Cedar Park - Leander Edition | November 2021

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Voter-backedbonds continue forward

Voters in Cedar Park and Leander approved four bond propositions in their respective cities in 2015 and 2016 with both in various states of completion. REVISITING CITY BONDS

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

CEDAR PARK'S 2015 BOND PROGRAM

LEANDER'S 2016 BOND PROGRAM

A majority of voters in Cedar Park said “yes” to a $96.7 million bond pro- gram six years ago. A few months later, Leander voters approved a $71.64 mil- lion bond program in 2016. Both programs included projects to improve roads, city facilities and parks for their rapidly growing populations. Today, both cities have completed several projects funded or partially funded by these voter-approved gen- eral obligation bonds, which allow cities to nance large capital projects. The cities have also begun construc- tion on other bond projects and plan to begin the remaining projects in the next few years. See how each city has progressed on bond-funded projects since funding was approved over ve years ago in Leander and six years ago in Cedar Park. A I RPORT PAS SENGER GROWTH SOARS Despite pandemic-related passenger decreases, indicators show it is still possible to hit 31 million annual passengers by 2037 projected in the 2019 master plan.

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Airport expansionplans takeo as regioncontinuesgrowing

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In June 2020, four months after announcing 2019 broke its passenger count record, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport issued a bleak projection: it could take until 2024 to climb back to its pre-pandemic passenger levels. The total number of passengers reached its low point in April 2020 at 47,781 passengers, a 97% decrease compared to April 2019. ABIA was hardly alone, as the entire airline indus- try grappled with a signicant downturn in passengers. However, ABIA did prove unique in how fast it has seem- ingly recovered, according to data from the city of Austin Aviation Department and Bureau of Transportation Statis- tics. The most recent federal data available shows passenger trac 20% lower in June 2021 than the same month in 2019, compared to a 15% drop at ABIA.

TOTAL AUSTIN PASSENGERS

1999 3.3million

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3 Jack Allen’s Kitchen opened its Cedar Park restaurant Oct. 5. This is the fifth location of Jack Allen’s Kitchen. The restaurant is located in the 1890 Ranch Shopping Center at 1345 E Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-528-5194. www.jackallenskitchen.com 4 Perky Beans Cafe , an expansion of Perky Beans Coffee, opened Oct. 6 in north Leander. The cafe offers sit-down breakfast and lunch with menu items such as pancakes, omelets, eggs Ben- edict, sandwiches and more. Breakfast is served all day, and the cafe has plans to expand to dinner hours in the future, owner Angie Diaz said. Perky Beans Cafe is located next to the coffee shop at 2080 US 183, Ste. 220, Leander. The cafe is open Wed.-Sun. from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 512- 548-5050. www.perkybeanscoffee.com 5 Premier Martial Arts of Lakeline opened Sept. 23. The mixed martial arts and fitness studio teaches kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, karate, Tae Kwon Do and Kali. Premier Martial Arts is located at 1850 S. Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 100, Cedar Park. Other studio locations are in Leander, Round Rock, Austin and Pflugerville. 512-400-4419. https://premiermartialarts.com/lakeline 6 The Lash Lounge opened a Cedar Park location Oct. 12 in the 1890 Ranch Shopping Center at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. H400. The eyelash studio offers four types of eyelash extensions, eyelash lifts, eyelash tinting, brow tint- ing, brow threading and microblading, said Noelle Boyle, the owner of the Aus-

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COMING SOON 7 Action Behavior Centers will open a Leander location in early 2022. The business provides applied behavior anal- ysis therapy for children on the autism spectrum, according to the company. It will be located at 1667 US 183, Leander. The Austin-based company has nearby locations in Cedar Park, Round Rock and Austin. www.actionbehavior.com 8 Black Rock Coffee Bar is planning to open a coffee shop in Cedar Park next year, according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The coffee company’s menu includes hot and iced coffee drinks, drinks without coffee, and more. It will be located at 1909 E. White- stone Blvd., Cedar Park. The company also sells its own roasted coffee and cof- fee subscriptions. A Round Rock location opened in early 2021. https://br.coffee 9 Elevate Fitness and Physical Therapy plans to open its new fitness facility in January. The facility will offer personal training and group classes combining strength, conditioning and mobility for all fitness levels. The gym will be located at 11880 Hero Way W., Bldg. 4, Leander. 737-757-0130. www.elevatefitnessclub.com 10 H-E-B ’s second Leander location is scheduled to open Nov. 17 at 19348 Ron-

