Hays CISD board could decide new middle school location Aug. 28

The Hays CISD board of trustees could decide the location of the district's soon-to-be-constructed sixth middle school at an Aug. 28 meeting.

The district's administration recommended on Aug. 18 a site on Dacy Lane, south of FM 133 and nestled between Dacy Lane and Tori Drive.

Sunfield subdivision developers, in the northeast unincorporated area of Buda, had designated a plat of real estate for a Hays CISD school. That location, on Satterwhite Road north of FM 2001, is in an undeveloped portion of the neighborhood, however.

About 2 miles separate the recommended Dacy Lane site from the Satterwhite Road location. The Satterwhite Road site is about 2.5 miles east of I-35 whereas the Dacy Lane location would be about a half-mile east of the highway.

The district tried to negotiate an exchange for a site closer to the already developed portion of Sunfield.

"We were exceptionally unsuccessful," Deputy Superintendent Carter Scherff said.

"They just could not make anything available," Superintendent Michael McKie said. "That would have been the ideal setting, but we believe this will work for us."

The new school, which will be funded by a bond issue voters approved in May, is set to alleviate overcrowding at the district's middle schools, particularly at Barton Middle School. About $35 million of the $59.1 million of approved bond funds will be used in the construction of the new middle school.

The district is aiming to have completed the project in time for the start of the 2016–17 school year, officials said.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Hays High School, 400 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda.