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Tesla Chooses Texas: Austin Gigafactory Underway

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company is building its largest auto assembly plant in Austin. The 2,100-acre site will be located in Travis County near Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Here’s what you need to know about the Tesla Austin Gigafactory.

About the Tesla Austin Gigafactory

Tesla’s Austin Gigafactory will build the new Cybertruck pickup. It’s also the second manufacturing site of the Model Y small SUV. The eastern markets will get their vehicles from this plant. Musk has described the plant as an “ecological paradise” that will have a boardwalk along with a public biking and hiking trail.

The company receive more than $60 million in tax breaks from the local school district and the county over a 10-year period. It’s not surprising that Tesla chose Texas. Musk has his SpaceX rocket company in Brownsville and McGregor.

Tesla plans to invest $1.1 billion in the new Austin Gigafactory that will employ at least 5,000 people. Employees will receive a minimum wage of $15 per hour as well as health insurance, paid leave, and other benefits.

About the Tesla Cybertruck

The company describes the all-electric Cybertruck as having “better utility than a truck and with more performance than a sports car.” The Cybertruck Tri-Motor all-wheel drive can accelerate 0 to 60 mph in an impressive 2.9 seconds and yield 500 miles on an electric charge.

It’ll have an exterior shell made for durability and passenger protection. This exoskeleton is designed for strength and endurance. The exoskeleton will contain ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless-steel structural skin and Tesla armor glass.

Tesla promises this exoskeleton will minimize dents, damage, and long-term corrosion while providing maximum passenger protection. It has a towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds. An adaptive air suspension can raise and lower the suspension by four inches.

The Cybertruck will feature up to 3,500 pounds of payload capacity and adjustable air suspension. Tesla has engineered the Cybertruck with 100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage. It seats six passengers comfortably with storage under the second-row seats. Storage also includes a frunk and sail pillars. According to the company website, the Cybertruck will enter production in late 2021. It’ll be exciting times for Tesla Texas!

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Amazon Leasing Space in Kyle

What do Buda, Pflugerville, and Round Rock have in common? They’re part of Amazon’s growth in Central Texas. And Kyle is the latest addition to Amazon businesses in Texas. Amazon is attracted to these central Texas cities for their young populations. They want to build where they know these populations will keep the company busy for a long time.

Amazon in Kyle

The city of Kyle has announced Amazon is leasing a facility in Kyle Crossing Business Park. The 307,840 square-foot facility will be a sortation center that houses more than 200 people.

The 40-acre business park is located west of Interstate 35 and 20 miles south of Austin. A sortation center is where employees organize all the boxes by the final destination. They consolidate these orders on trucks to speed delivery.

Amazon’s Order Fulfillment Process

Amazon describes how an item you order makes its way to you. It starts with filling the order at a fulfillment center like the one in Pflugerville that will support 1,000 jobs. Once your product gets picked, it lands on a conveyor for packing.

While traveling on the conveyor, a computer scans and tracks its status and weighs the packed box. After receiving a label, the box goes to a waiting trailer based on the shipping method, delivery speed, and location.

An Amazon trailer truck transports orders from fulfillment centers to sortation centers like the one coming to Kyle. These trucks can hold more than 2,000 boxes. Associates will distribute the package by location and delivery speed.

At this point, the package could land on another truck or an airplane. Eventually, the boxes make their way to a delivery station like the ones in Round Rock and Buda. From here, they’ll go out for delivery. The Round Rock location could potentially employ 700 to 900 associates. Kyle residents are excited to welcome Amazon!

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Things to Do That Are Social Distance-Friendly and Support Kyle Businesses

Texas is slowly reopening businesses but still asks everyone to do our part to stop the spread by staying home, keeping our distance, and wear masks. Even with these restrictions, you can still support local Kyle businesses during this time. Here’s a list of things you can do that are social distance-friendly and support Kyle businesses.

 

Stay Healthy and Strong

Many local gyms have switched to online workouts and coaching. CrossFit Hays has been posting workouts and motivation on its Facebook page. They’ve been scheduling live workouts on Zoom and Twitch. Orangetheory Fitness Kyle has live sessions with their coaches and they’ve been posting at-home workouts.

