Ex-am­bas­sador vis­its pickle Ele­men­tary

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Former U.S. Am­bas­sador to Mex­ico An­to­nio Garza vis­ited with stu­dents at Pickle Ele­men­tary School Thurs­day to dis­cuss in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and his child­hood.

Mem­bers of the school’s re­cently es­tab­lished stu­dent coun­cil were among those who got to meet with Garza. Clau­dio Cruz, a district par­ent sup­port spe­cial­ist, helped stu­dents or­ga­nize Garza’s visit so that the stu­dent coun­cil mem­bers had the chance to learn about na­tional and in­ter­na­tional civic is­sues and en­gage­ment, a news re­lease said.

Hus­ton-Til­lot­son Pres­i­dent Larry Earvin was re­cently elected chair of the board of trustees of the South­ern As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools Com­mis­sion on Col­leges, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The com­mis­sion en­sures that in­sti­tu­tions meet stan­dards es­tab­lished by the higher ed­u­ca­tion com­mu­nity to ad­dress the needs of so­ci­ety and stu­dents.

Earvin was named Hus­tonTil­lot­son Univer­sity’s pres­i­dent in 2000. Or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Murphy said. “Their goal was to in­cor­po­rate the Bee Cave area and take it away from Austin’s ju­ris­dic­tion and make it its own city called the Vil­lage of Bee Cave. That in­cor­po­ra­tion wasn’t easy and in­cluded work­ing through some very sig­nif­i­cant ob­sta­cles.”

Bee Cave of­fi­cially be­came a city in Au­gust of 1987, Murphy said. She moved to the area with her hus­band 15 years ago.

“We knew it was a spe­cial place, and we wanted to come back here and make this our home when we lived in other places,” Murphy said later. “We like Austin and the Austin area, but we didn’t want to live in the city, we liked the Hill Coun­try.”

Ini­tially, with so few landown­ers and very lit­tle devel­op­ment, coun­cil­woman Zelda Aus­lan­der char­ac­ter­ized the lit­tle city as “sleepy.” But at a cer­tain point, Murphy said, that be­gan to change and Bee Cave has been de­vel­op­ing rapidly in re­cent years.

Mayor Pro Tem Jack McCool said there was ini­tial re­sis­tance to change when devel­op­ment started to take place.

The city’s com­pre­hen­sive plan was cre­ated to deal with devel­op­ment and serve as a guide­line when try­ing to rein in devel­op­ment and move the city in the di­rec­tion the res­i­dents en­vi­sioned, of­fi­cials said.

The Manor school board has named in­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Kevin Brack­meyer as the lone fi­nal­ist for su­per­in­ten­dent at a board meet­ing Mon­day.

Brack­meyer was ap­pointed as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent in June. Pre­vi­ously he served as the prin­ci­pal of Manor High School, be­gin­ning in 2009 when he joined the school district. Manor of­fi­cials said in a news re­lease that they an­tic­i­pate fi­nal ap­proval of Brack­meyer as su­per­in­ten­dent af­ter ob­serv­ing the 21-day wait­ing pe­riod re­quired by Texas law.

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