Northeast San Antonio Metrocom Edition - May 2022

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Judson, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City & Comal ISDs

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Will meet May 17 at 6 p.m. 1060 Elbel Road, Schertz 210-945-6200. www.scuc.txed.net/scucisd Judson ISD Will meet May 19 at 6 p.m. 8205 Palisades Drive, Live Oak 210-945-5100. www.judsonisd.org Comal ISD Will meet May 19 at 6 p.m. 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels 830-221-2000. www.comalisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER Orchestra, which will perform in February at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio. COMAL ISD On Feb. 24, the Comal ISD board of trustees approved a request made by district sta to begin the hiring process of approximately 65 campus-level teaching positions for the 2022-23 school year. DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS JUDSON ISD During the April 21 board of trustees meeting, district sta gave a presentation on blended learning blueprints for Park Village Elementary and Metzger Middle School. This plan combines online learning, small-group learning, independent learning and peer- to-peer learning to give students and teachers more approaches. Judson ISD On April 21, the board of trustees appointed Shearil Hall as the new principal of Kitty Hawk Middle School and Tanya Rivera- Casares as the principal of Woodlake Elementary School. SCHERTZCIBOLOUNIVERSAL CITY ISD On April 19, the board of trustees named Lee Conn the new principal at Maxine & Lutrell Watts Elementary School. COMAL ISD Ellie Kennedy, a 10th- grade student at Smithson Valley High School, was named this year’s rst chair Violin 1, or concertmaster, for the Texas All-State Symphony

Judson ISD to use charter buses for competition travel

BY JARRETT WHITENER

CHARTER BUS ESTIMATES The total cost of $570,840 covers each of the events that are anticipated to require a charter bus with the majority of that fund directed at sporting events. TOTAL COST: $570,840

JUDSON ISD The board of trustees voted April 21 that the district will hire charter buses for the 2022-23 school year. This discussion arose due to a school realignment under the University Interscholastic League, which determines where schools travel during sporting events. Under this new alignment, those destinations for events are farther away than prior years, resulting in more travel time and strain on district buses. The estimated cost of the charter buses is $570,840, which will be used to oset the burden on bus routes in the district, Superintendent Jeanette Ball said. “This year we have had some diculties in regards to transportation when it comes to taking our students to events,” Ball said. “Because of the routes we run and several other factors, the time that we get out from school, the places we have to take our students to, the situation of not having enough buses and bus drivers, we are trying to be proactive for what will happen in the fall.” According to district sta, the charter bus option will give sta and trustees time to nd a solution to acquire more buses and drivers by the end of next school year. To be able to do all bus routes and sporting events in

Sporting events: $359,779 Fine arts: $136,061

Playos/additional trips: $75,000

SOURCE: JUDSON ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

house, the district will need an estimated 13 additional buses and need to increase the driver pay to be more competitive with other districts. According to Ball, due to supply chain issues and the cost of buses, it will take nearly a year for buses to arrive after being ordered. Trustees approved the expense and will continue to address the transportation issues at a later date.

Comal ISDbond update: 2 newelementary schools slated to begin construction thismonth

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said Crystal Hermesch, executive director of school nance for CISD, during a March 31 board meeting. “There’s been some ground- breaking [and] site clearing that started in the last couple of weeks,” she said. “We’re still on schedule for construction completion in June of [20]23 and school opening in August of [20]23.” Both campuses are slated to open for the 2023-24 school year, Hermesch said.

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COMAL ISD Construction on two new elementary schools is expected to begin in April after building contracts were signed earlier this year, according to CISD. Funding for architectural designs was approved in the district’s 2017 bond and for construction in the 2021 bond. Each Comal ISD school is estimated to cost $35 million and will have capacity for 850 students,

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