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Era begins for new Lobo athletics leader. - Page 1B READ WITH SAMSON Buda library program builds confidence in young readers. - Page 1C (~ BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. ......... HaysFreePress.com ......... Vol. 121 No. 7 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY MOSES LEOS III A new high school, two new elementary campuses and improvements across Hays CISD were given the green light by voters Saturday as a pair of bond propositions totaling $250 million were approved by a wide margin. Support was high for both Proposition 1 and 2, which held sizable approval percentages after the release of early voting numbers, and continued to hold that trend as Election Day results came in. Over 1,200 of the 2,102 total votes cast in the Proposition 1 election approved the measure, which called for $189 million to be spread across three new campuses in the dis~a'ict. Includ- ed was a $122 million third high school campus that will be locat- ed along FM 967 near Carpenter Hill Elementary. District officials estimate the campus could open by the 2019 school year. Proposition 2, a measure that called for roughly $60 million in improvements district-wide, received 64 percent of the vote. According to Hays County elec- tion results, 0nly 4.48 percent of the 47,305 registered voters in Hays CISD cast ballots. Voters approved a proposition that earmarked improvements to Career and Technology Educa- tion facilities in the district, as well as a $3.6 million baseball/ softball complex at Hays High. Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information o cer, said there were many people who were passionate on both sides of the issue regarding the bond, and the district appreciated all view- points. Savoy said Saturday's result was a "victory for the people sup- porting the bond," but added ~e conversation continues because "our growth is going to continue." "These are decisions the com- munity has to make and we ap- preciate everyone who made that decision," Savoy said. "Regardless of the outcome, we appreciate everyone bringing their points to the table." As both propositions move forward, Hays CISD voters also gave the nod to a political new- comer to make her way on the ELECTION RESULTS, 2A TOBIAS PETREA Newcomer Vanessa Petrea and incumbent Teresa Tobias won Hays CISD at-large and District 1 seats, respectively. See a breakdown of votes for trustees and propositions on 4A. BY BRAD ROLLINS of the San Marcos Mercury Prominent Buda realtor Jason Taft's defense attor- neys rested their case on Tuesday, seven days into his trial on murder and intoxication manslaughter charges. A jury is expected to begin deliberations on Wednesday following closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys. The panel- 12 jurors and two alternates -will be sequestered until they reach a verdict, sleep- ing ovemights at a local hotel if necessar~ 207th State District Judge Jack Robison said at the close of proceedings Tuesday, Tart was driving south on FM 1626 near Buda in September 2014 when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head- TARR, 2A ,., Or" (O _ < < -J lB t,o (/) 03 i =i BY SAMANTHA SMITH As House Bill (HB) 4122 passed the Texas House of Rep- resentatives on third and final reading, State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) said he is ofraid the bill will "set a bad precedentF for groundwater protection in the future. Isaac said the con- troversial bill, which passed by a 112-30 vote in the Texas House May 8, would allow large landown- ers with more than 1,000 acres that straddle more than one groundwater conservation dis- trict to switch over to just one district. "When this bill was originally filed, it was filed for one land- owner whose land falls entirely in my district," Isaac said. "This landown- er has had several bills filed on his behalf this session to get out of the purview of any conservation districts." Isaac said the version of 4122 that passed the House was not the same bill that was introduced and featured significant changes. That included allowing each district that receives a petition from a landowner for the transference then you can pick which groundwater district you want tO belong - State Rep. ' )) i of property to hold a hearing on the matter. Isaac said he felt better about the bill, but believed it "still sets a bad precedent." The change includes language that addresses any future disputes regarding the collection of property taxes by groundwater districts. Current- ly in Hays County, neither the Barton Springs Edwards Aqui- fer Conservation District nor the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District collects property tax revenue. "I think this is a bad prec- edent and I voted against it and I encouraged others to do the same," Isaac said. "I don't like the fact that we're making legislation for people who are particularly wealthy. We're pick- ing classes and say- ing 'if you're wealthy then you can pick which groundwa- ter conservation district you want to belong to.'" Isaac was also concerned about House and Senate bills that he believes could undermine 2015's House Bill 3405, or the "Save our Wells" bill, which expanded the jurisdiction of the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Con- servation District (BSEACD) in Hays County. Isaac referenced Senate Bill 2254, authored by Rep. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen), which would grant Needmore Ranch, owned by south GROUNDWATER, 4A PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE The Hays CISD comm unity eany Wednesday learned of the passing of Delvin John "Red" Simon, who was a 12-year board member of the Kyle Independent School District, which later consolidated into Hays CISD. Simon was an instrumental part in the creation of Hays CISD and served as one of the first members of the Hays CISD school board and served as the first district board president until 1972. Simon was 92 years old. More on the life of one of Hays CISD's founding fathers can be found online at haysfreepress. com. At left, Red Simon displays a photo of his late wife during a 2016 interview with the Hays Free Press. BY MOSES LEOS III Hays CISD could soon be searching for its next leader after Superin- tendent Michael McKie informed his exec- utive staff Tues- day he MCKIE intends to resign at the end of the school year. According to a Hays CISD press release, the announcement was made at 3 p.m. Tuesday. McKie was unable to provide additional information as the Hays CISD school board has not yet met to deliberate about or taken action on the pending resignation and related agreement, according to the release. On Tuesday, Hays CISD posted an agenda item stating the Hays CISD board of trustees will take the resignation up in executive session, along with discussing potential candidates for acting or interim superintendent. According to the agenda, the board could consider taking action on the agreement and possibly name an acting or interim superintendent. Following that meeting, McKie and Board President Holly Raymond will issue a joint statement to employees and parents. McKie was hired as Hays CISD superintendent on May 23, 2013 and started serving the district five days afterward. McKie's current contract runs through June 30, 2019. 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