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Several forums on incorporation are planned in The Woodlands this fall in advance of the Nov. 2 vote. Community discussions

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Debate ensues over costs of incorporation When residents of The Woodlands vote on incorporation Nov. 2, they will also vote on a max- imum initial tax rate, which is the highest rate The Woodlands could levy in its rst year as a city. Despite the initial costs of incorporation and the additional services a city of The Woodlands would provide, the township has proposed a maximum tax rate identical to its current rate of $0.2231 per $100 valuation. However, some community stakeholders have said they believe the costs of becoming a citywill be greater than the township’s nancial model for incorporation can sustain. Opponents of incorporation have stated the new revenue estimates are a departure from how the township typically budgets and that the tax rate is too low to properly fund operations and an e‚ective law enforcement department. However, supporters have said the bene- ts of local control outweigh any additional future costs. CONTINUED ON 58 BY VANESSA HOLT

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Montgomery County Animal Services, which operates the county’s animal shelter, suspended intake services for two weeks in August due to a combination of distem- per spreading among animals and a COVID-19 outbreak among sta‚ members. It was the latest challenge facing the department, which also has experienced denied funding requests, a decline in volunteers and a rising in‹ux of animals being dropped o‚ by their owners in the last year. In an Aug. 16 news release, MCAS Assistant Director Mark Wysocki said the shutdown was needed to keep the CONTINUED ON 60

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The Woodlands Township’s Incorporation Law Enforcement Plan: Insufficient, Inaccurate and Unreliable “Every resident should be alarmed by the profound nancial and operational de ciencies of the Township’s plan for public safety uncovered by two independent law enforcement experts. Their analysis clearly demonstrates that a rush to incorporate would jeopardize our public safety. These ndings are critical to casting an informed ballot on November 2nd.” – Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region at The Howard Hughes Corporation

KEY FINDINGS SHOW HIGHER COSTS AND A RISK OF SAFETY

★ Grossly understates ongoing costs, primarily labor. For the rst four years, cumulative costs are understated by $12.1 million to $14.5 million. ★ The cost of procuring patrol vehicles is understated by $6.1 million. ★ Ignores the risk and costs of assuming liability and does not budget for the settlement of claims or liability insurance. “e Township’s law enforcement plan is signicantly decient in many areas and does not include many operations fundamental to policing. It fails to properly identify and assess the cost of law enforcement operations and services, causing the nancial projections to be grossly understated.” – Joe Fenninger, Former Deputy Director and Chief Financial Ocer Houston Police Department

“We have no condence in the law enforcement plan’s nancial projections. In our opinion, the plan falls signicantly short of providing a reliable blueprint for ensuring public safety in e Woodlands.” – Tim Oettmeier, Former Executive Assistant Chief of Police Houston Police Department ★ Does not plan for inevitable cost increases of salaries, bene ts, insurance coverage or pension plans. ★ Does not address the cost of collective bargaining and negotiating with a new police union. ★ Does not identify how nancial crimes, special victims, gang activity, computer crime, juvenile crime, some vice offenses and regulatory offenses will be addressed or funded.

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a brick-and-mortar store Sept. 10 at 9955 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. F, The Woodlands. The bookstore sells gift items and gift certi“cates, and hosts events and activities, including multilingual children’s story hours, author readings, classes and workshops. www.myvillagebooks.com COMING SOON 5 Mixed-use property Market Street has announced an El Tiempo Cantina location will be coming in next to Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen at 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. According to a news release from Market Street, the Tex-Mex restaurant is anticipated to open in winter 2021. El Tiempo has one other location in The Woodlands. 281-323-4646. www.eltiempocantina.com 6 Yes Fitness is opening a location at 3355 College Park Drive, Ste. 200, The Woodlands. The location is expected to open in the fall, according to o˜cials from the retail center. Yes Fitness is a 24-hour gym. 936-242-2187. www.yes“tnessthewoodlands.com 7 Black Rock Coee Bar will open a location at 3335 College Park Drive, Ste. 100, The Woodlands, in early 2022, according to o˜cials from the retail center. Black Rock Coee Bar has six additional locations throughout Texas. Black Rock Coee Bar serves a variety of hot, iced and blended coees as well as smoothies, tea, energy drinks, drip coee and ›avor add-ins ranging from pineapple to lavender. 713-422-2100. www.br.coee 8 Herman Miller is slated to open at Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The

