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News-Dispatch Volume XXXVI No. 49
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Locals arrested for burglary Voters STAFF REPORT
A pair of Dripping Springs men have been arrested after they allegedly stole one vehicle and burglarized several others in a spree that spanned at least two subdivisions Sept. 1. Jimmy Von Tray Evans, 19, of Dripping Springs, was arrested and booked into the
Hays County Jail Sept. 5. Evans was charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Bobby Trevino, 20, of Dripping Springs, was arrested Sept. 6 on a theft of a firearm charge and a felony theft charge. Both men are currently being held in the Hays County Jail.
According to a Hays County Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies responded to the 100 block of Glosson Road in Dripping Springs at 6 a.m. Sept. 1 for a report of a stolen vehicle. At approximately 7 a.m., the stolen vehicle was located in the area of Timberline Drive in
Fruitful weekend at Dripping with Taste
back DSISD tax swap STAFF REPORT
An overwhelming majority of voters approved a proposition that allows Dripping Springs ISD to restructure its tax rate, this according to unofficial results provided to the district by Hays County. According to a DSISD press release, 863 of the 1,076 total early voting and Election Day votes, or 80.2 percent, were in favor of the district’s tax swap initiative.
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Thirsty eventgoers cheer near the Treaty Oak Distilling Co. booth as they raise their glasses for a toast during the 2016 Dripping With Taste Festival on Saturday. Whether trying out a Texas-made wine, or sampling an assortment of gourmet foods, patrons made their way to Dripping Springs Ranch Park for the 9th annual Dripping With Taste Food and Wine Festival, which was sponsored by the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The festival showcased the growing number of local vineyards, breweries, distilleries and gourmet food establishments in the area. The 2016 festival included over 75 vendors.(Browse and buy photos at bartonpublications.smugmug.com.)
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Effluent permit talks continue in Dripping BY MOSES LEOS III
Negotiations will continue between Dripping Springs and a water authority over the city’s draft permit on discharging treated effluent. The continued concerns over the potential discharge of treated effluent stemming from Dripping Springs’ discharge draft permit will lead the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation (BSEACD) to continue negotiations with the entity. The BSEACD board of directors voted unanimously Sept. 8 to continue talks with the city in hopes of resolving issues that have surrounded the draft permit. John Dupnik, BSEACD General Manager, said the district is moving in parallel paths. “On the one hand, we’re preparing to make comments to be considered by (TCEQ) before they take action,” Dupnik said. “But we’re going to continue negotiations with the city.” The BSEACD took up the city’s draft permit, which Dupnik said gave the board a “sense” of what the TCEQ’s preliminary decision could be. Dripping Springs’ draft permit consists of constructing a new wastewater treatment plant facility that would discharge up to 995,000 gallons per day of treated effluent into Walnut Springs, a tributary of Onion Creek. The permit authorizes the city to discharge domestic
“On the one hand, we’re preparing to make comments to be considered by (TCEQ) before they take action ... But we’re going to continue negotiations with the city.” –John Dupnik, BSEACD General Manager
treated wastewater over a series of three phases. The draft permit includes an expiration date of Sept. 1, 2019, which the city requested as part of its ability to add comments to the TCEQ’s draft. The city’s planned facility is a Bardenpho-activated sludge process plant. According to the draft permit, the effluent limitations will “maintain and protect the instream uses” of Walnut Springs. In addition, the TCEQ conducted two antidegradation reviews on designated portions of Onion Creek, which would receive treated effluent. According to the draft permit, a Tier 1 antidegradation review preliminarily determined existing water uses in Onion Creek “will not be impared by this action.” A second tier review preliminarily determined that “no significant degradation
of water quality is expected in Onion Creek,” which has high aquatic life. But the TCEQ draft permit fell “well short” of the conditions the BSEACD helped craft within the Hays Water Control Improvement District No. 1 permit in Belterra, Dupnik said. Concerns were that standards within the draft permit were less stringent than the Belterra permit, Dupnik said. That conditional discharge permit, which was crafted after the result of “meticulous negotiations,” set the bar for what a future discharge permit would look like, Dupnik said. He added the board is planning to work with the city to see if it could offer more in terms of protections to “actually fulfill what it states is its intended purpose, which is to reuse all of its water.” In July, the News-Dispatch reported city officials estimating 35 to 40 percent of the treated effluent would go to reuse. Dupnik said the board must be convinced that the city has the infrastructure and the demand in place for reuse and eliminate any potential risk of discharge. “The Mayor says on many occasions that the effluent is a commodity and is valuable to them and they’d much rather use it than put it in the creek,” Dupnik said. “We agree with that, but we need some assurances that the permit would be structured to make us feel better that there would be a