Soul Yoga PC is holding online yoga classes. They suggest a donation of $5 to $10 for class. They’re also sharing links to yoga videos. TAG’s World Gymnastics has inspirational posts and videos of incredible gymnastic performances. They’re offering private sessions for $10 for a 30-minute conditioning lesson. Want healthy meals? Weusi Wellness has free curbside pickups. Their Facebook page lists the current menu.

 

Order a Delicious Meal

Per Gov. Abbott’s Phase One to Open Texas protocols, restaurants can open at 25 percent capacity starting on May 1. You can continue ordering curbside pickup and delivery from many local restaurants. Even EVO Entertainment is serving up food and cocktails like the Fiesta Boozy Magonada. Craving pies and casseroles? The Texas Pie Company is your go-to source.

Yearning for Texas food? Get your Tex-Mex fix at Garcia’s Restaurant. For BBQ, call Milt’s Pit BBQ or order online. Be sure to visit their Facebook page to verify they haven’t sold out for the day. Vietnamese restaurant Pho Thaison offers online ordering, curbside pick-up, and delivery.

Are you in need of grocery items? Ilario’s has four DIY hearty home packages. You can order the basics or an Italian kit. Want a home meal replacement that you can heat at home? Hays City Store can help. Or you can order from the menu. While the theater’s reopening is up in the air, you can enjoy food from Sylver Spoon by ordering takeout or delivery.

 

Play Old-Fashioned Board and Card Games

Many families are taking a break from electronics by playing board and card games or doing jigsaw puzzles. You can order games online or from Kyle Walmart and Target for pick up.

 

Get Fresh Air at the City Park

Kyle city parks are open. Although city crews regularly sanitize amenities, they encourage visitors to bring their own hand sanitizer and practice social distancing. 

 

Take Online Classes

Is there something you’ve been wanting to learn? Perhaps, how to bake and decorate a cake? A new programming language? Maybe earn professional certification in your field or a new field. You can find a wealth of free classes online. 

Don’t forget Kyle Public Library. They have ebooks and audiobooks that you can download. You can explore your family history, learn a foreign language through Duolingo, and read accurate resources related to history and science. Many of these resources require a login to access. It’s free for Kyle residents.

 

Go Golfing

Yes, there’s something you can do outside of your home. Plum Creek Golf Course is open. You can schedule your tee time online. The golf course is following CDC social distancing guidelines

Unless you live with your playing partner, they ask everyone to ride their golf carts alone. All carts are disinfected before and after each use. On the putting green. the cup has a spacer to prevent the ball from going into the hole. It allows you to pick up the ball without touching anything.

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Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Kyle

Do you feel it? With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air. Whether you’re looking for date night ideas or just fun things to do in Kyle, one or two of these is bound to catch your eye.

TAKE TWO-STEP LESSONS

Indy Brewing (3913 Todd Lane, #607, Austin, Texas 78744) and its Beer My Valentine party is a short 30-minute drive from Kyle. A ticket gets you a Beer My Valentine kit that includes two Indy draft beers, a bouquet of flowers, and small assortment of chocolates. Get your ticket.

LEARN HOW TO MAKE A LOVE POTION

Eureka! Austin (200 E. 6th St., Austin, Texas 78701) celebrates Valentine’s or Galentine’s with an interactive cocktail class. Held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, guests will learn how to make Eureka’s Love Potion and enjoy appetizers. Believe it or not, this Austin spot is only 30 minutes from Kyle! Buy your ticket.

ATTEND THE HAYS COUNTY VALENTINES FESTIVAL

Gemstone Palace (1101 Bunton Creek Rd., Ste 200, Kyle, Texas 78640) is hosting a Valentine’s festival on Sunday, February 9 from 11 am to 5 pm. It’s a free event where kids can do arts and crafts. Valentine’s Mini pics will be provided for no charge with a donation to the Hays County Food Bank.