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NOWOPEN 1 Golden Hour Coee and Tea , located at 4849 FM 1488, Ste. 100, The Woodlands, opened Sept. 3. The coee shop is located across from the Xscape Theater and oers a variety of specialty coee and tea options. 281-789-4002. www.goldenhourcoeeandtea.com 2 Pinch a Penny Pool Patio Spa opened a location at 4223 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 350, The Woodlands,

in August. According to the company, Pinch a Penny has 21 locations in Texas with 14 in the Houston area. The family- owned franchise oers swimming pool services, repairs and retail products. 832-757-1787. www.facebook.com/ pinchapennyeastwoodlands 3 Torched Krav Maga and Fitness , located at 30340 FM 2978, Magnolia, opened in July. Torched is located in the former Anytime Fitness building o Woodlands Parkway and FM 2978.

Torched Krav Maga and Fitness has instructor-led classes in the martial art krav maga and other techniques. Classes include practice in self-defense and attacks as well as working with weapons. Classes also teach verbal de-escalation and stress management techniques. Torched also oers classes for kids. 832-370-5688. www.torchedkravmaga.com 4 Village Books , a locally owned and independent bookseller, opened

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Woodlands, in the winter, according to Market Street o˜cials. There is currently one Herman Miller location in the Houston area, 4066 Westheimer Road, Houston. Herman Miller is a furniture and home decor store that specializes in o˜ce spaces and chairs. 281-419-4774. www.store.hermanmiller.com 9 Cava , a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, will take the place of Zoes Kitchen at 6700 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 170, The Woodlands. The location is expected to open sometime in 2022, according to Cava. Cava acquired Zoes Kitchen in 2018 and is converting many locations into Cava restaurants, according to the company. Cava sells customizable salad, grain and rice bowls with a variety of protein and topping options. Cava has 16 locations in Texas. The Woodlands location will be the “rst Houston-area Cava location. www.cava.com 10 A Tempur-Pedic Mattress store will open a location in The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, in the fall, according to mall o˜cials. Tempur-Pedic sells mat- tresses, bed bases, pillows, mattress toppers and bedding. 800-821-6621. www.tempurpedic.com RELOCATIONS 11 Lululemon Athletica , 9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 820, The Woodlands, is moving to the storefront next to Tiany and Co. in Market Street. The new location will be larger than the current store, according to the company. Lululemon will open the new store in the fall. An exact opening date has not yet been determined, according to

the company. Lululemon sells athletic and athleisure clothing for men, women and children. 281-298-0673. www.shop.lululemon.com 12 Havana House is relocating from Magnolia to The Woodlands. The Woodlands location at 10658 Bridlewood Drive is expected to open in early September, according to the company. Havana House serves authentic, homemade Cuban cuisine such as Cuban sandwiches, coee and pastries. 832-521-3838. www.facebook.com/ havanahousemagnolia EXPANSION 13 Energy provider Entergy announced it will be expanding into mixed-use development Hughes Landing with an additional 53,604 square feet to meet the company’s growing needs at the Lake Front North building. According to a news release from the Howard Hughes Corp., the new expansion will provide a central home of operations for its more than 650 employees in The Woodlands. Entergy will occupy 107,614 square feet of o˜ce within the Lake Front North campus in Hughes Landing. 800-368-3749. www.entergy-texas.com ANNIVERSARIES 14 Area preschool Children of The Woodlands is celebrating being in the community for 40 years at 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. According to a news release, the preschool was started by The Woodlands Methodist Church

