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See photos from last weekend's Budafest - Page 1C Hays Free Press December 10, 2014 Page 3B PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK Principal Jason Certain (above) and fifth grade teachers Mary Williams and Renee Weaver (below) look at the I~oliday displays at Carpenter Hill Elementary Tuesday morning. A few decorations -- such as temporary lights and items hung directly from the ceiling -- put the school in violation of the fire code. Some of the festive displays already came down and more may follow. Elementary school holiday decorations come down BY KIM HiLSENBECK marshal found fire code kim@haysfreepress.com violations wi_th hallway decorations at the school. etting into the "We're trying to | 1.Christmas spiritwork with the school," seems easier with Huckaby said. "[The decorated hallways at fire marshal] never told elementary schools them they had to rip it around Hays CISD. But all down." decor in hallways Carpenter Hill at Carpenter Hill parents, as in years Elementary in Buda was past, strung holiday considered a fire hazard, lights in the halls, put According to Principal up fake trees with Iason Certain, much of lights, and hung paper it must come down per banners, snowflakes the Buda Emergency and poinsettias from the Services District 2 fire ceilings and walls. marshal. "The kids are going to Some parents and be devastated if it's all teachers expressed down," the mother who frustration, particularly helped decorate said. since parent volunteers Per ESD 2 fire code put in the effort to hang rules, schools are the decorationsl allowed to decorate "Two or three 20 percent of their parents from each walls. Each hallway at grade spent countless Carpenter Hill has tack hours transforming boards indicating the hallways into winterspace that is allowed to wonderlands, the North have decorations. Pole, a train depot,"If he doesn't comply, Santa's Wonderland, they're going to get a etc.," one mom said in citation," Huckaby said. a note to the Hays Free But Certain said Press about the situation, his staff and parent "The kids and teachers volunteers are already love it!" in the process of She added, "The firetaking down what they marshal showed up interpret to be code Monday and told themviolations. they have to take it all "I told the fire marshal down." that it didn't all go up in That is not exactly one day, so it won't come true, according to Fire down in one day," he Chief Clay Huckaby, who said. oversees ESD 2. Certain also accepted "There's nothing responsibility for the wrong with decorations," issue, saying, "Part of this he said. "But they have is my fault for not giving to be in compliance with parents any direction on the fire code." decorations." Based on Certain's He said he was understanding of thefrustrated, though, violations, some of the that in previous years decorations must be the fire marshal would moved or taken down,inspect the building, including anything that provide a list of items to blocks a sprinkler head fix and then come back or impedes movement a year later for the next in the event of an inspection. evacuation. Temporary Huckaby said with lights are also not the hiring of a second allowed, full-time fire marshal Huckaby also said in the fall, his staff can it's not the first time his now do the appropriate follow-ups on fire code inspections. "We've been short staffed in past, so now we can follow up," he said. "We do [inspections] to protect the kids and the school." Certain added that creating an inviting learning environment is recommended by educational experts. Certain and Huckaby met Tuesday to review the violations and determine which decorations can remain and which must be removed. Following the meeting, Certain said he better understands the code. "The meeting was very productive," he said. Hays CISD spokesperson Tim Savoy said, "While we are grateful for our parent volunteers and appreciate all their work, our first priority is the safety of the students and staff. We will make sure our schools comply with the fire code." ;ISD Free heart for student Championship Hearts Foundation will offer free heart screenings for active students who participate in athletics, cheefleading, marching band, drill team or other strenuous sports. Screenings are for students ages 14-18 and can detect possible deadly genetic heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This free event is sponsored by the Texas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. Additional support is provided by volunteer local cardiologists from the Seton Heart Institute. Online pre-registration is required; visit www. champheart.org to sign up. Students must have a signed parental waiver in order to receive the heart screening. That waiver will be available at the event and is also available to print from the pre-registration website. Screenings take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Far West Medical Tower facility, 6811 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 410 in Austin. Hays ClSD The last regular Hays CISD Board of Trustees meeting takes place beginning at 5:30 p:m. Dec. 15 in the Career and Technology Annex at Hays High School. Spring board meetings switch location to Lehman High School. The regular January meetings are scheduled for Jan. 20 and Jan. 26, both beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Lehman cafeteria. Lehman High School and Wallace Middle School will perform their Winter Concert Thursday evening. The event is free and open to the public. Takes place from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center in Kyle. The Chapa and Simon Middle School Bands will perform their Winter Concert this Friday. 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