Gas rate increase possible for area BY MOSES LEOS III
A “major” rate increase proposed by a natural gas company could drastically affect the average monthly bill for nearly 1,500 Hays County residents. The rate increase request, made by Texas Gas Services (TGS), has prompted several area cities to pass resolutions to suspend rate increases for the time being. The cities of Dripping Springs and Kyle joined Austin, Westlake and other local municipalities in enacting rate suspension resolutions as a response to TGS. In June, TGS made an official filing with the Texas Railroad Commission to increase rates for all customers in the Central Texas Service Area, according to an emailed response from Christina Penders, TGS communications manager. The TGS rate case is the company’s first since 2009. The CTSA includes approximately 430 households in Buda and Kyle, and roughly 1,000 homes in Dripping Springs. TGS requested a $4.49 increase for residential customers who live in city limits where TGS provides service. Residential customers in Central Texas outside city limits could see a nearly $11 increase in their monthly bill. Customers in Buda and Kyle could see a 23 percent jump in their monthly bills, while Dripping Springs customers would see their bills rise by 33 percent. Commercial customers in Central Texas would see their monthly bills go down by $3 per month. One of the main reasons for TGS’s
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The hat in the ring is covered in cow manure A s y’all might recall, the last time you heard from me, I was jawing about running for president as a write-in candidate. Well, I officially threw my cowboy hat into the ring. Actually, the wind blew my hat clean off my noggin while I was on my tractor, and it landed smack-dab on a fresh cow patty. Well, if that weren’t appropriate for this current presidential campaign, I don’t know what is. Now, I don’t know diddly-squat about getting my name on the ballot. Some fella two barstools down from me said I need to file. I looked at my neatly chewed fingernails and thought they looked
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just fine. He might’ve been talkin’ about my jagged toenails that do indeed need a good filing, but I can’t figure out how he could see them through dirty bullhide. Now, to get elected as a write-in candidate, I need all y’all to tell folks who know how to read and write to vote for me. Tell ‘em to take a pencil and a sticky note with my name on it, and scribble it on the ballot. If it’s one of them fancy electronic
voting machines, I don’t know where to jot down your write-in candidate. Perhaps you can use a crayon and write on the video screen or carve my name on the voting booth with your pocketknife. I see Donald Trump won’t disclose his tax returns, like he has something to hide. With me being an honest man, well, as honest as a bull-shootin’ son-of-agun true Texan can be, I will be glad to reveal my latest tax returns if I could find ‘em. Usually, I get so riled up doing my tax return and paying even more of my hard-earned money to those bumbling
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Time for us to act
ur Texas Hill Country lifestyle: dark quiet night skies filled with stars, the privacy afforded by having some space between you and your neighbors, less worry about crime and air pollution, and just a slower pace all the way around. These are some of the reasons people have moved here for generations and stayed to raise families, start businesses and hunker down for the long haul. People who move here often do so at the expense of making as much money as one might be able to in the Big City. Folks just decide the trade-off is worth the trouble, or they leave and return to the hustle-bustle of Gotham. These days, I really wonder why the realtors and bankers are still encouraging folks to move to our parched part of the world since, unless we face our water crisis and solve some serious water-related problems very soon, many of these investments will not be worth much. I wish there was more honesty about the serious nature of our current water crisis in the real estate world, but I guess that is the nature of the beast. Build It, They Will Come, Sell It Quick and Run off with the Money Before the Buyer Realizes What They Bought? I sure hope this isn’t how anyone thinks, but if you look at the activity
I was pondering the other day why so many people move to this area when it can be really difficult to find a job out here and when you have to travel pretty far to buy groceries or clothing or just the right hinge for your screen door.
