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Page 4B Education Hays Free Press May 24, 2017 Barton Middle School teacher Michael Snead (left) and Tom Green Elementary second-grade teacher Javier Gonzalez (right) are, respectively, the Hays CISD Secondary and Elementary Teachers of the Year. The two were named by Superintendent Mike McKie at the Education Foundation's annual Teacher of the Year Luncheon, where all 23 of the district's campus Teach- ers of the Year were honored. Former HCISD Board Trustee Ralph Pfluger (right) delivered the event's keynote speech, relating some of his many memories dating back to his trustee days with Buda ISD. The district's elementary campus Teachers of the Year this year include Diana Muniz (SHES), Melissa Ivicic (TES), Lucila Bosquez (BVES), Teresa Aziz (KES), Mandy Borrel (CHES), Christina Harlan (FES), Javier Gonzalez (TGES), Victoria Zimmerman (CRES), Natalie Martinez-Esparza (HES), Sarah Hussein (PES), Christy Steubing (NES), Tracy Harris (BES), and Sharon Adams (EGES); our secondary campus honorees include Leslie Spinder (SMS), Kelly Reyes (WMS), Marylou Insisengmay (DMS), Michael Snead (BMS), Rachel Gomez (MMS), Adam Poynor (CMS), Elisabeth Phillips (Impact), Shawna Mayerson (LOA), Joana Tegtmeyer (HHS), and Amanda Gay (LHS). PHOTOS BY CHARLES QUINN $103 million Continued from pg. 3B make any changes architecturally that will affect the school. It also leaves the district with an owner's contingency of $1.4 million, which is for possible roadwork and any potential changes in construction. "This is a 25-month project, we'll hit the ground running June 7 and the plan is to open August 2019," Scherff said. Scherff said May 15 he is "comfortable" with the total price of the project to fall within the $122 million proposed to voters. The GMP for the new elementary school, which is to be built along High Road in east Kyle, came in under the district's budget for construction. Hays CISD will also work with Hays County on changes to High Road that will be necessary to accommodate for the influx of traffic. "This will leave us an ample amount for High Road," Scherff said. Keep updated on the development of High School #3 and more education news at Last week, Wallace Middle ..... School students raised funds for a possible outdoor classroom by hosting the inaugural Family Fun Friday. The event, hosted by Wayfinders Church and the Genelle Duran Agency, allowed students and their families to participate in events such as glow-in- the-dark dodgeball. PHOTOS COURTESY OF HAYS CISD Continued from pg. 3B one who wishes to stay on campus and to "see if they complement the vision of what's to come." Vasquez takes over for Tracie Robinson, who will be the new principal at Tom Green Elementary. Each will be allowed to take five staffmembers from her current campus.. Howard said both Vasquez and Robinson are meeting with stake- holders and staff mem- bers. But Howard said the moves between Tom Green and Hemphill are not a "swap out" between the staff members. There are "multiple people" who have placed their names on a transfer list who are in the process of seeking other positions. Howard said those who are on the transfer list are expected to interview, with the district possibly assigning a position if the prospective transferee "cannot find something on their own own. "This is not about a group of teachers that are low performing," Howard said. "These are some of the hardest working teachers who are doing some of the most ex- traordinary things under the most extraordinary circumstances." But community mem- bers were concerned about the district's ap- proval of Vasquez and Robinson switching roles. Crystal Saenz said during public comment Tuesday she felt the move was "unacceptable" and Impact of the Hemphill plan Plan structure estimated cost impact: $70,500 Professionals: Paid on annual basis to professional staff who fulfill annual contractual requirements: POSITION STIPEND AMOUNT BUDGET IMPACT Principal $5,000 $5,000 Asst. Principal $3,000 $3,000 Counselor $1,000 $1,000 Nurse $1,000 $1,000 InstructionaJ $1,000 $3,000 Coach Teacher $1,000 $40,000 $53,000 Paraprofessionals: Paid on an annual basis to instruc- I tional paraprofessionals who continue employment in the same campus at designate turnaround campus. I POSITION RETENTION INCENTIVE Para $500 $17,500 { questioned the board's decision. She added it wasn't the first time the district has transferred an adminis- trator from Hemphill to Tom Green ....... 'Tm tired of our school being a dumping ground for underperforming em- ployees," Saenz said. Resident Scott Gleason urged the board to do more to assist Hemphill. Bert Bronaugh, District 3 trustee, said Tom Green Elementary was "near and dear" to his heart. "I don't want to gut the school," Bronaugh said. "That school has produced several won- derful teachers and has a wonderful heart." Carla Perez, a longtime district employee, said during public comment the turnaround plan sounded "good," but she was concerned about the way the district was going to look at current staff. She applauded the district for creating a plan that fits Hemphill's needs. "One size fits all no longer applies in Hays CISD," Perez said. "That's what we've been missing at Hemphill. We have dif- ferent needs. We're a high needs campus." 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