Donor: School fos­ters cre­ativ­ity

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Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - B ‘We have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate that new mode of health care that oth­ers will be look­ing to.’ Joel Al­li­son, Ad­di­tional ma­te­rial from the Dal­las Morn­ing News. Con­tact Kirk Laden­dorf at 4453622. Con­tact Jody Ser­rano at 912-2505.

class­rooms for 134 stu­dents in kinder­garten through eighth grade. Schmitt said some class­rooms are over­flow­ing and need more space.

The school has had to be adapt­able: The pi­ano room used to be two clos­ets, and the art room is a ren­o­vated kitchen. An old house on cam­pus holds the mid­dle school class­rooms.

Art teacher Nancy Hoover said things are tight when all the girls get out their easels, but the crunch has not sti­fled stu­dents’ cre­ativ­ity.

“I don’t limit them. If they want to do a paint­ing this size,” she said, point­ing to a large ver­ti­cal can­vas al­most half her height, “I’ll find them a cor­ner to paint it in. It may not be a big cor­ner.”

Dun­can, who has do­nated to the school for

Bay­lor pres­i­dent and CEO which will con­sol­i­date over time. Their med­i­cal staffs will re­main in­de­pen­dent.

“It’s a his­toric day,” Bay­lor Pres­i­dent and CEO Joel Al­li­son told The Dal­las Morn­ing News.

With the Af­ford­able Care Act and a num­ber of other in­dus­try changes, Al­li­son said, the health care in­dus­try is go­ing through a trans­for­ma­tion.

“We have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate that new mode of health care that oth­ers will be look­ing to,” he said.

Al­li­son said the two or­ga­ni­za­tions have been in dis­cus­sions about a pos­si­ble merger for months. He said the new or­ga­ni­za­tion would con­tinue Bay­lor’s cen­tu­ry­long tra­di­tion as a “Chris­tian min­istry of heal­ing.” years, said it is im­por­tant to her be­cause it shaped the per­son her daugh­ter Lily is to­day. Cre­ativ­ity is abun­dant in les­son plans at the school, she said, re­call­ing a time when Lily, who grad­u­ated in 2008, went out to catch but­ter­flies to study their mi­gra­tion pat­terns.

Par­ents will never find a school with ev­ery de­tail they want for their kids, Dun­can said, but the Girls’ School came pretty close.

“Just help­ing it grow and ex­ist is a big deal for me,” she said.

A state district judge has helped a 13-year-old sex­ual abuse vic­tim get an im­mi­grant visa af­ter the lo­cal district at­tor­ney re­fused, the Waco Tri­bune-Her­ald re­ported Fri­day.

The Waco girl was abused by her mother’s boyfriend, who pleaded guilty last year and was sen­tenced to 35 years in prison.

Vic­tims’ ad­vo­cates re­ferred the girl and her mother to Waco at­tor­ney Su­san Nel­son, who pushed for both to be given U-Visas that can be granted to immi- grants who are vic­tims of crimes. But McLen­nan County District At­tor­ney Abel Reyna re­fused the re­quest, say­ing he didn’t want the visas given as “re­wards.”

Nel­son went to Judge Ralph Strother as a last re­sort. Strother agreed to help.

RALPH barrera / amer­i­can-states­man

Many of the class­rooms are built around a breeze­way. The stu­dents keep their be­long­ings and back­packs out­side to avoid clut­ter­ing the small rooms. An old house on cam­pus holds the mid­dle school class­rooms.

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