Cedar Park - Leander Edition | May 2022

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DROUGHT RISKRISING Much of western Travis County is experiencing drought conditions, resulting in an increased wild re risk.

LISDeyes budget shortfall ahead of enrollment growth

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77.1% of the county is seeing drought conditions

BY ZACHARIA WASHINGTON

ABNORMALLY DRY

Leander ISD is facing a projected $33.9 million budget shortfall in the next scal year as it aims to balance increasing expenditures—primarily due to salary and pay increases—and rising enrollment numbers. “We have nearly $12 million budgeted for salary increases, and then with student growth, we hire additional teachers,” LISD Chief Financial O…cer Elaine Cogburn said. For scal year 2022-23, Leander ISD is predicting CONTINUED ON 27

Producers begin supplemental feeding for livestock

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MODERATE DROUGHT

72.92% of the county is seeing drought conditions

BUILDING THE BUDGET Leander ISD’s budget has grown over the past three scal years.

Travis County

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Expenditures

SOURCES: TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD, U.S. DROUGHT MONITORCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

$363.52M

2020-21

SEVERE DROUGHT

$387.57M

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Pasture conditions are very poor

Wild re danger is severe

$404.08M

Crop yields decrease Wildlife moves into populated areas

Burn bans are implemented

Revenue 2020-21 2021-22

Mandatory water restrictions are implemented

$367.99M

$368.54M

EXTREME DROUGHT

2022-23 (Projected)

$378M

Crops fail to germinate; decreased yields for irrigated crops

Supplemental feeding for livestock, herds are sold

Soil has large cracks; soil moisture is very low

EXPENDITURES DO NOT INCLUDE TRANSFERS FOR HEALTHCARE PAYMENTS AND FACILITY MAINTENANCE OR THE USE OF FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS, WHICH AFFECT THE PROJECTED DEFICIT.

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

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COMING SOON 3 Mutts Canine Cantina broke ground on a facility in Northwest Austin in mid-April. The o-leash dog park and entertainment destination will oer food and drinks alongside live music, games and private party cabanas for humans and their four- legged friends to enjoy. Located at 9825 N. Lake Creek Parkway, Austin, the venue is expected to open in the fall. 512-399- 6200. www.muttsaustin.com 4 Z’Tejas was slated to open in Avery Ranch on April 18, but the opening was delayed to May 9 due to a Šre at the stor- age unit where the bulk of the business’s furniture and equipment was being kept. This upcoming location—at 14900 Avery Ranch Blvd., Ste. B100, Austin—marks a return for Z’Tejas to the Avery Ranch area; the restaurant group previously closed a dining room o West Parmer Lane in 2017. With one other Austin kitchen, Z’Tejas serves a variety of Southwestern and Mexican dishes, such as fajitas, enchiladas and tacos. www.ztejas.com 5 Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar will open a Cedar Park location in September. Shogun is based in Texas with a total of 27 locations. The restaurant is widely known for its steak, fresh Šsh and sushi, and hibachi experience. The 8,000-square- foot building will include three reservable party rooms. Shogun Japanese Grill & Su- shi Bar will be located at 11023 Pecan Park Blvd., Cedar Park, which was previously occupied by Fuddruckers. www.ishogun.com 6 LeafSpring School , a chain of private preschools and after-school care facilities,

