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HELPING HANDS Buda-ites come together to help Harvey evacuees. - Page 1C Hays Free Press September 6, 2017 Page 3B PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN An aerial view of the proposed swimming complex, above, shows the natatorium design Hays CISD has agreed to partner with the'YMCA to bring a natatorium to students. BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY A $5 million dollar natatorium was approved by Hays CISD trustees during their Aug 31 meeting as a response to the continued growth and popularity of Hays' school swimming programs. The decision, made on a 4-2 vote with one abstention, allows the district to move forward on an agreement with YMCA of Austin for joint use of a natatorium in Camp Cypress, which is located along Old San Antonio Road in Buda. Board pregident Merideth Keller abstained from voting. Hays CISD trustees' decision also overrides an earlier 3-3 vote in June, which caused the agreement to initially fail. Trustee Vice President Teresa Tobias, who voted against the measure. disagreed with the timing of approving a costly itemwhile the district faces a $3.4 million deficit, "It's a challenging time for this district," Tobias said. "I don't think anyone on this board made their decision lightly, regardless of their decision." "We are in a shortfall, we cannot compensate our employees adequately enough ... We need to prioritize what we Value." -Esperanza Orosco,'Hays CISD board trustee Esperanza Orosco, should focus on more who also voted against academic efforts. the decision, shared her "We are in a shortfall, concerns that the district we cannot compensate our employees Justice of the Peace Scott adequately enough," Cary cited his own time Orosco said. "We need to as a troubled youth and prioritize what we value." tiow the YMCA helped Several parents, change his life for the teachers, coaches and better. even Students took "The more kids we the opportunity to reach through the YMCA, explain the importance the less come into my of the school district's courtroom." Cary said. swim program during Swimming coach the public discussion Kaytlyn Stewart spoke segment of the meeting. Hays County Pct. 5 AQUATIC COMPLEX, 4B BY SAMANTHA SMITH People say a picture is worth a thousand words. A new mural gracing a cafeteria wall at Fuentes Elementary School in Kyle is worth a million. The mural, which in- cludes a likeness of Susie T. Fuentes, the name- sake of the campus; was unveiled to the public Aug. 22, a week before the official start of the school year. According to the Fuentes Elemen- tary website, the mural represents the school's message of "family." Wiley Ross, a lo- cal Austin-area artist and avid volunteer in the Hays CISD school district, along with ]ayme Salinas, Fuentes Elementary art teacher, proposed the original idea to create the mural on campus. When they ap- proached Gina Butcher, Fuentes Elementary principal, regarding the project, she consulted with a committee of teachers who "were very excited about the pros- pect." In addition to Ross and Salinas, Ernelisi Her- nandez and Diego Lara, FUENTES MURAL, 4B PHOTO BY JIM CUB,.EN Fuentes Elementary art teacher Jayme Salinas and her two daughters are joined by student artist Diego Lara and artist Wil~y Ross and his daughter following a dedication ceremony for a new mural at Fuentes. The group helped craft a mural that features a likeness of Susie T. Fuentes prior to the start of the school year. ,l