HEAD TO A DISCO BASH

Cedar Street Courtyard (208 West 4th St., Suite c, Austin, Texas 78701) will have three DJs at one time at its Valentine’s Day Silent Disco Bash (208 West 4th St., Suite c, Austin, Texas 78701). The event runs from Feb. 14 at 9pm to Feb. 15 at 2 am. Attendees where three-channel headphones and can switch to listen to different DJs. Cedar Street Courtyard is just 22 miles from Kyle, Texas. Order your tickets before they sell out.

GO ON A GLASS-BOTTOM BOAT CRUISE

Here’s something unique for everyone of all ages. Texas State University’s Meadow Center for Water and the Environment (201 San Marcos Springs Dr., San Marcos, Texas 78666) offers glass-bottom boat tours every day on Spring Lake. Enjoy stunning underwater views, complimentary drinks, and a memorable experience.

The boat tours last anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes. They run continuously 30 minutes after opening and 30 minutes before closing. The only time they don’t go out is when there’s lightning, strong winds, or other severe weather conditions. The center offers various opportunities to explore Spring Lake including group tours, scuba diving, paddling tours, and more.

They also hold Boy Scout and Girl Scout badge days. Visit Meadow Center’s website for events and more information.

EXPLORE WONDER WORLD CAVE AND ADVENTURE PARK

Known as the first show cave in Texas, Wonder World Park (1000 Prospect St., San Marcos, Texas 78666) visitors can explore the earthquake-formed Balcones Fault Line Cave. More than 100 years old, you’ll find something for everyone with its attractions like the cave tour, train ride, anti-gravity house, and observation tower.

BROWSE 218 CO-OP GALLERY

218 Co-Op Gallery (218 N. Guadalupe, San Marcos, Texas 78666) in San Marcos’ historic downtown courthouse square is a place to see, experience, and buy hand-crafted pieces from local artists. You can browse sculptures, photography, silver jewelry, mixed media, furniture, and ceramics. The gallery building itself is something else with its vintage brick and plaster walls that provide a warm backdrop.

SEE OLD AND NEW MOVIES

EVO Entertainment Kyle (3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, Texas 78640) is more than a movie theater. It has billiards, an arcade, bowling, and a bar and grill. Happy hour with drafts, spirits, and wine runs Monday through Friday until 6 pm. In addition to seeing the latest movies, Flashback Cinema gives you a chance to watch classic movies and those you’ve missed.

DRINK FRESH BEER FROM A BREWERY

Kyle has two breweries nearby. Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos, Texas, 78666) holds music and events such as sports watching events, trivia nights, live music, and open mic nights. Food trucks are available on site. They’re celebrating their 8th Anniversary on the most appropriate date: February 8 from noon to 11 pm. Come check out the unveiling of the Wimberley Boot.

On the same weekend, they have live music with Tex Porter Duo and Chuck Shaw. On February 11 is Cabaret Nights at Middleton’s. It’s your chance to see and hear music up-close and personal with Chick Morgan and Nancy Williams. Chef John Sanderson will serve hors d’oeuvres. Only 50 tickets are available.

Located south of south Austin, Two Wheel Brewing Co. (535 South Loop 4, Buda, Texas, 78610) has a taproom with 12 brews on tap consisting of large and small-batch brews and brewery-exclusive beers. They offer live music, food trucks, and tours.

Two Wheel has monthly Taco Tuesday and weekly Friday night small-batch beer releases. The brewery has washer pits, board games, and tours on Saturdays. Check their website for upcoming events.

EXPLORE A SMALL HISTORIC TEXAS TOWN

Buda is redeveloping its historic site known as Buda Mill and Grain Co. (306 Main St., Suite 102, Buda, Texas 78610) to provide more than 27,000 sq. ft. of restaurants, retail, and offices. You can shop in boutiques, eat fine foods, savor wine, do yoga, and browse a fine art gallery.

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What’s 30 Minutes From Kyle, TX?

Kyle, Texas residents love living here for its small-town living and Austin’s big-city assets are just a 30-minute drive away. When you choose a neighborhood like Crosswinds community in Kyle, you’ll have many things to do inside the community. It has hike and bike trails that mingle within the community. The Windy Point Amenity Center features a large pool with a splash pad, grilling areas, a playground, and plenty of shady spots.