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Mozambik , a Portuguese-inspired South African restaurant, opened at The Woodlands Mall at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 304, The Woodlands, on Sept. 10. Mozambik replaced Peli Peli. Signature dishes include peri peri chicken, trinchado, espetadas and South African comfort food such as Sodwana Bay crab cakes, Malay curry and bobotie. According to the restaurant, new menu items will be introduced every six months along with monthly specials. Drink o„erings will include South African wines and handcrafted cocktails. Mozambik has 24 locations in South in 1981. The preschool is enrolling children ages 18 months to 4 years for the 2021-22 school year. 281-297-5959. www.childrenofthewoodlands.org 15 East Shore Salon and Medspa , located at 207 East Shore Drive, Ste. 290, The Woodlands, celebrated its “rst anniversary Aug. 17. The salon oers a variety of services, including haircuts and coloring, microblading, makeup, waxing and cosmetic options as well as

Africa and Zambia. The Woodlands location is the restaurant’s ‡rst in the U.S. Following The Woodlands opening, a Houston location is expected to open on Westheimer Road. 281-257-9500. www.mozambik.co.za

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NOWOPEN 1 The Bytes Arcade and Eatery at Regal Benders Landing, located at 4495 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, opened Aug. 13. The arcade is part of the Regal development. According to the Regal website, the arcade features more than 50 games and food, including pizza, nachos and fries. https://instagram.com/bytesarcade 2 PetSuites opened in late July at 2825 Canyon Ranch Drive, Spring, according to the company. PetSuites oˆers boarding, grooming and day care for cats and dogs. In addition, the facility oˆers training and puppy preschool for dogs. Training classes include drop- oˆ services, group classes, puppy classes and private classes. The ‹rst PetSuites location opened in 2000 in

Kentucky. Since then, the company has opened 47 locations. 346-386-6585. www.petsuitesofamerica.com COMING SOON 3 Hotworx ‹tness studio will open this fall at 4057 Riley Fuzzel Road, Ste. 1075, Spring. The studio is expected to open in September, according to Hotworx o•cials. The studio is accepting new members on a waiting list. Hotworx is open 24 hours a day with a range of virtually instructed high- intensity interval training and isometric workouts, including hot yoga, hot Pilates and hot cycling. 832-732-5176. www.hotworx.net 4 Gary and Belinda Sipp, who have lived in The Woodlands area for nearly

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RUN IN THEMEMORIAL HERMANN 10 FOR TEXAS NORTHSHORE PARK

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The Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas race is a USA Track and Field-sanctioned event with a certied 10-mile course. The race’s start and nish location is at Northshore Park. After the race, participants will enjoy a postrace party. 7 a.m. $25-$65. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

Parents can bring children to board the museum’s version of the Jolly Roger. A meet and greet with Ariel the mermaid is available at times during the event as well. 10 a.m. $7. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.thewoodlandschildrensmuseum.org (Courtesy The Woodlands Children’s Museum)

23 WATCHAMOVIE AT THEMALL The Woodlands Mall hosts an outdoor movie event on its lawn near Shake Shack. The Sept. 23 showing will play “Enchanted.” Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-363-3363. www.thewoodlandsmall.com

24 THOUGHOCT. 24 SUPPORT LOCAL ARTS Class Act Productions presents “Godspell” on Sept. 24-26 and Sept. 30-Oct. 3 and “The Addams Family” on Oct. 14-17 and Oct. 21-24 at the Class Act Theater on Budde Road. The nonpro“t theater has a 25-year history of providing arts and arts education to students and families in The Woodlands. Performance times and ticket prices vary.

