Hays CISD calls bond election for May

By Megan Wehring
HAYS CISD — Come May 1, it will be up to voters in the Hays CISD community to decide whether or not to approve a bond package in the range of $238 million.
The May 2020 election was originally postponed per Gov. Greg Abbott’s directives, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Administration recommended the board to declare the bond moot for November 2020, subsequently canceling the election.
The Hays CISD Board of Trustees approved several propositions that will be on the May 2021 ballot.
Proposition A, set at around $147 million, includes expanding the middle schools; $38.48 million for a new elementary school (ES 15); $2.48 million in design fees for a potential elementary school (ES 16) in the future per recommendation from the administration; and other items to accommodate growth in the district.
Proposition B, in the range of $41 million, calls for renovations and rehabilitation of the district’s assets. These include HVAC, fire alarms, roofing, flooring, maintenance and hardscape/civil projects. Twelve shade structures for existing playgrounds are also listed.
The final Propositions C through F include stadium expansions at Johnson High and Lehman High, Lehman baseball and softball renovations, more parking at Shelton Stadium and a new administration building.
Bond election updates and materials will be available for public view online.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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