along our local highways, all the signs for the different subdivisions, well, somebody may not be telling their customers the whole story of just where they are trying to talk them into moving. I was pondering the other day why so many people move to this area when it can be really difficult to find a job out here and when you have to travel pretty far to buy groceries or clothing or just the right hinge for your screen door. I was wondering why this land attracts people in ways that the more fertile, water-rich land east of here seems not to and I have not come up with
any universal reasons, but a friend remarked to me that people have done this around here for a long time. The relatively-recent European settlers whose descendants came to dominate this territory thought that this was going to be prime farm and ranch land and yet found they were in a land plagued by alternating droughts and floods, torrid summers, unpredictably chilly winters and then, just when you thought Spring was finally here, along with warmer weather, came hordes of grasshoppers to devour your crops, your rose garden and work your last good nerve. The Texas Hill Country is not exactly The Land of Milk and Honey. People often live in places that are not exactly the smartest places to live, like on the slopes of active volcanoes, near the sea or along rivers that routinely become treacherous. Why do Californians continue to live where they are one mudslide away from being a downhill disaster and why do people rebuild along the Guadalupe, the Blanco or Cypress Creek over and over again, knowing that another devastating flood is only a few years away? Our land is deceptive in some way, luring people to settle where water resources are not reliable
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Theft/Vehicle 9:50 a.m. - 157XX W Fm 150 - Sept. 9
Fraud 8:21 a.m. - Dripping Springs Substation - Sept. 7 Fraud 2:35 p.m. - Dripping Springs Substation - Sept. 7 Narcotics 9:54 a.m. - Dripping Springs High School - Sept. 7 Possession/Dangerous Drug 10:56 a.m. - Dripping Springs High School - Sept. 7 Accident/Major 12:38 p.m. - Pursley Rd W of Mt Gainor Rd - Sept. 8 Assault/Family Violence 8:21 a.m. - Dripping Springs Substation - Sept. 8 Deadly Conduct 8:47 a.m. - 4XX Meyers Creek Rd - Sept. 8 Fraud 11:23 a.m. - 6XX Blue Hills Dr - Sept. 8 Theft 6:20 p.m. - 18XX Spring Valley - Sept. 8 Criminal Trespass 11:31 a.m. - Roy Creek Trl at Hillview Trl - Sept. 10 Sexual Assault/Aggravated 1:23 a.m. - 1XX Glosson Rd - Sept. 10 Assault/Family Violence 9:48 p.m. - 127XX Nutty Brown Rd - Sept. 11 Criminal Mischief 2:24 p.m. - Dripping Springs High School - Sept. 12 Fraud 10:18 a.m. - Dripping Springs Substation - Sept. 12 Illegal Dumping 1:01 p.m. - Malone Diesel Service - Sept. 12 Theft 11:24 p.m. - 1XX Gatlin Creek Rd - Sept. 12
Assault/Family Violence 4:12 p.m. - Vineyard Apartments - Sept. 7 Assault 11:09 p.m. - Cypress Creek Cafe - Sept. 8 Environmental Crime 2:43 p.m. - 5XX High Mesa Dr - Sept. 8 Fraud 9:47 a.m. - Blanco National Bank - Sept. 8 Robbery 8:31 a.m. - 2XX Oak Hts - Sept. 8 Criminal Trespass 10:11 a.m. - 5XX John Knox Rd - Sept. 9 Criminal Trespass 8:28 p.m. - Wimberley Pro Shop - Sept. 9 Theft 8:55 a.m. - Wimberley High School - Sept. 9 Criminal Mischief 11:52 a.m. - 1XX Round Up Dr - Sept. 10 Narcotics 6:54 p.m. - Heb of Wimberley - Sept. 10 Criminal Mischief 10:17 a.m. - 4XX Leveritts Loop - Sept. 11 Criminal Mischief 9:31 a.m. - 2XX Leveritts Loop - Sept. 11 Criminal Trespass 11:11 a.m. - 1XX Roundup Dr - Sept. 11 Assault/Family Violence 7:01 p.m. - Wimberley Substation - Sept. 12
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Lighting ordinance gets an update BY MOSES LEOS III
As lighting technology and regulations continue to change, Dripping Springs city officials look to move along with it. Earlier this month, the Dripping Springs City Council approved amendments to the city’s outdoor lighting ordinance, which was originally passed in 2010. According to city documents, the ordinance, which led the city to become the first International Dark Sky Community in Texas, was last updated in 2011. In order to keep up with technology changes, city staff made amendments to its ordinance. One of the major changes includes the
