Clayton Kelley

San Marcos CISD superintendent makes a 'surprising' resignation

San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District will no longer be under the direction and supervision of Mark Eads after he held four years as the district’s superintendent.

Now the former Superintendent, Eads sent out a statement on Sept. 11 to the Board of Trustees and faculty at San Marcos CISD stating he will be stepping down. Eads’ resignation will be effective Jan. 31 of next year.

Kathy Hansen, active school board president of San Marcos CISD, said Eads stepped down to spend more time with his family, and because the job became too taxing.

“I am so proud to have had the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful organization and to have developed relationships that will continue,” Eads said.

San Marcos CISD superintendent makes a 'surprising' resignation

San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District will no longer be under the direction and supervision of Mark Eads after he held four years as the district’s superintendent.

Now the former Superintendent, Eads sent out a statement on Sept. 11 to the Board of Trustees and faculty at San Marcos CISD stating he will be stepping down. Eads’ resignation will be effective Jan. 31 of next year.

Kathy Hansen, active school board president of San Marcos CISD, said Eads stepped down to spend more time with his family, and because the job became too taxing.

“I am so proud to have had the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful organization and to have developed relationships that will continue,” Eads said.

Utility fee ordinance for city beautification under review

A proposal to implement an additional utility fee for citizens and business owners was made at the Sept. 1 city council meeting.

Amy Kirwin, coordinator for Keep San Marcos Beautiful, said the money collected through the fee would provide extra funding for environmental projects.

“Keep San Marcos Beautiful is a great program which helps manage environmentally friendly projects and helps coordinate countless cleanup initiatives in the city of San Marcos,” Kirwin said.

If approved by city council, the additional charge would be enforced starting next January. 

Kirwin said businesses would be required to pay $5 toward the bill while residents would only be charged $1 if the utility fee was implemented.

University Camp enters stage of rehabilitation after losing $10,000 in revenue

The University Camp’s staff is beginning to rebuild the recreational site after it sustained severe damages during the historic Memorial Day weekend flood.

The campground, located along the banks of the Blanco River in Wimberley, lost approximately $10,000 to $12,000 in revenue after they reimbursed clients who booked space over the summer.

The summer is University Camp’s biggest season, said Anthony Deringer, former coordinator of Outdoor Recreation.

“We had to reimburse people’s user fees for the rest of the summer,” said John Johnson, assistant director of campus recreation.

Among the organizations being reimbursed was the Aquatic Science Camp at Texas State.

SAT entrance exam to be redesigned to future scholars

High school students looking to pursue a college degree will now have the option to take the redesigned SAT exam when it makes its debut this spring. 

According to College Board, the revised test will return to a 1600-point scale for scoring and will include some major changes.

“The redesigned SAT is more focused, useful and clear for students, parents and educators than ever before,” said Katherine Levin, media representative of College Board.

College Board officials collected feedback from educators and students about the SAT when they were considering what changes to make, Levin said. College Board made changes to the exam after careful examination of what students need to know about reading, writing and mathematics.

Community organizations take action against Float Fest river pollution

Float Fest is quickly approaching and some city officials are concerned about the environmental impact the event may have on the San Marcos River.

The live music festival is set to happen Aug. 28-30, giving those who attend an option to float the river during performances. Festivalgoers can also camp on event grounds over night.

“Float Fest is a wonderful concept, a great way for our community to come together and float down our beautiful river and enjoy good music and company,” said Meredith Miller, senior programming coordinator at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.

Miller said she feels Float Fest organizers did a poor job of minimizing environmental issues that accompanied the festival last year.

Blue Bell makes anticipated return in east Texas counties

Three months into the Blue Bell drought, the household creamery is expected to return to frozen food shelves by Aug. 31 in Austin and surrounding areas.

The ice cream company had to recall all of their products due to a listeria outbreak back in April. Joe Robertson, spokesman for Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, Texas, said shipment has already begun from the Sylacauge, Alabama factory.

“We are starting small,” Robertson said. “Blue Bell plans to ship ice cream to a limited number of markets. We only have one production facility up and running in Alabama, inventory is very limited and this in turn limits where we can distribute the product.”

ALERRT forms new relationship with ESPADA

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) center is pairing up with ESPADA to expand the active shooter training program to the civilian sector.

ESPADA is an organization that works to bring active shooter training to the public, said Jim Jorrie, CEO of ESPADA.

“When we started doing research on active shooter events, we found that most of these events were over before the police arrived because the civilians at the attack site took effective action to defend themselves and others around them,” said Pete Blair, executive director of ALERRT.

Meadows Center partners with REI Outdoor School to offer paddle boarding

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is teaming up with the REI Outdoor School to provide recreational outlets at Spring Lake.  

The Meadows Center offers limited access to the lake through water activities such as scuba diving and glass-bottom boat tours. As a result of the partnership with REI Outdoor School, the Meadows Center now offers paddle boarding. 

“This new and exciting paddle program is a really unique way to get up, close and personal with a natural resource that is otherwise protected,” said Shane Townsend, senior program advisor at the Meadows Center.

University Camp closed until further notice

University Camp is temporarily closed due to damage sustained during extreme flooding over Memorial Day weekend in Hays County. 

University officials said the 126-acre recreational campsite located along the Blanco River in Wimberley sustained damages and will be closed until further notice.  Professional staff will assess the area so the camp can reopen, said Daniel Vasquez, associate director of campus recreation.

Anthony Deringer, coordinator of outdoor recreation, said 30 people trapped at the campsite were moved to a “safer” lodge located on higher ground during Memorial Day weekend.

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