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Even asmore homes are being constructed in Hays County, supply cannot keep upwith demand. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Solar demand increases sharply in2021 ERCOT’s instability fuels interest in alternatives BY WARREN BROWN

SURGE IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY Instability in the Texas power grid in 2021 led to increases in demand for installations of solar panels and battery systems to keep the power on during blackouts or reduce utility dependence. more inquiries and contracts for solar SOURCE: HESOLAR COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 4X and battery systems year over year at Buda-based HESOLAR after February’s winter storm.

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Demand for solar systems qua- drupled as Central Texas residents searched for ways to avoid black outs and calls for reduced power usage from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT. In recent weeks, ERCOT’s calls for reduced power consumption and roll- ing blackouts due to heat waves once again led some residents to examine alternative sources of electricity and methods of independence from the power grid.

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Live music is presented on Friday and Saturday, and brunch is oered on Sunday. 512-667-7266. www.facebook.com/longhorndaiquiris 5 The Mack Lounge opened May 5 at 110 W. San Antonio St., San Marcos. The business oers hot-towel shaves with straight razors and specializes in fades. The Mack Lounge welcomes walk-ins and oers free adult beverages to patrons of legal drinking age. 512-667-6990. www.facebook.com/the-mack-lounge- 105045181734463 6 The Hindquarters Pet Supply is now open at 5040 Hwy. 123, Bldg. 4, San Marcos, and there was a grand opening July 2. Owner Taylor Clee-Charlton has taken more than 300 hours of pet nutri- tional training to assist pet owners with food recommendations based on their animal’s life stage and health. In addition to dry, wet, frozen and freeze-dried food, Hindquarters Pet Supply oers life jackets, collars, leashes, treats, and toys for dogs and cats, some of which are made from recycled or especially durable materials. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is also sold to help reduce stress in animals. Free delivery is oered in Hays County, and shipping is also available. The shop is also working with local shelters and rescues to host adoption events. 512-214-8323. www.thehindquarters.com COMING SOON 7 A new location of Floor King at 2200 I-35, San Marcos, is expected to open July 16. The business has been operating since 1986 and performs installations of several dierent types

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NOWOPEN 1 The Calaboose African American History Museum reopened June 19 at 200 W. Martin Luther King Drive, San Marcos. The museum will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m-3 p.m. and will oer tours for small groups on a limited basis. A home for local African American history and culture, the museum hosts events such as the Eddie Durham Jazz Festival and Juneteenth celebrations as well as rotating exhibits. 512-393-8421. www.calaboosemuseum.org 2 Eye Associates of South Texas opened a new location in early May at

1218 Hwy. 123, San Marcos, where New Braunfels Mattress Co. was previously. The stand-alone oce is operated by board-certied ophthalmologists and optometrists. Dr. Joseph Kavanagh has performed more than 25,000 cataract surgeries. Among its services, Eye Associates of South Texas provides diabetic eye care, diagnostic testing, eyelid and LASIK surgery, and eye exams. 830-379-3937. www.eyeassociatesofsouthtexas.com 3 Jams Music had a soft reopening of its new location in early July and had a grand reopening July 12 at 118 S. LBJ

Drive, San Marcos. Founded in 2018, the guitar shop oers on-site repairs and sells guitar accessories in addition to new and used guitars. The business closed April 23 because its building was put on the market by its owner. www.jamsmusicsmtx.com 4 Longhorn Daiquiris had its grand opening July 10 at 1617 Aquarena Springs Drive, San Marcos. The family- owned shop specializes in frozen alcoholic beverages but also features breakfast tacos, seafood, wings and burgers. The Aquarena Springs location is the business’s second in San Marcos.

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of ooring, including carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, laminate and vinyl. www.oorking.net 8 Simply Mac plans to open a new location in July at 200 Springtown Way, Ste. 11, San Marcos. The company’s Apple-certied technicians, trained by Apple, oer services ranging from screen repairs and Airpod battery replacements to Mac support and Apple Watch repairs. The company also sells preowned Apple products and accepts 9 Rock’s Discount Vitamins-N-More moved in early June from 102 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, to a new location at 110 E. Martin Luther King Drive, San Marcos. The business sells supplements, and oers comprehensive tness and nu- trition plans as well. The store’s oerings include protein powders, pre-workout and recovery supplements, vitamins and weight-loss products, in addition to other health-focused products. 512-667-6576. www.rocksdiscountvitamins.com ANNIVERSARIES 10 Razor & Whiskey Barbershop celebrated its rst anniversary May 29 at 118 W. San Antonio St., San Marcos. The barbershop specializes in traditional and modern haircuts. The barbershop oers a complimentary glass of whiskey when receiving a traditional service that includes hot-towel shaves and beard trims. Wedding and corporate packages are available, and so are eyebrow waxes used devices for store credit. https://store.simplymac.com RELOCATIONS