SEPTEMBER 18 ATTENDA FAMILY FUN EVENT Visitors can shop at a variety of vendors, watch live entertainment and try local food trucks at a family event at Town Green Park in The Woodlands. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.houstonareashow.com

Class Act Theatre, 25275 Budde Road, Ste. 25, The Woodlands. 281-941-8500. www.classactproductions.org 24 LEARN GARDENING TIPS AND TRICKS Residents can learn gardening tips from experts at the 24th annual Woodlands Landscaping Solutions event. Booths and demonstrations will be available on topics including vegetable gardening, beekeeping, a

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28 Microsoft Word ages 11-13, 3 p.m. 29 Microsoft Word ages 14-17, 3 p.m. 30 Girls who code, 4 p.m. OCTOBER 01 Fiction book club, 2 p.m. 07 Girls who code, grades 6-12, 4 p.m. 20 Culinary book club, 2 p.m.; Evening book club, 6:30 p.m.

neighborhoods that register their parties with The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime ežorts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. 3 p.m. Free. Various locations in The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 08 ENJOY S’MORES WITHA SUNSET Participants climbing in the evening can “nish the night with a camp“re and s’mores. Participants can climb for two hours before making s’mores. Low enrollment may cause the event to be canceled. 5 p.m. $50. Texas TreeVentures, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-2048. www.texastreeventures.com 08 THE HAUNTING AT BEAR BRANCH PARK BEGINS The annual Halloween event at Bear Branch Park begins Oct. 8 and will run Fridays and Saturdays until the end of the month. Fast pass options are available for purchase with limited availability. The attraction is intended for guests age 9 and older. 8 p.m. $9. Bear Branch Park, 5200 Research Forest SEPTEMBER 15 Making lemonade, 10:30 a.m.; Coping with COVID-19, 1 p.m.; Microsoft Word ages 14-17, 3 p.m.; Evening book club, 6:30 p.m. 16 Nonction book club, 1:30 p.m.; Girls who code, 4 p.m. 20 Learn to code, 2 p.m.; Microsoft Word ages 8-10, 3 p.m. 21 Microsoft Word ages 11-13, 3 p.m. 22 Gardening with Bob Dailey, 1 p.m.; Microsoft Word ages 14-17, 3 p.m. 23 Girls who can code grades 6-12, 4 p.m. 27 Learn to code, 2 p.m.; Microsoft Word ages 8-10, 3 p.m.

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Attendees can take to the trees at Texas TreeVentures for a night climb. Lights will illuminate the course from below. Night climbs will be held throughout the fall and winter for groups to attend. Low enrollment may cause the event to be canceled. 7 p.m. $60. Texas TreeVentures, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-2048. www.texastreeventures.com (Courtesy Texas TreeVentures)

02 GET UP CLOSEWITH TRUCKS Children can take a look at big trucks, ož-road vehicles, “rst responder vehicles and other gear at the event. The event is open to all ages. 9 a.m. Free. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 02 ENJOY BEATLES TRIBUTES Arts in the Park presents “All You Need Is Love” with The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra and Beatles tribute band Beetle. The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra and Friends takes the stage at 7 p.m. to perform the entire second side of the “Abbey Road” album along with orchestral instrumental arrangements of Beatles music, songs from “Sgt. Pepper,” “Magical Mystery Tour” and other songs. A 1960s and 1970s costume contest will also take place during the event with prizes awarded to the top costume. 6 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov. 03 SUPPORT CRIME PREVENTION WITHNATIONAL NIGHT OUT Local law enforcement and The Woodlands Fire Department will brie¢y visit with residents of the

Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 08 THROUGH 11 ENJOY A LONGWEEKEND Students at Conroe ISD, Tomball ISD and Magnolia ISD will have an extended weekend with students releasing early Oct. 8 before returning the following week Oct. 12. Staž will be in attendance for professional development days. www.conroeisd.net.www.magnoliaisd.org. www.tomballisd.net 08 CREATE ART AT A TEA PARTY Children can join the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter for a child-friendly tea event where they can decorate cookies and create handmade art projects at The Woodlands Children’s Museum Mad Hatter tea party. Adults attending the tea party must pay for admission to the museum. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $7-$12. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.thewoodlandschildrensmuseum.org Event information was accurate as of press time but is subject to change. Attendees are advised to contact the organizers to conrm before attending.