addition of the backlight, uplight and glare (B-U-G) luminaire classification system within the ordinance. Backlight, according to the ordinance, takes into account the amount of light behind the light structure, while uplight focuses on light above it. Glare extends to light in front of the light source. B-U-G lighting extends to governmental and non-governmental light structures, but does not extend to residences. In order to conform with the ordinance, backlighting for governmental and non-governmental light sources would range from 110 to a maximum of 2,500 zonal lumens. The range is dependent on the mounting height of the fixture from the
Michelle Fischer, Dripping Springs City Manager, said most business owners and residents are supportive of the light ordinance. Once people understand how the ordinance works, Fischer said it’s a “nobrainer” ordinance.
property line. Uplight would be limited from zero to 75 zonal lumens, with glare ranging from 110 to 660 zonal lumens. The city also added several new standards, including requiring non-conforming outdoor lighting for non-residential purposes to be in compliance within a ten-year period. Property
annexed into the city limits would have ten years to comply with the ordinance after the effective annexation date. What hasn’t changed is the maximum lumens allowed for residential, commercial and non-governmental light structures. New light structures must not be greater than 2,500 lumens and must be
Tax Swap: Voters approve swap DSISD TAX SWAP ELECTION
80.2% in favor 19.8% against (863 of 1,076 total early voting and Election Day votes)
students. DSISD’s proposition to restructure the tax rate is a response to the state’s current funding formula. It was done to offset $2 million the district would pay to the state
Gas Rates: Increase possible Continued from pg. 1
proposed increase is not enough revenue is collected from customers for infrastructure improvements, according to Penders. TGS has filed for yearly incremental gas rate increases through the Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program (GRIP), which allows the company to recover funds to replace pipeline and related infrastructure over a fiveyear period. Funds do not go to operation and maintenance for the pipeline or cost of the gas, which is passed to customers, according to Penders. After five years, TGS must file a rate case, which provides them a way to “make comprehensive changes to all customers.” That includes residential, commercial, industrial, transport and public authorities. “As the company has replaced pipe and made safety-related investments, the revenues collected from customers have not been enough to cover the costs related to those important and necessary investments. This is a major factor in the company’s increase of rates,” according to Penders. She added in the email that commercial customer costs were not rising because of a determination and cost causation study, which
found “commercial customers are already paying their share of costs.” Cities are now reviewing the rate request. Penders said in her email that TGS is “working with them to reach an appropriate resolution which balances the needs of our customers and shareholders.” Jerry Hendrix, Kyle chief of staff, said cities are able to review the rate case request for any possible discrepancies on how it’s calculated, which TGS could adjust. He said Kyle joins other area cities in working with a law firm that “handles that review for us,” as it’s a complicated process. But Hendrix said cities are unable to dictate what the rate increase will be. If cities deny the increase, it would place them in a rate case against the entity. “The bad thing about that is if we challenge their rate, we have to pay our own legal expenses to do that, which is expensive,” Hendrix said. He added gas utility companies can pass litigation costs to defend their rate case to rate payers. “There’s nothing a city can do can do with GRIP rate increase, or the rate case itself,” Hendrix said, who later added, “State law supports gas companies on these things. Our hands are tied.”