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NOWOPEN 1 The Esports Cave opened a sec- ond location Aug. 26 at The Crossover. The business offers a premier gaming experience with high-speed gaming PCs, Switches and PS4s. Hourly and daily rates are available in addition to day and night passes. The first location is in North- west Austin on Anderson Mill Road. The new location is at 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Ste. 100B, Cedar Park. 512-883-5900.

https://theesportscave.com 2 Glow & Grow Salon and Boutique is now open in Leander, offering salon ser- vices and a retail boutique. The business, owned by Brittanie Garrigan and Katie Haluzan, opened Sept. 17. The salon will offer haircuts, blow-outs, highlights, coloring, waxing, facials, spray tanning and more. The boutique sells clothing, jewelry, candles and other retail items. The salon and boutique are located at 10824 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Ste. 505,

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B . The name change, effective Oct. 4, will not affect the services the clinic offers, which include orthopedics, podiatry, sports medicine, on-site lab and radiol- ogy and same-day services. The clinic is located at 801 E. Whitestone Blvd., Bldg. B, Cedar Park. A separate Austin Regional Clinic primary care clinic is located across the parking lot in Building C. 512-259- 3467. www.austinregionalclinic.com/ clinics/arc-cedar-park-building-b 15 Cedar Park-based agencies Haute Rock Creative, Haute Dokimazo and EventWorks have combined under the name Haute . The new agency, owned by Haute Companies, will provide event management, event production, creative services, strategic services and a state- of-the-art media studio, according to an Oct. 12 announcement. Haute’s office is located at 1501 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. 512-539-1400. https://wearehaute.com IN THE NEWS 16 Dr. Matt Centofonti joined Apex Sports Medicine, a chiropractic therapy clinic, on Sept. 13. Centofonti previously owned and practiced at Zygo Sport and Spine in Leander. Apex Sports Medicine offers chiropractic medicine, rehab, acu- puncture, cupping, and massage services at 2303 Bagdad Road, Ste. 200, Leander. 512- 528-6009. https://asportsmedicine.com Amazon is hiring over 15,000 season- al employees in Texas for the holiday season, according to the company. This includes 3,000 jobs in the Austin area. The hiring plan is part of the company’s goal to hire 150,000 seasonal employees nationwide. https://hiring.amazon.com

ald W. Reagan Blvd. The 102,000-square- foot store will have expanded depart- ments and offerings such as produce, dairy and the H-E-B Organics brand, according to H-E-B. www.heb.com 11 Legends Boxing Cedar Park , a fitness and boxing gym, is planning to open in early January at 11521 RM 620 N., Ste. 850, Austin. The gym will teach Olym- pic-style boxing in one-hour conditioning workouts. Legends Boxing has another Austin-area gym on Brodie Lane in South Austin and two Houston-area locations. 512-855-3110. www.legendsboxing.com Chipotle is planning to open a Leander location in spring 2022, but a location has not yet been confirmed, according to the company. Chipotle has nearby locations in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock and Austin. www.chipotle.com ANNIVERSARIES 12 Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant cele- brated its 15-year anniversary in August. The family-owned Tex-Mex restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at 251 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. 111B, Cedar Park. 512-258-4016. http://losreyescp.com 13 The Orangetheory Fitness location in Crystal Falls Town Center will reach its five-year anniversary Nov. 17 in Lean- der. The gym offers interval training in 60-minute workout sessions. The loca- tion is at 3421 N. Lakeline Blvd., Leander. 512-807-0443. www.orangetheory.com NAME CHANGES 14 ARC Now Clinic in Cedar Park will now be called ARC Cedar Park, Building

Mutts Canine Cantina will open with fenced dog parks and wash stations for dogs as well as a restaurant, bar and patio for customers.

