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+- Hays Free Press * July 28, 2010 BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com "t's easy to think that once the final bell rings . for the summer and classes let out, the school district grinds to a full stop until fall. But in reality, there's an extremely busy world that hums - even picks up speed - as soon as the last student steps off the bus on the last day of school. Locally, many at Hays CISD go into overdrive as soon as the stu- dents and staff have cleared the buildings and grounds. There are ongoing contracts to be finished in time for fall, portable buildings have to be moved from campus to campus for changing needs, floors have to be stripped and waxed and truck-loads of everything it takes to run a school have to be positioned. On a recent mid-July weekday, a brief scan - a very brief scan - of a few district campuses brought home the realization of the work being done over the summer by hundreds of workers intent on having everything ready for that first day of school. A guide around the district's now-22 campuses has become a ne- cessity, but the obvious man for the job, the district's ex- ecutive director of mainte- nance and operations, R.C. Herrin (sometimes called "Mr. All Over It") is out of town and defers to Michael Baker, his multi-skilled di- rector of maintenance. Baker, who came to the district after retiring from years of work with the city of Austin, is an easy man to talk with, but having a tour- ist with a camera to lead around is more than a busy man like him should have to deal with in a summer like this. Still, the pride he takes in talking about the things his workers are accomplish- ing is clear. "The 'M' in that 'M & O' doesn't stand for mainte- nance, it stands for magic," he says with a smile, though he's obviously serious. He reels off the list of trades- men he has in his charge - they include plumbers, elec- tricians, HVAC and utility s.pecialists and groundskee- pers, painters and carpen- {ers -- and he describes how they make things "magically happen" over any given summer. DISCOVER DRIFTWOOD Refine your senses with fine local wines. - Page 1C Page 3B Contracted work is part of the preparation at different campuses around the assemble a mountain of tables in the Pfluger Elementary cafeteria. New portable classrooms are being made ready at Negley Elementary PHOTOS BYJIM CULLEN district. Kale Heldoorn (left) and Justin Haskins of Austin's K. L. Specialties, Yes, it'll eventually be a deep shade of green but, for now, the field at Leh- man High School resembles an open quarry as it goes through its summer transformation into an all-weather field. It's a painstaking job, in most cases done during the heat of summer in buildings without air conditioning, but someone's got to do it. Hays CISD's Arnold Roddguez is the man for the job in peelilng up and replacing old floor tiles in the portables at Negley Elemental. Rodriguez and partner George Xavier (not pictured) agree most of the public doesn't have much Hundreds of acres of school district grounds are constantly being main- tained by workers like Federico Es- SI DeL IIRIEFS Carpenter Hill, Pfluger Elem. leveling set The Buda/Kyle masons comerstone leveling ceremonies for Ralph Pfluger and Carpenter Hill elementary schools are set for Saturday, luly 31. Ralph Pfluger El- ementary, located at 4951 Marsh Lane (in Shadow Creek subdivision), begins at 9 a.m. The ceremony at Carpenter Hill Elementary, located at 4410 RR 967, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Staffand volunteers offer tours fol- lowing the ceremonies. Carpenter Hill Tours of Carpenter Hill Elementary School, which were scheduled for Satur- day, July 31 following the Masons' leveling ceremo- ny, and for Friday, Aug. 6, have been postponedto Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m. Con- stmction on RR 967 is in progress to create a turn lane into the school. As a result, access to parking is temporarily blocked. The leveling ceremony will take place as planned this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. If you have any ques- tions, please call 268-2141. Buda Vo-Ag on horizon The 5th annual Buda Vo-Ag Dinner and Dance is on tap for Saturday, August 14, 6 p.m.- midnight at the Painted Horse Pavilion. High- lights include a BBQ dinner, silent and live auctions and a dance featuring music by the Sam Bentley Band. A cash bar will be available and advance tickets can be purchased at www. badavoag.org or by call- ing 656-8808. Project Grad (n Facebook 3ailing all Hays High Scool seniors - you're beig asked to sign up forhe Facebook group titld "Rebel Project Grad 201 :' Dee Niedzielski is thtFacebook admin- istratr for Hays High Pro jet Graduation 2011 and v~rd is that sign- ing up,or the group will bring yOu"up to date information on YOUR biggest party of the year: Project Graduation!" and Hays CISD's Robert Walker is among those installing gutters on of an idea about the hard work that cobar, here applying the blade to the See DISTRICT HUMS, pg. 4B those newly-placed buildings, goes into summer maintenance, grass at Chapa Middle School. STAFF REPORTS A dozen Hays CISD cam- roses have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) prestigious En- ergy Star, the national symbol for energy efficiency. : Campuses and commercial buildings that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the tiation for energy efficiency qualify for the Energy Star. Buildings that earn the Energy Star use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In 2003, the district began Energy Star Academy High School, Blanco Vista Elementary School, Buda Elementary School, Camino Real Elemen- tary School, Dahlstrom Middle School, Fuentes Elementary School, Hays High School, Kyle Elementary School, Negley Elementary School, Lehman High School, Science Hall Elementary School and Wallace Middle School energy management practices at a number of campuses. Some of the steps taken over the past six years include: ize he~ anl I sel ag dt si( th cla en gr~ $2, Ha LAW OFFICE OF Family Law Metliiter . Colhborafive Law Attorney (512) 312-o9o 906 Canyonwren Drive Buda, Texas .yottrtexasattorney.tom ',ommission of standard- of maintenance and opera- cept the EPA's Energy Star in direct digital controls tions, recognition of our energy ef- Replacement of inefficient The savings have been ficiency efforts," Herrin said. tt pumps, cooling towers directed in the following "Through this achievement, t HVAC units manner: we have demonstrated our Installation of motion 10 percent returned to the commitment to environmen- ~sors for Iighting campuses tal stewardship, while lower- Hiring of"coil cleaners" 15 percent placed in the ing our energy costs." Purchase of a thermal im- ng camera to detect HVAC :t leaks and water intru- n, and Installing programmable rmostats on all portable ssroom buildings. During the six years of the ~rgy management pro- m, we have repurposed i million," said R.C. Herrin, rs CISD executive director district's fund balance, or sav- ings account, to offset future electricity rate increases 25 percent set aside for replacement of maintenance and operations vehicles 25 percent for hiring new personnel for energy manage- ment, and 25 percent to fund future energy management projects. "We are pleased to ac- Energy management and savings fit into the district's five-year strategic plan, which includes several proposals for further energy efficiencies to support the strategy: "We will infuse instruction with environmental stewardship and integrate sound environ- mental practices into facil- ity design, construction and operation." Hope & Love & Hope & Love 4 Kids is conducting a school supplies drive through August 13. Donation bins will be at the Kyle Area Chamber of Com- merce Ambassador Bash August 5 and at Kyle Market Days August 7. Additionally, the group Kids Racing for Kids has offered to donate their race profits to Hope & Love 4 Kids. They will be selling tickets for the July 31 race for $12, along with merchandise. For more informa- tion on these events, a complete list of drop off locations and list of sup- plies, visit www.hope- andlove4kids.org or call 512-585-1726. Auto.Home.Lge Rob White, Agent (512) 504-9484 Let's Compare Rates and Service, 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 101 Kyle, TX 78640 rwhite@txfb-ins.com I