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erty owners. Property owners and businesses, however, are allowed to voluntarily make changes. “They take a lot of pride in the fact that Dripping Springs has this ordinance and is an International Dark Sky Community and want to support it,” Fischer said. “They want to be part of it, even if they are not in the city limits.” Ginger Faught, Dripping Springs deputy city administrator, said she was surprised by the number of commercial and residential developments in the area including light requirements in their marketing. “They want to make sure they’re a part of the dark skies community,” she said.
Burglary: Locals arrested
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DSISD’s tax “swap” will move 13 cents from one portion of the tax rate to the other, while maintaining the prior year’s total rate of $1.52 per $100 certified property value. The restructure moved 13 cents from the Interest and Sinking (I&S) rate, which is used to repay previously approved bonded debt, to the Maintenance and Operations (M&O rate, which provides funding for all operating expenses to run the district and serve
shielded. Michelle Fischer, Dripping Springs city manager, said the city hasn’t had any issues with people complying with regulation. She said most business owners and residents are supportive of the light ordinance. Once people understand how the ordinance works, Fischer said it’s a “no-brainer” ordinance. The city has also seen a vast majority of businesses in the city’s expansive extra-territorial jurisdiction agree to comply with the city rules. Rules spelled out in the ordinance apply within the city limits. Dripping Springs, however, is not limited to applying rules into the ETJ through agreements with prop-
Continued from pg. 1 as a result of the district being placed back in “recapture” status for the 2016-2017 school year. The recapture system, also known as the “Robin Hood Plan,” is used in Texas to redistribute money from “property-wealthy” school districts to “property poor” school districts. According to the district, the swap alleviates the loss by increasing the amount DSISD has available for M&O expenses, while still meeting debt obligations.
“We appreciate our voters weighing in on the tax swap proposition. The election outcome will allow the district to have sufficient resources to continue serving our students at the high level that our community expects,” Dripping Springs ISD Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing said in a statement. “This solution emphasizes our district’s commitment to be responsible and careful stewards of taxpayers money.”
Dripping Springs. Additionally, several vehicle burglaries that had occurred overnight were reported in the West Cave and Legacy Trails subdivisions. Deputies collected evidence at the scenes, which led detectives to identify the suspects involved in the alleged theft and burglaries, according to the release. Detectives, who were assisted by SWAT, Hays County Joint Narcotics Task Force and Sheriff’s Office personnel, execut-
ed search warrants in the Dripping Springs area Tuesday. Evidence allegedly linking the suspects to the crimes was recovered, along with suspected methamphetamine and marijuana, according to the release. Both suspects have lengthy criminal histories, according to the release. Authorities are continuing to investigate the burglaries and “additional arrests are expected.”
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Tigers sweep Texans for Kane Cup BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ
Ask Drippings Springs Tigers head volleyball coach Michael Kane what the defining moment of Tuesday night’s non-district match was and he’ll chuckle. He’ll chuckle because that singular moment didn’t occur during the Tigers’ straight set win over the Wimberley Texans, coached by his brother, Thomas, which allowed the Tigers to claim the Kane Cup. It happened before the game even started. The turning point, Kane believes, is when the team discussed the current season and what was left in store for a program trying to repeat as 5A state champions. After the pregame conversation, the team jumped out to an early lead in the first set and never looked back. “The kids were excited about taking care of this one,” Kane said.