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NOVEMBER 06 HEAR ALABAMA PERFORM ON TOUR Country rock group Alabama will bring its 50th Anniversary Tour to Cedar Park. The band from Fort Payne, Alabama is known for its 43 No. 1 singles, such as “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas,” “Fourty Hour Week” and “Song of the South.” Concert guests will include The Frontmen of Country featuring Larry Stewart (of Restless Heart), Richie McDonald (formerly of Lonestar) and Tim Rushlow (formerly of Little Texas). H-E-B Center requires masks at its full-capacity events. 7 p.m. $35-$129.50. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com 06 EAT AT A BARBECUE FUNDRAISER Eat, play games, enjoy live music and more at Mason Heritage Foundation’s barbecue fundraiser. The event will also include a silent auction, a petting zoo, cornhole, washers and axe throwing. The foundation funds the preservation and education of Leander’s history and is currently fundraising for two new historical markers and a trunk restoration project. 11 a.m. $15 (children), $20 (adults). Isle Acre Farms, 11327 Hero Way, Leander. 512-923-4111. www.leanderhistory.com/events The city of Cedar Park will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony at Heritage Oak Park. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and follow with family activities, such as a snow playing area, games, crafts, photos with Santa Claus, live music and inatables. Food and concessions will be available. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park. 512-401-5000. www.cedarparktexas.gov

The Old Town Christmas Festival will oer family-friendly events starting with a 5K race and ending with a movie screening. Events include a Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., shopping from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., live stage shows, an 11 a.m. parade, the 5K, food, games, activities and more. From 7-9 p.m., “The Grinch” will play, and s’mores will be available. Free. Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander. www.visitleandertx.com

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Conference Building, 300 S. West Drive, Room 112, Leander. 512-259-1907. www.leandercc.org 13 SHOP AT A LOCAL CRAFT FAIR Shop handmade items from local vendors at the Be The Light Craft Fair. Items for sale include paintings, pottery, bread, salsa, soap, decor and more. The fair will be held outdoors under a pavilion. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Twin Lakes Fellowship, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park. www.bethelightcraftfair.com 13 GO TOA CONCERT AT THE CROSSOVER The Crossover will host a grand opening event with a concert by the band Blue Water Highway. The event will include a kid zone with inatables and games, raes, giveaways, food and drinks. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. 4-10 p.m. Free. The Crossover, 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park. 888-725-0156. www.crossovertx.com 14 HEAR BRETMICHEALS AT AN OUTDOOR CONCERT Bret Micheals, frontman of Poison, will perform at the Haute Spot music venue as part of the “Nothin’ But A Good Vibe Tour.” The show will celebrate veterans and honor front-line health care workers and rst responders. Auctions will be held for World Diabetes Day. Tickets are available online for general admission or reserved seats. The event is for ages 18 and up. 7-10 p.m. $25-$75. Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. www.loveandlightstream.com 17 BUY LOCAL PRODUCTS AT A FARMERSMARKET Savory Farmers Market oers a wide array of seasonal fresh produce, organic baked goods, wild-caught Alaskan seafood and locally crafted artisanal products. This market is held in several locations each month. 3-7 p.m. Free. Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse, 2437 Travisso Parkway, Leander. 512-817-3359. www.savoryfarmersmarket.com 20 EAT AND SHOP AT AHARVEST FESTIVAL The inaugural Leander Harvest Festival will feature food and craft vendors, a 5K race, a youth shing tournament and an adult cornhole tournament. Noon-4 p.m. Free admission. Lakewood Park, 2040 Artesian Springs Crossing, Leander. 512- 528-2700. www.leandertx.gov DECEMBER 05 LISTEN TO CHRISTMAS SONGS FROMFOR KING& COUNTRY On its “A Drummer Boy Christmas” tour, Grammy-winning Christian duo For King & Country will perform Christmas classics such as “Little Drummer Boy” and the band’s own songs. H-E-B Center requires masks at its full-capacity events. 7 p.m. $23-$153. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com