What’s close to Kyle? Check out these useful and fun places within 30 minutes from Kyle.

AUSTIN-BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (AUS)

One of the more challenging things about small-town living is the lack of a nearby airport. Even medium-sized cities don’t always have a conveniently-located airport within 30 minutes. And those airports don’t always have many destinations.

Austin-Bergstrom offers many nonstop flights in the U.S. and Canada. It has international nonstop flights to London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Paris. Many preferred airlines fly out of ABIA. Best of all, it’s just 25 minutes from Kyle.

FRANK ERWIN CENTER

The multi-purpose entertainment facility in downtown Austin has all the big music acts as well as first-class theater and all the sporting events you’d want. Owned and operated by the University of Texas at Austin, Frank Erwin Center serves as the home base for Texas Longhorns basketball teams. Visit the website to see what’s coming.

Cool facts. Its first event was the UT men’s basketball game against Oklahoma University. The first concert and sold out concert was Lawrence Welk in 1978. The fastest sellout ever? It only took 47 minutes for Garth Brooks’ concert to do that in 1992. And the highest-grossing event took place in 2013 with Paul McCartney as the headliner.

SOUTH CONGRESS AKA SOCO

You’ve probably heard “Keep Austin weird.” South Congress, affectionally known as SoCo, is partly responsible for that in a good way. It’s a famous shopping district with funky shops, restaurants, and music venues. They encourage you to “come dine, shop, and rock!” On its interactive website, you can stroll SoCo and see the insides of the stores. It’s also the place to go for information about parking, specials, and events.

EAST AUSTIN

Another popular district in Austin is the eclectic East Austin that’s two miles from downtown. Like SoCo, it has bars, shops, restaurants, and things to do. You’ll find old. You’ll find new. You’ll find East Austin has a rich history. If you’re into history, you might like the historic walking tour.

BROKEN SPOKE

This Austin institution and dance hall has been voted “Best Dancehall in Texas.” Some country music’s legends Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, and Tex Ritter have played there. Even Food Network lists it as one of the top places to eat. Food Network stars Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentis have two-stepped at Broken Spoke.

Show up anytime Wednesday through Saturday from 8 to 9 pm for dance lessons. Live music plays every night. The calendar lists upcoming events. If you go, be sure to try their famous chicken fried steak.

ST. ELMO BREWING CO.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, St. Elmo Brewing Co. serves all types of beer in their beer hall and beer garden. They also serve coffee, housemade mineral water, and soda. Visit their website for a virtual tour of this charming brewery. Then, check their Facebook page for upcoming events including weekly Tuesday Trivia and Grassy Thursdays. And come hungry as they have an onsite food truck serving Asian food.

CHEERS!

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Exciting Things Are Coming in Uptown Kyle!

The Domain in Austin is a popular destination with more than 100 upscale and mainstream restaurants and retail stores. You’ll find a bit of everything including department stores, a Class A office space, and four hotels. Now, Kyle plans to get its own extraordinary version of the Domain.

KYLE’S VERSION OF THE DOMAIN

Like the Domain, Uptown Kyle will have a variety of retail stores, restaurants, and office spaces. The City of Kyle plans to take it a step further by adding a hotel convention center and police headquarters. They want it to be a place to work, live, and play. Hence, the plans include a soccer complex, Heroes Memorial Park, and Central Park.

The cool thing is that the Domain’s phase II designer is behind the plans. The Uptown development is located at Kohlers Crossing and FM 1626, which is four miles from downtown Kyle. This is next to the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. Occupying this area is 8,000 square feet of retail and a 6,000-square-foot amenity and wellness center.

The City of Kyle wants the Uptown development to reflect Kyle values. The first project is the memorial park that expects to open on September 11, 2021. It will honor veterans, first responders, and other heroes who have lost their lives while serving the community.

FUNDING FOR UPTOWN KYLE DEVELOPMENT

 

The parks, office complex, hotel convention center, and police headquarters are all land that has been donated to the City of Kyle. Funding comes from multiple sources including a $1.5 million-dollar donation from Texas Disposal Systems. TDS is the City of Kyle’s waste management company and the sponsor of Heroes Memorial Park. The approved landscape architect for the park is Austin firm Nudge Design.

