SMCISD officials approve new zones to help with growth


New attendance zones will go into effect this fall for six elementary schools and two middle schools in San Marcos.

The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved new attendance zones March 30 at a meeting.

Lolly Guerra, assistant superintendent of human resources, said the need to redraw the zones presented itself when Bowie Elementary and Travis Elementary reached capacity this year.

SMCISD approves live streaming board meetings, postpones televising


A resolution to start live streaming the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District’s board meetings was approved at the Feb. 16 session.

Officials plan to start live streaming on the Internet by next month’s meeting. Research will be conducted in the meantime to determine the cost of moving the broadcast to television.

Greg Hubenak, director of technology for SMCISD, presented research that gave insight into the cost of streaming services. His analysis detailed the financial cost of buying equipment, sustaining it and hiring personnel.

Lupe Costilla, board member, thought the board spent enough time deciding how to proceed.

Community outreach program may be at risk as city expands


The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District board held an executive session during the Jan. 26 meeting to discuss the possibility of selling 2.5 acres of land the current administration building sits on.

The property will be surveyed and appraised to better understand the land’s value. A decision will be made at a later meeting. No one has determined what will happen to Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (El Centro), a non-profit organization currently leasing the building adjacent to the SMCISD administration building.

El Centro is a “community beacon for the preservation, development, promotion and celebration of the Hispanic arts, culture, heritage and values,” according to the organization’s website.

SMCISD school board considers televising future meetings


San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District board members voted unanimously Jan. 26 to analyze the cost to begin televising monthly meetings. 

The board previously voted four to three against televising the meetings in 2013 after a recommendation from Mark Eads, SMCISD superintendent. Eads’ recommendation stated the board should address current policy issues before revisiting the possibility of televised meetings. 

The board’s initial worry was finding enough money to televise the meetings. Councilman John Thomaides, Place 3, said he reached out to the board to help alleviate costs as a member of Open San Marcos, an organization advocating for transparency in city government.

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