will open at 11651 W. Parmer Lane, Cedar Park in June. The school will open with preschool facilities now before adding a second building for its after-school care programs. The preschool oers programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old with private kindergarten as well. LeafSpring has locations in Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana as well as two San Antonio schools. 512-960-2944. www.leafspringschool.com 7 Montessori Kids Universe , an early childhood preschool that provides an au- thentic Montessori curriculum for infants to kindergarten-age children, will open a Leander location in June. Montessori education is a system for children that looks to develop natural interests instead of using formal teaching methods. The Leander location will be located at 10960 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. MKU is oering early bird discounts to customers who register in advance. 737-304-6001. www.montessorikidsuniverse.com 8 Leander Modern Dentistry is expect- ed to open in May at 19368 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. 150, Leander. The practice of- fers a variety of dental services, including dental veneers, teeth whitening, cavity Šlling, same-day crown Šllings and online dentistry appointments. The o‰ce also provides 24/7 emergency dental care as needed via telephone. The practicing den- tists at this location are Dr. Zhixin Guan and Dr. Esther Yang. Guan owns another dentist o‰ce in Cedar Park called Cedar Park Modern Dentistry. 737-843-4226. www.leandermoderndentistry.com 9 Great Clips has a second Leander location under construction at 19372

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NOWOPEN 1 Stella Nail Salon & Lounge opened a Cedar Park location at the end of April. The luxury nail salon oers a variety of nail, waxing, eyebrow tinting and lash services. Stella Nail Salon & Lounge is located at 13530 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. 103, Cedar Park. 512-986-4581. www.stellanailsalonandlounge.com

2 Hill Country Anxiety opened its o‰ce at 1210 Cottonwood Creek Trail, Ste. 510, Cedar Park, in the Šrst week of April. The practice specializes in treating children, teens and young adults with general anx- iety, tic disorders, autism spectrum disor- ders, disruptive behavioral concerns and life transitions. Dr. Melissa McHugh Dillon sees her patients in the o‰ce or through telehealth appointments. 512-528-3131. www.hillcountryanxiety.com

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Firehouse Animal Health Center is building a sixth Austin-area clinic in Cedar Park. COURTESY FIREHOUSE ANIMAL HEALTH CENTER

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Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. 330, Leander. Great Clips is a salon that oers a wide range of hair services, including cuts, trims, shampoos and styles. Customers love the friendly stylists and conve- nience of Great Clips, said franchisee Bill Davenport, who is also the owner of the new Leander location as well as six other locations in the Greater Austin area. This second Leander Great Clips is expected to open in mid-May. www.greatclips.com 10 Construction for a new location of We Are Blood in Cedar Park is underway, and the new location will open in early June. We Are Blood is the provider of blood & platelets to over 40 hospitals for 10 counties in the Central Texas area. Currently, the blood bank has three other locations in the Greater Austin area, including one in Round Rock. The non- proŠt saw a “massive need for support or donations” from the community. The new We Are Blood Cedar Park location will be at 251 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. 111A, Cedar Park. www.weareblood.org RELOCATIONS 11 In‚nit8 Fitness will be relocating from 3620 E. Whitestone Blvd., Bldg. B, Cedar Park, to another Cedar Park location June 1. InŠnit8 Fitness is a bou- tique-style, community-based gym that oers strength-based training, high-in- tensity interval training and personalized training for small groups, large groups, individuals and athletes. Owner Olivia Wil- liams said the gym is very welcoming to everyone, regardless of their Štness back- ground. The current location of InŠnit8 Fitness will be open until the last week of May. The address of the new location is

12800 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 212, Cedar Park. 512-221-8005. www.i8Št.com EXPANSIONS 12 Dart’em Up , an indoor foam dart sports arena, is opening an expanded ar- cade and prize center in May. The business added 3,106 square feet to its facility at 13776 US 183, Ste. 104, Austin, including a larger, updated lounge area where patrons can enjoy concessions. Owner Richard McVay said the expanded arcade will feature about 40 dierent games. Dart’em Up, which celebrated its Šfth anniversary in December, oers a full Nerf blaster and dart arsenal and a variety of game modes as well as adult game nights. 512-735- 1919. www.dartemup.com ANNIVERSARIES 13 Cedar Park Montessori School will celebrate its 25th anniversary May 27. Cedar Park Montessori School provides socio-academic programs that promote character development, exploration and independence for toddlers as early as 18 months, preschoolers, kindergarten- ers and children in Šrst to sixth grades. In addition to Cedar Park Montessori School, there is a second location, Sapientia Montessori School, at 1220 Cottonwood Creek Trail, Cedar Park. Cedar Park Montessori School is located at 400 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-259-8495. www.cedarparkmontessori.com

FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Construction on Firehouse Animal Health Center is underway in Cedar Park at 3219 E Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 300, and the facility is expected to open in August. Firehouse is a veterinary hospital that o ers immunizations, heartworm testing and prevention, dental care, physical examinations, x-rays, on- site surgical procedures, emergency assistance and more for pets and animals. Firehouse Animal Health Center Cedar Park is being built from scratch in a 4,000-square-foot space, which includes eight to nine exam rooms; an open treatment area with glass, allowing pet owners to see their pets while undergoing treatment; separate areas for cats and dogs; large exam IN THE NEWS 14 Volente Beach Resort &Waterpark opened its waterpark portion for the sum- mer April 30. The water park on the Lake Travis waterfront oers rides, a private beach, a swim area, two pools, a poolside bar, indoor and outdoor dining, and more for participants of all ages. Volente Beach is located at 16107 FM 2769, Leander. 512-258-5110. www.beachsidebillys.com

rooms that allow doctors to be on the ˆoor with the pets; and a comfort room resembling a home living room for pets who are anxious to be examined. Dr. Jed Rogers and Dr. John Faught are the owners of this hospital, and Dr. Sherry Hill will be the medical director. The Cedar Park location will be Firehouse’s sixth hospital in the Austin area, including one in Leander. www.’rehouse.vet

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15 Customers at Austin-area Whole Foods Market locations will soon be able pay for their groceries with a scan of their hand, Amazon announced in a press release April 19. Known as Amazon One, the palm recognition technology allows shoppers to link their credit or debit card to their unique palm signature. Amazon One debuted in the area at a Southwest Austin Whole Foods but will be available at the location at 5001 US 183A, Bldg. A, Ste. 100, Cedar Park, in the coming weeks. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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May & June events

MAY 28

WORTH THE TRIP DREAMLAND

Dreamland, an outdoor entertainment venue, will present its rst Music & Arts Festival. The event will include music performances by Bob Schneider, Carolyn Wonderland and Del Castillo. An artisan market, a beer garden, miniature golf and other activities are planned. 11 a.m.-11:55 p.m. Free (children age 5 and younger), $50 (general admission). 2770 W. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs. https://dreamland.us

MAY 07 FLY AKITE

is available at www.cedarparktexas.gov. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free for residents. Gupton Stadium parking lot East Park Street entrance, 200 Gupton Way Drive, Cedar Park. 512-401-5300 14 GET IN RHYTHMWITH THIS FESTIVAL The Sticks + Skins Drum Festival will be presented by Soulshine Rhythm Experience in partnership with www.playdrums.com. Learn tips and techniques from professional percussionists in all areas of drums and rhythm. 1-3 p.m. $5 (per person), $10 (per family). Smooth Village, 203 W. Broade St., Leander. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com, Sticks + Skins Drum Festival 20 MUSIC IN THE PARK The Williamson County Symphony Orchestra will perform “Great Music Arising Out of War” at Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. Free. 7:30-8:50 p.m. www.wilcosymphony.org 21 VISIT CEDAR PARKMARKET DAYS Held the third Saturday of the month, the May event will feature the Andre Hayward Trio and shopping for unique goods from 70 local artisans, specialty food vendors and crafters. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 11066 Pecan Park Blvd., Cedar Park. www.cedarparkmarketdays.com 30 MEMORIAL DAY EVENT SET A Memorial Day celebration in Cedar Park will be hosted by Lakeline Oaks Retirement Community. 3:30-5 p.m. Free. 1905 S. Lakeline Blvd., Cedar Park. www.rlcommunities.com JUNE 05 SUPPORT FURRY FRIENDS Whitestone Brewery will be hosting a fundraiser bene¥ting Great Pyrs & Paws Rescue. For every pint sold during the two-hour event, $1 will be donated to Great Pyrs & Paws Rescue. The event will have adoptable dogs on-site, GPPR swag, T-shirts and ra¦e giveaways. 1-3 p.m.