and black mask facials. 512-214-0859. www.razorandwhiskey.com 11 Sakura Sushi and Steak had its fth anniversary in early June at 117 Meiners St., San Marcos. The restaurant features a full bar, hibachi grills and hot pots, which cater to group outings. Sakura oers nigiri, sashimi and hand rolls as well as bento box lunch specials. The expansive menu at Sakura includes a variety of other popular Asian dishes, such as yakisoba, katsu and tataki. 512-757-8785. www.sakuratx.com 12 Vagabond Vintage Clothes at 320 N. LBJ Dr., San Marcos, will celebrate its 20th year of business in August with an event still being planned. The shop oers a vari- ety of 1990s resale fashion, such as jeans, t-shirts and accessories, as well as cowboy boots and vintage dresses. 512-554-1891. www.instagram.com/vagabond78666/ COMMUNITY 13 CASA of Central Texas at 2725 Hunter Road, San Marcos, is seeking volunteers for its August training courses who become court-appointed special advocates. These volunteers go to bat for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Advocates are assigned one child at a time, which ensures they get the attention they need but means additional volunteers are needed to meet the goal of serving every child in the state’s care. In 2020, the organization served some 600 children, or roughly 54% of the children in its territory. Training courses are held in person and via Zoom. 830-626-2272. www.casacentex.org

Owners Cody Taylor and Harlan Scott will refurbish and reopen Valentino’s Pizza.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Valentino’s Pizza is set to make its return after closing nearly three years ago in November 2018. The San Marcos staple, located on the downtown square at 110 N. LBJ Drive, was in business for nearly 40 years and is expected to reopen under new ownership in late 2021. Cody Taylor and Harlan Scott, the minds behind nearby restaurant Industry, have big plans for the space. The shop, which was in a state of disrepair, will look quite dierent when it reopens. Construction of a full bar is planned for the main dining area, and a wall will be knocked down to give patrons a better view of the kitchen. An additional patio area is planned for the back of the building, where the recipe for the original Valentino’s dough is scrawled on a freezer wall. “We’ll have live music here in the corner, and we’ll have a long booth going all the way down,” Scott said of the patio. “This will be pizza in the front, party in the back.” While the menu will change, they said some favorites will return, and they will be listening for customer feedback. “The beautiful thing is, being

independent operators, we can make changes pretty quickly,” Taylor said. “[Customers] are going to nd things on the menu that they love.” Scott said they contacted former employees, some of whom work at Industry. They also heard from the old Valentino’s customers. “Now that we’ve announced it, people have even been more forthcoming sharing their stories and memories,” he said. Taylor and Scott said their business will respect the original and respect the square’s existing culture. “Valentino’s, if anything, it was simple,” Scott said. “As long as we keep it simple with simple ingredients and just put out solid decent food, I think people with memories of what Valentino’s was will come back.” www.facebook.com/pizzabeersquare

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of coffee, teas and other beverages are offered, which can be enjoyed in the shop or picked up in the drive-thru. Ad- ditionally, baked goods and other snacks are sold, such as muffins, cookies and personal pies from Texas Pie Co. Canna- bidiol, can also be added to Kyle’s Daily Grind beverages, and cold brew can be purchased by the gallon. 512-268-9901. www.kylesdailygrind.com COMING SOON 4 The first phase of Buda Midway , a 474,000-square-foot industrial devel- opment, broke ground in late June near Main Street and Fire Cracker Drive. Once complete, a second phase will increase the development to some 800,000 square feet. The project is the product of a partnership between United Prop- erties and Pacific Coast Capital Partners. 512-684-3802. www.budamidway.com 5 A P. Terry’s Burger Stand at 18940 I-35, Kyle, is under construction and expected to open later this year. The popular Central Texas burger chain’s new location will feature a two-lane drive- thru and an outdoor dining area, and is known for using all-natural ingredients and never-frozen black Angus beef. In addition to burgers, P. Terry’s also offers fried chicken sandwiches, vegetarian patties, fries, fresh-baked banana bread and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and hand-spun milkshakes. Stores are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late- night meals. www.pterrys.com 6 Tiff’s Treats plans to open a new location in Kyle Town Center later this year at 18840 S. I-35, Kyle. Renowned 2001 21

