Conroe - Montgomery Edition - January 2020

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ON THE up and up The Lake Conroe area continues growing, with Conroe and Montgomery populations rising about 43% and 55%, respectively, from 2014-18. CONROE POPULATION 2014: 61,268 2018: 87,656 MONTGOMERY POPULATION

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Many developments are coming to the Lake Conroe area in 2020, including the Margaritaville Resort. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local growth, development continues trajectory Mirroring local population growth, several developments are breaking ground and opening in the Conroe and Montgomery area in 2020, bring- ing with them new opportunities and challenges for the surrounding com- munities, government ocials said. Conroe saw about a 43% increase in population from 2014-18 while the city of Montgomery grew about 55%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And the Lake Conroe area’s population continues to burgeon, with a growth rate nearly double the Greater Hous- ton area's, according to a study by Community Development Strategies, a professional market and economic research consultant. “It’s been interesting to see that much growth in that short amount of time,” said Danielle Scheiner, the exec- utive director of the Conroe Economic Development Council. Alongside population growth, the area is experiencing a boom in development, particularly in manu- facturing and distribution. Develop- ment projects slated to be completed CONTINUED ON 18 BY ANDY LI

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Lake Conroe lowering up for February vote

Petitions created in support of ending the lake lowering 3 Signatures gathered against lake lowering 7,000

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causes. But now, with the SJRA bringing the item back to vote Feb. 20, residents are demanding an end to the lowering, citing negative eects for lakefront homeowners and businesses. “Any time you deal with lower levels, you at some point begin to restrict boat level, access [and] docking issues, and all of those [have] eco- nomic impacts,” saidBrianBondy, the president of the Conroe Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce. The city of Conroe is also backing Lake Conroe homeowners, with Conroe City Council approv- ing a resolution Dec. 23 to ocially oppose the lake lowering. However, Mayor Toby Powell CONTINUED ON 22

A controversial ood-reduction strategy is up for vote in February, raising a debate over resi- dents’ livelihoods, the need for ood protection and the strategy’s eectiveness. Since 2018, the San Jacinto River Authority board of directors has authorized the seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe as a temporary ood-re- duction strategy designed to protect homes downstream along the West Fork San Jacinto River—ood-prone areas such as Kingwood and the River Plantation subdivision in Conroe. Lake Conroe residents said they have tried to be patient with the strategy despite the hardships it

Lake Conroe residents protest lake lowering at a Dec. 12 SJRA board meeting. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

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HIGHLIGHTS FROMTHISMONTH

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Now Open, Coming Soon &more TODO LIST Local events and things to do

PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett PUBLISHERHOUSTONMETRO Jason Culpepper GENERAL MANAGER Julie Cannon, jcannon@communityimpact.com EDITORIAL

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FROMJULIE: Happy New Year! This issue debuts our redesign with beautiful layouts, new fonts and bolder colors. It is also our Annual Community Guide edition, where you can learn about the stories to follow for 2020. Our team thanks you for your loyal readership and looks forward to seeing you at community events.

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Conroe, Montgomery and Willis

Julie Cannon, GENERALMANAGER

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Matt Stephens EDITOR Eva Vigh REPORTER Andy Li COPY CHIEF Andy Comer COPY EDITORS Ben Dickerson, Kasey Salisbury STAFFWRITERS Andrew Christman, Kara Mcintyre, Danica Smithwick, Ben Thompson ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Jeneen Poole DESIGN CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Tessa Hoee SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kaitlin Schmidt STAFF DESIGNER Lindsay Scott, Stephanie Torres BUSINESS GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Claire Love ABOUT US John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. CONTACT US 8400 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W, Suite 220 Houston, TX 77064 • 2814696181 communityimpact.com PRESS RELEASES comnews@communityimpact.com SUBSCRIPTIONS communityimpact.com/subscriptions © 2020 Community Impact Newspaper Co. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction of any portion of this issue is allowed without written permission from the publisher.