“The moment was really Springs didn’t flinch. before the match when “We knew they weren’t we established our goals. just gonna lay down,” Our goal is to not lose an- Kane said. “They came other match and to make out swinging a little bit. it to Garland.” I was very Dripping proud of our Springs led for taking “I was very kids the first entire the punches first set, finishso to speak proud of ing with a 25and rolling our kids 13 win. Even with it. We then, Kane didn’t hit the taking the was bracing panic buthimself for a ton.” punches Wimberley The seccomeback. so to speak ond-set conAnd when with a and rolling cluded Wimberley Brianna Morroared to a serve that with it. We row 6-2 lead in was placed the second just inside the didn’t hit set, Kane back line. the panic didn’t have A Wimberto wait long ley defender button.” for Dripping was flat-footSprings to flip ed and out –Michael Kane, the switch and of position, head Tiger regain control watching volleyball coach of the game. helplessly as The Tigers the ball carscored five consecuomed off the court for the tive points to take a 7-6 set-winning point. lead in the second set. “Early on in the year Wimberley showed its teams hit us back,” Kane first real resistance in VOLLEYBALL, 8 the match and Dripping
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Dripping Springs’ senior Alex Smith (L) and Hayley Waggle, a junior, both go for the ball at the net. The Lady Tigers and Wimberley Lady Texans played a match on Tuesday evening at Tiger Gym for the coveted Kane Cup.
Tigers outlast Rebels in 33-26 thriller BY MOSES LEOS III
After breaking several tackles, Dripping Springs’ Teo Brinckmann runs with open arms into the end zone for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 20-10 lead over Hays late in the second quarter. Brinckmann had 20 carries for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns. (photo by Wayland D. Clark, wfotos.com)
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Perhaps it was fitting that a matchup 37 years in the making had the backdrop of a setting sun Friday at Tiger Stadium. For the first time since 1979, the Hays Rebels and Dripping Springs Tigers locked horns in a duel reminiscent of a pair of Wild West gunslingers. But Dripping Springs’ ability to make the big plays at critical moments made the difference as it outlasted the Hays Rebels in a 33-26 drama-filled slugfest. “Our kids were resilient. At times it wasn’t pretty, but they got the job done against a quality program,” Dripping Springs head football coach Galen Zimmerman said. “We had some frustrations, part was us and part was them, but we kept battling.” The Tigers’ (3-0) ability to take advantage of Rebel miscues was a consistent theme throughout the evening. Dripping Springs tallied 21 of its 36 points off of four Rebel (1-2) turnovers. Dripping Springs bookended the evening with touchdowns scored off Rebel miscues. Its first touchdown came as a result of a Rebel turnover on the second play of the game. A fourth quarter interception by Josh Embry led to a
28-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jacob Cox to ice the game. Tiger defensive end McKenley O’Neal said the early turnover provided a “momentum swing” for the defense. He said the Tiger defensive backfield “stepped up in the second half.” Zimmerman said it was a “chess match” up front between the Tiger defense and the Rebel offensive line. He said the Tigers were able to battle up front against the Rebel line. “I’m happy with the kids and how they handled adversity,” Zimmerman said. “At times, when we were put in a position to make a play, our kids made those plays tonight.” On offense, Dripping Springs found success on the ground with Cox, running back Teo Brinckmann and quarterback Reese Johnson. Each player rushed for more than 100 yards each, with the trio combining for 333 rush yards. Dripping Springs’ success on offense allowed them to build a 20-10 lead following a 15-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to wide receiver Curtis Raymond. But another consistent theme on the night was the Rebels’ penchant to rally from a double-digit deficit. Three times Dripping Springs built a ten-point advantage in the contest. The Rebels had a response each and every time.
