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SISTERLY LOVE How becoming a big sister helped one woman overcome her own troubled past. - Page 1C Hays Free Press • May 15, 2013 Page 3B STAFF REPORT Her challenger, Debbie Mufioz, garnered According to the candidate's campaign fi- Marty Kanetzky will keep her post on the 197 votes - 88 in early voting and 109 on Elec- nance reports, Mufioz spent money on palm Hays CISD Board of Trustees District 5, thanks tion Day. cards, door hangers, sponsorship and booth to 300 voters. The remaining 28 "undervoted," Cowan rental at Plum Creek's Front Porch Days and About six percent of the 8,512 eligible vot- said, meaning they voted for something, other non-itemized expenses. ers cast a ballot for the Hays CISD Board of for example the Kyle road bond, but not the Kanetzky's campaign finance report shows Trustees District 5 seat in the recent election, school board election. Cowan said undervot- $751.122 in expenditures for web hosting and According to Joyce Cowen, the Hays Coun- ing is common when voters aren't familiar domain name to ty Elections Administrator, 525 voters par- with candidates. Kanetzky said she has never accepted cam- ticipated in early voting or on Election Day. Mufioz received about 100 fewer votes than paign contributions. Mufioz, on the other Of those, 300 voted for Kanetzky with 138 in the incumbent, despite outspending Kanetz- hand, reported raising $2,934 during the elec- early voting and 161 on Election Day. ky by more than $1,463. tion cycle, according to her finance reports. KANETZKY SUBMITTED REPORT The Hays CISD Education Foundation re- cently hosted the annual teachers' luncheon in observance of National Teacher Apprecia- tion Week at Driftwood's Trattoria Lisina Res- taurant. Each of Hays CISD's 23 campuses had its teacher of the year at the event. Retir- ing Assistant Superintendent for Human Re- sources Carolyn Hitt delivered the gathering's keynote remarks. Hemphill Elementary's Laura Agullar and Wallace Middle School's Christy Henry were named, respectively, Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year for the district. Aguilar and Henry now move on to represent Hays CISD in the Regional Teach- er of the Year competition, in a process that steps up to the State Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year competitions. Elementary Teachers of the Year: Kristo- pher Brown (BVES), Laurie Young (BES), Lily Guevara (CRES), Charlotte Massey (CHES), Cristi Hopkins (EGES), Larisa De La Rosa (FES), Laura Aguilar (HES), Amiee Oliphant (KES), Elizabeth (Biz) Swearingen (NES), Katy Orr (PES), Claire Dibble (SHES), Tracy Young (TES), and Jo Ann Zavala (TGES). Secondary Teachers of the Year: Owen Tay- lor (CMS), Alison Hadidi (BMS), Chris Lev- ens (DMS), Victor Hernandez (SMS), Christy Henry (WMS), Brent Holcomb (HHS), Tiffany Whitis (Impact), Christina Miranda (LHS), Lance Jones (LOA), and Dr. Linda Kaufman (SpEd). PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Hemphill Elementary's Laura Aguilar and Wallace Middle School's Christy Henry were named, respectively, Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year for the district. Project concentrates on accessibility and safety BY MOSES LEOS III After a four year planning process, the Safe Routes to School Project is a near real- ity within Buda. The goal: to provide area school children easier access to sidewalks for a safer route to and from school. The process for the Safe Routes to School project be- gan in 2009, with the city submitting an application for funding to the Texas Depart- ment of Transportation (Tx- DOT) in November of that PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III year. Once TxDOT approved Students who walk to Elm Grove Elementary from Whispering Hollow the application, the city "en- are forced to cross a drainage ditch to get to school. With the Safe tered into an Advanced Fund- Routes to School program, TxDOT and the City of Buda aimto provide ing Agreement in September safer walkways to and from campuses. 2010," said Stanley Fees, Buda City Engineer in an emailed to receive a notice to proceed ementary. According to Fees, response. Once that was com- within the next week, withthe the project will connect ex- pleted, the search for an en- contract starting with in a ten- isting sidewalks to provide gineering firm was cast, with dayperiod from that date. a complete walkway to the KSA Engineers selected as the The project will build side- schools, giving students who group to design the project, walks where there are current- walk to school a buffer from Once design and surveying ly none, with Buda, Elm Grove the increased traffic along FM was completed along the pro- and Tom Green Elementary 1626. posed areas where sidewalks and Dahlstrom Middle School Students