Archives for August 2017

Kerrville Houses Evacuees

Kerr County may be sheltering Harvey evacuees for the next week or so. Texas has a Mass Care Shelter Plan that Kerrville is part of, and the plan identifies hubs and point-to-point locations across the state for evacuations and shelters. There’s more on the Texas Mass Care Shelter Plan at www.preparingtexas.org. Local disaster declarations run through September 1, but County Commissioners could make the decision to extend them.

Boerne ISD Makes Use of Former Elementary School

Boerne ISD trustees have a new place to meet. There’s a new board room inside the Boerne ISD Administration Center, and that building used to be Fabra Elementary School. The repurposed building also houses the Boerne Academy and alternative school, a professional development center for teachers, and district administrative offices. The Boerne Star says the administration center also features nine departmental conference rooms, and renovation costs came in at just under $12 million, after voters approved the bond project in May 2016. An open house for the new space is planned for this fall.

Fredericksburg Business to Take Donations to Harvey Victims

As soon as the water recedes in Houston, Opa’s Smoked Meats in Fredericksburg will be taking a truck of non perishable items like cleaning supplies, and water to the Houston area. Anyone that would like to contribute to the cause may drop off items at The Peach Tree Inn and Suites, 401 South Washington in Fredericksburg until 11 pm every night. Most needed items include hygiene items, flashlights and batteries, water, undergarments, and men’s and women’s t-shirts. They’re hoping to take a load by the end of the week.

Fredericksburg Voters to Decide on Sports Park’s Future

The Fredericksburg City Council approved submitting a $12.6 million bond proposition to the voters of the city. If approved by the voters, this proposition would provide bond funding for the creation of a new community sports park. In addition to baseball, softball and soccer fields, the park would include playgrounds, pavilions and other park amenities and would also fund the renovation of Oak Crest Park. To help make an informed decision, ndrea Warren, Director of Parks & Recreation, will give a presentation to a group , and you can contact her through the city website.

830-997-7521 or awarren@fbgtx.org.

Kendall Co. Keeps Burn Ban On

Kendall County has been watching rainfall amounts, and with Harvey not causing as much damage as expected and not bringing much rain, the burn ban stays. The Boerne Star says it’ll be monitored day by day, but County Fire Marshal Jeffery Fincke told commissioners that the little bits of rain lately are not enough to warrant lifting the ban on outdoor burning. Burning in the city limits of Boerne is always prohibited, and if a fire gets out of control anywhere in the county during a ban, the person responsible could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor and fined up to $500.

Kerrville Firefighters Help Harvey Victims

A few heroes from Kerrville are helping Harvey victims near the Gulf Coast. Since last Thursday, two Kerrville firefighters have been helping first responders on the coast as a part of Texas Task Force One, and the Daily Times said that took them to Port Aransas first and now Houston. The task force is a trained force that prepares for disasters and remains on call to help in situations like this.

Vanderpool Cell Tower is Relocated

After some neighbors and property owners challenged a new cell phone tower in Vanderpool, developers have decided to relocate it. The contractor wanted to install a 250-foot cell phone tower near Foster Ranch and Thompson roads and residents objected, so T-Mobile decided to make use of an existing tower about four miles to the south of that. The transmission won’t extend as far to the north with the new location, but the fact that the tower is already there means T-Mobile can get things going more quickly. The Bandera Bulletin reports the site being proposed for T-Mobile is on B and R Road on a tract leased by County Commissioner Jordan Rutherford, who said he was not involved in the discussions that led the relocation of the tower.

Harvey Cancels Fall Music Festival in Kerrville

Harvey has had an impact on a big Kerrville event. Organizers of the Kerrville Fall Music Festival made the decision to cancel it since many of the volunteers who help run it are from the Houston area. It was originally scheduled for this weekend, and had many artists booked to perform that would need to fly in from other places, according to the Daily Times. Those who bought tickets can either turn that into a donation since the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation is a non profit, or they’ll give you a refund.

Bandera Ballot is Set

Ballots are set for the November election in Bandera after the filing period ended last week. Voters in the Medina Independent School District will decide the fate of a $5.95 million bond package. The money would go toward upgrades and fixes at the current school building, and not a brand new school. More will be known about specific projects planned in the Medina district in the coming weeks. Other ballot highlights – four Bandera residents will challenging two incumbent Bandera councilwomen for three positions. The election is November 7th, with early voting starting October 23.

Accountability Ratings Released; Boerne Schools Do Well

The Texas Education Agency is out with the new accountablity ratings for public schools, covering student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. The Boerne ISD has released its results, and Boerne High School met standard and exceeded in all four categories. The Boerne Star says the campus earned three distinctions for academic achievement in ELA/Reading, academic achievement in science, and postsecondary readiness.
Boerne Samuel V. Champion high school exceeded standards in all four categories and earned four distinctions in academic achievement in ELA/Reading, academic achievement in math, academic achievement in science, and postsecondary readiness. Boerne Middle School North and Boerne Middle School South exceeded state standards too, and the elementary schools either met or exceeded as well. This will be the last year Texas public schools will be rated using the current system. In 2018, TEA will start using the A-F accountability grading system.