our students are below the state averages regardless of your feeder President at Elm Grove. I previ- pattern, ously served as PTA President on Advanced Placement (AP) at Blanco Vista. I work for a tests. The Texas Education Social & Emotional Learn- law firm as a proposal man- Agency also stepped in and ing. We are becoming a more ager. I understand the bidding required the district to create disconnected society. Our process and how professional a Targeted Improvement Plan students want to understand services are purchased. Our for our low performing campus why they should care about family has also lived in both along with a plan for improve- learning and where they fit in Kyle and Buda, and I under- ment for our Special Education the world. Teaching students stand the challenges through- and English Language Learn- effective teamwork skills, out the district. I believe my ers. As a district, we need to empathy, how to handle emo- proven leadership, dedication be having more conversations tions, self-awareness, citizen- to the district and business about curriculum, support- ship, leadership, confidence acumen would be an asset to ing our educators and raising and self-management will be the district, academic standards. paramount for post-secondary success. 4. Having lived in beth Kyle 7. My kids and I went to see and Buda, I have strong sup- Beauty and the Beast. We love 2. No one can argue that port across Hays County. I also all things Disney! 20th Annual Buda Lions Country Fair and Wiener Dog Races April 29-30, 2017 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:00Registration for Wiener Dog Races Pet Parade Registration and ludging 9:00Pet Parade begins D] limmy Z Starts 9:15Opening Ceremonies - Presentation of Colors Pet Parade Awards 9:30Korean Martial Arts - Demonstration 10:00 Wiener Dog Races Begin Buda Bee Sign-up (K-5th Grade 11:00 Buda Bee - K-Sth Grade Spelling Contest Turn-In Beans Turn-In Chili 11:30 Mixed Breed Dachshund Races Begin 12:00 Mariachi Band Lehman High School - Los Lobos Mariachi Turn-In Chicken 1:00"The Mertes" Band 2:00Wiener Dog Races Begin Turn-In Ribs 3:00Mixed Breed Dachshund Races Begin lay Dirks 4:00 Turn-In Brisket 5:30 Cook-OffAwards Sundav, April 30, 2017 8:30Registration for Wiener Dog Races 9:00D] ]immy Z 9:30Church Band 10:00 Elvis on Stage Wiener Dog Races Begin 10:30 Turn-In Bake-OffEntries 11:00 ludging Bake-Off 11:30 Mixed Breed Dachshund Races Begin 12:30 Bake-Off Awards 1:00Bake-Off Auction 1:30Mixed Breed Dachshund Finals & Awards 3:00 Wiener Dog Quarter Finals, Semifinals and Finals 5:00 Wiener Dog Winner Trophy Presentation Buses 8:00 a.m. - 6:00p.m. BBQ COOK-OFF AND BUDA BEE (SATURDAY) BAKE-OFF (SUNDAY) & CRAFT BOOTHS + i ' I I f t