for its cookie delivery service, the company also offers brownies, cookie truffles and ice cream. Special boxes can be ordered with themes for special occasions, such as birthdays and date nights. Tiff’s Treats began in Austin in 1999 and now has more than 65 stores. www.cookiedelivery.com 7 Valor Public Schools announced a new campus will open in August 2022 at 2355 Windy Hill Road, Kyle. Valor Kyle expects to enroll roughly 1,500 students in grades K-12. The planned campus will initially include 62,000 square feet of classrooms, a gym, lab and art rooms, and a second phase will add a second gym, theater and a second sports field. The school will begin accepting applica- tions Sept. 6, 2021, and the deadline will be Jan. 26, 2022. An enrollment lottery is set for Jan. 27. There are no admissions requirements or tuition. 512-646-4170. www.valorpublicschools.org RELOCATIONS 8 The Austin Texas Martial Arts Center relocated from 102 Creekside Trail, Kyle, to 575 RM 150, Ste. L, Kyle. The dojo, open for 14 years, held a grand reopening July 10. Sifu James Sparks is a fifth-degree black belt, and the school teaches kung fu, krav maga, kickboxing and practical self- defense techniques for kids, teens and adults. 512-902-8948.

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NOWOPEN 1 Club Pilates held a grand opening May 22 at 1245 Main St., Ste. 310, Buda. The studio offers classes for people of any age or fitness level and features a modernized approach to Pilates. 512-523-5079. www.facebook.com/ clubpilatesbuda 2 Ghostletics Gym held a grand opening June 12 at 1220 Satterwhite Road, Ste.

502, Buda. The open warehouse-style gym offers personal training and boot camps with a month-to-month member- ship. Day passes are also available, and owner Kevin Xavier, a sports therapist, is available on-site for cupping and electro- magnetic therapy appointments. 512-312-9997. www.instagram.com/ officialghostleticsgym_atx 3 Kyle’s Daily Grind opened April 22 at 607 W. Center St., Unit A, Kyle. A variety

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COMING SOON 1 Happy Hound Pet Salon is sched- uled to open in early August at 421 Sportsplex Drive, Ste. B, Dripping Springs. General Manager Alan Daves said he originally planned to open the dog-grooming business around Feb- ruary, but weather and construction delays have pushed the opening into the summer. In addition to grooming services, the location will feature a storefront with treats, food, toys, CBD oil for pain relief and more. A website has not yet been set up. 512-587-6297 REGIONAL IMPACTS

EXPANSIONS 2 Dreamland , the outdoor enter- tainment, arts and recreation venue located at 2770 W. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, added a disc golf course in late June. The new outdoor activity adds to Dreamland’s existing offerings of mini- golf, pickleball, live music, art, and food and bar service. The 18-hole disc golf course winds through 2 miles of play. Holes range between par 3 and par 5, and the course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. A beverage cart is located on the course. 512-827-1279. www.dreamlanddstx.com

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SCHOOL NOTES 11 On June 9, Hays CISD broke ground on the $38.49 million Sunfield Elemen- tary School near the intersection of Fire Cracker and Aura drives in Buda at an event attended by district leaders and community stakeholders. The district’s documentation estimates completion in time for the fall 2022 semester, and Bart- lett-Cocke is the builder. Once complete, the new school will have the capacity to serve as many as 900 students. The average classroom size for pre-K through first grade is expected to be 19, and second- through fifth-grade classrooms are expected to have an average of 28 students. Sunfield Elementary School’s design features six collaboration spaces and seven teacher planning rooms. www.hayscisd.net

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LIVEMUSIC BUCK’S BACKYARD 1750 FM 1626, Buda 512-312-9456 www.bucksbackyard.com JULY 17 Pop Punk’s Not Dead Fest featuring Bowling For Soup 23 Law by the Gun 24 Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers CHEATHAMST. WAREHOUSE 119 Cheatham St., San Marcos 512-353-3777 www.cheathamstreet.com JULY 17 Matt Castillo 23 Casey Daniels Band 24 Dallas Burrow 30 Austin Meade with The Cole Trains 31 Peace Pipe Prophets AUGUST 05 Terry McBride 06 Tyler McCollum THEMARC 120 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos 512-757-5443 www.themarcsm.com JULY 16 ARMNHMR 23 William Black AUGUST

