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Kyle eyes future veterans memorial on FM 1626. - Page 1C Hays Free Press May 24, 2017 Page 3B ml [] BY MOSES LEOS I1| approval of the GMP for construction on Hays A $103.3 million CISD's new elementary guaranteed maximum school, which was set at price (GMP) tag for the $28.7 million. Both items construction of Hays were approved by a 7-0 CISD's third high school vote from the board of was given the go-ahead trustees Tuesday. by district leaders. Carter Scherff, The move was done Hays CISD acting in conjunction with superintendent, said "This is a 25-month project, we'll hit the ground running June 7 and the plan is to open August 2019." -Carter Seherff, Hays CISD acting superintendent May 15 the district has projects, which were already opened bids for approved by voters May construction on the two 6 as Proposition 1, which totaled $189 million, next to Carpenter Hill Hays CISD, along Elementary, didn't with Barlett Cocke, the include furniture and district's construction fixtures for the school. manager-at-risk, and However, he said Claycomb worked to the district moved to a finalize the GMP for "more conservatively both projects, priced tile." He added Scherff said the GMP the district didn't for the third high school, located along FM 967 $103.3 MILLION, 4B PHOTOS COURTESY OF HAYS CISD Lehman High seniors last week kick started graduation celebrations by participating in the annual robing ceremony held at the Lobo Den. The ceremony offered students a chance to honor a teacher or educator by allowing them to place their graduation gown on them prior to ceremonies taking place next week. Lehman High's graduation ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. May 31 at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. Hays High's graduation ceremony takes place at Strahan at 7:30 p.m May 31. A map of where to park during graduation ceremonies can be found online at haysfreepress.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYS CISD Dahlstrom student earns national Duke Talent program honors Seventeen HCISD middle school students claimed State Level honors in Duke Talent Iden- tification Program honors,this year. Dahlstrom Middle School student Noah Mugan went a big step further and attained the honor of national level honors. All local Duke TIP honorees claimed one of the highest academic awards available at their grade level, the result of outstanding show- ings on either the ACT or SAT exam. PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYS CISO Last week, Lehman High awarded ~ts annua~qotem awards, which are given to a senior bo,/and girl in the categories of Wisdom, Integrity and Pride. Wisdom totems were awarded to Robert Egal and Taylor King, while Integrity totems were given to Ethan Snyder and Esther Nyaberi. Pride totems were awarded to Tyler Henderson and Dara Vasquez. The group, includes (front row, I-r) Robert Egal, Esther Nyaberi, Dara Vasquez, Ethan Snyder, Taylor King, Tyler Henderson, as well as the 2016 recipients of the awards (back row, I-r) Marcos Rivera, Tenley Lehman, Craig Harris and Andres Garza. ill BY MOSES LEOS III Approval of a new stipend system Tuesday could aid Hays CISD lead- ers in attracting needed instructors to help turnaround the academi- cally struggling Hemphill Elementary. The Turnaround Cam- pus Stipend Structure, approved by a 7-0 vote, would provide a $5,000 stipend for the principal at Hemphill, with $3,000 for assistant principals. Counselors, teachers, nurses and instructional coaches would each re- ceive $1,500. The amount was raised from a pro- : posed $1,000 stipend. Elaine Howard, Hays CISD chief human resources officer, said the stipends are only applicable for teachers at Hemphill and are only available for three years. The stipends are part of Hays CISD's plan to help turnaround Hemphlll El- ementary, which in 2016 was rated as an "Improve- ment Required" campus in the Texas Education Agency's state account- ability results. In addition, the district has approved roughly $101,000 for a turnaround plan administrator. Howard said the sti- pends are to be given due to the "extra work" that will be required by teach- ers who work at Hemphill during the three-year turnaround process. The stipends are to be paid at a flat rate as How- ard couldn't define the number of hours teachers could work. Merideth Keller, Hays CISD board president, advocated for the $1,500 stipend, as opposed to a proposed $1,000. "I'm seeing $1,500 because there's an ex- pectation this is going to be a desirable campus. This campus is going to be amazing," Keller said. "We're not mess- ing around. We have the expectation they are go- ing to turn things around quickly." But the district will also conduct a "simple process" to determine which teachers currently at Hemphill can be put in place for the plan. "We fully know there are some teachers who don't want to be there and we want to be respectful of that," Howard said. "We know there are teachers in the district who want to go there, even eithout a stipend sttaactu~e :' Cynthia~4asquez, -who -was recently named by Hays CISD leaders as Hemphill's new principal, will also meet with any- HEMPHILL, 4B + i:j[ ijiijJ, t