Northwest Austin Edition | September 2022

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION

VOLUME 16, ISSUE 8  SEPT. 24OCT. 21, 2022

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Voters to decide on $2.44 billion AISD bond package

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North Burnet/Gateway is a 2,300-acre area of North Austin planned to be redeveloped from mostly industrial to mixed-use buildings with a transit-oriented focus. City Council originally adopted this plan in 2007 but is now looking to update it to better reect its new goals.

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November’s election featuring races for governor and Austin mayor will have another high-prole item as Aus- tin ISD asks for approval of its largest bond package in district history. The AISD board of trustees autho- rized the $2.44 billion bond package election by unanimous vote at an Aug. 11 meeting. CONTINUED ON 28

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Security is one of the main focuses of the school bond. The plan includes building security vestibules—two sets of doors that require a sta member to allow entry.

Austin to reassess North Burnet/Gateway plan

rules and codes to accelerate development. “The community sees [North Burnet/Gateway] as a regional center that is pulling people in from all parts of not just the city, but the counties that are adjacent to Aus- tin. [This] allows some people to live further north where maybe the housing is less expensive and then commuting to Austin’s second downtown,” District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool said. Pool’s district houses the North Burnet/Gateway area. She has been a part of the plan’s updates since 2015 and is responsible for a number of amendments in the original CONTINUED ON 26

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The city of Austin is looking to update its North Burnet/ Gateway 2035 Plan, a comprehensive plan originally cre- ated in 2006 to make a second downtown in North Austin. The plan has gone through many updates, but the city is planning to further modify it to include a transit hub with train and bus lines for commuters to access downtown and other parts of Greater Austin. The updated plan includes increasing density in mixed-use buildings and amending

84 schools receiving secure entries $29.5 MILLION for secure entry vestibules SOURCE: AUSTIN ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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its third residence hall Aug. 26, nearly doubling the university’s housing capac- ity, according to a press release from the school. Located on the campus at 11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin, the new Regents Hall provides housing for up to 234 students with a fully equipped kitchen and outdoor amphitheater. 512- 313-4289. www.concordia.edu 5 Eden Medical Spa opened in the Shops at Walden Park near Lakeline Mall at the end of August. Located at 10900 Lakeline Mall Drive, Ste. 100, Austin, the medical spa provides a variety of services, including llers, body sculpting, laser hair removal, chemical peels and intravenous uid bar treatments. 512-920-0728. www.edenmedspatx.com 6 Jump Gymnastics , which oers classes for preschool kids, opened its third location at 10910 Domain Drive, Ste. 112, Austin, in September. The studio will oer gymnastics classes for ages 1-10 as well as half-day preschool. Gymnastics classes are expected to have a 4-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio. Class times vary, and registration is open through the website. 512-593-6226. www.jumpgymnastics.com 7 Sage Capital Bank opened a full-ser- vice branch at 12233 N. RM 620, Austin, in July. As a community bank, Sage has operated a loan production oce in Cedar Park since 2015. The bank is now ex- panding its operations to give customers deposit services. 512-240-6625. www.sagecapitalbank.com 8 Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza & Taproom opened Aug. 25 near the Four Points area at 8300 N. RM 620, Ste. K-200, Austin. The restaurant oers a va- 35

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NOW OPEN 1 Freestanding emergency room Austin Emergency Center opened near The Ar- boretum on Sept. 15. The 24/7 health care provider was acquired by private equity rm ZT Corporate and upgraded from an urgent care center to an emergency room with expanded services and technology at 10407 Jollyville Road, Austin. 512-334- 6707. www.austiner.com

2 Thai food truck Chaba Kitchen held its grand opening Aug. 8. Located at 7221 McNeil Drive, Austin, the family-run truck serves dishes such as pad thai, stir- fried Chinese broccoli with crispy pork belly and panang curry with rice. The food truck also sells soups; salads; and desserts, such as sticky rice with mango. 737-877-2888. www.chaba.kitchen 3 Clement’s Paint —a family-owned, in- dependent business—opened its seventh

Austin-area store in Northwest Austin on Sept. 1. As Austin’s oldest Benjamin Moore Dealer, Clement’s Paint oers paint, stain, primers, color matches, color selections, paint supplies and equipment. The business is the largest paint dealer in Central Texas, General Manager Scott Lawson said. The Northwest Austin location is near Avery Ranch at 10019 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 102, Austin. 512-356- 9965. www.clementspaint.com 4 Concordia University Texas opened