plant clinic and water-wise resources. 9 a.m. Free. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 25 ENJOY ARTS IN THE PARK The Woodlands presents an evening with family and friends at Rob Fleming Park. Attendees can bring lawn chairs, purchase items at the food trucks, and enjoy a live Shakespeare performance of “Othello” by Points North Theatre Co. and The Woodlands Jazz Orchestra. The event is open to all ages. 5:30 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov. OCTOBER 01 THROUGH03 SEE A PERFORMANCE AT GLADE CULTURAL CENTER The Glade Cultural Center hosts a presentation of “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” the Oscar Wilde novel adapted for the stage by Amy K. Barnes of Haven Arts Theatre. 8 p.m. $35-$50. Glade Cultural Center, 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands. 832-557-8781. www.gladecutluralcenter.com

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

Live music in and around The Woodlands

COMPILED BY ALLY BOLENDER

SEPT. 16

KELLEY PETERS TRIO MAHONEY’S TEXISH BAR

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MAROON 5 THE PAVILION

CYNTHIAWOODS MITCHELL PAVILION 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, Kelley Peters Trio is bringing its act to Mahoney’s in September, performing a variety of styles and covering versions of hit songs. (Courtesy Kelley Peters Trio) The Woodlands 281-364-3010 www.woodlandscenter.org SEPTEMBER 16 Lil Baby with Lil Durk, 8 p.m. 18 Kings of Leon with Cold War Kids, 7:30 p.m. 19 Korn with Staind, 6:30 p.m. 24 Brooks and Dunn with Travis Tritt and Elvie Shane, 7 p.m. 26 Daryl Hall and John Oates with Squeeze, 7 p.m. 28 Maroon 5 with Blackbear, 7 p.m. 30 The Houston Symphony performs, 'The Music of Queen," 8 p.m. OCTOBER 02 Parker McCollum, 7 p.m. 03 Bush and Stone Temple Pilots with Black Map, 7 p.m. DOSEY DOE BIG BARN 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoetickets.com SEPTEMBER 16 Seth James Band, 8:30 p.m.

17 JeŽ CoŽey, 8:30 p.m. 18 Monte Montgomery, 8:30 p.m. 19 Steve Wariner, 7:30 p.m. 23 Lee DeWyze, 8:30 p.m. 25 Brooke Alysse, 8:30 p.m. 26 Albert Cummings, 7:30 p.m. 30 Davy Knowles Band, 8:30 p.m. OCTOBER 01 The Issacs, 8 p.m. 03 Gene Watson, 7 p.m. 05 Micky & Cody Braun with Kyle Hutton, 8 p.m. 07 Mike & The Moonpies, 8:30 p.m. 08 Chris Knight, 8:30 p.m. MAHONEY’S TEXISH BAR 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 100, The Woodlands 832-663-5228 www.mahoneysbar.com SEPTEMBER 16 Kelley Peters Trio, 8 p.m. 17 Good Time Mu•n, 8:30 p.m. 18 Not The Rachels, 8:30 p.m. 19 Justin Peña, noon 22 Nik Rincon, 6 p.m. 23 Nervous Rex, 8 p.m. 24 AJ Santana, 5 p.m. 24 OMG, 8:30 p.m. 25 PorkBelly Trio, 8:30 p.m. 26 Chris Crisp, noon Band Maroon 5 is performing at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, with R&B singer and songwriter Blackbear as the opening act. (Courtesy Maroon 5)

Live music in Northshore Park will resume this fall as part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by The Woodlands. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