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The San Marcos River Rangers oer training through the Texas Stream Team program that leads a team of volunteer citizen scientists who monitor water quality across the state and educate the public about pollution. Participants learn about monitoring procedures and how testing helps to improve water quality. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (registration required). San Marcos River. 512-395-7558. www.meadowscenter.txstate.edu/leadership/ texasstreamteam.html (Courtesy San Marcos River Rangers)

Once per month, Ellen Gonzalez, a registered trauma-sensitive yoga teacher, leads a two-hour, all-levels session with tea, journaling, sound wave healing, nature meditation, mindful movement and yoga, all inside Samadhi Yoga Retreat’s three- story cedar pyramid on its 30-acre nature preserve. The event is subject to cancellation if at least four people do not sign up. 10 a.m.-noon. $49.37. Samadhi Yoga Retreat, 1830 Camino Alto, San Marcos. www.samadhiyogaretreat.com (Courtesy Samadhi Yoga Retreat)

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and the Texas State University Stelos Scholars present an event to promote biking with free pedicab rides around downtown, raes and student presentations on transit solutions. The event will culminate with a screening of the award-winning 2019 documentary “Motherload,” which tells the story of a new mother’s journey to sustainability and connection through a global movement to replace cars with cargo biking. 7 p.m. Free. San Marcos Plaza Park, 210 N. C M Allen Parkway, San Marcos. www.facebook.com/ events/343519783801531 16 & 23 ARTS IN THE PARK Families can pack a picnic and head to the Buda Amphitheater for the city’s last two events for the summer Arts in the Park series. On July 16, classic rock cover band LC Rocks performs. On July 23, high school football drama “Remember the Titans” will be shown on the big screen. 7 p.m. (July 16), 8:45 p.m. (July 23). Buda Amphitheater & City Park, 204 San Antonio St., Buda. 512-523-1081. www.budaamphitheater.com/ arts-in-the-park

MOVIES AT THE LAKE The Kyle Parks and Recreation Department hosts a free, family-friendly summer movie series with “Minions” on July 23 and “Croods: A New Age” on Aug. 13. Movie showing begins at sundown. Free. Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W. Center St., Kyle (July 23); Lake Kyle, 700 Lehman Road, Kyle (Aug. 13). 512-262-3939. www.cityoyle.com/ recreation/movies-lake AUGUST 07 AUCTION FOR HAYS CALDWELLWOMEN’S CENTER The 37th annual live and silent auction honors Marla Johnson, the departing executive director of 28 years, as well as raises funds for the nonprot. The silent auction opens online Aug. 2 and closes during the live event, which includes dinner and games. 6-10 p.m. $40-$50. Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center & Spa, 1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos. 512-396-3404. www.hcwc.org/ event/2021-annual-hcwc-auction

SANMARCOS SUMMER IN THE PARK Launched by the San Marcos Performing Arts Association in 1987, the San Marcos Summer in the Park live music series continues on Thursdays through Aug. 12. Upcoming performances include Bob Livingston, Del Castillo, Dale Watson, Je Plankenhorn, and Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. The series is held at Plaza Park where attendees can sit by the San Marcos River. 7:30 p.m. Free. 201 N. CM Allen Parkway, San Marcos. 512-393-8400. www.summerintheparksm.org 15 OPENMIC POETRY E.D. Watson, a poet and San Marcos Public Library sta member, is hosting an open mic event for the public to share poetry in the library’s courtyard on the third Thursday of each month. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-393-8200. www.sanmarcostx.gov 16 ‘MOTHERLOAD’ FILMSCREENING MoveSM, Keep San Marcos Beautiful

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES TxDOT breaks ground on FM 2001 project On June 16, the Texas Department

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of Transportation held a ground- breaking ceremony for its FM 2001 realignment project in Buda. A newmultimodal roadway from the intersection of Sunbright Boule- vard and White Wing Trail to the Sun- eld Development will connect FM 2001 north of Firecracker Drive to FM 2001 north of Satterwhite Road. The new roadway is intended to improve safety and eliminate FM 2001’s sharp curves between Old Goforth Road and Satterwhite Road. It is the rst of three projects related to the realignment of FM 2001, spanning a total of nearly 9 miles, and will widen and realign the existing two-lane roadway into a four-lane, divided highway with shoulders, according to TxDOT. The project will also add 5-foot-wide bike lanes and 6-foot-wide sidewalks to each side of FM 2001. “This project not only adds additional capacity with the extra lanes to keep up with the population growth and the trac increase we’re seeing in the Buda area, but [it] also

Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones speaks during the FM 2001 groundbreaking event.

