Hays CISD axes $217.3M bond and more area education news

The board of trustees could resurrect the bond later this year for the ballot in May 2021. (Courtesy Canva)
The board of trustees could resurrect the bond later this year for the ballot in May 2021. (Courtesy Canva)

The board of trustees could resurrect the bond later this year for the ballot in May 2021. (Courtesy Canva)

Read the latest news from San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD.

Hays CISD

Hays CISD cancels $217.3 million bond election

The Hays CISD board of trustees voted to cancel its 2020 bond election due to uncertainties associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

The $217.3 million bond was previously scheduled for May 2 but was postponed to Nov. 3 for the same reason as its cancellation.



San Marcos CISD

San Marcos CISD approves waiver allowing for extension of remote-only instruction

Due to a recommendation that COVID-19 test positivity rates districtwide should be at or below 5% for 14 consecutive days, San Marcos CISD has voted to approve a waiver that would allow for the extension of remote-only instruction throughout its district for an additional four weeks.

San Marcos CISD survey: More than 60% of students prefer online learning

According to a survey presented to the San Marcos CISD board of trustees, more than 60% of SMCISD students, or 4,175 students, said they would prefer to attend school remotely heading into the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Mexican American and African American studies courses coming to San Marcos CISD

During the Aug. 17 San Marcos CISD board meeting, officials gave a rundown of two new social studies courses that will be offered starting in fall 2020.

San Marcos CISD approves reduced tax rate from previous year

The San Marcos CISD has adopted a tax rate of $1.189 per $100 for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The adoption came during the Aug. 17 SMCISD board of trustees meeting, and the new rate is about $0.125 less than last year’s total rate of $1.313989 per $100.

Brian Rash and Warren Brown contributed to this report.



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