CONCERT IN THE PARK On Sundays through Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Woodlands Township is hosting the fall series of Concert in the Park at Northshore Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring coolers, picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs. Glass is prohibited. Organizers noted all concert dates are subject to cancellation, pending local, state and federal orders or declarations in light of pandemic restrictions. CONCERT IN THE PARK Northshore Park 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands 281-210-3950 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov SEPTEMBER 19 Mango Punch 26 Texas Long Shot OCTOBER 10 Mechanix 17 Kameron Music Live

29 Chris Crisp, 8 p.m. 30 Paige Lewis, 8 p.m. OCTOBER 01 The Rikki’s, 8 p.m. 02 The Tracy Perez Band, 8:30 p.m. 06 JB Barnett, 6 p.m. 07 Kelley Peters Trio, 8 p.m. 08 Good Time Mu•n, 8:30 p.m. MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com

SEPTEMBER 16 Mike Zito, 7 p.m. 17 The Spicolis, 8 p.m. 18 Lee Roy Parnell, 8 p.m. 2122 John Conlee, 8 p.m. 23 Johnny Lee, 8 p.m. 24 Hamilton Loomis, 7 p.m. 25 Already Gone, 8 p.m. 26 Tapestry, 7 p.m. 29 The Kingston Trio, 8 p.m. OCTOBER 01 Vagablonde, 8 p.m. 03 Metalachi, 7 p.m.

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Gosling Road Segment 3 widening Improvements include widening Gosling Road between West Rayford Road and Creekside Forest Drive as a four-lane concrete boulevard section. The project began work in June. Timeline: June 14-summer 2022 Cost: $6.8 million Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

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to the fourth quarter of 2021 due to utility relocations and added work. It was previously scheduled to –nish in the second quarter of 2021. The present phase is taking place between FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek. Completed work continues to Conroe-Hufsmith Road. Timeline: September 2018-fourth quarter 2021 Cost: $21.47 million Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds 4 Flintridge pavement replacement Montgomery County Precinct 3 ocials said in late August contractors had –nished replacing approximately 500 feet of concrete pavement along eastbound Flintridge Drive just east of the George Mitchell Preserve entrance. Work on the asphalt shoulder and road striping was conducted in late August. The road work was needed because The Woodlands Water Agency had performed work on a sanitary sewer line running along the shoulder that is several feet underground. Timeline: August 2021 Cost: $210,000 Funding source: The Woodlands Water Agency

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2 Kuykendahl Road widening A project to widen Kuykendahl Road from two to four lanes from Lake Woodlands to Research Forest drives is underway. A new bridge will be constructed over Bear Branch to accommodate the northbound lanes, and the existing two lanes will become southbound lanes. County ocials said as of late August the contractor had completed placing beams on the northbound side of the bridge and had commenced deck work. Concrete pours for the 1.5-mile project were also complete on the north side. Timeline: January 2021-early 2022 Cost: $3.57 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 3 FM 2978 widening The Texas Department of Transportation will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to Conroe-Hufsmith Road in two phases. TxDOT has pushed back its completion of widening the last segment of FM 2978

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Gosling Road bridge widening Gosling Road will be expanded to four lanes between Creekside Forest Drive and Gatewood Reserve Lane, including the Spring Creek bridge. The contract was awarded to NBG Constructors Inc. on July 20. The project has a 429-day contract and will begin this fall, according to Montgomery County o‘cials. Timeline: fall-late 2022 Cost: $8.2 million (Montgomery County Precinct 3 contributing $4 million) Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, Montgomery County Precinct 3

COURTESY MONTGOMERY COUNTY PRECINCT 3

1 Rayford Road improvements A project will widen Rayford Road to four lanes between an area 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove and approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. It includes creating two new eastbound travel lanes from Waterbend to the Rayford intersection with Birnham Woods and using the existing road for the westbound lanes. The project also includes widening Birnham Woods to four lanes 600 feet north and south of Rayford and installing trac signals at four locations on Rayford. Trac signal construction started in late August. Timeline: October 2020-fall 2021 Cost: $2.88 million