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Guadalupe Street Improvements The city is adding a bike lane with signals from University Drive to Grove Street. The project includes new side- walks, landscaping and lighting from Martin Luther King Drive to the Union Pacic railroad tracks. Construction impact is expected to be minimal. Timeline: March-August Cost: $976,468 Funding source: city of San Marcos

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“Hays County has had too many accidents that have taken lives or injured residents severely,” Zweiner said during the event. Jones said the road was built with its curves due to there being less trac when it was designed, when the county’s population was 30,000- 40,000 residents. “When [FM] 2001 was rst built, it had to go around the Dacy Dairy [Farm] and it had to make sure you hit the Goforth General Store,” he said, pointing out possible reasons for the road’s original design.

eliminate[s] those sharp curves that we see on FM 2001 today,” TxDOT Austin District Engineer Tucker Ferguson said. State Rep. Erin Zweiner and Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones also spoke about the impact of the 1-mile phase, which will cost roughly $6 million. Work is expected to be completed in fall 2022. The sharp curves on the existing roadway are a hazard for drivers, and Buda Mayor Lee Urbanovsky noted there were two accidents in that section of FM 2001 in early June.

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Uhland Road improvements Work continues on a stormwater system, and road construction began in June. The four-phase project includes a full reconstruction of County Road and Uhland Road between I-35 and south of Aquarena Springs Drive. Uhland will also be expanded. Timeline: March 2021-fall 2022 Cost: $8.3 million Funding source: community develop- ment block grant, city of San Marcos ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF JUNE 22. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT SBKNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.

City of Kylemakes headway on 3 road projects During a June 15 City Council meeting, Kyle City Engineer Leon Barba provided updates on a number of road projects. He told council members the improved access to Burleson from side streets, improved sight distances and reduced trac through the use of a cul-de-sac. The roadway’s ditches were pre-

The north half of the road is under construction, with trac routed onto the south half, but is expected to be complete in mid-July. It is the third of ve phases asso- ciated with the project, and trac will shift to the northern half in the fourth phase to allow for sidewalk, curb and gutter placements as well as the addition of more asphalt mats. According to Barba, the rst layer of paving on Old Post Road was completed June 11. Completion of the project is expected in November.

roughly $11 million North Burleson Street improvements project was nearing completion and was expected to be nished in July or August. Some of the project’s features include a new storm system designed to handle ve-year storm events,

viously rated as being able to handle two-year storm events, which have a 50% chance of occurring in a given year, according to the city. Barba also updated City Council on the Windy Hill Drainage project, which he said was 65% complete.

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DEVELOPMENT Homebuilder enters La Cima in SanMarcosmarket with60 lots

BY WARREN BROWN

homes do not require them. “We started out with a fairly nice base level feature set, so even if you didn’t want to upgrade you certainly don’t have to,” she said. “We have dierent options for folks that want dierent things like double ovens and that sort of thing.” Taylor Morrison’s homes will come equipped with gas appliances and open-concept oor plans. They also feature the company’s LiveWell suite of features focused on provid- ing clean water and air, while also reducing harmful chemicals. A few days after the company announced its presence on June 24, Whitaker said several homes had sold. According to the builder’s web- site, 14 homes were sold by July 1. “This is one of the fastest growing sub markets around ... it’s moving faster than most of us can keep up with on a daily basis,” Whitaker said.

One of the largest homebuilders in America, Taylor Morrison, moved into La Cima in June to begin developing 60 luxury homes, although that number has the potential to increase. “If that opportunity comes, I know we will certainly take advantage of that potential for sure,” Austin Divi- sion President April Whitaker said. “[We] just put in a brand new model park, so the notion would be that yes, we are in there for a long term but we are not contracted for that just yet.” Taylor Morrison, which also builds homes in Buda’s Suneld develop- ment, will build one- and two-story homes ranging from 1,670 to 3,700 square feet and will start at roughly $416,000. The largest design will begin at roughly $529,000. While there are options for addi- tional features in Taylor Morrison homes, for a price, Whitaker said

NEWHOMEBUILDER Homebuilder Taylor Morrison recently began producing homes in San Marcos’ 2,400-acre La Cima development.

