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AUGUST 3, 2011 RUN, REBS, RUN Hays coach Feldt gets team ready for up-tempo play. - Page 1B I BACK Fm)B gum Veteran F-16 makes pitstop in Buda for paint job. - Page 1 .,, , , + Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 109 No. 17 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 BY BRAD ROUJNS brad@haysfreepress.com A state appellate court dismissed a Kyie dentist's lawsuit challenging the validity of last Novembefs election in which Hays CISD voters opted to join the Austin Community College taxing couldfacebyjoiningthetaxingdistrict, district, as they are required to dobylaw. A month after the annexation mea- Later, the case was moved to Travis sure passed by a comfortable 59 per- County and consolidated with a law- cent, Ray Wolbrecht filed a lawsuit in suit ACC filed that sought to aJfirm Hays County district court that argued the college district's new, expanded the college district did not accurately boundaries and validate its authority inform voters ofthe full tax impact they to issue debt for the new campus. A week later, a judge ordered Wolbrecht with Bond Validation suits deprives all to post a $3 million bond to cover, in but the wealthiest citizens of the fight the event his suit failed, the cost of de- to contest elections." lays in issuing bonds to pay for a new But a three-judge panel of Texas' campus in Kyie. Third Court of Appeals said in an opin- The lawsuit was dismissed and ion published this wee.k that the court Wolbrecht appealed, saying "allowing courts to consolidate Election Contests See Agg LAwson', lag. 6A BY BRAR ROLUNS news@haysfreepress.com Thousands of Kyle-area resi- dents who receive water service from Monarch Utilities LP are outraged over a 55 percent rate increase spanning two years, the first phase of which went into ef- fect on Monday. For Monarch water customers, the base service rate for the aver- age residential user - the charge incurred before any water is con- sumed - will increase from $43.47 See MONARCH WATER, pg. 6A BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com The Buda City Council on Tues- day unanimously approved a reso- lution naming the Buda Skate Park for a local teenager who died in June. Before a standing-room-only crowd in the council chambers, Mayor Pro Tam Sandra Tenorio choked back tears as she read a proclamation naming the skatepark for 15-year-old Jackson Tyler Norris, an avid skateboarder. Iackson, who would have been a sophomore at Hays High School this fail was struck and killed by a pickup on ]une 21 while attempt- ing to cross a busy highway in Lockhart. See BUDA SKATE PARK, pg. 3A MIDD w.tlng ! Dahlstrom Acceptab~ Reading ::-:, ~:,~,:,:.:~ ............ ~ ...... SCc. Studles ..... Math ~i science' " 80 80 100% Wallaee PH01"O IBY JIB I~UJ~ Carpenter Hill Elementary students practice a =get quiet" exercise at a dedication ceremony last year. Carpenter Hill is one of the schools that earned an exemplary rating this yea~, 60 80100% Rating system change alters performance score totals Chapa Acceptable Reading ~ i wrying i soc. Stud,s g W IIrl Math ~ Science 60 80 100% BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com Thanks to tougher state standards, four of Hays CISD's five middle schools saw their academic ratings fall from "recognized" to "acceptable" when the Texas Education Agency released new school accountability ratings last Fri- day. Four of the district's 12 elementary campuses also received lower ratings based on standardized test scores. Kiin Pool, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said stu- dem achievement in Hays CISD showed signs of progress as well as a few"statis- tically insignificant declines." "We feel we're on the right track and doing the right things for students," she said. "We knew where we needed im- provement and where concerns were even without" the state's new ratings. "There's always room for improvement and growth, certainly, but from a Central Texas perspective Hays CISD did very well" -Tim Savoy, Hays ClSD spokesperson Simon Acceptable , w~ting Soc. Studies ~ Math Sc|.,= 60 80 100% KEY Three Hays CISD elementary schools received "exemplary" designations. None of the district's more th,an 20 cam- puses was rated academically unaccept- able. "In the big picture, parent~ can really be proud of Hays CISD and the perfor- mance here," said Tim Sav, oy, district spokesman. "There's always room for improvement and growth, certainly, but from a Central Texas perspective Hays CISD did very well." Other schools in Central Texas and . around the state, including the Round Rock school district, saw much more ira= % of students who met precipitous declines in student achieve-ll state standards in 2011 ment measures. It wasn't unexpected. Educators statewide had been dread- ing the release of 2011 school account- ability measures. That's because the formula used to calculate the ratings, based primarily on students' scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge See SCHOOL RATINGS, pg. 6A % of students who met state standards in 2010 HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UTINGS, ~. v~ + ~ ~"= ~ !~i i:I~I iii i ill i iiiii ,I The Twelfth NigM Once again Shakespeare Under the Stars students are producing one of William Shakespeare's masterpiec- es about twins separated in a ship- wreck, unrequited and unexpected love, mischievous plotting, cross- gartered hilarity, pirate swash- budding and unmatGhable wit, all set in a Victorian Steampunk Illydan at the EmilyAnn outdoor amphitheatre. Enjoy an evening under the stars nightly through August 6 at 8:15 p.m. Come downtown and explore the unique shops and reatauranlts that call Buda home. 5-9 p.m. on Mlain Street, Buda Under the Jimmy and the Lu- nar Rollers, along with Curti Gdm , will be playing a free concert at Buda City Park Friday beginning at 8 p.m. UNEMPLOYMEHT RISING Kyle's jobless rate increases to 6.1%. - Page 1O Kyle Market Days Come enjoy a community-wide gathering with craft vendors and food. The Bruce Curtis Band opens the day at 9 a.m. and The Georges crank it up at noon. City lUar0 Park, Kyl0 For a more detailed list of area events, go to haysfreepress.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. X i Opinions.. .............. 4&5A Sports ........................ 1 &2 B Education ................... 3&4B Community .................... 1-6C Obituaries .......................... 2C Calendars .................. 4C Service Directory ......... 2&3D Classifieds ...................... 2D Public Notices ................ 4D +