FROMEVA: Population growth continues to be the central factor for many of this year’s top stories. From school bonds to a new mobility study to the county’s need to diversify its water sources, these issues hinge on the fact that the cities of Conroe and Montgomery have experienced more than 40% and 50% population growth, respectively, from 2014 to 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Eva Vigh, EDITOR

TRANSPORTATION County thoroughfare plan EDUCATION Schools assess student growth CITY AND COUNTY SJRA, city of Conroe lawsuit

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6 Downtown Roots Salon &Wellness Spa planned to relocate in late January, after press time, to The Outlets at Conroe at 1111 League Line Road, Ste. 117, Conroe. Owner Katie Brooks said the Christian-based salon doubled in size and has 15 stylists to oer hair, facial, waxing and microblading services. The salon was located at 334 N. Main St., Conroe. 936-499-7117. www.facebook. com/downtown-roots-salon-wellness- spa-202183363186760 EXPANSIONS 7 Montgomery Self Storage completed its expansion of its property at 1418 FM 2854, Conroe, according to a press release on Dec. 27. About 42,000 square feet of storage area was added to the property, including a three-story, climate-controlled building and three non-climate-controlled build- ings. The ve original buildings have all been renovated. 936-760-1898. www.montgomeryss.com 8 Barbara’s Resale Shop expanded its services Jan. 4 to a new address at 511 N. Frazier St., Conroe. The clothing section will move to the new address while the furniture remains at the store’s original address, owner Barbara Naranjo said. 936-494-1060. www.barbarasresaleshop.com ANNIVERSARIES 9 Noe’s Crepes Coee & Tea will celebrate its rst anniversary Jan. 25. Al- though the restaurant originally opened Dec. 21, the celebration will take place after the holiday season. Employees will

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spring. The fast-food chain is known for its fried and grilled chicken sandwiches and nuggets. www.chick-l-a.com 3 Wingstop will open a Conroe location at I-45 South and Loop 336 in March, according to Wingstop Public Relations Specialist Ellie Moore. Moore said a March opening is still tentative as construction is ongoing. The franchise is known for its chicken wings. www.wingstop.com 4 A new Southern-style eatery, Sugar Britches Cafe , planned to open its doors Jan. 27, after press time, in the Marcel Commons shopping center at 2330 FM 1488, Ste. 100, The Woodlands. The cafe will feature a full coee bar serving drinks, including espresso and nitro cold

brew. Breakfast and lunch food will also be oered, as will bakery items, such as pies and pastries. www.facebook.com/ sugarbritchescafetx RELOCATIONS 5 Conroe Pound 4 Pound Boxing opened Jan. 13 at its new location at 821 N. 10th St, Conroe. The boxing gym oers lessons for anyone age 7 and up. In addition to general boxing and self-defense classes, the gym has 12 punching bags and other equipment. 936-320-1410. www.facebook.com/ conroepound4poundboxing

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Henry’s Home, Horse and Human Sanctuary moved its 24-member herd from a 5-acre to a 21-acre pasture. (Courtesy Henry’s Home, Horse and Human Sanctuary)

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FEATURED IMPACT EXPANSION Local nonprot Henry’s Home, Horse and Human Sanctuary, expanded to a new location in south Conroe in early January, Executive Director Donna Stedman said. The organization went from a 5-acre property to a 21-acre donated property about ve minutes from the organization’s previous location in Grand Central Park. The new location is at 14638 Perry Road, Conroe. “We’ve moved a couple of times, and every time, it’s been a little bit bigger and a little bit better,” Stedman said. “This is our fth move, and this is our nal move.”

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IN THE NEWS 10 HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe now oers a minimally invasive tran- scatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve with a catheter instead of open heart surgery. 504 Medical Center Blvd., Conroe. 936-539-1111. www.hcahoustonhealthcare.com/

The nonprot, which was founded in 2014, is home to the 24 horses and various other rescue farm animals it cares for. It is entirely run by volunteers and oers therapy to military veterans and rst responders. About half of its 200 volunteers are veterans, Stedman said. 281-292-1110. www.henryshomehorsesanctuary.org

hand out 100 “swag bags” lled with coupons, gift cards and samples. The cafe oers high quality and locally roasted or direct-trade coee in addition to its teas and crepes. 295 Enclave Drive, Ste. 200, Conroe. 832-429-2929. www.facebook.com/noescrepes NEWMANAGEMENT Conroe Symphony Orchestra recently gained a new music director and con- ductor in Jacob Sustaita. Sustaita’s rst concert with the orchestra was in Octo- ber. He is also the director of orchestral studies at Sam Houston State University and has served as the music director of the Akron Youth Symphony and the Min- nesota Philharmonic Orchestra. 936-760-2144. www.conroesymphony.org