Leander parks and recreation will host its annual Kite Festival at Devine Lake Park. The family-friendly event will include kite events, food and craft vendors. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 1807 Waterfall Ave., Leander. 512-528-2997. www.leandertx.gov/parksrec 08 ATTENDAMOTHER’S DAY CONCERT The Mother’s Day R&B Jam will feature Monica, Tank, Ginuwine, 112 and H Town. Monica, the Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum selling R&B artist, will headline the event, which is part of a North American tour. 5:30 p.m. (doors open), 6:30 p.m. (concert). $62-$212. H-E-B Center Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. www.ticketmaster.com 09 SWING FOR A GOOD CAUSE The 22nd annual Chamber Golf Classic presented by Toyota of Cedar Park will raise funds for the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce. 11:30 a.m. (registration/lunch), 1 p.m. (shotgun start). $600 (team of 4). Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Drive, Cedar Park. Lunch and dinner included. Contact Tony Moline at 512-260-7800 or tony@cedarparkchamber.org. 11 TRAIN TO LEAVE NO TRACE The Williamson County Conservation Foundation will host a class about the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The program is presented by the Center for Outdoor Ethics and allows participants to hike, bird watch and see the Williamson County preserves. 1-2 p.m. Must register and obtain a pass. Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, 3005 CR 175, Leander. Eventbrite: Leave No Trace for Williamson County 14 CLEANOUT THE GARAGE A household hazardous waste free cleanup will allow Cedar Park homeowners to unload paint, acids, used motor oil, pool chemicals, car tires and other hazardous items. A list of items allowed and prohibited along with other guidelines

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THE GOOD LOT 2500 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park 512-986-4037 https://thegoodlotcp.com MAY 06 Sam Williams, 7 p.m. 07 Ben Harrison, 7 p.m. 13 Steph Cash, 7 p.m. 14 Frank D’Angelo, 7 p.m. 20 Alex Hensley, 7 p.m. 27 Colin and Zach, 7 p.m. 28 Mike Dohm, 7 p.m. JUNE 04 Auburn McCormick, 7 p.m. 10 Kaylin Karr, 7 p.m. 11 Charlie McCabe 7 p.m. SHOOTERS 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park 512-260-2060 https://shootersbilliards.net MAY 07 Trick Shot, 9 p.m. 13 Honey Punch, 9 p.m. 14 American Gypsy Band, 9 p.m. 21 Gary Cain Band, 9 p.m. JUNE 04 Texas Deathgrip, 8 p.m.

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ENJOY FAMILY, FOODAND FUN LEANDER’S OLD TOWN DISTRICT

The annual family-friendly Old Town Street Festival will include live music all day with Lee Roy Parnell as the event’s headliner, food, drinks from wineries and breweries, and handcrafted creations by local and national artisans. 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Free. Old Town District, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander. 512-259-1907. www.oldtownstreetfestival.com

Maggie Mae’s in Leander features a full lineup of live music.

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MAGGIEMAE’S LEANDER 105 W. Willis St., Leander Facebook: MaggieMaesLeander MAY 06 Bob Maccarni, 7 p.m. 07 Javier Soliz Band, 7 p.m. 12 Kevin Kelly, 7 p.m. 20 Gigi Worth 7 p.m. 21 Hannah Swann, 7 p.m. 28 Rob Bray 7 p.m.

Register at www.cedarparkchamber.org. 11 DANCEWITH YOUR SWEETHEART The Leander Parks and Recreation Department will host the Sweetheart Dance. The event will include dancing, light bites and photos. All ages are welcome. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 (per person). Leander Activity Center, 11880 Hero Way W., Ste. 600, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx.gov

Free. 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 500, Cedar Park. 512-765-4828. www.whitestonebrewery.com 08 HEAR OF THE STATE OF LEANDER ISD The Leander ISD State of the District luncheon will feature Superintendent Bruce Gearing at Vandergrift High School’s cafe, 9500 McNeil Drive, Austin. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25 (Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce members), $35 (nonmembers).

