The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved the hiring of nearly 100 new teachers plus six administrators to start the 2008-09 school year. The action was indicative of summer hiring activity as nearly 200 new employees are expected to attend the annual New Teacher Orientation on Tuesday morning.
The School Board certified the $3.25 billion tax roll for fiscal 2008, which reflects an increase of 14.3 percent over fiscal 2007. This tax base means that each penny on the tax rate draws $325,709. The Board also set a maximum tax rate of $1.4613, which reflects no change from the current tax rate.
“We passed our bond issue, yet our tax rate will stay the same, as we proposed to the public,” said Chip DuPont, President of the School Board. “We’re turning agriculture-exempt fields into businesses and houses and finally getting the opportunity to use that growth to build schools.”
State law restricts school boards from raising the tax rate without approval of voters, DuPont said.
“Unless there is an election called to vote on a proposed increase in the M&O (maintenance and operations) tax rate, there is no way for that to happen,” he said. “In the future we will have to ask the public for the opportunity to raise that tax rate.”
A public hearing on the $132.5 million budget and tax rate is scheduled for August 28 at 6:15 p.m., at the Central Administration Office. At the meeting following the public hearing, the Board will vote on the budget and set the tax rate. The tax rate recommendation will reflect no increase, Scherff said.
On Monday, the School Board approved two budget amendments totaling $2.5 million, which includes $200,000 for fuel until August 31, and $2.3 million for a service reward to all employees with at least one year of service to the District, which was approved by the Board in May.
“When you have 125 buses with 65 to 70 gallons per bus at $4 per gallon, it adds up a lot faster than it used to,” said Deputy Superintendent Carter Scherff. The budget for fuel has been increased by $500,000 for next year, he said.
The School Board unanimously agreed to interview the superintendent search firm of School Executive Consulting Inc., of Dallas, prior to the August 28 meeting. Dr. Kirk London, Superintendent of Hays CISD, announced his retirement at the June School Board meeting. This action is the first step in finding his replacement.
New hires include:
o Laura Sanchez Fowler for Director of Professional Development. Ms. Fowler’s most recent position is program analyst with Austin ISD and adjunct lecturer at Texas State University. She earned a doctorate at University of North Texas
o Kevin Malandruccolo as assistant principal of Wallace Middle School (WMS). He has worked for WMS since 2005, including serving as science department chairman and athletic coordinator, and is earning a master’s degree at Texas State University.
o Robert Hensarling as assistant principal of Hays High School. He has been an assistant principal of Seguin High School since 2005 and earned a master’s degree from Concordia University.
o Teri Eubank as academic dean at Hays High School. She has been the academic dean at Manor High School since 2005 and earned a master’s degree from University of Texas at San Antonio.
o Lisa Baum as Elementary Science Coordinator. She has been a science teacher at Tom Green Elementary School since 2006 and is working on her doctorate at Walden University.
o Kathy Faulks as assistant principal of Elm Grove Elementary School. She has worked for Hays CISD since 2005, including Buda Elementary and Elm Grove Elementary, and earned a master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
By JULIE JEROME
Chief Information Officer – Hays CISD