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,!iii !:i  ..... % ............. Hays Free Press July 31,2013 UNDER THE SEA Shipwreck off coast Thrills Texas State researcher - Page 10 Page 3B PHOTO BY GROUPPHOTOS.COM Bobcats in the Big Apple Barton Middle School coach Michael Russo, along with adult chaperones Sunshine Russo (Lehman), Greg McCulley (Barton), and Grace Castaneda (Tobias), took a group of 36 eighth graders from Barton Middle School to Washington, D.C. and then to New York City. They spent a total of five days (June 18-22) and saw a multitude of historical and fascinating sites. They stopped to pose for this picture in the middle of Times Square. S uperim:,mdent discusses plans for scho0000l year BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Touting highlights over the past year including 859 graduates who were offered nearly $8 mil- lion in scholar- ships, an ele- mentary school science experi- ment going into space and the opening of a new WELL clin- ic, Hays CISD Superintendent Michael McKie MCKIE shared his goals for the upcoming school year. At the July 23 Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce State of Education lun- cheon at Lehman High School, McK- ie, who has been in the position about two months, laid out his cornerstones for the district moving forward. "There has been a lot of discussion of graduation plans, test scores, et ce- tera," McKie said. "We need to stop focusing on test scores and focus on teaching and learning and graduating every child that enters school college- and career-ready. That's what it's all about." Hays CISD is facing steady growth for at least the next ten years, McKie said. ',s you can see," he told the audi- ence, "our projected enrollment is just over 17,000 students this school year." ! McKie said he wants to concen- trate on a strong curriculum, attract- ing a skilled staff, having an engaged leadership and having parent and community involvement in schools. He said of the 18 area school district salaries he compared recently, Hays ranked near the bottom. At its regular June meeting, the Hays ClSD Board of Trustees discussed a salary increase of between 1.5 and 4.2 percent for teachers, nurses and librarians, based on experience. A modest raise is pro- posed for all other employees. "I was a high school principal for Hays CISD achievements during last school year 1,000 student online course completions 859 students received almost $8 million in scholarships The WELL Clinic opened to provide medical services to Hays CISD students and their children and siblings 177 graduates received 828 hours of college credit through Austin Community College The Hays CISD board of trustees saved $27.2 million through bond refinancing Hays CISD Education Foundation awarded $60,000 in mini-teaching and professional development grants The Hays High School Lady Rebels softball team won the Class 4-A state softball championship 11 years, and the best advice I ever received from any one individual was, 'If we don't feed our teachers, they'll eat our ldds,'" McKie said. "We need to attract teachers to this community, and we need to keep them here for as long as humanly possible." Hays CISD has 2,342 total employ- ees; 1,058 of those are teachers. The average time spent teaching in the district is six years. Nearly half of the students are considered economical- ly disadvantaged. About 9 percent are in Special Education while 16 percent are Limited English Proficiency. McKie highlighted that no tax in- crease is planned for theupcoming school year; he said ff the budget is adopted by the board, this would be the seventh year in a row that Hays CISD had the same tax rate. He said the district also added an- other pre-K campus, which means the overall program will serve about 600 students this year. PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK Picture perfect Photographs from Hays High School student brightned the halls and created interesting visuals for passersby. Subjects in the art work ranged from children and animals to landscapes and nature. :  i: : i!i{ :" {{.. ADWARE SPYWARE MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband internet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010  Mfr. Rebates Available to Previous Owners '., ...... 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