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Local filmmakers document the San Marcos River and its history. - Page 1C Hays Free Press June 26, 2013 _~a~S ~ree ~ress Page 3B BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com The beleaguered school curriculum, CSCOPE, created by a consortium of Texas regional collaboratives, will be back at Hays CISD next year, despite concerns byTexas legislators, teachers and parents both here in Hays and across the state. Lessons contained in the system, which is completely online, raised a flag with legislators and others last year when they learned those lessons were not reviewed and approved by the Texas State Board of Education. All school textbooks are required to undergo an extensive review process. CSCOPE lessons, which about 75 percent of Texas public schools use, were not subjected to that kind of review. However, new state rules for CSCOPE prevent its subscribers from using the product to function as a district's curriculum. Instead, CSCOPE can only be used as a curriculum management tool, which was its original intent. The lessons will no longer be included. As a result, the cost of the subscription went down from $113,000 to $60,000 for Hays CISD. Last school year, the district paid $96,000 after discounts and credits. Hays CISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Kimbroly Pool asked the board to approve renewing the district's CSCOPE subscription contract at a cost of $60,000. She brought in four teachers from Simon Middle School and two from Pfluger Elementary School to speak about the benefits of using CSCOPE. No teachers who oppose the program spoke at the board meeting. Pool also said district administrators want to keep CSCOPE. "Campus leaders unanimously said, 'keep it,'" she said. No campus administrators spoke to the board about their opinions on the curriculum management tool. Board member Merideth Keller asked Pool about those who do not think CSCOPE is the best product. "We didn't hear from the detractors - what are we doing for them?" she asked. Keller also questioned Pool on whether Hays CISD could purchase another curriculum, from, for example, Fort Bend ISD, the former district of newly minted superintendent Mike McKie. That district does not use CSCOPE. Pool responded, saying she thinks staying the course is the best option. McKie said he wants teachers to be candid in their assessment of the product. "Does CSCOPE add value to the day in the life of a teacheff" he asked. He did not offer a means by which teachers or administrators should provide such feedback. The board approved the motion to renew the CSCOPE subscription 7-0. Staff members of the new Hays CISD healthcare provider. WELL Clinic, a school-based health center, hope the larger facility will become the medical home PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK for approximately 8,000 students who need a C STAFF REPORT WELLNESS CLINIC INFO It took more than a decade, but Hays CISD officials think it was worth the wait. Last week, the district hosted the grand opening of a permanent school- based health center - the Hays CISD WELL (Wellness Encouraged through Lifelong Learning) Clinic. students who come to the WELL Clinic having people waiting too long. Same Previously housed in a portable use it as their primary healthcare pro- day appointments are sometimes building, the new 3,700-square-foot vider, available. structure allows medical staff to see Ruth Roberts, Director of Student "We do everything a primary care three times as many patients, which Health Services for Hays CISD, said she provider does," Roberts said. "Our goal include students, their younger sib- hopes Hays CISD families who come is to keep them out of the emergency lings and even tbeir children, to the WELL Clinic think of it as their room. The new facility houses nine exam medical home. The facility employs a registered rooms, a hearing testing room, sick Board President Willie Tenorio said nurse, two nurse practitioners and two waiting and well waiting areas, a vitals he is very excited about the new clinic, front office staff. Dr. Michael Grady area, a nurses station, offices for pro- "It's very calm and welcoming. It's comes in several hours a week. Roberts viders, and work and storage space, not scary," he said. "I'm just really said another goal is to hire a mental Most of the estimated 8,000 students pleased the St. David's helped us com- health professional. who use the clinic are from low-in- pletetheWELLClinic." Funding for the project came from come families. The clinic accepts Med- Roberts said the staff prefers that pa- as far away as Washington, D.C. and as icaid and CHiP insurance. Many of the tients call for an appointment to avoid close as Austin. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. School year hours Monday 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tues-Fri 8-4:30 p.m. Services offered: Well checks, immunizations, sports physicals, acute illness In 2011, with support from Con- gressman Lloyd Doggett, Hays CISD was awarded a half-million dollar federal grant from the United States Health Resources and Services Admin- istration (HRSA) to build the larger and permanent building. St. David's Foundation provided an additional $382,317 to help complete the project. Doggett attended the ribbon cut- ting and spoke to the crowd of about 50 people including district officials, board members, WELL Clinic staff, community members and parents. Following the facility tours and open house, Doggett spoke with the Hays Free Press about the clinic. "I think it's great. We have to have every child well and ready to learn," he said. "This clinic has been doing good work, and this [larger building[ will al- low them to do even more. There's a very dedicated staff here." And the survey says... BY KIM HILSENBECK regular June board meeting, after the staff while 8 percent each came from to only 42 percent this year. March 2013 survey, clerical staff and employees with other The importance of meaningful work kim@haysfreepress.com The survey cost the district ap- professional positions. An additional also decreased from 83 percent ofem- proximately $20,000; the final bill 6 percent came from instructional ployees who said it was important last Conclusions of a survey put togeth- fromTASB is not in, according to Hays aides. Campus and district adminis- year to 71 percent this year. er for Hays CISD by the Texas Associa- CISD spokesperson Tim Savoy. trators comprised a total of 6 percent Relationships with coworkers tion of School Boards (TASB) shows This year's employee survey re- of the responses. Employees consid- dropped from 68 percent to 61 per- a mixed bag of results - with positive sponse rate decreased from 63 percent ered non-campus professional, other cent from last year's survey. The im- statements and the number of re- to 50 percent. With fewer responses, and unidentified jobs comprised the portance of compensation and ben- spondents declining, even while the the margin of error at the 95 percent remaining 6 percent of responses, efits also decreased from 70 percent district gets a decent overall approval confidence level went from +/- 1.56 Overall for the employee survey, in 2012 to 61 percent this year. rating, percent last year to +/- 2.02 percent what is important to employees Depending on coworkers and feel- This is the second survey 0femploy- this year. changed from last year's results. In the ing their team works well together ees, parents and communitymembers More than half of all employee re- previous survey, 83 percent of employ- both increased in this year's survey, conducted by TASB. Rhonda Baumen sponses were from teachers. Ten per- ees identified their relationship with of TASB presented the results at the cent of responses came from auxiliary supervisors as important, compared See SURVEY RESULTS, 4B BOARD REORGANIZATION At its regular June meeting, the Board of Trustees reorganized following the May election where incumbents Marty Kanetzky and Board Vice President Merideth Keller were reelected as the District Five and District Four representatives, respectively. The vote for board president went to incumbent Willie Tenorio by a vote of 6-1 with Keller voting nay. Tenorio received the sole nomination for the post. The position of vice president went to Robert Limon, 7-0, with no other nominations offered. The two nominations for board secretary were for incumbent Shawn Bosar and Sandra Bryant. With a 4-3 vote, Bosar was removed from the position. Board members Holly Smith-Raymond, Tenorio, Sandra Bryant and Limon voted nay while Bosar, Kanetzky and Keller voted yay. Bryant was then elected 7-0. Limon addressed Tenorio, asking him to change the wording of the election script in the future to reflect what he said felt like he was voting for, not against a board member. "I'm not voting against anyone," he said. "I am voting in favor of a nominee," DISTRICT DEMOGRAPHIC REPORT A representative from Templeton Demographics, LLC presented statistical information from the recently completed demographic report. Housing trends continue upward in our area. The housing ranking report indicates Hays CISD ranks fourth in annual starts and closing in the surrounding 23 Austin area districts. New housing activity shows annualized starts are up 38.5 percent over the past twelve months. Projected student enrollment growth trends continue upward as well. BOND REFUNDING Assistant Superintendent Carter Scherff presented the results of a recent bond refunding. He said the negotiated sale achieved a net present value savings of $7.1 million. Scherff said Hays CISD refunded $58.9 million in outstanding bonds in a tax exempt transaction. NEW CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHOD APPROVED In anticipation of building new schools in Hays CISD, the board approved the Contractor Managed Risk (CMR) delivery method for future projects. This method, according to Assistant Superintendent Carter Scherff, was used with success in previous construction efforts in the district. The CMR method was not used in the recently completed WELL Clinic at Simon Middle School; that was a competitive sealed bid method. To schedule an appointment, call 512-694-1746 ..... ................ ADWARE SPYWARE MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband internet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 Mfr. Rebates Available to Previous Owners 468-4451 122 Main Street Downtown Buda at the traffic light Open every day 295-6008 FARMERS Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. 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