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+ NEON LOVE Locals raise money for Hays County Food Bank. - Page 1C Hays Free Press August 2, 2017 Page 3B BY MOSES LEOS III After a search that spanned several weeks, the Hays CISD board of trustees officially named an interim leader for the district. On Wednesday, board trustees voted to hire Dr. Ann Dixon as Hays CISD's interim superintendent during a special called board meeting, according to a district statement. Dixon will hold the position until Hays CISD names a permanent successor, which is likely to take place in January 2018, according to the statement. Her tenure as interim superin- tendent will begin next week. Hays CISD opened its search DIXON for an interim superintendent after Michael McKie resigned at the end of the 2017 school year in June. Hays CISD has hired the Thompson & Horton firm to assist with a nation- wide search for a perma- nent superintendent. "I am excited to have Dr. Dixon join our Hays CISD family, even if it is for a brief period of time. Her talent and experi- ence will be tremendous assets during our period of transition," Merideth Keller, Hays CISD school board president said in a statement. Dixon, whose career spans more than 40 years and includes teaching and school leadership positions, has most re- cently worked as interim superintendent in 16 other school districts in Texas. According to the release, Dixon began her career in education as a speech pathologist in Austin. She worked at Copperas Cove and North East ISDs before moving to Judson ISD, where she spent 18 years. Dixon then worked as the Somerset ISD super- intendent in the 1990s. Along with working in school districts, Dixon has worked with the Tex- as Comptroller's Office and the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB). She also served as a mentor for many first time super- intendents, according to the release. Dixon was also recog- nized with a resolution of commendation during the 76th Texas Legislature. According to the release, Dixon has also been published in the Texas Study Research Journal and the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Associa- tion Journal "numerous times." She is described as an "expert witness in education litigation" and consults with school dis- tricts that are conducting superintendent searches. Dixon holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Admin- istration from Walden University, a Master of Arts in Elementary and Early Childhood Educa- tion from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Pathology from Oklaho- ma State University. Members of the Lehman High mariachi group attended the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque last week. PHOTO BYJOSEPH BAIRD STAFF REPORT After three arduous weeks of rehearsals, Lehman High School's varsity Mariachi Los Lobos earned 2nd place honors at the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque, which was held last week in Albuquerque, NM. The event is a yearly work- shop and competition that attracts mariachi musicians from across the United States and Mexico. In addition to the varsity group, Lehman High was rep- resented by members of the junior varsity groups Mariachi Primaria, Mariachi Luz De Luna and Mariachi Azul Y Plata. Although they did not com- pete, they participated in inten- sive, three-day workshops. All participants were able to participate in nightly "Jam Sessions" in which students and maestros played music from the standard Mariachi repertoire. Among the maestros present were members of Mariachi Sol De Mexico, Mariachi Inter- nacional De Mexico de Fran- cisco Jarra and Mariachi Tierra Querida. onal STAFF REPORT Earlier this month, Hays High was represented at the 50th annual Conference on National Affairs in Black Moun- tain, North Carolina by incom- ing seniors Jordan Clements and Evan Vollbrecht. The week-long Conference on National Affairs is attended by delegations and high- achieving students from over 40 states across the country who demonstrate exemplary debate skills and political knowledge, as well as strong leadership ability and poten- tial. While on the mountain, students discuss the policy proposals submitted by each delegate. Students also gather insight on perspectives and opinions on key issues as they vary across the United States and through the eyes of the people that have experienced them. This helps to develop stu- dents in ways far beyond purely debate skills, shaping the next generation of leaders. The Conference on National Affairs is the national meeting COURTESY PHOTO of the YMCA's Youth and Gov- ernment program which hosts some of the brightest high school students in each state every year for district and state conferences. The chapter at Hays High School, founded only four years ago, has grown from seven members to around 40 and now has had individuals serve in leadership positions and win honors for speech and leader- ship skills at every level of the program. At the conference, Clements was awarded the distinguished Outstanding Statesman for his speaking and leadership. Additionally, Clements was elected last spring to serve as lieutenant governor at next year's state Youth and Government conference in Austin, which is attended by over 1,500 students from across the state. Clements holds the distinction of becoming the first lieutenant governor at the Youth and Government Conference from the entire central Texas area in three decades. Vollbrecht was named a distinguished house delegate at the state conference. Bilingual BY MOSES LEOS III Changes continue to take place within Hays CISD's top staff as the district promoted from with- in to fill a necessary position. On July 25, the Hays CISD GONGORA board of trustees named Alejandro G6ngora as the Assis- tant Superintendent of Elementary Schools. The move comes as Hays CISD fills open po- sitions within the district hierarchy. Earlier this summer, Hays CISD named Yarda Leflet, executive director of learning and teaching, as the acting Chief Aca- demic Officer after Kim Pool retired, said Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information officer. Last week, Hays CISD hired Dr. Ann Dixon as the district's interim superintendent. G6ngora, who was hired by Hays CISD in 2015 as the Director of Bilingual, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Migrant Programs, takes over for Tim Persall, who over the summer an- nounced his retirement from Hays CISD. As the Assistant Super- intendent of Elementary Schools, G6ngora will provide direct leadership to elementary campuses "in order to meet the instructional goals of the district," as well as ensure integrity of the district's vision, according to the district's Facebook page. G6ngora has been an educator for 17 years, according to his biogra- phy on the Hays CISD website. He began his educa- tion career at T.A. Brown Elementary School in Austin ISD as a 4th grade bilingual teacher. He then took on the role as a reading specialist and instructional coach, allowing him the oppor- fiONGORA, 4B Partial mineral ril OIL, 6AS, &-] MINERAL RI6HTS Both non-producing and producing including Non-Participating Royalty Interest (NPPJ) Provide us your desired price for an offer evaluation. CALL TODAY: 806.620.1422 LOBO MINERALS, LLC PO Box 1800 Lubbock, TX 79408-1800 FARMERS' Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT * HEALTH 251 N. 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