If the funds do not cover the memorial, it may become part of a bond proposal that includes the new police headquarters. As of this writing, the cost of the new police headquarters is an estimated $30 million. PGAL Inc. of Houston will serve as the architect for the 64,000-square-foot headquarters.

Additional funds may come from a 2.7-million-dollar settlement from Kinder Morgan, a Permian pipeline company. Overseeing the project is Momark Development of Austin. Now that Council has approved the Uptown plans, Momark will search for a building of the hotel convention center and office space.

Council expects Uptown to create tax revenues and provide amenities for the city.

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What to Look for in a New Home in Kyle, TX

One of the most fun things about looking for a new home in Kyle, Texas, is browsing the model homes to pick up ideas of the right home for you. You most likely have some thoughts of what you’d like. As you browse a Kyle builder’s floor plans, select a few floor plans that may work for you. Some builders will allow you to make tweaks. Just ask.

It’s all too easy to click your way through many floor plans and not be able to decide. There’s no substitute for seeing them in person. Streamline the process by asking yourself these five questions.

WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF YOUR HOME?

Do you want a home with room to grow for a family? Is it just you? One other person? Roommates? A family has very different needs than someone with three roommates. Roommates often prefer their own bathrooms. Or at least one bathroom they can share without entering another person’s bedroom.

Do you want to host parties and entertain? If yes, think about floor space especially in the living and formal rooms. The way these are designed can make a party feel spacious or cramped.

You may or may not have a picture of what your life will be like in five or 10 years. Do you plan to grow your family? Do you have kids, furry or human? How old are the kids? The younger they are, the more likely they’ll make messes. Or is retirement in the near future?

These questions will help you figure out how long you plan to stay in your home. And what kind of changes you may need.

WHAT KIND OF LOT DO I WANT?

Do you want a place with minimal lawn care requirements? Or do you want a full-blown backyard with room for a playground and a pool? Or just a nice covered patio for grilling and visiting?

Warm weather season in Texas tends to last longer than the average. It can be an ideal place for a swimming pool. You may not want to do pool upkeep or hire someone to do it. In that case, Kyle has lots of wonderful places to swim, kayak, and fish nearby. A few neighborhoods like Crosswinds have a community swimming pool. You get the best of both worlds. No pool to upkeep, but one close enough that you can walk to it.

Answering this question will help you determine what kind of lot you want. Also, think about if you prefer to live in a cul-de-sac, in the middle of the street, or on the end. Lots can be flat, hilly, narrow and wide, or deep and shallow.

HOW MUCH STORAGE SPACE DO YOU NEED?

Are you big on decorating for the holidays? Some families use rooms and the attic for storing their holiday decorations. A big backyard could support a large shed for storing yard supplies and holiday decorations.

Do you have a special collection? A large library of books? Some families keep multiple sets of dishes. One for every day, china for special occasions, and special china for the holidays. In this case, you’ll want a kitchen with lots of cabinet space and perhaps a buffet for storing dishes and trays.

WHAT DO I WISH MY CURRENT OR PAST HOMES HAD?

We’ve all found ourselves wishing we had this or that. Or not have certain things. Make a note of those wishes. Use the list to help you find a floor plan that closely matches the wish list. Some home builders have floor plans with options. A plan could offer three options for the master bath, another for the study, and one for an optional covered patio.

Some new home builders will accommodate making changes. For instance, a family asked for built-in shelves in the game room. They also asked to remove a wall to open up space. It’s important to make sure the changes don’t affect the home’s integrity. Ask about that. Builders should be thinking of such things, but it helps to double-check.

Remember, you can always change the color of the walls, the flooring, and other elements. It’s harder to change the number and size of the rooms. That would turn into a major project. Do you want your bedroom to be on the first floor of a two-story home? Do you want an open floor plan? Lots of windows?

HOW WILL THE MORNING AND EVENING SUN AFFECT THE HOME?

