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September 8th, 2008
Hays CISD news briefs – 09/08/08

Bilingual enrollment surges

Enrollment of students in Hays CISD bilingual programs has surged nearly 19 percent from last year, to 909 students. The bilingual numbers represent 15 percent of total enrollment growth.

“The district has experienced higher than expected growth at Science Hall Elementary School (SHES) and within the bilingual program at several schools,” said Carter Scherff, Hays CISD Deputy Superintendent. Three bilingual teaching positions have been added to address this growth and to provide room for growth the remainder of the year.

To address the pockets of growth, the following decisions were made:

o English speaking students in the SHES attendance zone who enroll in grades at or near capacity will attend Tom Green Elementary School (TGES), with transportation provided.
o Bilingual students in the SHES attendance zone who enroll in grades at or near capacity will attend Blanco Vista Elementary School, with transportation provided.
o Siblings of these students will have the opportunity to move to the “cap” schools.

Total district enrollment is 13,812, an increase of 923 students over last year. Hays High School is the largest campus, with 1,854 students, while Lehman High School has 1,625 students. The largest elementary school is Hemphill Elementary-one of the district’s two campuses with Pre-K students-with 921 students. Currently, 414 Pre-K students are enrolled at Hemphill and Green elementary schools. Dahlstrom Middle School is the largest middle school, with 807 students, though Chapa Middle School is close, with 792 students.

Nominations sought for name of fifth middle school

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees is seeking nominations from the community for the name of the district’s fifth middle school. The school, located on Highway 150 East, west of Hemphill Elementary School, is under construction and expected to open for the 2009-10 school year.

New facilities are named after the area or subdivision in which they are located, historical schools, or after individuals who have made significant contributions to the educational program of Hays CISD or to the local community in general.

Nominations may be submitted in writing to Hays CISD by mail, 21003 Interstate 35 in Kyle, fax: 512.268.7121 or by email: Nomination forms are available at the Central Administration Office and may be downloaded from the district’s web site: Deadline is Oct. 17.

Chief Information Officer – Hays CISD

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