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JUNE 2, 2010 SPRING REVIEW A look back at Hays' and Lehman's spring season in sports. - Page 1B TOP 10'S FAVES Top academic seniors select significant teachers at annual reception - Page 1C HaysFree ess Barton Publications, Inc. I Vol. 108" NO. 9 iiii! Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 Teacher gets day in court BY SEAN KIMMONS The arraignment of a San Mar- cos high school teacher accused of having sex with his 18-year-old student on school grounds is set to be heard on June 22, according to court records. William Shawn Harris, 34, a teacher and assistant coach at San Marcos High School at the time, faces six felony counts of an improp- er relationship with HARRIS a student relating to his relationship with the girl, a senior at the high school. In March, Harris was arrested for the alleged acts that took place between November 2009 and January 2010. The arraignment willbe held at 1 p.m. in the 22nd District Court in San Marcos, court records say. San Marcos CISD Superin- tendent Patty sharer said that Harris was immediately sus- pended, and following an inter- nai investigation he was terminated. "He is no longer an employee of ours," she said. According to an arrest affidavit on Harris, a friend of the reported the sexual encounters to San Marcos police officer Brad Follis. The wimess said that Harris had sex with the girl six times, the affidavit states, twice in t-Iams' dassroom, twice in the coaches' offices, once at his home and once in a parked car in a neighborhood. See ARRAIGNMENT, pg. 6A Report: No new jail beds needed BY BRAD ROLLINs  think the report is incomplete... More than a month ago, a majority of the Hays County Commissioners Court wel- comed a landmark study that found the county won't need nearly as many jail beds in the next decade as once thought. MGT of America, a consult- ing firm that specializes In criminal justice system plan- ningy said its comprehensive assessment examined every aspect of the county's law en- forcement and courts system including tracking each person who entered and exited the system for a two year period. It recommended reforms rang- ing from an increase in pretrial diversion programs to a stan- dardized bail rate schedule to electronic monitoring for peo- ple on probation. The upshot was simpler. The county won't have to put up many more prisoners than it already does, the firm's fore- casters said, with a projected average daily jail population of 323 in 2020. In practical terms, that means the county can ren- ovate and expand its existing 362-bed Uhland Road jail and avoid building a costly new fa- cility. But when the court con- and I think the assumption that the crime rate is going to decline is not an assumption based on fact." -Hays County Judge Elizabeth Sumter sidered voting to accept the consultants' report last week, County ludge Elizabeth Sumter and Pct. 4 Commissioner Kar- en Ford had a message: Not so fast. "I think the report is incom- plete," Smnter said. "I think the statistics they used were not standard ... and I think the as- sumption that the crime rate is going to decline is not an as- sumption based on fact." Sumter and Ford indicated they could not get over the wide gap between MGT's jail popu- lation projects and those in a 2007 assessment conducted by See JAIL STUDY, pg. 6A PHOTOS BY BRAD ROLLINS The Kyle VFW post's color guard, captained by Lou Nelson, gave a 21 -gun salute during the Kyle/Buda VFW's annual Memorial Day observance on Monday. Members of the color guard are Lee Dwyer, David Llyle, David Wilson, Sylvester Bennett and Frank Rodriguez.. Memorial Da), honors STAFF REPORT bout 75 people turned ut for a Memorial Day bservance at the Kyle/ BudaVFW post on Front Street in Kyle. The solemn gathering, usu- ally held at the Kyle Cemetery, was moved to the more visible VFW post and achieved the desired result of attracting more people, post Cmdr. Rick Riel said. Formerly called Decoration Da Memorial Day originally commemorated the Union dead in the Civil War. The holiday was expanded and renamed after WorldWar II to honor the American dead in all its wars. The solemn occasion assumes special poignancy in wartime. In Kyle, the ceremony in- cluded a 21-gun salute by the post's color guard, captained by Lou Nelson. Members of the color guard are Les Dwyer, David Llyle, David Wilson, Sylvester Bennett and Frank Rodriguez. Veterans also took tums reading the list of names of Kyle and Buda-area people who rendered military service. Riel and World War II veteran Art Hill read from the list. VETERANS CENTER VFW postt Cmdr. Rick Riel and World War II veteran Art Hill read names of local veterans as part of the cer- emony. Tlhe observance drew about 75 people to the post's building on Front Street. Subscriber address Hays CISD graduations sparl: contention BY SEAN KIMMONS A high school graduation is the cul- mination of 13 years work in the class- room. It is a joyous occasion filled with proud spectators in the stands, and perhaps an inflatable beach ball and noisemakers from the departing seniors. Not this year. Hays High School is tightening its grip on what officials deem to be inappropriate behavior, setting new rules and restricting pho- to opportunities for its graduation this Thursday. Every senior at Hays High had to sign a "Student Commencement Par- ticipation Commitment" to prevent misconduct and distractions in the ceremony. School officials enfo)rce the commitment by inspecting students for contraband. Lehman and Acad- emy high schools require no such contract. "Walking the stage at graduattion is a privilege," the commitment states. "Those in violation will NOT be al- lowed to participate." The father of a Hays High senior voiced his concern, saying that stu- dents will be treated unfairly on their special night. "This is ridiculous," parent Keith Stover said of the security move. "You treat them like criminals on their graduation night." Stover's daughter was told seniors could only carry one key on their key ring during the ceremony. Other per- sonal items would be placed into a secured box. School officials say this procedure prevents students from being disruptive. Hays High also made its two-hour graduation rehearsal on Tuesday mandatory for all graduating seniors. If a student failed to show up, they wouldn't walk across the stage. "Graduation practice is manda- tory this year," Hays Principal David Pierce said in a letter to seniors and parents. "If a student does not attend practice, he/she won't be able to par- ticipate in the ceremony." Hays senior Derek Lappe was in- formed by school officials that he See GRADUATION, pg. 3A 2010 Hays ClSD High School Graduations: Hays High School: June 3 at 8 p.m. at Bob Shelton Stadium Lehman High School: June 4 at 8 p.m. at Bob Shelton Stadium Academy High School: June 5 at 2 p.m. at the Hays Performing Arts Center All graduation ceremonies will be streamed five in real time for the first time this year at http://channe/.vbdck. com/hays/Index.aspx, ff you do not have the Microsoft Silverlight player on your computer, you will be prompted to download it. FLOCKIN' TO THE 'FIL-A Hundreds turned out to win give-aways and be first in line at the Kyle Chick-fiI-A grand opening. - Page 1D II Opinions .................. 4-5A Sports ..................... 1-2B Education ............... 3-4B Community Columns ...1 & 4C Bulletin Boards ............ 2C Obituaries .................. 4C Church Page ............... 5C Business News ............ 1 D Service Directory ...... 2-BD Classifieds ............... 2-3D Public Notices ...... 2&4D