Hays ICAD Board to Vote on Academic Calendars, Hiring Incentives and Call May Elections Jan. 31

The Hays CISD meeting will be held January 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Buda Elementary Campus, 300 N. San Marcos St., Buda. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Journal).

The Hays CISD board is expected to vote on the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic calendars at a regular meeting on January 31.

A 90% approval rating was achieved through a survey of more than 2,700 students, parents, staff and community members, according to the agenda documents.

The school year will begin on August 15, 2022 and end on May 25, 2023.

February 17 and April 10, 2023 will be set aside as weather catch-up days, which means that students will not have school unless otherwise specified.

The following school year will begin on August 14, 2023 and end on May 23, 2024.

February 16 and April 1, 2024 will be set aside as weather catch-up days, which means that students will not have school unless otherwise specified.

The 2022-23 academic calendar spring break aligns with the University of Texas vacation, while the 2023-24 UT calendar has yet to be released. If the HCISD 2023-24 break does not match the UT break, the board may modify the schedule accordingly.

hiring incentive

Due to staffing shortages, the board will also vote to implement early hiring practices and to offer a hiring incentive of $1,500 to candidates who are hired and serve high-needs areas.

“Universities and teacher education programs have indicated that they have less interest in the teaching profession and that districts should anticipate higher than normal staffing shortages in the future,” the document states.

The high-need content areas identified by HCISD are Bilingual, Special Education, Dyslexia, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Certified School Psychologist positions.

Additionally, teacher hiring and retention is most needed at Camino Real, Uhland, Hemphill, Simon Middle, and Lehman Elementary Schools.

If approved, new and returning teachers in the district will receive the incentive.

May election

The board will also take action on whether to formally call a bond election, which involves four projects totaling $115.65 million, previously reported by Community Impact Journal.

the The board meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Buda Campus, 300 San Marcos Street, Buda.

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