Homes will have dierent design options. (Courtesy Taylor Morrison)

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The growing population of La Cima, which is becoming so large as to war- rant a new San Marcos re station built next door, will send its children to San Marcos CISD, whichWhitaker notes as one of the developments perks. La Cima’s other attractions include trails, open space and parkland,

playscapes, and a junior Olympic swimming pool. Highland Homes, Coventry Homes, Bungton Homes and Perry Homes are also building in the sprawling La Cima, which covers 2,400 acres. Homes in the development begin in the low $300,000s.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Hays & San Marcos CISDs

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Hays CISD Meets on Mondays twice per month at 5:30 p.m. at Historic Buda Elementary Campus, 300 N. San Marcos St., Buda 512-268-2141 • www.hayscisd.net San Marcos CISD Meets on the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos 512-393-6700 • www.smcisd.net MEETINGSWE COVER DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS HAYS CISD On June 21, Hays CISD’s board of trustees voted unanimously in favor of several new hires. Fernando Medina was selected as the district’s new chief human resources ocer. Stephanie Norris was hired as the district’s new director of federal programs, and Maritza Gonzalez became the new director of guidance, college and career readiness. SANMARCOS CISD The district announced June 21 two new sta hires. Terrence Sanders will be the new assistant superintendent and comes from Kansas City, Kansas, public schools district. He also worked for Houston ISD as an assistant superintendent. Saumnya Lewis will serve as the new Miller Middle School principal. She comes from Manor ISD and previously worked as the special education coordinator. NUMBER TOKNOW $46,608,524 was approved by Hays CISD’s board of trustees as the maximum price it would pay for renovations at four campuses: Barton Middle School, Dahlstrom Middle School, McCormick Middle School and Elm Grove Elementary School. An additional $2.13 million will be spent to replace ooring at seven other campuses.

Hays CISDboard sets FY 202122 budget; most employees receivewage increase

SOURCING THE BUDGET Hays CISD’s budget is funded through four main revenue sources, with the largest chunk provided through property tax revenues.

Budget includes minimumwage hike SANMARCOS CISD The board of trustees voted 6-1 to approve a $85.16 million budget for the 2021- 22 school year, an increase of 1% from the previous scal year. District 4 Trustee Kathy Hansen cast the dissenting vote because of the $3.26 million decit. HAYS CISD The board of trustees voted unanimously to approve a $274,745,699 budget with balanced revenues and expenses for the 2021-22 school year. The budget represents a roughly $25.76 million, or 10%, increase from the $249.99 million budget approved for the 2020-21 school year. An estimated tax rate of $1.3724 per $100 property value was set by the board of trustees during the same vote, and the Texas Educa- tion Agency will provide an exact certied values by the end of July, with nalized tax rates following James Barton, assistant superin- tendent for business and campus support, said he is hopeful the district will have a surplus by the end of the scal year. A 3% pay raise was approved for professional sta, and the district’s minimum wage was increased to $15 per hour. SMCISD posted a preliminary tax rate of $1.1899 per $100

Local $163.98M State $95.59M Federal $10.45M General Fund $4.72M

within a couple of weeks, according to district documents. If the tax rate remains the same as the projection, it would equate to a tax bill of $1,372 per $100,000 property valuation. HCISD is expected to receive an allotment of $4.9 million due to the fast growth rate the district experienced over the previous three years. Enrollment is projected to grow by 6% in the upcoming school year, with 21,486 students expected in the district. An additional boon to funding came after an error in enrollment

Total budget $274.75M

SOURCE: HAYS CISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Trusteesmove on withMay 2022 bond HAYS CISD The board of trustees voted unanimously June 28 to start preparing a bond package for a May 2022 election. The bond is likely to include at least one proposition from the May 2021 bond referendum related to a central administration building voters did not approve. A lack of time to communicate with voters was cited as a reason not to call the next bond referendum for this November. “I’m not in favor of a November bond election, just because we don’t have enough time to really spend with the committee to create something—a proposition—[and] do enough public hearings,” trustee Willie Tenorio said. expectations was discovered. Most district personnel received a 4% pay bump in the new budget, and custodial, paraprofessionals and child nutrition employees saw a wage hike to $14 per hour.

Tax rates imposed by San Marcos CISD are expected to drop, according to projections. PROPERTY VALUE PROJECTED PROPERTY TAX PROJECTED TAXRATE

$1,189.90 $1,784.85 $2,379.80 $2,974.75 $3,569.70 $4,164.65 $4,759.60

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property valuation, or $1,189.90 for every $100,000 in valuation. Barton said the rate is expected to go down once the state sends certied property values.

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