San Marcos - Buda - Kyle Edition | June 2022


News from Hays CISD, San Marcos CISD & Texas State University



District decides on early release positions, stipends

Hays CISD Meets June 20, 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Buda Elementary Campus, 300 San Marcos St., Buda 512-268-2141 • San Marcos CISD Meets June 20 at 6 p.m. at San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos 512-393-6700 • MEETINGS WE COVER DISTRICT HIGHLIGHT SAN MARCOS CISD The board of trustees voted May 16 to raise teacher salaries and that of other professional employees by 3% for the upcoming 2022-23 school year along with a 5.26% raise for other hourly sta. The board also approved a $3,000 teacher retention incentive payment. “WE’LL PROBABLY VOTE ‘YES’ ON EVERYTHING, EXCEPT THERE NEEDS TO BE CLARITY. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO TO OUR COMMUNITY; AND WE NEED TO BE AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE.” ESPERANZA OROSCO, HAYS CISD TRUSTEE, REGARDING POSTPONING A VOTE FOR SOME POSITIONS THE TAXPAYER; WE ARE RESPONSIBLE NUMBER TO KNOW to increase the starting pay for bus drivers to $20 per hour from $17.35 per hour for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. $20 The Hays CISD board of trustees voted May 23

HAYS CISD At a meeting May 23, the Hays CISD board of trustees approved the early release of new jobs and stipends for the 2022-23 school year ahead of the scheduled annual budgeting process set to begin in June. The board approved the addition of color guard teachers, middle school assistant principals, districtwide security monitors and more, while positions such as data program- mer and human resources coordinator were postponed until the budgeting sessions for further discussion. The early release of these positions will make them avail- able sooner than if they were postponed until the budgeting sessions, at which point they would not be made available until late June or early July, according to agenda documents. The “advanced approval,” coupled with the board’s recent decision to approve a 7% cost-of-living adjustment for all employees, are the district’s attempts to address stang shortages. Trustee Esperanza Orosco assured the board that the remaining positions that were not approved at the May 23 meeting will be brought back for further discussion.


While only a handful of the positions were approved for early release, the rest will still be up for consideration at a later date.



2 gifted/talented instructional coaches 3 color guard teachers and 3 $5,000 stipends 6 middle school assistant principals 3 instructional aides 1 security monitor districtwide 1 security monitor districtwide*

1 human resources coordinator 1 safety and security coordinator 1 maintenance and operations receptionist 1 heating, ventilation, air conditioning tech 1 plumber

2 groundskeepers 1 data programmer 1 network engineer



Texas State University joins equity initiative TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY Austin Community College announced April 28 that it was selected to join the Transfer Student Success and Equity Initiative along with Texas State University. The initiative is designed to bring together community colleges and four-year institutions to implement policies and best practices to ensure equitable access. The one-year initia- tive consists of monthly sessions that are designed to support the partner- ship, and a workshop series provides support aimed at “accelerating transfer reform” over the year.

Austin ISD principal selected as new principal of Hays HS HAYS CISD At a meeting May 23, Hays CISD Superintendent Eric Wright announced Kristina Salazar will be taking over as Hays High School principal for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. This comes about a month after Wright announced Hays High School Principal David Pierce was promoted to become the district’s academic ocer. Salazar served as the principal of W. Charles Atkins Early College High School in Austin ISD and

served at various school districts throughout the state. She has worked in edu- cation for more than 20 years, and her roles have progressed

Kristina Salazar

in leadership from instructional coach and department chair to assistant principal, academy director and principal. “As a leader, I aspire to create an educational culture of collabora- tive learning and teamwork. As a Hays CISD community member, I am honored and blessed to be able to serve this distinguished commu- nity in this capacity,” Salazar said.



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