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riety of wood-red pizzas and sandwiches along with salads, starters and desserts. The self-pour taproom wall allows cus- tomers to choose from a selection of craft and domestic beers, wines and mixed 9 Full-service nail salon Square Nails held its grand opening Sept. 3 in the Gateway Shopping Center at 9503 Re- search Blvd., Ste. 550, Austin. The mod- ern nail bar and lounge oers manicures, pedicures, lash extensions and waxing. 512-514-0048. www.squarenailstx.com 10 Rothy’s , a national footwear brand that uses recycled plastic bottles to manufacture shoes, opened Sept. 2 near Nordstrom at Domain Northside, 11701 Domain Blvd., Ste. 130, Austin. The store is the rst on-the-ground location in Tex- as. The products are made from recycled plastic bottles and include shoes, bags and accessories, and have an eye on com- fort and durability for men, women and children. 512-520-5930. www.rothys.com COMING SOON cocktails. 512-284-8445. www.smokinoakpizza.com 11 California-based jewelry store Gorg- jana will open a new location next to Yeti at Domain Northside in the fall at 3120 Palm Way, Ste. 114, Austin. The brand of- fers an assortment of jewelry made with solid gold or gold plating, ne minerals and genuine gemstones. 512-758-7937. www.gorjana.com 12 Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream will open a new location in Plaza Volente next to H-E-B this winter. The shop at 11521 N. RM 620, Austin, will sell over 45 avors of ice cream daily for ice cream

cones; sundaes; shakes; and hurricanes, or blended vanilla ice cream with a mix-in of choice. Handel’s is a nationwide chain that was established in 1945. Updates will be available on the shop’s Instagram @handelsandersonmill and Facebook page: Handel’s Ice Cream Anderson Mill. www.handelsicecream.com 13 The boba tea chain Happy Lemon will open its rst Austin location in October at 2501 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 650 A, Austin. Known for its Salted Cheese drink series, the shop has over 1,000 locations worldwide and serves teas with a selection of toppings such as boba, lychee jelly, pudding and more. www.happylemonusa.com 14 Museum of Illusions , a privately held chain of museums, will open a new location near Aritzia and Starbucks at The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin. The 6,265-square-foot museum for all ages aims to educate and entertain its guests with 3D holograms and optical illusions as well as illusion rooms. Austin will be the second Texas location for the international museum that started in Croatia. The museum is

FEATURED IMPACT NOW OPEN Bulevar Mexican Kitchen , a 100% gluten-free eatery by Guy + Larry Restaurants, opened Aug. 31 in the former location of Z’Tejas Southwest Grill in The Arboretum at 9400 Arboretum Blvd., Austin.

and gins. A wood-red grill, a bar, tall ceilings and large glass windows overlooking Northwest Austin are a part of the restaurant’s interior. 9400 Arboretum Blvd., Austin 512-377-9877 www.bulevaratx.com

The Mexican menu includes hand- pressed tortillas; steaks; re-cooked sh; crudos, or raw sh; fresh oysters; and an organic half chicken with corn butter. Executive Chef Kevin Taylor, who is also the operating partner of ATX Cocina in downtown Austin, uses modern approaches combined with traditional Latin American avors. He oers a full- service bar with a drink menu featuring Mexican and American wines, whiskeys 512-372-8526. www.tutoringinatx.com 16 Mondee Holdings , a group of tech, content and service companies, moved its headquarters to Northwest Austin in July. The business produces travel technology and operates the platforms TripPro, Rocketrip and TripPlanet, among others. The new headquarters is located at 10800 Pecan Park Blvd., Ste. 315, Austin. 650-646-3320. www.mondee.com ANNIVERSARIES 17 Austin Classical School celebrated its 10th anniversary in August. Located at 10500 Jollyville Road, Bldg. A, Austin,

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the private Christian school oers classes to students on a collaborative schedule with in-person and at-home learning for pre-kindergarten through 9th grade stu- dents. The school teaches a Christ-cen- tered curriculum through a classical model of education. 512-215-2692. www.austinclassical.org 18 Kolache Factory celebrated its 40th anniversary Sept. 13. The nationwide chain has a store in Northwest Austin lo- cated at 4101 W. Parmer Lane, Austin. The bakery-cafe serves a variety of savory and sweet kolaches and pastries as well as coee and dinner rolls. 512-834-2253. www.kolachefactory.com

expected to open late 2023. www.museumollusions.com RELOCATIONS

15 College Tutors relocated to 4412 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 104, Aus- tin, on Sept. 1 from its previous location on Far West Boulevard. College Tutors oers homework assistance for all grade levels and college test prep. The compa- ny opened in 2007 and has since opened several other oces in the area. It also has services available online.