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TRAFFIC TRAGEDIES While most trac crashes did not result in injuries, thousands of Texans died

Roadways are becoming increas- ingly deadly, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation that detailed ndings that are part of a larger issue nationwide. TxDOT reported in March there were more than 4,480 deaths on Texas roads in 2021, only a little behind 1981, the deadliest year to date with over 4,701 deaths. Roadway deaths are also on the rise nationwide. O€cials reported an estimated 20,160 people died from vehicular crashes in the rst half of 2021, 18.4% higher than in 2020. Texas saw an increase of almost 15% from 2020-21. TxDOT elaborated on the shared responsibility drivers, roadway engineers and law enforcement have to reduce deaths on Texas roads. “Driver behavior is one of the causes but also one of the most important solutions,” Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan said in a news release. “This is not blame. These are facts. We all have a role. TxDOT can do more, and we accept that responsibility. The driving public can do more. For instance, in 2021, a total of 1,522 people were killed because of speed, and a total of 1,219 were killed because they were not wearing a seat belt. These were decisions made by people that could have potentially saved 2,741 lives.” Art Markman, a psychology professor at The University of Texas, informed TxDOT leaders and

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New Hope Drive extension Work to design an extension of New Hope Drive to connect it from Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Sam Bass Road in Cedar Park is almost complete. The new road will be four lanes with a raised median, a shared-use path and bike lanes, according to the city. Timeline: summer 2022-late winter 2023 Cost: $18.4 million Funding source: city of Cedar Park

Noninjuries

1.07M

137.4K Possible injuries 100.4K Unknown injuries

“WEMUST DOBETTERFOR OURSELVES, OUR LOVED ONES ANDOUR LARGER COMMUNITYOF TEXANS.” LAURA RYAN, TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER

82.5K Suspected minor injuries 19.4K Suspected serious injuries

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transportation stakeholders at the annual Texas Transportation Forum in February about coronavirus-related pressures that have had a negative impact on Texas roadways. “We have to remind people that they are part of a community,” Markman said. “We have to start considering everyone as part of our community. If we don’t do that, there are going to be all sorts of negative consequences ... [including] negative consequences on the road.” The release provided information on initiatives TxDOT is researching and studying before implementing to aid in roadway safety. Some of the initiatives include tra€c safety cam- paigns and law enforcement funding grants as well as proven life-saving

roadway designs. TxDOT is also reviewing crash data to identify areas where drivers are more likely to crash and will use its ndings to focus improvement initiatives on those areas and share the data with the driving population. O€cials within the agency believe the implementation of the above ini- tiatives and focusing on engineering and enforcement will greatly reduce the number of deaths on Texas roads. “But make no mistake: This is an urgent call to action for all of us behind the wheel,” Ryan said. “We can do bet- ter. We should do better. We must do better—for ourselves, our loved ones and our larger community of Texans. Not a single death on our roadways is acceptable.”

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NEWAPARTMENT COMPLEX TO BREAK GROUND IN LEANDER Glenwood Apartments, a 95,250-square- foot complex, will break ground at 2804 Bagdad Road, Leander, by mid-2022. Located across the street from Leander High School, between Bahama Buck’s and Dollar General, Glenwood will be three stories tall with 84 apartment units. The apartment complex will have one- and two-bedroom options and 126 parking spaces. Residents will have access to an amenity center that includes the leasing oˆce, an internet cafe and a sitting area. “[Glenwood] is well located near restaurants, a theater, the high school, and [it’s] a safe neighborhood,” said Glenn Gonzales, owner of the property and CEO of Obsidian Capital Co.

MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY IN LEANDER Ronald Reagan Crossing—a 100,000-square-foot mixed-use site located at 15101 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Leander—is under construction. Phase 1 of the development consists of 45,000 square feet of retail space; 37,000 square feet of oˆce space; 10,000 square feet for The Learning Experience, which is a day care center; 6,000 square feet of drive-thru restaurant space; and 510 parking spaces. Construction on Ronald Reagan Crossing began August 2021, and Phase 1’s expected completion date is spring 2023. A few restaurants coming to Ronald Reagan Crossing include The Brass Tap,

Tea2go TeaN’ergy, an Indian restaurant and co¡ee shops, according to the developer, The Prime Developer. Phase 2 of the project will consist of additional restaurant, retail and oˆce space, and is expected to begin construction in September. Space: 100,000 square feet Timeline: 2022-April/May 2023

Because Glenwood o¡ers fewer amenities than other Class A apartments in the area, rent will be less expensive, Gonzales said. Glenwood Apartments is expected to be fully constructed by spring 2023. The site also includes 10,000 square feet of retail and oˆce space. Space: 95,250 square feet Timeline: mid-2022-spring 2023

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Leander ISD

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LISD considers pay increase for employees, substitutes

Leander ISD board of trustees Will meet May 5 and 19 at 6:15 p.m. 300 W. South St., Leander 512-570-0000 www.leanderisd.org Austin Community College board of trustees MEETINGSWE COVER LEANDER ISD BOARD VICE PRESIDENT, ON EXPLORING INCENTIVES OR PROGRAMS AIMED AT RETAINING TEACHERS “IFWE REALLYWANT TO TALKABOUT BEING LEADERS IN THIS SPACE, RETAINING THE BEST TEACHERS ANDRECRUITING THE BEST TEACHERS, I THINKWE HAVE TO REIMAGINEWHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE.” GLORIA GONZALESDHOLAKIA,

BY ZACHARIA WASHINGTON

employees, the establishment of a $15 hourly minimum pay, an adjust- ment to substitute pay rates and the opportunity to authorize an additional 1% salary increase for teachers. No actions were taken after dis- cussion. The board will consider the compensation recommendations for approval at the next meeting May 19.

Gonzales-Dholakia said. “I’mwon- dering if that’s something we’ve ever considered or would consider to try to change the paradigm in how teachers are paid in our district.” If there was no additional 1% pay increase for teachers and the district went with an across-the-board 2% pay increase for all employees, the starting salary for teachers would be $51,805. With the across-the-board 3% pay increase for teachers, registered nurses and counselors—and a 2% pay increase for all other employ- ees—teachers would receive a starting salary of $52,377. LISD has not increased substitute pay in ve years, district sta‡ said. Substitute daily pay sits between $90-$120, depending on the time period, degrees and certications. The proposed substitute rate discussed would be between $115-$175. The human resources department’s compensation recommendations included a 2% across-the-board base salary increase for all regular

LEANDER ISD The board of trustees discussed teacher pay increases April 21 for a new $15 hourly minimum pay for regular employees as well as for substitute teacher pay rates. The board reviewed an additional 1% salary increase for teachers. For this to happen, the board would have to approve a scal year 2022-23 tax rate increase of at least $0.07, and voters would have to approve the tax rate in an election expected to be held in November. Teacher pay would increase by 3% instead of 2%, and all other employees would see a 2% across-the-board salary increase in the rst pay period of FY 2022-23. “Somehow over the last decade, we have continued to grow district administration numbers at a much higher percentage compared to in„ation and cost of living, but we haven’t adjusted our support sta‡ and our teachers at that same level,” board Vice President Gloria

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Leander ISD is considering options for increasing the pay of its sta…, including teachers. If approved, LISD would seek voter approval to raise the tax rate by $0.07.

