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Page 6A NEWS Three new princip;ds join Hays CISD BY JULIE JEROME Special to the Hays Free Press Lehman High School, Acad- emy High School and Dahl- strom Middle School will have new principals in the upcom- ing school year, following the unanimous hiring votes by the Hays CISD Board of Trustees Monday night. A husband and wife couple will head up Lehman and Acad- emy high schools. Don Ruisinger, currently the principal of Dwyer Middle School in Huntington Beach, Calif., will be the new Lehman principal. Ruisinger replaces Elsa Hinojosa, who served as Lehman's first principal when the school opened in 2004 and was promoted to Hays CISD ex- ecutive director for high school performance. Ruisinger, originally a social studies teacher, served as an assistant principal of Hopewell Middle School in Round Rock Don Ruisinger, Julie Ruisinger Sara Thurman, ISD from 1999-20( principal of Dwy School since 2005. Julie Ruisinger, cu principal Of Mira ( School in Manhatt Calif., will be the m Academy High. Sh Gall Rhodes, who h counseling position district. Rnisinger, origina teacher, served as a principal of John,, School in Austin ISD 04 and was name( at Mira Costa High 2005. Following a dJ study team, the scl approved recommez February to improw High School, an school of choice fo Election Results Continued from pg. 1A Brad Pickett, a financial manager running unop- posed for the District 3 seat, won 396 votes. He will fill the seat currently held by David Salazar, who did not seek re- election. All told, the seven-member Kyle council  have four new members and a new mayor when the most recent crop are swom in. Only David Wilson and Becky Selbera have served in their current capacity for more than three months. Mufioz served for more than a decade as a school board member representing District 2 until he resigned in September when he moved residences. He tried to regain a seat in District 5, which includes much of the western part of Hays CISD including Driftwood, Mountain City, Plum Creek arid Buda's west- ern neighborhoods around Garlic Creek. The area was rep- resented byboard president Chip Dupont, who did not seek a fourth PICI'I'r term. After Mufioz's resignation, 1 board appointed Willi rio to fill his position.' ran unopposed in Sal election as did Mere( Keller, who was the or to sign up for the Dist seat being vacated by Pfluger. Pfluger is fini his second tour of dut the board, serving sin, and also as a foundinl when the Hays distric formed in 1967. .ehman High Sch Academy High )ahlstrom Middle 4 and as many, r Middle dropp Sara, rrently the Sartan :osta High Bend an Beach, princi 1 w head of replac . replaces retirin: as takena as Da with the 2003. Thu l'r a math lish, 1; assistanl studie: ton High princi] From2000- School principal eame( School in 2008 was m strict-wide dren tool board /c/e tdatlons in schoo ,' Academy Thum alternative cipal students, taryS( he Teno- renorio Irday's th ly one ct 4 Ralph ,hing ,on :e 2004 trustee : was Pag Contit counc runpI Yet, pI went l celebr "W{ fromt of put The each ( conte,, worth totals Ealq did n pagea "W{ ml School ffwhom may be at risk of ng out. Thurman, principal of ia Middle School in Fort ISD, has been named )al of Dahlstrom. She .s Hilda Gartze, who is this year after serving hlstrom principal since rman, previously an Eng- mgnage arts and social ; teacher, has served as )al of Sartartia Middle since 2005. Sartartia an exemplary rating in ad 2009, and this year it the top five on the Chil- Lt Risk, Houston Chron- ist of the best middle s in the Houston area. tan previously was prin- fWalker Station Elemen- hool in Fort Bend ISD. I Ashley Taylor, a fourth grade teacher at Tom Green Elemen- tary School, was hired as assis- tant principal of Ralph Ptluger Elementary School. Taylor was named Hays CISD Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2008-09. The school board accept- ed the resignation of Lauri Schroeder, who took a princi- pal position in Comal ISD after six years as assistant principal and principal of Buda Elemen- tary. Interviews for a new school principal Hill take place before the end of the school year. Last month, the school board unanimously approved the hir- ing of Donna Newman, cur- rently the principal of Garner Middle School in North East ISD, as executive director of middle school performance and Tim Persall, current direc- tor of elementary programs in Canyon ISD, as the executive director of elementary school performance. All personnel changes take effect July 1. eant Controversy i lued from pg. 1A il that the pageant was ivately at a school facility. aceeds from the pageant a fundthe city's birthday ation. got all of the proceeds aat to Offset the expenses ing on the fair," he said. re were 13 contestants, fwhom had to pay a $50 rant fee and sell $100 of raffle tickets, which I little less than $2,000. ) stressed that the city )t bank money on the at. did not make more Kyle," she said. "I was just vol- unteering as the director." She added that all checks were made payable to the City of Kyle and judging was done by a panel of volunteers. "I kept my hands out of the judging process completely," Larson said. "I was just an ad- vocate for the girls." Larson is looking to hold an- other pageant this year private- ly under the moniker Miss Kyle Scholarship Organization. She said that multiple audi- tors Hill oversee the judges' ballots to make sure the event money than what the fair cost runs smoothly. to pu on,"ihe said. "Yes, we "We have taken steps to madenoney but we didn't net make sure it doesn't happen a gain[" .: again," she said. Kes Larson, who volun- With no pageant funds be- teeredJas the director of the pag- ing filtered to the city this year, eant, s aid that it was a dty event, it will have to look elsewhere to There mas even a page dedicated payfor its annual fair. to it o] t the city'sWeb site, which "We'll have to find other b_asirLcebeen deleted, sources to cover costs to the "It  as put on by the City of fair," Orbanowicz said. 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