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Hays accomplished its comeback attempts via an air attack that was consistent. Led by quarterbacks Tyler Conley and Gentry Brawith, Hays’ pass attack amassed a combined 257 yards and two touchdowns passing. Aiding the effort was wide receiver Tyrone Meredith, who finished with seven receptions for 90-yards and a touchdown. A 49-yard strike from Conley to Meredith pulled the Rebels to within four points at 20-16 at halftime. After the Tigers extended their lead to 26-16 late in the third quarter, Hays battled back again. Brawith connected with wide receiver Marquis Howard for a 15-yard touchdown, pulling the
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State rep to introduce test reform bill BY MOSES LEOS III
A local state representative’s quest for reforming standardized testing in Texas is gaining traction, as language within a proposed bill for the 85th Legislative Session in 2017 is being finalized. State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) is calling for a bill that would allow school districts to select any “nationally normed standardized testing system” that meets Texas curriculum standards instead of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Earlier this month, Isaac called for reform after the variety of issues surrounding the STAAR
test in 2016. According to a press release, Isaac said his legislation would “clearly state” that eligible tests must be nationally normed and comply with Texas’ ISAAC curriculum standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The bill would also call on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to request a waiver from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor of No Child Left Behind. According to a release
from Isaac, ESSA is the “souce of many of the inflexible testing regulations school districts are held to.” The release cited specific requirements, including ESSA requring identical statewide exams for elementary and middle schools, but not high schools. “The Texas state of mind has always favored local control,” Isaac said in the release. “No Child Left Behind and ESSA have failed our students. It’s time for the Lone Star State to push back at the federal government’s heavy-handed regulations and allow our locally elected school board members the autonomy to select the test provider that best meets their schools’ and students’
needs.” Isaac said he was “pleased” with positive feedback he received from “not only the district I serve, but also from
people all across the State of Texas.” According to the release, several legislators have indicated interest in supporting Isaac’s new
proposed bll, which he plans to file when the next legislative session begins in January. “It’s become increasingly clear that top-down, one-size-fits-none testing doesn’t work for our schools or for our students,” Issac said. Issac said in the release it was “time to put the ‘independent’ back in ‘independent school district’”and allow free-market principles to “decrease costs and increase quality in standardized tests.” “It’s the least we can do to support our hard-working students and their families in light of the appalling errors they were forced to put up with during the last administration of STAAR,” Isaac said.
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“The Texas state of mind has always favored local control ... No Child Left Behind and ESSA have failed our students. It’s time for the Lone Star State to push back at the federal government’s heavy-handed regulations and allow our locally elected school board members the autonomy to select the test provider that best meets their schools’ and students’ needs.” –State Rep. Jason Isaac in a press release
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The 2016 Dripping Springs Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The parade, which runs along historic Mercer Street, is a familyfriendly event that brings community together to support the high school at Homecoming. The DSHS Student Council would like help sponsoring a parade float this year. If you are interested or would like more information, you may contact: Michael Lemonds (michael. email@example.com, 512-858-3141) or Kelsey Lee (kelsey.lee@dsisdtx. us, 512-858-3254).
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The DS Women’s Club meetsWednesday, Sept. 21, at 11:30a.m. -1 p.m. at theTerrace Club for lunch and to hear speaker Brian Brushwood, an area television and internet personality. New members are welcome. Reservations are necessary. Email womenofds@gmail. comto reserve or visit dswomensclub.com.
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Head to Dripping Springs Ranch Park for a gun show filled to capacity with a huge variety of firearms, accessories, ammunition, knives, tactical gear, hunting and target sports products, worthwhile organizations and much, much more. The event will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 24 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.
This annual event celebrating early Texas at Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24. Enjoy a day of pioneer and Native American presentation, old-fashioned games, and crafts for all ages. There will also be 40+ demonstrators of pioneer crafts and skills, such as butter churning, blacksmithing and quilting.