You’ve probably been in homes where the sun just filled up a room. This warms up the room and could potentially make it harder to see at certain times of the day. Study the floor plan and its windows. One couple’s bedroom generally stays unchanged all day. The sun doesn’t glare in the room. And nighttime lightning is barely noticeable. One of the owners is sensitive to light, so this helps with sleep.

The more windows you have, the more it will affect your energy bills for heating and cooling. Narrow down the homes or floor plans you like. Then, see if the sun shines brightly in the right places. The builder can let you know where the windows face ensuring you optimize those great views and block unwanted views.

Shopping for a new home in Kyle has a lot of variables. The answers to these five big questions will help. Remember that changes can add to the home’s price tag. If you can’t do everything, make a list of your must-haves and nice-to-haves. Prioritize the list. Verify that your potential home has the items on the top of the list and work your way down.

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Looking for Things Do for Spring Break Near Kyle, Texas?

Whether you take a staycation or vacation during spring break, you have lots of great options in or near Kyle, Texas. Hays CISD spring break is the week of March 16 to 20. Here are a variety of things to see and do during spring break and other times of the year.

TEXAS STATE PRESENTS

Texas State Presents (430 Moon St., San Marcos, Texas 78666) features live entertainment from the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos. You’ll find a mixture of events from guest artists and the symphony to dance companies and theater. Only a 20-minute drive from Kyle, Texas, it’s an unbeatable option to enjoy the arts at affordable prices. Visit the website to see what’s coming up.

TEXAS INDIE FEST

Held from March 17 through the 21, Texas Indie Fest is a free four-day showcase of budding independent musical artists from all over the world. This year has more than 40 electric and acoustic acts at three venues in Austin. You can also catch the event on Fish Creek Radio. Visit the website for the lineup.

SPRING BREAK CAMP WITH SAN MARCOS PARKS AND RECREATION

San Marcos’ Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camp is for kids ages 5 to 11, They play games, make crafts, and take field trips including one out of town. Field trips include San Marcos Discovery Center, bowling, Starplex Theater, Children’s Playscape, and Inflatable Wonderland in San Antonio. View the itinerary on the website.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB SPRING BREAK CAMP

Boys and Girls Club of South Central Texas’ Spring Break Camp in San Marcos serves pre-K through sixth grade. Their options include character and leadership, fine arts, academic enrichment, and sports and recreation.

ALL-STAR SPORTS SPRING BREAK CAMP

Kids who love sports may be interested in All-Star Sports Spring Break Camp. Held at SoccerZone in South Austin, it’s about a 20-minute trip from Kyle. They offer half- and full-day options for children ages 5 to 13 with the full-day option serving lunch.

DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK

This is one of those places everyone in Texas should visit at some point in their lives. Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose is a little over a three-hour drive from Kyle. Just the perfect distance for a weekend getaway or a short spring break vacation. You may just get the chance to put your feet in dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy riverbed. You can also camp, picnic, hike, bike, swim, and fish. Guided tours are available.

Fifteen minutes from the park is Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. It’s an endangered species research and conservation center with more than 1,000 mammals representing 50 species. They offer guided and self-guided tours. It’s a 7.2-mile scenic drive in which you can drive in your own car or ride in their tour vehicles.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Drive three hours south and you’ll reach the coastal city of Corpus Christi in South Texas. If beaches, boating, birdwatching, and of fun is your thing, this is the place to be.

Not into beaches? Corpus Christi has unique museums like the U.S.S. Lexington, Texas State Aquarium, and South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. The Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau has everything you need to plan a spring break trip based on your interests.

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Hays CISD Bond

On February 2, 2020, Hays CISD Board of Trustees has issued an election order calling for a bond election in May that will impact the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. Hays CISD consists of 25 campuses serving more than 20,000 over 221 square miles. Students living in Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, and surrounding communities attend schools in Hays CISD.

Here’s what you need to know about the bond proposal.