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NOV. 11: LEANDER Honor current and former military service members at Leander’s Veterans Park. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will include the national anthem and keynote remarks. Veterans Park, 1011 S. Bagdad Road, Leander. 512-528- 9909. www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

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In an eort to boost capacity along the northern stretch of the MetroRail’s Red Line, Capital Metro will add a second track from Lakeline Station to Leander Station. The project would increase train fre- quency from around every 25 minutes to every 15 minutes. The stretch between the two stations will be one of the only segments along the 33-mile light-rail line with double tracking, which allows for trains to run in both directions. “This means that folks in Leander will have the opportunity to get on a train every 15 minutes and travel to where they live, work and play,” Capi- tal Metro Board Member Eric Stratton said. “They’ll have an opportunity to more eectively and eciently get to places like The Domain, Q2 Stadium and even ultimately to the airport once we nish building out the Austin Transit Partnership Project

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New Hope Drive extension This project will extend New Hope Drive from Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Sam Bass Road as a four-lane di- vided road with a raised median, curb and gutters, enclosed storm system, lighting, a shared-use path, and bike lanes and is part of an agreement with Cedar Park and Williamson County. Timeline: spring 2022-TBD Cost: $18.4 million Funding sources: Cedar Park 2015 bond, Williamson County

Capital Metro held a groundbreaking event for the project Sept. 30.

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Connect system.” The project is estimated to cost $8.9 million with a completion date in the third quarter of 2022. The construction comes as the Leander City Council unanimously approved the hiring of a consultant to evaluate the city’s public transit

oering Sept. 22. Leander Council Member Becki Ross said the dou- ble-tracking project will help to facilitate the city’s rapid growth. “It’s important that as we grow, we’re making the best decisions for the city,” said Ross, who also sits on the Capital Metro board of directors.

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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF OCT. 14. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT LCPNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. southbound right-turn lane on Bell Boulevard at Cypress Creek Road. The right-turn lane will be widened for safer turns. Construction will be timed with the nal layer of pavement for the ongoing Bell Boulevard realignment project. Timeline: TBD Design cost : not to exceed $75,000 Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B) Bell Boulevard at Cypress Creek Road intersection improvements The project will improve the

Cedar Park to resurface roads of two neighborhoods in 2022 The city will resurface roads in the Cedar Park One and Carriage Hills subdivisions in 2022. before work begins. The city will also coordinate with the trash and recycling provider.

Cedar Park City Council approved a resolution Sept. 23 for a construction agreement with Lone Star Paving Co. Construction is expected to start next spring and last 30 days. City spokesperson Jennie Huerta said the city will notify neighborhood residents about working hours and removing vehicles from the streets

The project will remove the exist- ing asphalt along street edges and add new asphalt over the full road,

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Cost: not to exceed $490,798.50 Funding sources: Cedar Park 2015 voter-approved bond, city of Cedar Park annual pavement maintenance funds

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HEROWAYMEDICAL OFFICE A two-building medical oce development is under construction in Leander. The Hero Way Medical Oce development had a groundbreaking event Sept. 30. The project is at the corner of Hero Way and Mel Mathis Boulevard. The rst building will house a 20,000-square-foot Austin Gastroenterology clinic and surgical center, said Jarrod Cady, development manager at b3 Commercial. The building is expected to open in October 2022. The second building will be a two-story, 27,000-square-foot medical oce building, which is expected to open in late 2022, Cady said. No tenants are conrmed for this second phase building yet. Leander City Council approved the zoning for the development in January. Zoning changed from planned unit development and transit-oriented development to planned unit development with a local commercial base zoning district. The change was approved unanimously. The Hero Way Medical Oce project is near the St. David’s development with a free-standing emergency center, a medical oce building and another planned 22-acre medical oce development. Space: 8 acres Timeline: September 2021-late 2022