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JANUARY 24 LEARNABOUT GRANTWRITING Local organization Boyd Grants and the Montgomery County Committee Foundation will teach nonprofits about grant writing. There are 30 slots available. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $35. 505 W. Davis St., Conroe. 832-229-7743. www.boydgrants.com 25 FLASHBACK TO THE '90S To start off the new year, Southern Star Brewing will host a '90s-themed costume party. The best costumes will win prizes. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Free (entry). 3525 N. Frazier St., Conroe. 936-441-2739. www.southernstarbrewing.com 25 THROUGH 26 FINDANEWSCALY FRIEND HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Show is coming to the Conroe area. The expo has various vendors selling pets and equipment. There will be educational spaces and auctions. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets vary. 9055 Airport Road, Conroe. 214-708-8305. www.herpshow.net 28 FINDA JOB The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce and Conroe Economic Development Council will host the annual job fair at the Lone Star Convention and

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Conroe G E T T I N G T O K N O W

Conroe is a rapidly growing city, growing 43% in population from 2014 to 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It oers live theater, music and artisan shops and is bordered by Lake Conroe, Sam Houston National Forest and W. Goodrich Jones State Forest.

SOURCES: CITY OF CONROE, AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *AGES 25 AND OLDER

Lake Conroe is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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$1,562

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2020 ANNUAL COMMUNITYGUIDE

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Montgomery G E T T I N G T O K N O W

The city of Montgomery was founded as a trading post in 1825 as the original county seat of Montgomery County. It is also recognized as the birthplace of the Texas Lone Star ag. In the last ve years, its population has increased by nearly 55%.

SOURCES: CITY OF MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *AGES 25 AND OLDER

The city of Montgomery is recognized as the birthplace of the Texas Lone Star ag. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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$275,000

R E S I D E N T A G E Median 33 36.1

H O U S E H O L D I N C O M E

Median annual

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Five-year change: +54.62%

$64,063

13.4% 31.8%

$61,161

G E T T I N G T O K N O W

Willis

Willis, a lumber and agricultural community, began to develop in 1870 after the railroad, now known as Union Pacic, was built through the area. Today, Willis is home to primary and secondary public schools, shopping and nearby Lake Conroe. Its population has remained fairly steady—growing by about 6%—in the last ve years.

SOURCES: CITY OF WILLIS, AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *AGES 25 AND OLDER

The city of Willis operates under an elected mayor and council members. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

R E N T V S . M O R T G A G E

P O P U L A T I O N

E D U C A T I O N L E V E L *

K E Y

2013 2018

High school diploma or higher

Median monthly rent

$1,004

H O M E V A L U E

Median

Median monthly mortgage

$67,000

$959

Bachelor’s degree or higher 64.9% 68.8%

$76,000

R E S I D E N T A G E Median 28.8 30.8

H O U S E H O L D I N C O M E

Median annual

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Five-year change: +5.88%

$26,608

8% 9.2%

$47,254

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Restaurants that opened in the Conroe and Montgomery area in 2019 or are coming soon in 2020

DINING

BURGERS 7 Burgerim 15260 Hwy. 105, Montgomery 936-703-5157 • www.burgerim.com/ our-locations/montgomery-2 $ K BARBECUE JL’s Lone Star BBQ Catering only 936-672-6413 • www.jlsbbq.com $$ 8 The Meating Place BBQ & Bakery 401 College St., Ste. 170, Montgomery 281-259-6328 www.meatingplacebbq.com $$ CAFE 9 BeanPunk Coee 401 College St., Ste. 170, Montgomery 936-701-1164 • www.facebook.com/ beanpunkcoeemontgomerytx $ 10 The Little Acorn 21149 Eva St., Montgomery 936-597-4144 • www.facebook.com/ thelittleacorninmontgomery/ $$ CAJUN 11 Monty’s Lighthouse Cajun Bar and Grill Waterpoint Shopping Center, 15250 Hwy. 105, Ste. 150, Montgomery 936-588-1212 www.montyslighthouse.com $$ H FAST FOOD 12 Chick-l-A 20155 Eva St., Montgomery www.chick-l-a.com $ B K COMING SPRING 2020 TACOS 13 Chronic Tacos 20212 Eva St., Ste. 200, Montgomery 949-680-4602 • www.chronictacos.com $ K