Starting teacher salary: $52,377 All other employees: 2% increase Minimum pay: $15 per hour Substitute teachers: $115-$175 per day

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Stories from the Austin metro NEWS BRIEFS Airport gets TSA stang boost BY BEN THOMPSON

TUITIONHOLDING STEADY

For the ninth year, Austin Community College is not raising tuition or fees.

TSA and airlines. The airport advised travelers can expect to be met with busy conditions at the airport—especially on weekends and early mornings— through at least this summer as ABIA is poised to break its record annual passenger count in 2022. PASSENGERS RETURNING The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport reported March was its busiest month to date, according to travel data released April 26. 1.81 million total passengers in March, up 146.07% compared to March 2021 899,165 total boardings in March 2022, up 148.33% compared to March 2021 4.11 million total passengers from January-March, up 175.07% compared to January-March 2021 SOURCE: AUSTINŒBERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT“COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is getting a sta ng boost for its security lines in response to extended passenger wait times the growing travel hub has experienced in recent weeks. Airport and Transportation Security Administration o cials conrmed new TSA o cers are coming to ABIA. In an April 12 meeting of the Airport Advisory Commission, Aviation Department CEO Jacqueline Yaft said 15 new TSA o cers are being deployed to supplement 35 o cers already tem- porarily assigned to the airport. The aviation department said the new o cers began working April 8, and the TSA conrmed the additional sta ng and canine resources. Public Information Specialist Bailey Grimmett said in a statement that the airport is continuing to evaluate other improvements to its passenger ticket screening process, including collaboration with the

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ACC votes not to raise tuition, fees for 9th year

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area residents $84—$67 of which is tuition with the remaining portion being fees—according to the release. A full year of 30 credits costs $2,550. At that rate, ACC’s tuition is the lowest in the region among similar higher education institutions, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Neil Vickers, executive vice chan- cellor of nance and administration, said in the release that ACC is able to keep the fees low by tightly managing its resources. Registration for the fall semester will open May 16 for current students and May 21 for new students.

Austin Community College announced April 5 that it will not raise tuition or fees for the upcom- ing school year. The 2022-23 academic year is the ninth year the community college has maintained its rates, according to an ACC release. “The board of trustees wants to continue to encourage our citizens to attend college and get the skills they need to succeed,” ACC board Chair Nan McRaven said in the press release regarding the unanimous vote to maintain the rates. One credit hour costs Austin

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Cedar Park, Leander & Williamson County

Cedar Park City Council Meets May 12 and 26 at 7 p.m. 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4, Cedar Park • 512-401-5000 www.cedarparktexas.gov Leander City Council Meets May 5 and 19 at 7 p.m. 201 N. Brushy St., Leander 512-259-1239 • www.leandertx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court Meets May 10, 17 and 24 and June 7 at 9 a.m. • 700 Lavaca St., Austin • 512-854-9020 www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court Meets May 10, 17, 24 and 31 and June 7 at 9:30 a.m. • 710 S. Main St., Georgetown • 512-943-1100 www.wilco.org MEETINGSWE COVER HIGHLIGHTS CEDARPARK City Council approved April 28 suspending a rate increase for 45 days from Atmos Energy Corp. This increase would raise residents’ average monthly bills by $5.15 per month, or 14.2%. The rate increase would have gone into e”ect April 26 but is suspended until June 10 to give the city time to evaluate the data. WILLIAMSONCOUNTY Commissioners discussed plans April 26 to add the 480th District Court and County Court at Law No. 5 to the Justice Center in the coming year. County Judge Bill Gravell said the district court will move into the almost completed courtroom on the –rst —oor of the Justice Center, located at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Georgetown. The courtroom is expected to be ready for occupancy Oct. 1. Gravell said Gov. Greg Abbott will appoint a judge to serve that court prior to then. QUOTEOFNOTE “THIS COMES BEFORE US AS A COUNCIL, BUT YOU’VE GOT A COUPLE OF FOLKSWHO ACTUALLYGOT TO LIVEMANY YEARS OF KNOWINGAND SEEING MYLES. IT’S ALL TRUEHE’S A SPECIAL PERSONAND I THINK THISWOULDBE AN HONORABLE THING.” KEVIN HARRIS, CEDAR PARK COUNCIL MEMBER, ON RENAMING THE CEDAR PARK RECREATION CENTER GYM TO MYLES R. HUTCHESON GYM

