San Marcos - Buda - Kyle Edition | Feb. 2020

SANMARCOS BUDA KYLE EDITION

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Buda aims reuse of city buildings toward the arts, culture and tourism Decades of growth in population and commercial activ- ity in Buda over the last few years has been joined by an interest of both elected ocials and residents in becoming a regional cultural hub. When Susan Guerra and Sinéad Whiteside went to a Buda City Council meeting to present their idea for Inspired Minds Arts Center, they found a receptive audience. “For an hour the citizens of this community got up and said ‘We want art, and this is why art is important; this is how it will benet the community and the city nancially and therapeutically,” Whiteside said. The City Council, at the time, was considering various potential uses for the old City Hall, one of the three down- town buildings left empty after the newmunicipal complex was built. City Council accepted the proposal for Inspired Minds, which opened Jan. 25, along with the Hill Country Theatre, which starts performances Feb. 14. A veterans center in the old annex building is giving opportunities to local cultural entrepreneurs, and just in January, the city approved a design budget to move the tourism and main street depart- ments into the old library. “Buda is really coming into its own and putting a focus on tourism and on arts, culture and things like that,” Buda Director of Tourism Lysa Gonzalez said. “They’re really get- ting their resurgence.” CONTINUED ON 24 BY EVELIN GARCIA

" BUDA IS GOINGTO BEON THE MAP ASAN ART HUB. "

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SINEAD WHITESIDE, CO-OWNER, INSPIRED MINDS ARTS CENTER

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DOUGLAS DEGIROLAMO, PRESIDENT, HILL COUNTRY THEATRE " Havingthe theater downtown isan opportunity tostay intown and explore yourcreativity. "

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COURTESY DOUGLAS DEGIROLAMO

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"... THE CLOSEST PLACE YOU CANGOTO ACOOKING CLASSANYWAY ISAUSTIN. I LOVE BUDA; IWANTED TOSTAY IN THE COMMUNITY. "

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ADRIA GARCIA, OWNER, SAUTE AND SIP

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The cost of college continues to increase, but too often, nancial aid ocials say, students fail to tap into existing resources, resulting in “money left on the table.” A state law passed earlier this year could help. Included in House Bill 3, which focused on school nance reform, is a requirement that all high school students ll out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA,prior to graduating. Current high school sophomores who graduate in FAFSA soon to become a requirement in schools BY CASSIDY RITTER

WHO IS APPLYING FOR AID?

A new state law will require all high school students, beginning with the class of 2022, to ll out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, before graduating. Here are the estimated completion rates for federal aid applications among students in area districts for the 2019-20 cycle. Data is current as of Dec. 31. Completion rates are reported as a range.

Wimberley ISD

SanMarcos CISD Austin ISD Del Valle ISD

Dripping Springs ISD Hays CISD

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50% to 54%

60% to 64%

35% to 39%

50% to 54%

50% to 54%

50% to 54%

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SOURCES: TEXAS HOUSE BILL 3, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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