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Chamber graduates leadership class SUBMITTED REPORT
The Dripping Springs Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the graduation of its inaugural Leadership Dripping Springs program at Hill Country Bible Church in Dripping Springs earlier this month. The ceremony honored 14 participants after they went through a ninemonth process of learning about the needs and current issues of the region, sharpening leadership skills, and meeting with key policy makers, civic leaders, business and non- profit executives. Sherrie Parks, Executive Director of the Dripping Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, said the graduation does not signify an ending, but a beginning of assuming responsibility for shaping the future as a community. “In fact, many of the graduates are making a life-long commitment to give back to their community and assist with great challenges that our area will continue to face throughout the years,” she said. Steve Wilder, owner
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The Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce celebrated its inaugural Chamber Leadership Program graduating class. Members of the graduating class include (back row, left to right) Walt Smith, Dan O’Brien, Robert Avera, Steve Wilder, Patrick Woodman, Bill Little, Chuck Miller, along with (front row, left to right) Jennifer Cochran, Bob O’Boyle, Tim Cunningham, Susan Kimball, Lindsay Fredenburg, LeighAnne Slack, Lucy Hansen.
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Dripping Springs,” Wilder said. “Getting to meet new people, working on our non-profit project, and learning about our community has exceeded my expectations. I now know more about my community, have an uplifting project I will stay dedicated to, and have new friends for life.”
The participants of the program took part in monthly day-long sessions in which they toured local non-profits, businesses, local tourist attractions, education, health care and government facilities. They learned about sensitive local issues, learned of the limitations and stressors community
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leaders face, and worked on community projects with their teams. As the 2016 program comes to an end, the Chamber is now taking applications for 2017. The process is competitive and the number of participants is limited to 20. Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2016.
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said. “We talk about that bully syndrome. If a bully hits you and you cower down then they are successful. If you hit them back, they tend to cower back. We didn’t crater and in the past we have cratered.” The team closed the match with a 25-13 win in the third set. With the win, Dripping Springs’ overall record improved to 17-14. “This was the end of our preseason,” Kane said. “And the truth is, our preseason schedule is a gauntlet and daunting schedule. We haven’t gone out and played lesser opponents. We’ve gone out and challenged ourselves.” Kane said about 90 percent of the Tigers’ 14 losses occurred at the hands of state-ranked 6A teams. “What we’ve taken away from those losses is that we are competing with the teams,” Kane said. “In some cases we took sets away from them. In some cases I felt like we could have won those matches.” Kane pointed to the teams’ performance against state-ranked New Braunfels Canyon as the tangible proof that his team is improving in the right direction. The progress can’t be measured in win-loss record because Dripping Springs lost all three games against Canyon. Canyon won the first match in two sets by a combined 20 points. The second game also ended in two sets, with Canyon winning by 17 points. A week later, Dripping Springs lost in three sets to Canyon. The difference between the teams was only eight points, indicating that Kane’s team was finding its footing against better competition. Kane saw the team’s progress actualized in Tuesday night’s win over Wimberley. “It’s been a building process,” Kane said. “We’ve seen growth and experience from our losses. I don’t care about what our record is. Starting now, we are 0-0 and all that matters is getting to the playoffs. Once we get to the playoffs, you can scratch out all your district records.” But until then, Kane and his team will try to make their pregame conversation come to fruition – one game at a time.
Hays’ defensive back Tanner North falls short of tackling Jacob Cox before reaching the end zone for a Tiger touchdown with 3:13 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Dripping Springs a 33-23 lead. Hays tacked on a field goal with 1:33 in the game. (photo by Wayland D. Clark, wfotos.com)
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Wimberley’s Caitlin Crockett drives the ball past Dripping Springs’ Hayley Waggle (L) and Darby Stowers for a point as the two teams played Tuesday evening for the Kane Cup at Tiger Gym. Dripping Springs won 25-13, 25-17 and 25-13.
“We talk about that bully syndrome. If a bully hits you and you cower down then they are successful. If you hit them back, they tend to cower back. We didn’t crater and in the past we have cratered.”
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He lauded the play of his offensive line. “I was a little bit nervous. If I screwed up, there was no one to come in behind me,” Cox said. “That’s the first time I had to do that at the varsity level.” Dripping Springs opens district play Friday when they travel to play at Kerrville Tivy.
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