City of San Marcos, SMCISD, Texas State, Hays County collaborate to create youth services director position in 2020

San Marcos CISD will start the 2020 school year with a youth services director. (Hojun Choi/Community Impact)
San Marcos CISD will start the 2020 school year with a youth services director. (Hojun Choi/Community Impact)

San Marcos CISD will start the 2020 school year with a youth services director. (Hojun Choi/Community Impact)

Editors note: The story and headline have been updated to reflect that monetary contributions to the role of youth services director as well as the future scope of the job have not been finalized.

A collaboration of local governments and agencies will place a youth services director, a new position created to implement the youth master plan of San Marcos, in San Marcos CISD for the start the 2020 school year.

The youth master plan “Is an actionable community plan that leverages the ideas, resources and commitments of a community to improve conditions and outcomes for children and youth,” the plan reads.

The new role will be contracted by Community Action, an organization that provides support for low-income children and families by assisting them with resources that give access to health care, planning support and educational success.

The youth services director will focus on implementing the youth master plan while working with the San Marcos Commission on Children and Youth and the San Marcos Youth Commission, according to San Marcos Youth Service Manager Jessica Ramos. The role will also coordinate social service programs and other services, Superintendent Michael Cardona said during a special SMCISD board meeting Dec. 2.

Development of this role occurred through the city of San Marcos, Hays County, Texas State University and SMCISD. All four entities will contribute funds for the new role.

The city of San Marcos plans to contribute likely not more than $50,000 a year for two years, and the other entities will likely give no more than $20,000 per year for two years, Cardona said, but the numbers have not been determined.

The youth services director role will initially be focused on SMCISD but may expand in the future.

A job description has not been finalized, and a final agreement with the city, county, university and district are still pending, according to Ramos.
By Evelin Garcia
Evelin Garcia covers local government, education, business and development as the reporter of Community Impact Newspaper's San Marcos/Buda/Kyle edition. Evelin is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in international studies.


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