ALTA LEANDER STATION Multifamily development Alta Leander Station is under construction in Leander at the intersection of Hero Way West and Mel Mathis Boulevard. The complex will have 276 units with one-, two- and three-bedroom oorplans, according to a release from developer Wood Partners. Community amenities will include a clubroom, a tness center, a business center, a conference room, a pool, an outdoor kitchen, a dog park and Wi-Fi access in community areas. Leander City Council approved zoning for the planned unit development in July 2020. The development broke ground in March 2021. The development is south of the future Northline mixed-use development, Austin Community College San Gabriel campus, Capital Metro’s Leander Station and the St. David’s medical development and planned hospital. On-site commercial development is planned in the second phase of construction with a restaurant, cafe or coee shop with outdoor patio seating, according to city planning documents. Alta Leander Station is located at 1621 Hero Way W., Leander. More information about the development is available at https://altaleanderstation.com. Space: 16 acres Timeline: spring 2021-summer 2022

PERFECT GAME HEADQUARTERS Baseball scouting company Perfect Game will relocate its headquarters to Cedar Park and manage a new 80-acre complex that is expected to bring 500,000-750,000 visitors annually. Perfect Game plans to build 16 new turf baseball and softball elds with seating and amenities on 80 acres northeast of RM 1431 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, according to the city. Perfect Game hosts amateur baseball events, travel team tournaments and individual showcase events across the country, according to the city. The company will invest at least $4 million into its new headquarters facility and create 40 full-time jobs. The current headquarters is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The project will also include 30 acres of commercial development along Ronald Reagan, including restaurant and retail space. Cedar Park City Council approved three economic development and land agreements Sept. 23. for the project, which is expected to generate $20 million in revenue over 10 years. On Oct. 14, council members voted to allow the city’s Community Development (Type B) Corp. to issue $16.4 million in bonds to purchase land for the project. Space: 80 acres Timeline: June 2022-March 2024

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AT THE CAPITOL Texas Legislature passes state, congressional redistricting bills

county lines, unless population size demands otherwise. However, Murray said the process allows for redistricting committees to “crack” or “pack” populations so that a party can control most of the seats. “We’re the only state that gained two seats in the country,” Murray said. “There’s immense pressure [on Republican lawmakers] to do something.” One change removed preclearance, which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in 2013, per the redistricting website. Part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, preclearance required states with a history of racial discrimination to submit plans to the federal government for approval. Local redistrictingeorts Williamson and Travis counties will redistrict their precincts based on census data to reect population growth since 2010. Williamson County commissioners expect to publish a draft map of the precinct changes by early November. Commissioners could vote on the map later in November. Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long currently represents the majority of Cedar Park and Leander. In Travis County, the county’s four commissioner precincts will also be redrawn. The portion of Leander and Cedar Park located in Travis County is in Precinct 3, which grew 24% since 2010 and is currently represented by Ann Howard. Olivia Aldridge and Iain Oldman contributed to this report.

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called to work out the dierences. Gov. Greg Abbott signed all four bills into law Oct. 25. Changes to2021 process While the Texas Constitution species the process must happen in the rst regular session following the publication of the U.S. census, the unique timing of the 2020 census, however, meant that this round of redistricting had to take place during a special session. If the Legislature had not drawn maps before the session ended on Oct. 19, Abbott would have had to call another special session. According to the state’s redistricting website, the two basic requirements for the process are that districts must have as close to equal population as possible, and that districts cannot limit voting based on race, color or language group. A 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case, White v. Regester, dened “equal population” as a plan where the most populous district has at most 10%more than the ideal district population—or the state population divided by the number of districts. Populations cannot be more or less than 10% of the ideal population, the redistricting website states. An additional constraint for state House districts is the “county line rule,” which says districts cannot cross

Texas lawmakers set the state’s legislative, congressional and State Board of Education districts for the next decade during the Legislature’s special session that ended Oct. 19. Texas saw growth in Hispanic, Black and Asian populations from 2010-20, according to the 2020 census. Texas’ growth resulted in two new U.S. House seats in 2021 for a total of 38 Texas representatives in Washington, D.C. Richard Murray, a political science professor at the University of Houston and former redistricting advisor to Texas’ Black legislative caucus, said minority populations also moved toward the suburbs— which could have inuenced how the maps were redrawn. “The minority populations have grown dramatically, but it has also dispersed,” Murray said. “There’s a lot of Black and brown ight to the suburbs, more than previous decades.” Senate Bills 4 and 7 as well as House Bill 1—which redrew maps for the state Senate, State Board of Education and state House, respectively—were passed by the Legislature on Oct. 18. Senate Bill 6, which redrew congressional districts, was passed by the Legislature on Oct. 19 following disagreements over amendments. A joint committee was

