Hays CISD budgets $38 million for new Buda elementary

By Megan Wehring

HAYS CISD — A new elementary school in Buda’s Sunfield development is scheduled to open in August 2022.

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a total budget of $38.48 million for construction with contractor Bartlett-Cocke. The school is expected to serve as many as 900 students with the average classroom size at 19 for pre-K through first grade and 28 for second through fifth grade classrooms.

Sunfield Elementary School vs. Uhland Elementary School (Screenshot from Hays CISD document)

Teachers can expect to see more planning rooms, staff restrooms, collaboration and life skills space at Sunfield Elementary compared to Uhland. The new school may have a smaller gym but it is projected to have a slightly larger library and dining areas, as well as a significantly larger administration space.


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Megan Navarro (Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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