HAYS CISD 2020 BOND PROPOSAL

The 2020 bond proposal, worth $217.3 million, contains the following propositions:

  • A: Accommodating school district growth
  • B: Maintaining district assets
  • C: Expand stadiums at two high schools
  • D: Improvements to the stadium as well as baseball and softball complex
  • E: Constructing a new administration building and renovating central office
  • F: Add storage to the district network and add mobile devices for teaching, learning, and assessments

Proposition A has the highest price tag as it calls for expanding all six middle schools, building a new elementary school, and renovating and expanding Live Oak Academy.

The only proposition not receiving a unanimous vote from the Board of Trustees is Proposition C. Its purpose is to increase the capacity at two stadiums with an estimated cost of $12 million. Community Impact Newspaper reports one of the trustees felt it was too much to ask of taxpayers.

The Board of Trustees says that any unspent funds from the projects in the proposal will go toward paying down debt.

HISTORY OF HAYS CISD BONDS

The last bond package is from 2017, which provides $250 million to build two elementary schools and a high school, increase career and technology education, complete maintenance projects, and develop a transportation facility. View the 2017 Bond Progress Chart to see the current status.

The bond package in 2014 consists of building one middle school, improving the technology infrastructure, making security upgrades, improving telecommunications, transportation, and CTE, and upgrading mechanical systems. The bond is 92 percent complete. The only items remaining are security, telecommunications, and technology upgrades.

MAY ELECTION

Here’s an interactive Hays CISD Election Map that lists early voting and election day voting locations. Also, up in the May election are three Hays CISD board seats. If you’re a Hays CSID resident, be sure to vote. Want to send your kids to the growing and thriving Hays CISD? Here are new homes in Kyle.

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How to Create A Homeschool Space

This is an unprecedented time for everyone. Public and private schools around the country have closed for more than three weeks. Many schools are scrambling to set up online learning. As for Kyle’s Hays CISD, the district says that teachers and campuses will provide information about online and at-home instruction.

Meanwhile, some parents are looking into setting up a homeschooling space to complement their students’ education. It can help keep kids busy and their minds challenged. Even if you don’t homeschool, setting up a homeschool classroom can give students a place where they can concentrate on their studies, do some work to stay on top of their learnings, and engage their creativity. Here’s how you can get started.

DESIGNATE SPACE FOR LEARNING

Choose a room or an area that you designate as a space for studying and learning. That way whenever students enter that space, they know it’s time to focus on learning. When they leave the space for lunch or at the end of the day, they know they’re on a break from school.

What you put in the space depends on the children’s ages. Most ages can use a table with chairs. This gives them an easy-to-clean hard surface for coloring, writing, and doing sticky projects. Beware the table may eventually get markers and glue all over it. So, you don’t want to use a fancy table that needs to stay pristine.

The students need to be able to get in their chairs without much struggle. You’ll want the table to be low enough that they can rest their arms on it while writing and coloring.

SETTING UP THE HOMESCHOOL SPACE

You can never go wrong with a bookshelf as books are always central in a classroom. Perhaps, a combination of a bookshelf with storage bins would make good use of space. You can store school supplies in the bins and books on the shelves without the bins.

When it’s time to do art, you can pull out the bin with the art supplies and bring it to the table. After they finish, they can put all the supplies in the bin and put it back on the shelf. Each bin can cover a different subject. For instance, you might have calculators, rulers, protractors, and compasses in a math bin. Magnets, snap circuits, and other materials for science could fill the science bin.

For preschool and elementary school-aged kids, you could put up the letters of the alphabet as a border. Hang posters with multiplication tables, sight words, planets, and maps. Again, go for age-appropriate content. If you don’t have any of these posters or signs, order them online or print your own.

If you want to go the extra mile and create learning stations, do a search for “classroom learning stations” for ideas. You may want a separate station for math, science, art, writing, and creativity.

As for a computer, you can set one up in the homeschool classroom. Just make sure it has a password that only parents know. And turn on parental controls to manage what they can do on the Internet. It may help to have a timer. That way you can tell them to work on math for 10 minutes or until the timer goes off.

Whether you homeschool your kids or enhance their learning, you’ll have a space that communicates they’re in learning mode. It’ll be a good place to do school work whether their school moves to an online classroom or opens back up. 

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