who walk to Elm would be placed, final design receiving new sidewalks for Grove Elementary from the was submitted to TxDOT, who students to walk on. Whispering Hollow subdivi- approved the project to be bid "These new sidewalks will sion are often forced to walk forinJanuary2013, provide an avenue alongacross a large field to get to On March 19, Qro-Mexwas which students will be able school. When rain hits the awarded the bid to build the to walk to school and have a area, students are less likely contract for $458,261.50, be- physical separation from vehi- to trudge through the muddy low the budgeted $500,000 cles," said Fees. "Currently stu- field, deciding to walk along dollars set by the city and dents are forced to either walk the side of FM 967, another TxDOT. The last phase of the along the edge of the street or road that has seen an increase process prior to construction sometimes in the ditch along in traffic. was for the city to have its fi- the side of the street." With the Safe Routes proj- nal contract to be approved, Two cases where the Safe ect, the new sidewalks will in order to receive a"Notice to Routes to School project will connect to existing walharays Proceed" with construction, provide immediate assistance near the entrance of the sub- On April 18, the contract was will be at Dahlstrom Middle approved, with Buda hoping School and Elm Grove El- See SAFE ROUTES, pg. 4B PHOTOS BYJIMCULLEN Hemphill Farmer's Market encourages healthy eating As part of Hemphill Elementary School's Healthy Campus Grant initiatives, the Hawks took part in learning activity, sampling a wide-ranging choice of healthy foods in the Hemphill Farmer's Market recently. Students were introduced to veggies and fruits that begin with every letter of the alphabet - from "Apricots" to Zucchini." The Hawks chose some things they knew they liked and experimented with the taste and texture of something healthy they never tried before. It's just another step in familiarizing students with the endless choices they have in setting a lifetime course of healthy eating. Free breakfast for all students? Last week, Texas House of Representatives Bill 296 passed the House on third reading. HB 296 is on its way to Gov. Rick Perry's desk. The legislation, authored by State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, encourages public schools participating in the national School Breakfast Program to provide breakfast at no charge to all students if 80 percent or more of their students qualify for free or reduced price meals. Rodriguez said research shows school breakfast programs reduce hunger among low- income children, increase academic achievement, lead to improved health and help build lifelong healthy eating habits. Currently, only 60 percent of Texas students eligible for free or reduced school meals eat breakfast in our public schools. This bill is designed to increase participation in school breakfast programs, which has been shown to have a positive financial impact on schools that are trying to meet the needs of low-income students by leveraging additional federal funds. This bill had broad bipartisan support. Rep. Jason Isaac, District 45, was initially going to vote against the bill but during the House floor debate, he learned that the bill includes an opt-out provision. In the end, Isaac voted in favor of liB 296. Shakespeare Under the Stars at the EmilyAnn Theater in Wimberley This is a unique educational program that offers students ages 12 - graduating seniors the opportunity to study and perform one of Shakespeare's plays. Students assist with the costumes and the set and learn about all aspects of theatre while building friendships. Students must prepare a one to two minute Shakespearean monologue. The audition date is May 18 at the EmilyAnn Theater. Contact Bridget Farias at 512-847-6969 or bridget@ to schedule an appointment for an audition. The Principal Shuffle With Science Hall Elementary Principal Angle Nelson retiring at the end of this school year, the opening created a wave of reassignments across the district. Six Hays CISD elementary schools will have a different principal next school year. Hays CISD announced Monday the following principal assignments: • Kristi Campbell will move from Tobias Elementary to Buda Elementary • Paige Collier will move from Hemphlll Elementary to Tobias Elementary • Charla Salmeron will move from Buda Elementary to Negley Elementary • Will Webber will move from Negley Elementary to Tom Green Elementary • Chris Summers will move from Tom Green Elementary to Science Hall Elementary • Chapa Assistant principal lulio Vela will be promoted to become the principal of Hemphiil Elementary All other current elementary principals will remain at their current campuses. 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