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TODO LIST

October & November events

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The Texas Craft Brewers Festival will host a festival centered around sampling craft beers brewed in Texas. Opens at noon for VIP ticketholders and 2 p.m. for general admission. Closes at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45 for general admission. 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin. www.texascraftbrewersfestival.org

The Austin City Limits Music Festival will return for six days of music spanning two weekends at Zilker Park featuring headlining acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Death Cab for Cutie and Lil Nas X. One-day tickets start at $145, and one-day VIP tickets start at $550. Three-day tickets are sold out. 2207 Lou Ne Road, Austin. www.aclfestival.com

The Austin Food and Wine Festival is coming back to Austin for its annual event Nov. 46.

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22 WALK FOR A CAUSE The American Heart Association will host the 3-mile Austin Heart and Stroke Walk. Attendees are encouraged to raise donations for the AHA. 8 a.m. Free registration. Q2 Stadium, 10414 McKalla Place, Austin. 512-338-2419. www.heart.org 27 THROUGH NOV. 03 WATCH A MOVIE SCREENING The 29th annual Austin Film Festival will feature a variety of lms throughout the duration of their eight-day festival. The lm festival screens movies at theaters throughout downtown Austin. Screenings are accompanied by Q&A sessions with cast and lm members. Tickets are available for general admission to individual lms. Film passes start at $70. In combination with the non-prot organization Rise Against Hunger, the Rotary Club of Austin North by Northeast chapter will hold an event to ll bags with food for countries in need worldwide. The event is open to club members, guests and volunteers. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd., Austin. https://portal.clubrunner.ca/3337 Various venues. 512-478-4795. www.austinlmfestival.com 29 HELP FIGHT HUNGER

01 THROUGH NOV. 12 PLAY PICKLEBALL The Pitch and 002 Pickleball will host a six-part tournament series for intermediate or advanced players. The event will have mixed doubles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles, as well as a hat draw tournament. Various days and times. $25 for registration. 13000 Harris Ridge Blvd, Austin. 512-291-3159. www.thepitchaustin.com 08 CELEBRATE GERMANTEXAS HERITAGE The German Texas Heritage Society will host an Oktoberfest with live music, craft beer and activities for kids. Proceeds will benet the German International School of Texas at Austin. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free (age 12 and younger), $15. 507 E. 10th St., Austin. www.germantexans.org/oktoberfest 08 THROUGH 09 EXPERIENCE A DAY OF SPIRITUALITY The metaphysical and holistic life expo will feature a variety of practitioners and activities such as meditation, tarot readings, energy healing, tea cup readings and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Sun.). $10 admission. 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 365, Austin. www.spirituallifeproductions.org

SEPTEMBER 24 THROUGH DEC. 8 VISIT A GALLERY Austin Community College Highland Campus will host Cultivating Community through Art until December. The exhibition will highlight the inuence of Sam Coronado, a former ACC professor and Chicano art movement icon. 6-8 p.m. Free. 6101 Highland Campus Drive, HLC 2.2450 Gallery 2000, Austin. 512-223-4636. www.austincc.edu OCTOBER 01 CELEBRATE DIWALI Livvie Star Company will host a Diwali celebration at The Domain, featuring vendors, south Asian cuisine, a fashion show and a Bollywood Garba dancing event. Diwali is free to attend from 12-10 p.m., and the Bollywood Garba is a ticketed event beginning at 7 p.m. There will be an open dance oor at the garba from 9:30-10 p.m. with Bollywood numbers. 12-10 p.m. (Diwali celebration), 7-10 p.m. (Bollywood Garba). Free- $15. 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin. Eventbrite: Diwali and The Bollywood Garba at The Domain.