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DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS LEANDER ISD All Leander ISD students enrolled in the district’s remote learning program can remain virtual through the fall semester as a result of Senate Bill 15 funding. LEANDER ISD Lara Labbé- Maginel will be the principal at the district’s newest elementary school opening in August 2022. Labbé-Maginel is the current principal of Knowles Elementary School. Elementary School No. 29 is under construction in the Bryson community in Leander. LEANDER ISD The district moved from its red COVID-19 mitigation stage to the yellow stage Oct. 13 following a decrease in the seven- day average of positive case counts. Leander ISD board of trustees Next meetings, Nov. 4 and 18, 6:15 p.m. 300 W. South Dr., Leander 512-570-0000 www.leanderisd.org Austin Community College board of trustees Next meetings, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, 3 p.m. 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Rm. 201, Austin • 512-223-7000 www.austincc.edu/ MEETINGSWE COVER NUMBER TOKNOW Number of students who were distinguished as seminalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to an Oct. 5 announcement. Students came from Cedar Park, Leander, Rouse, Vandegrift and Vista Ridge high schools. The students will compete for more than $30 million in scholarships next spring. 31 For Leander ISD bond election results, check communityimpact.com. ELECTION RESULTS

Early college high school programcould open in 2022

LEANDER ISD High school students in Leander ISD may have an opportunity to attend a new early college high school starting in the 2022-23 school year through a partnership with Austin Community College. Details about the potential program were presented to the LISD school board Sept. 30. LISD Chief Academic Ocer Matt Bentz said the district is working through the EARLY COLLEGE HS BY THE NUMBERS LISD students could start college while still in high school.

early college high school, or ECHS, designation process to open the free program in August 2022. Early college high schools allow students to earn college credit alongside their high school diploma, Bentz said. If LISD receives an ECHS designation, the admission process would begin in early 2022, said Chrysta Carlin, the assistant superintendent of pathways and innovation. Carlin said LISD is in talks with ACC to open the ECHS at the San Gabriel campus in Leander. Carlin said the district will support students as they transition to their post-secondary plans. “Some may choose to end with their associate degree and go into their career. Some may continue into a four-year university,” Carlin said. “We’re here to help them with the support and anything they need in order to transition into whatever they choose to.”

ECHS students can earn up to 60 college credit hours

The program may begin in August 2022

125 students expected in the inaugural program class

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Sade Fashokun lls vacant LISDboard seat

LEANDER ISD Board members voted 4-1 to appoint Sade Fashokun to ll the vacant Place 5 seat on the board of trustees. Fashokun, who was sworn in Oct. 21, will serve until November 2022, when the next LISD board member election takes place. “I appreciate that we talk to some dierent folks,” board member Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia said. “I felt that her participation on districtwide committees and serving in leadership—PTA roles— would make her a great candidate.” Board member Aaron Johnson voted against the appointment. Board Member Elexis Grimes abstained from voting. At the previous board meeting, trustees elected to ll the vacancy through appointment rather than call a special election in May,

which was estimated to cost between $100,000-$200,000. Former board member Jim MacKay, who was rst elected in 2016, resigned from his seat in September, citing inappropriate content within school literature.

The new Clothes Closet opened Oct. 9. (Courtesy Dannielle Romero-Vázquez)

Second Leander ISDPTA Clothes Closet opens LEANDER ISD A second Clothes Closet to serve the southern area of Leander ISD opened Oct. 9 at Four Points Middle School in Austin. The district’s two Clothes Closets oer free, gently used clothes, new underwear and new socks to students who live within the school district’s boundaries, said Dannielle Romero-Vázquez, the LISD PTA Clothes Closet chair. No vouchers or income verication is required.

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