Signs banningmost cell phone use in school zones planned

CEDAR PARK Following reported auto-pedestrian accidents near Reagan Elementary School, Cedar Park City Council acknowl- edged that a Texas law— prohibiting cell phone use in school zones—has not been enforced in the city due to a lack of signage. A 2009 state law bans drivers using wireless devices while operating a vehicle in a school zone, unless when using it while stopped or hands-free, according to the Texas Transportation Code. How- ever, cities are not able to enforce the law unless signs about the prohibition are posted. “Jurisdictions that have BY ZACHARIA WASHINGTON

[signs] up right now in our area ... it’s city of Leander, city of Round Rock, city of Georgetown,” Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said in the April 14 meeting. “Basically it sounds kind of like most of the other [cities], except for us.” The Texas Department of Transportation devel- oped a standard sign in response to the law in 2009 for cities or school districts to install, but Cedar Park did not install them due to installation costs and the sign’s inconsistency—it implies that all cell phone use is prohibited, accord- ing to city documents. The city considered three options for moving forward, but council voted

SAFETY FIRST Cedar Park aims to make school zones safer and will install new signage alerting drivers of the laws about wireless device use when not stopped or using hands-free.

2009 state laws ban wireless devices 2017 state laws ban electronic messaging 72 school zones in the city $7,000 to install new signs

SOURCE: CITY OF CEDAR PARKƒCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

April 28 to go with the option to install TxDOT’s standard sign, which implies that even using Bluetooth or using a cell phone while the vehicle is stopped is prohibited. Cedar Park has a total of 72 school zone signs within city limits, said Stephen Hanuscin, assistant

director of public works and ‡eld operations. He said it would cost the city roughly $7,000 to install the signs in all school zone locations. “Sounds like the best $7,000 we’d spend all year,” Council Member Jim Penniman-Morin said at the meeting.

Leander opens new activity center, adds more programming

Old Town Leander plan gets funding

own, and that’s amazing innovation.” The Leander Activity Center is located at 11880 Hero Way W., Lean- der, the previous meeting location for Hill Country Bible Church Leander. There is a three-year lease on the building with the option to add two years. The city is still in the process of planning and developing recreation and senior facilities, which voters approved in the 2016 bond.

BY AMY DENNEY

LEANDER On April 21, City Council selected consulting ‡rm Kimley-Horn to complete its Old Town Master Plan that will direct developing and revitalizing the district. Council also approved amend- ing its initial $75,000 budget to accommodate Kimley-Horn’s entire scope of the proposed process for $130,000. Kimley-Horn will assist the city with stakeholder engagement, analysis of the city, mapping and visioning.

BY ZACHARIA WASHINGTON

LEANDER On April 9, the city of Leander held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 14,400-square- foot activity center that will o•er a variety of recreational activities and programs as well as community events for all ages. “A lot of cities say, ‘We want a rec center,’ and they just go out and build it,” Mayor Christine DeLisle said at the event. “[The parks and recreation sta•] found the opportunity and found a space and made it [their]

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City to create plan for athletic center at SanGabriel Park

BY AMY DENNEY

The contract is for master planning, engineer- ing studies, design and construction at the 77-acre park on the north side of the South San Gabriel River. Amenities could include softball ‡elds,

multipurpose ‡elds, trails, picnic shelters and a cov- ered sports court, accord- ing to city documents. Funding comes from the 2016 bond, in which voters approved $26.65 million for parks.

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LEANDER City Council approved April 21 a con- tract for $1.86 million with Parkhill for the Leander Municipal Athletic Center at San Gabriel Park, located at 2401 US 183, Leander.

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