FEATURED EVENT PLAN AHEAD FOR A FOOD FESTIVAL Nov. 04 -06 At the annual Austin Food and Wine Festival, attendees will be able to sample an assortment of foods from top Austin chefs and drinks including wines, beers and spirits. 21 and over only. Events begin at noon. Two-day passes available starting at $250. Auditorium Shores 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com

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foundations and installing LED high- mast lighting. Pavement grinding involves removing part of the road to make it more smooth, Shelton said. She said there are usually 60 workers on the project on any given day, and that number will continue to increase throughout the year. “Residents and drivers can expect to see increasing activity on the US 183 corridor between SH 45 N and MoPac, including construction on the medians and along the front- age roads,” Shelton said. “While constructing a project of this size will include some temporary lane closures, we want to minimize the inconvenience as much as possible.” The project will aect businesses, but some are not seeing that impact. One such business is Flying Threads Custom Embroidery, located o Research Boulevard at Anderson Mill Road. “So since the construction started, and I do think that they’re doing a lot of it at night, so maybe that has helped, but we haven’t actually seen a whole lot of impact from it,” Manager Katie Lawton said.

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Overnight lane closures can be expected through the fall along US 183 in Northwest Austin as construc- tion continues on the 183 North Mobility Project, which started in the spring. The project will add toll roads, an additional lane on each side of the road and roadway improvements along the 9-mile stretch of US 183 between SH 45 N and MoPac. The project is slated to be com- pleted in 2026. The project is being constructed by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and aims to improve safety and mobility. The project includes adding two toll lanes and one nontolled lane in each direction on US 183 between SH 45 N and MoPac. Mobility Authority Communica- tions Manager Sylvia Shelton said construction crews are focusing on pavement grinding, improving bridge

Crews are improving the bridge foundations for the expansion of US 183.

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES State OKs funds for I35 expansion project in North Austin The Texas Transportation Commis- 45

COMPILED BY AMY DENNEY & CHRISTOPHER GREEN

IMPROVING I35 IN NORTH AUSTIN

DIVERGING DIAMOND INTERCHANGE

The I-35 Capital Express North project is one of several along I-35 through the Austin area. Funding for the proj- ect was approved Aug. 30. Here are

some quick facts. Timeline: 2023-26 Cost: $606 million

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sion approved funding Aug. 30 for the $606 million I-35 Capital Express North project in North Austin that will add one high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lane in each direction between SH 45 N and Hwy. 290 East. Construction is estimated to start in early 2023, said Brad Wheelis, public information ocer for the Texas Department of Transportation Austin district. The HOV lane, also called a man- aged lane, will be for use by carpools, vanpools, emergency services vehicles and public transit, according to TxDOT. Other aspects of the project include reconstructing bridges, adding a diverging diamond interchange at Wells Branch Parkway, improving bicycle and pedestrian accommo- dations and making additional safety and mobility improvements,

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STATE NEWS State adopts 10-year road plan The United Transportation Program aims to help infrastructure updates and development throughout the state. COURTESY TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION The Texas Transportation Commission adopted the $85 billion 10-year state- wide road construction plan Aug. 30. The Unied Transportation Program aims to address safety and conges- tion, such as the I-35 Capital Express North and Central projects. Funding comes from legislative and voter-ap-

Funding sources: Capital Area Metro- politan Planning Organization, Texas Department of Transportation Project details One high-occupancy vehicle

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according to TxDOT. The commis- sion awarded the contract to Pulice Construction Inc., which has regional oces in Scottsdale and Houston. The project is receiving funding from both TxDOT and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organiza- tion, which is the regional transporta- tion planning group. The commission, which is the governing board for TxDOT, approved SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

the funding the same day it also approved the 2023 Unied Trans- portation Program, a 10-year $85 billion road construction plan, which estimates construction from 2023-26, according to the UTP. In June, TxDOT completed a diverging diamond interchange at I-35 and Parmer Lane as a separate project from the I-35 North project.

proved initiatives. Timeline: 2023-32 Cost: $85 billion Funding source: various

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EDUCATION Austin ISD pushing for recapture reform

WHAT IS RECAPTURE? Recapture was enacted by the Texas Legislature in 1993 to equalize wealth levels among school districts. Under Chapter 49 of the state education code, a district that brings in more local revenue than it is entitled to is considered property-wealthy and must pay its excess local revenue to the state to be distributed to property-poor districts.

Below is the baseline function for recapture, but the rate is adjusted based on factors such as school size and number of low-income campuses. Basic allotment per student ($6,160) Average daily attendance Entitlement—how much the district can keep X =

BY CHLOE YOUNG

Austin ISD is expecting to pay a record amount, almost $846 million, in local property tax revenue to the state through a process known as recapture for the 2022-23 school year—a more than 350% increase in recapture payments since 2015. As AISD faces nancial hurdles, district ocials and school nance advocates will be pushing to reform a system that they say is inequitable in the 2023 Texas legislative cycle. “We are at a breaking point,” AISD Chief Financial Ocer Eduardo Ramos said. How did AISD get here? In 1993, the Texas Legislature implemented recap- ture following a series of court rulings addressing inequalities in school funding. The state determines a district’s entitlement—how much it should cost to educate a student—through a complex set of formulas, said Amanda Brownson, associate executive director of policy research for the Texas Association of School Business Ocials. How much revenue the district is entitled to is determined by the number of students enrolled and daily attendance, Brownson said. Any revenue over the district’s entitlement is sent to the state to be redistributed to poor districts. In 2021, AISD paid roughly $700 million, more than the next top ve recapture-paying districts combined. While property values are increasing in Travis County, bringing the district more revenue, the dis- trict’s decreasing enrollment means those gains are going to the state. Enrollment has dropped by almost 10,000 students since 2015, according to AISD. What does this mean for AISD? AISD is projecting to pay over $1 billion in recapture for the 2025-26 school year, Ramos said at a meeting March 25 with city and county leaders. Ramos said the district will go bankrupt in the next three to four years if it continues to spend as it has.

Instruction

AUSTIN ISD’S TAX DOLLARS

Facilities, security & data processing Student support

To state recapture

Austin ISD

$835.28M

Just over half of every tax dollar paid to Austin ISD is projected to go recapture in 2022-23.

Campus admin Central admin Other

Available for Austin ISD:

Revenue: $1.68B

SOURCES: AUSTIN ISD, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

In the 2023 legislative session, Ramos said the dis- trict will advocate for increased per student funding, cost-of-living and ination adjustments, and a dis- count for paying recapture early or on time. Christy Rome, executive director of the Texas School Coalition, said the formula to determine what it costs to educate students is awed because it does not account for dierent costs of living. “Austin ISD is having to pay their employees to live in a community with a very high cost of living,” Rome said. Her organization will also ask the Legislature to increase the basic allotment of funding per student, account for dierences in cost of living and provide a discount for paying recapture early. Rome and Mayor Pro Tem Alison Alter, who runs a school nance advocacy group called Just Fund it TX, said their organizations will also advocate for more transparency, as there has been some concern about how recaptured dollars are used.

On June 23, the board adopted a $1.68 billion bud- get for scal year 2022-23, with over half going toward recapture. The district cut 600 employees for 2022-23 and reduced department budgets by 10%, Ramos said. “We’re at a point where we have to reduce our expenditures through stang in order to be able to make our recapture payment,” Ramos said. Austin High School teacher Miranda Grabowski said she has felt the weight of those eects. She said the school’s science department received no funding for its budget from the district in the 2021-22 year. “We’re essentially having to either pay out of our own pocket for things our students are going to need or ask parents for donations,” Grabowski said. What can the district do? In 2019, the Legislature passed House Bill 3, which reduced the recapture rate to a degree, but Ramos said the eects were temporary and lessened by growing ination and Austin’s high cost of living.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Austin Community College, Austin ISD, Pugerville ISD & Round Rock ISD

NUMBER TO KNOW $770 million This is the total bond amount Austin Community College is seeking voter approval on to fund expanding ACC’s workforce training in high- demand elds, such as health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology across 11 existing campuses and creating two new campuses in southeast and southwest Travis County. DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS PFLUGERVILLE ISD On Aug. 29, Superintendent Doug Killian was named one of ve nalists for the 2022 Superintendent of the Year award, given through the Texas Association of School Boards. ROUND ROCK ISD Starting in the 2022-23 school year, Round Rock ISD partnered with nonprot United Way for Greater Austin to oer an early childhood prekindergarten program for eligible 3-year-olds. Through the program, RRISD and United Way are partnering with a number of local child care centers, allowing 3-year-olds enrolled in those centers to co- enroll in RRISD’s PK3 program. PFLUGERVILLE ISD The board of trustees approved an additional ve days of COVID-19 leave for district employees for the 2022-23 school year at the Aug. 18 meeting, bringing the total to 13 days. AUSTIN, PFLUGERVILLE & ROUND ROCK ISDS The Texas Education Agency released the 2021-22 accountability ratings for school districts. Austin ISD received an overall B rating, scoring 88 out of 100 points; Pugerville ISD received an overall score of 85; and Round Rock ISD earned a B rating, scoring 89 points.