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Ste. 300, Conroe • 936-320-0022 www.citizensgrill.com $$ K 3 The Edge Lakeside Restaurant & Bar 15659 Marina Drive, Montgomery 936-703-5041 www.theedgerestaurantandbar.com $$ H 4 Red Flame Steak & Grill 7214 FM 1488, Magnolia 832-521-5066

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SHOPPING

8 Melting Pot Smoke Shop 1616 N. Frazier St., Ste. D, Conroe 936-703-5368 • www.facebook.com/ meltingpotsmokeshop 9 Ojas CBD 18417 Hwy. 105, Ste. 1, Montgomery 936-448-7321 • www.ojascbd.com 10 Quirky Leaf 525 Woodland Square Blvd., Ste. 140, Conroe • 936-267-2119 www.quirkyleaf.com 11 Releaf Organix 13080 Hwy. 105 W., Ste. 125, Conroe 936-588-5526 1140 N. FM 3083 W., Ste. 400, Conroe 936-494-0959 • https://cbdrx4u.com GAMES 13 The Adventure Begins Comics, Games, & More 525 Woodland Square Blvd., Ste. 130, Conroe • 936-273-3223 www.theadventurebegins comicsandgames.com PETS 14 Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Conroe 525 Woodland Square Blvd., Ste. 150, Conroe • 936-506-9663 www.woofgangbakery.com RETAIL 15 Bugaboo’s 202 McCown St., Montgomery 936-645-7847 www.bugaboosboutique.com 16 Dick’s Sporting Goods 336 Marketplace, 251 S. Loop 336 W., Conroe • 936-206-3224 www.dickssportinggoods.com 17 Main Street Merchants 208A N. Main St., Conroe 918-261-9769 • www.facebook.com/ merchantson208main 18 Sweet Texas Treasures 223 N. Main St., Conroe • 936-703-5332 www.sweettexastreasures.com www.releaforganixcbd.com 12 Your CBD Store Conroe

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TRANSPORTATION

Updates on key transportation projects

OTHER PROJECTS TO FOLLOW IN 2020

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Bond breakdown While a 2020 Montgomery County road bond was not in the county commissioners’ plans as of press time Jan. 15, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said he believes a bond referendum is needed in the next few years to fund continued road projects throughout the county. Take a look at how the 2015 road bond funds were allocated.

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Longmire Road widening Contractor Larry Young Paving is working on temporary paving for a $12 million project to widen and upgrade about 3 miles of road from two to four lanes, including biking and hiking trails. Timeline: May 2019-November 2020 Cost: $12 million Funding source: city of Conroe

SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY JUDGE’S OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Commissioners to update 2016 thoroughfare plan

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ALL 2019’S IN STOCK AND SELECT 2020’S You Pick 20% OFF! A A To get a bond onto the November general election ballot, commission- ers would have to call for an election by Aug. 17, according to the Texas secretary of state’s oce. As of press time, ocials with precincts 1 and 4 did not respond to requests for an interview. “We’ve got to go out for another road bond—we have to do it,” he said. “It’s getting to the point to where we’re going to have to do something.” From the $64 million allotted to Precinct 1 by the $280 million 2015 road bond, several projects are projected to be completed in 2020, including bridge replacements along Calvary Road and Shepard Hill. The 2015 bond has funded con- struction of several projects, includ- ing the widening and rehabilitation of Lone Star Parkway, Longstreet Road and Calvary Road.

informing the court,” Keough said. The 2016 Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan included a long-range outline of the county’s roadways and guidelines for future thoroughfare development. The update will be overseen by the Commissioners Court, and commis- sioners may also form additional groups of stakeholders to provide further input from their precincts. Precincts 1 and 3 will hold public meetings as part of the plan update, while precincts 2 and 4 will hold meetings throughout their ongoing mobility studies. 2015 road bond Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said there is a slim chance a bond will be called in 2020, but the county will need to call one in the next couple of years.