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One John Cooper Drive, TheWoodlands, TX 77381 Telephone: (281) 367-0900 | Toll Free: (800) 295-1162

Fax: (832) 764-5641 or (281) 419-2618 www.johncooper.org | CEEB Code: 446991

Our School: Founded in 1988, Cooper is a co-educational, pre-kindergarten through 12 college preparatory independent day school in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb 35 miles northwest of Houston. The 43-acre campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities which promote collaborative learning. Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Cooper is named in honor of Mr. John Cooper, an esteemed Headmaster at Houston’s The Kinkaid School, whose vision guided the inception of The John Cooper School.

The mission of The John Cooper School is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative Top 5 i gs to Know about Independent Schools thinkers, e ff ective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners. 1 Parents are partners in their child’s education. Parents can actively engage in the educational journey because independent schools encour- age participation and regular interaction between parents, teachers, and students. Independent schools are unique. Students are known and cared for. Teachers have freedom to create educational experiences that meet a student’s individual needs, without state mandated curriculum, testing or required reading. Our School Founded in 1988, Cooper is a co-educational, pre-kindergarten through 12 college preparatory independent day school in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb 35 miles northwest of Houston. The 43- acre campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities which promote collaborative learning. Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Cooper is named in honor of Mr. John Cooper, an esteemed Headmaster at Houston’s The Kinkaid School, whose vision guided the inception of The John Cooper School. Our Students In keeping with Cooper’s whole-child philosophy, learning is valued in and out of the classroom. Upper School students abide by an Honor Code and a ffi rm the values of honesty and integrity in an annual ceremony. Students are recognized locally, regionally, and nationally in a range of fields, including academics, visual and performing arts, and athletics. Our athletes compete in the Southwestern Preparatory Conference (SPC), and each year approximately 10% of our students continue their athletic careers in college. College Counseling Services 4 full-time counselors support of the languages spoken by our students: Spanish, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, and Japanese. 45% Students are dual citizens, Bilingual, and students of color. experience, on average $30MCampus upgrades In the past 5 years More than 48 Countries Are represented at Cooper. Some Driven by mission The John Cooper School is committed to o ering a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners. 5 Independent schools are vibrant and diverse communities of students and families. Independent schools foster inclusive, welcoming environments where all families are welcome. The John Cooper School in The Woodlands o ers a unique blend of academic, cultural, intellectual, and experiential learning. 2 Independent schools have high academic standards . Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning. 3 Independent schools attract and retain specialized teachers and educators . By design, independent school faculty have time built into their day to grant individualized attention to students. They are subject and curriculum experts, teach in their area of expertise, and pursue ongoing professional development. They support and advise their students and their learning needs, providing individualized attention and care to each child. Students pursue their interests in numerous on campus clubs and organizations. Recent student accomplishments include: 11:1 Student-Teacher Ratio 1343/30 Mean SAT & ACT Scores 70% Cooper teachers Have advanced degrees 15+ years Teachers have 15+ years teaching 4 Independent sc ools er a well-rounded experience . Independent schools are designed to support a well-rounded student experience. The Woodlands founder, George Mitchell envisioned creating an independent school for this community. The John Cooper school was an important aspect of his planned community. Founded in 1988, The John Cooper School continues to provide high-quality, well-rounded educational experiences, where students can build their strengths in academics, athletics, ˆne arts, community service, and in leadership.

Interested in learning more about e John Cooper School? Visit one of our upcoming Open Houses: LOWER SCHOOL - PK-5 • September 25 • 1-3 p.m. MIDDLE SCHOOL - 6-8 • October 16 • 1-3 p.m. UPPER SCHOOL - 9-12 • October 16 • 4-6 p.m. To register, please visit the a mission page at www.johncooper.org

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100% of graduates attend college Advanced Placement 21 AP courses o‘ered, 93% of students earn a 3 or higher

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