AISD makes progress on addressing discipline disparity

BY ZACH KEEL

DISCIPLINARY RATES AISD data shows Black and special education students are disproportionately disciplined, which includes home or in- school suspension and discretionary removal.

AUSTIN ISD Disciplinary data presented Sept. 1 to the board of trustees shows the district lags in reducing the disproportionate discipline of Black students but is making progress with special education students. While Black students in AISD account for 6.5% of the student population, they made up 17.5% of all disciplinary actions in the district during the 2021-22 school year. The district’s goal was to get the rate down to 15% for 2021-22. Students receiving special education services, 13.4% of the district’s student population, accounted for 29.7%, exceeding the district’s goal of 34% for 2021-22. The district’s long-term goal is to entirely eliminating dis- cipline disparity for both student groups by the end of the 2025-26 school year. From 2020-21 to 2021-22, the discipline rate dropped 0.2 percentage points for Black students and 11.4 percentage points for special education students.

PERCENTAGE OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Black students 2020-21

Special education students 2020-21

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41.1%

0.2*

11.4*

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2021-22

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29.7%

Goal

Goal

all disciplinary action

all disciplinary action

15%

34%

*PERCENTAGE POINT DROP

SOURCE: AUSTIN ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

AISD to adopt lower tax rate

Round Rock ISD approves reduced tax rate of $1.0626

RATE CHANGE The Round Rock ISD adopted a lower tax rate than the previous year, but it will still generate higher taxes due to rising property values.

BY ZACH KEEL

6.26%

AUSTIN ISD The board of trustees will decide at its next regular meet- ing on Sept. 29 whether to adopt a proposed 2022-23 tax rate of $0.9966 per $100 of property value. If authorized, the rate would be the lowest among surrounding Central Texas school districts, AISD Chief Financial Ocer Eduardo Ramos said. The proposed maintenance and operations rate is $0.8836 and the interest and sinking rate is $0.113, which are used for operating costs and debt service, respectively. The overall tax rate is $0.1061, or 9.62% lower than the 2021-22 tax rate.

$1.1336

$1.0626

BY BROOKE SJOBERG

ROUND ROCK ISD The board of trustees adopted a property tax rate of $1.0626 on Sept 15. This total rate is made up of a $0.8546 maintenance and opera- tions, or M&O, rate and a $0.208 debt service, or interest and sinking (I&S) rate, which will fund the district’s budget as well as cover its debt payments. While the proposed rate is $0.071 or 6.26% lower than the rate for the 2021-22 scal year, it will result in a

SOURCE: ROUND ROCK ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER FY 2021-22 FY 2022-23

3.1% higher tax bill as taxable prop- erty value in RRISD has increased by 8.8%, according to the district. Taxpayers with a home value of $440,000 can expect to see their annual tax bill increase by $141 in 2023 if the proposed rate is ratied, district documents show.

MEETINGS WE COVER

Round Rock ISD board of trustees Meets Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at 300 Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock. 512-464-5000 www.roundrockisd.org Pugerville ISD board of trustees Meets June 16 at 7 p.m. at 1401 W. Pecan St., Pugerville. 512-594-0000 www.psd.net Austin ISD board of trustees Meets Sept. 29 and Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at 4000 S. I-35, Austin. 512-414-1700 www.austinisd.org Austin Community College board of trustees Meets Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin. 512-223-7613 www.austincc.edu

Austin ISD enters new scal year

includes stipends based on tenure. Additionally, $8 million will go to raise the district’s minimum hourly wage to $16, from $13.50, and another $1 million will go to increasing the minimum hourly pay for bus drivers to $21 from $17. The district is projecting $1.66 billion in revenue. That includes $1.57 billion from local revenue, $62.64 million in state funds and $19.97 million in federal funds. In the previous year, AISD collected $1.45 billion in local revenue and $64.63 million in state revenue. The district also collected $105.1 million in federal revenue.

