Hays CISD board of trustees talks bonds

At the Hays CISD board of trustees meeting March 25, board members discussed a possible bond election that could be put to voters as soon as May 2014.

Interim Superintendent Carter Scherff gave a presentation on how the district would open its sixth middle school by the 2015–16 school year. Scherff said the district does not necessarily need a new middle school, but when he receives the state demographer's report in May, he will have a better idea of the district's needs.

"No matter what type of school, we have to go through all these processes," Scherff said. "So if we start on this today, have a successful election in May 2014, then in August 2015 we can open up middle school No. 6."

Scherff said that no matter what the report identifies as the greatest need, it will take 15 months from when the bond is approved for the school to open.

"Based on our past history, that's very doable," Scherff said. "It's a lot of work, but it can be done, and we've proven that we can do it before."

Since 2008, the district has opened five new campuses including Simon Middle School and Elm Grove, Carpenter Hill, Blanco Vista and Science Hall elementary schools.

Trustee Shaun Bosar said the district did not allow architects to "run amok" and cited the low-maintenance stained concrete floors of Science Hall and Carpenter Hill as examples of the district's frugality.

"I will be paying a lot higher property taxes, probably, when this comes and so will others who are voting on this bond, so we just need to be efficient in our use of the money," Bosar said.

The hypothetical bond would be paid for through property taxes, and Scherff said a tax impact analysis would be created after the board creates a growth impact committee.

For now, Scherff said, the district will wait until the state releases the demographer's report.

"This is literally a huge stack of dominoes, and once you tip the first one, they start moving in that direction," Scherff said. "But if you have any of it that falls out of place, then you may not get to where you need to go."

SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

City of Kyle hires Mariana Espinoza as new parks director

The city of Kyle announced it has hired Mariana Espinoza as the new director of the parks and recreation department.

Nearly 90 children have participated so far. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)
Texas State's Science in the Parks aims to increase diversity in childhood development studies

The program is partnership between Texas State and the city of San Marcos.

Buda Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care is under construction on Cabelas Drive. (Courtesy Buda Oaks)
Buda Oaks Assisted Living set to open in early 2020 on Cabelas Drive

Twenty beds will be set aside for memory care.

Twin Peaks opened its first San Marcos location on Nov. 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Twin Peaks now open in San Marcos

The restaurant opened its doors Nov. 11.

Texas state capitol
State Rep. Erin Zwiener to hold town halls in Buda and San Marcos Nov. 12 and 14

The events will include an update on the 86th legislative session.

Hwy 21 Party House now open as bar and venue near San Marcos

The bar and club has live music Wednesday-Monday.

The San Marcos city manager named the city's new economic and business development manager.
San Marcos appoints Scott Hardwick as economic and business development manager

The new role will focus in part on bringing companies to San Marcos.

Owners of Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery, Budaful Hiker and Thatcher Natural Home Offerings receive Texas Downtown Association Awards.
Three Buda businesses win 2019 Texas Downtown Association awards

TDA considered 119 entries in 11 categories for the awards.

Centerpoint Station in San Marcos
Centerpoint Station in San Marcos to close after 25 years

The restaurant will close first, followed by the bakery and boutique.

Back to top