THE FAIR OAKS RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION RECENTLY INSTALLED NEW SWINGS at Vestal Park. Added were Expression Swings, allowing parents and children to face each other, plus improvements to control erosion and refurbishing granite paths.

NORTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEES adopted a $1.3 billion budget with no property-tax increase for the seventh year in a row, according to officials. At an Aug. 22 meeting, the board also approved raises for about 14,700 employees as part of an $18.7 million compensation package. The hikes include an overall 2.1 percent increase for teachers, librarians, counselors and nurses, or about $1,200. All other employees will receive an overall midpoint 2.1 percent increase. According to a statement, “First-year teachers with a bachelor’s degree will earn $52,615, and first-year teachers with a master’s degree will earn $54,115.”

THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS RECENTLY RECOGNIZED DR. KURT MACKIE OF KURT MACKIE DENTISTRY AND SHAWN VAUGHAN OF TOYOTA OF BOERNE for contributions to local public education, officials said. Mackie received the Champion of the Year Award for his support of Boerne Independent School District’s health-science pathway. As Health Sciences Advisory Board chairman, he assisted students interested in health care careers. Vaughan and Toyota of Boerne attained the Business of the Year Award after creating a partnership with the district and its automotive and agriculture-science programs. BISD’s Career and Technical Education initiative includes 20 career paths enhancing pupils’ academic and technical skills, according to educators. Schoolchildren can secure industry-recognized certifications and internships to help in the workforce and postsecondary academic learning. Last year, 2,600 high school students enrolled in at least one CTE course.

FAIR OAKS RANCH IS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS for its Communications Committee, charged with enhancing the city’s communication efforts to residents through notices, branding and promotion. Members meet at least once a month. To apply, email Kim Stahr at kstahr@fairoaksranchtx.org telling why you are interested; include any experience.

POLICE IN FAIR OAKS RANCH remind residents to lock their cars and conceal belongings. In 2016, officers responded to 27 vehicle break-in calls, finding 20 out of 27 unlocked. Folks should also be aware of surroundings, park in a garage or a well-lit area, and remove valuables from autos. To report suspicious activity, call 911; for non-emergencies, dial 830-249-8635.

TWO NEW OFFICERS HAVE JOINED the Fair Oaks Ranch Police Department. Lacey Gonzalez and Nathan Domenech were sworn in during the Aug. 17 City Council meeting.

NUSTAR ENERGY L.P. RECENTLY WAS RECOGNIZED BY FORTUNE MAGAZINE AND GREAT PLACE TO WORK as among “The Best Places to Work for Millennials.” The company finished 32nd after surveying 398,000 employees at Great Place to Work-certified enterprises, and then rated those businesses based on key criteria. “We appreciate the energy, enthusiasm and unique perspective that our millennials bring to NuStar,” said President and CEO Brad Barron. “They are bright, hard-working and they are some of our most dedicated volunteers when it comes to working to improve our community.”

GENESIS HATTEN AND SWAMOPTI SURAMPUDI RECENTLY EARNED the Girl Scouts’ highest recognition, the Gold Award. Hatten received accolades for a project honoring children of fallen military heroes; Surampudi brought awareness to child obesity and comorbidity — simultaneous chronic diseases — in the Northside Independent School District. Hatten, an O’Connor High School student, provided more than 150 activity bags filled with crayons, coloring books, puzzles and books to youngsters of wounded servicemen staying at Fisher House on Lackland Air Force Base and Fort Sam Houston. The Girl Scout Senior has been involved eight years and hopes “to make the community aware of the sacrifices made by people in military service and their families, specifically their children,” according to a release. Surampudi, a Brandeis High School pupil, analyzed variations of body mass index by school and gender, and then distributed her results through pamphlets at local campuses, libraries and educational seminars. An official said, “She inspired youths to follow an active lifestyle and healthy diet.” She’s also a Girl Scout Senior, active for three years. Surampudi is president of STEM for Girls, or science, technology, engineering and math; and executive secretary for CyberPatriot in Air Force JROTC.

DISTRICT 8 COUNCILMAN MANNY PELAEZ HELD A “BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH” Aug. 19 at the Magik Theatre Touring Co. It included giveaways of free school supplies, fun activities for children, the Take 5 Pasta food truck, and appearances by the San Antonio Fire Department, the Spurs Coyote and the San Antonio Missions Ballapeño.

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