Austin ISD income An increasing amount of AISD’s revenue is expected to come from local taxes. Local revenue $1.4B

2020-21 2021-22 2022-23*

BY DARCY SPRAGUE

$1.45B

$1.57B

AUSTIN ISD On Oct. 1, Austin ISD will start the 2022-23 scal year with a $1.68 billion budget. The budget, passed June 23, is centered on retaining teachers and sta, according to the district. The budget provides a $1,000 annual pay bump and 2% raise for teachers based on midpoint salaries, according to district ocials. It also

$1.66B total revenue projected for 2022-23

State revenue $71.45M 2020-21 2021-22 $64.63M $62.64M 2022-23*

Federal revenue 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23*

$43.53M $105.1M $19.97M

*202223 PROJECTED REVENUE

SOURCE: AUSTIN ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

COMPILED BY GRACE DICKENS & SUMAIYA MALIK Projects underway in the Northwest Austin area

RENDERING COURTESY CITY OF AUSTIN

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SAISON NORTH O-SDA Industries is building an aordable housing apartment project, Saison North, at 10010 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. in the Gateway area. The nearly $36 million project is projected to have 116 aordable housing apartment units. The site was formerly the North by Northwest Brewery. Construction will begin mid-October and is expected to be complete by late 2023. Leasing will also begin late next year. Space: 168,770 square feet Timeline: fall 2023 completion

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Slate Real Estate Partners is developing a 260-unit mixed-use project near The Arboretum at 10400 Research Blvd. According to documents led with the city of Austin, the project will be ve stories and have almost 4,000 square feet of business and administrative space. Slate declined to comment for this story. Space: 348,391 square feet Timeline: TBD

Apartment home developer Bonner Carrington is constructing a multifamily complex north of Connally High School at 1501 W. Howard Lane, according to documents led with the city of Austin. The community will have eight three-story multifamily buildings with 362 units as well as a clubhouse leasing center. Space : total 1.03 million square feet Timeline: TBD

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GOVERNMENT Austin continues steps toward opening trauma recovery center

WHAT IS A TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTER? A TRC is a public center where victims of violent crime can go to receive treatment for abuse and trauma they have experienced. TRCs help connect victims with social services such as: Counseling Food and shelter

SOURCE: CITY OF AUSTIN/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Legal services

Medical care

BY CHRISTOPHER GREEN

to substance use issues and, you know, just unhealthy habits. And so in addressing that and breaking that pattern, we increase the safety and community,” Tucker said. A July report published by the Alliance for Safety and Justice outlines some of the benefits offered by a TRC as well as the gaps between the number of victims of violent crime who do not get assistance and support compared to victims who do. The report recommends having one TRC per 100,000 residents. City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes introduced the resolution to create a TRC and said Austin is in need of the services the center would provide. “The data is there to show that [a TRC] reduces revictimization; it reduces homelessness; and it actually increases reporting of crimes,” Fuentes said.

PROCESS OF OPENING A TRC IN AUSTIN Austin City Council is partnering with the Alliance for Safety and Justice and the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice to open a TRC. These two organizations provide council with funding strategies and data research about TRC services. SOURCE: CITY OF AUSTIN/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Austin's current stage

The Office of Violence Prevention in Austin is continuing efforts to bring a trauma recovery center, or TRC, to the city. The city proposed $1 million in funding for a TRC in the 2022-23 budget. Officials approved the city’s overall budget Aug. 18, and that included funding for a TRC. Officials began looking into adding a TRC in March, and city staff have since enlisted two national advocacy groups—Alliance for Safety and Jus- tice and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice—to help determine the feasibility of bringing such a facility to Austin. Terra Tucker, Texas state director for the Alliance of Safety and Justice, said a TRC helps reduce the risk of incarceration by breaking habits and cycles of abuse. “Unaddressed trauma can lead

Council approves a resolution to open a TRC

in Austin on March 24. 1

Council approves funding for a TRC in

August as part of its budget. 2

City Council works with organizations that implement TRCs across the country to begin the necessary steps to open a TRC in Austin.

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City Council and the city manager look into data on TRCs and how they can be of service and if it is feasible to open one in Austin.

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City Council decides whether to open a TRC. 5

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said his office has bud- geted funds toward the project, and added a TRC is a way to help reduce gun violence in Travis County. “We know so often that people

who perpetrate acts of gun violence have often themselves been victims of gun violence,” Garza said. “And so we think it is key to our public safety to meet the needs of people who are victims of crime in our community.”

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