Montgomery County commis- sioners unanimously approved a $125,000 update to the county’s 2016 thoroughfare plan Dec. 10. The amended plan is expected to provide the county with an up-to-date list of its thoroughfare deciencies and possible future projects. The revision will include a new regional mobility study and result in an amended thoroughfare plan in 2020 for all four precincts, according to court information. Brown & Gay Engineers will develop the plan, which is scheduled to be complete in the rst six months of 2020, Mont- gomery County Judge Mark Keough said in a Dec. 12 email. “Having trac counts and data to back up the necessary updates to the current plan will go a long way at

Flashing lights upgrades The city began preconstruction in January to add ashing yellow arrows to 28 locations across the city to meet standards set by the Texas Department of Transportation. Timeline: January-TBD Cost: $798,207 Funding source: city of Conroe

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EDUCATION

Updates on education stories to follow

OTHER EDUCATIONNEWS TO FOLLOW IN 2020

TOP EDUCATION STORY OF 2020

WORKON THE CISD BOND Conroe ISD’s $653.57 million bond—approved in November—featured several projects aimed at addressing the rapid growth in the district as well as providing additional security and maintenance to several campuses. Here are projects underway in or near the Conroe and Montgomery area.

STUDENT GROWTH Local school districts are facing growing student enrollment. See how they compare in projected growth for the 2020-21 school year.

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PROJECT

COST

DESIGN CONSTRUCTION

CONROE ISD:

+1,350

+2%

Conroe High School Master Plan Phase 2

Lone Star College-Montgomery to oer bachelor’s degree in nursing BY DANICA SMITHWICK The Lone Star College-Montgomery campus will be starting its rst cohort of students this fall for the Bachelor of Science in nursing. Lone Star College System will be one of the rst community colleges in the state where students can earn certain four-year degrees, according to an LSCS news release. LSCS announced Dec. 10 that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved LSCS to begin oering degrees for Bachelor of Science in nursing, Bachelor of Applied Technol- ogy in cybersecurity and Bachelor of Science in energy, manufacturing and trades management. “This approval allows Lone Star College to expand its commitment to providing high-quality academic and workforce programs in response to our area employers’ needs,” LSCS Chancel- lor Stephen C. Head said. In 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Sen- ate Bill 2118 to allow the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to authorize certain public junior colleges to oer bachelor’s programs in applied science, applied technology and nurs- ing—elds that face severe shortages of local workers, Head said. Applications for the nursing program at LSC-Montgomery will be accepted starting Feb. 3. Visit www.lonestar.edu/bachelors for more information.

$144.25M 2020

2021-24

MONTGOMERY ISD: +200 +2%

New junior high in the Caney Creek feeder zone $80.63M 2020

2021-22

Creighton Elementary campus renovations

$8.4M 2020

2020

WILLIS ISD:

+400

+5%

SOURCES: CONROE, MONTGOMERY, WILLIS ISDSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SOURCE: CONROE ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

School districts assess 202021 student growth

Willis ISD considers need for bond Willis ISD created a planning com- mittee in August to review updated student enrollment as well as campus and facility needs for future projected growth, WISD Director of Communi- cations Jamie Fails said. WISD’s current enrollment is 7,845—an increase of about 400 from this time last year, she said. If the committee decides a bond is needed, the request will go before the WISD board of trustees at the Feb. 10 meeting, Fails said. All projects from the $109.5 million bond in 2015 are complete except for Elementary School No. 6, which is in the early stages of preconstruction, Fails said. The elementary will be located in the district’s fast-growth southwest corner at the end of Longmire Road, she said. Construction will begin in

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As 2020 makes headway, local school districts are combating grow- ing student enrollment and over- crowding at certain schools through bond projects or rezoning. Several projects from Conroe ISD’s $653.57 million bond—approved in November—are underway. These include Phase 2 construction at Conroe High School, a new junior high school in the Caney Creek feeder zone, a York Junior High School addition, and campus renovations at Creighton Elementary. York serves one of the district’s most populated areas and is expected to open in August 2021, according to the district. The other three projects are in the design phase. “York is well overcapacity at this point and growing every day,” CISD Superintendent Curtis Null said.

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