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Among the rst words said from the moon in 1969 were, “Houston, ... the eagle has landed.” Will “Houston” be the rst word spoken by the rst person to walk on Mars? This question has prompted Bay Area ocials to act. The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, which works to drive development in the Clear Lake area and beyond, has announced TexSpace, a new nonprot that will work to make state leaders recognize Hous- ton’s growing aerospace industry. Meanwhile, the Houston Spaceport, located at Ellington Airport, now has infrastructure in place to allow for aerospace companies. Two such compa- nies, Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace, are prepar- ing to break ground, and a third development will be announced in June. City leaders said they are excited by the progress the local aerospace industry has made in recent years, and they want that growth to continue to ramp up. “[Our goal is] to be the global leader in space—home of the space economy,” said Bob Mitchell, president of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. “We want to be all of it.” CONTINUED ON 30

Working nurses in local RN-to-BSN programs took their skills into new environments during COVID19, such as drive-thru testing sites.

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Health care workers adjust to challenges amid COVID19 pandemic BY COLLEEN FERGUSON Nurses learn to ‘accept, adapt, overcome’

for the nurses putting aside their own fears to pro- vide patient care, she said. “COVID[-19] has caused a lot of burnout,” she said. “People are starting to evaluate [their] work- life balance.” Educators at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and San Jacinto College also described a change in classrooms during the pandemic as both CONTINUED ON 24

For southeast Houston’s nurses and nursing edu- cators, change has been the only constant while delivering care and instructionduring the pandemic. Kelsea Heiman, an emergency room nurse at Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital, said nurses have felt a lot of extra weight on their shoulders while treating patients as COVID-19 guidelines con- tinue to evolve. This has led to a sense of exhaustion

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NOWOPEN 1 Mai Thai Pho & Grill opened in Pearland on March 24. Located at 3145 Silverlake Village Drive, Ste. 112, Pearland, the restaurant serves Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese food as well as a vegetarian menu. 832-406-7977. www.facebook.com/maithaiphogrill 2 The Crafty Crab Cajun Seafood and Bar opened for to-go orders April 27 and for limited dine-in seating May 3. The business is located at 11104 Broadway St., Pearland. The Creole chain offers boiled and fried seafood as well as oysters, scal- lops, sides and desserts. 832-856-1111. www.craftycrabpearland.com 3 CP’s Liquor opened in Pearland in early April. Located at 12568 Broadway St., Ste. 180, the business sells a large selection of liquor. CP’s Liquor also offers weekly sampling sessions and will add new items to its stock upon customer request. The business also offers delivery

COMING SOON 10 Main Squeeze Juice Co. is plan- ning on opening its location at 1501 W. Parkwood Ave., Ste. 103, Friendswood around mid-June. Main Squeeze Juice Co. is a juice and smoothie bar that also offers juice cleanse programs. www.mainsqueezejuiceco.com 11 The Greasy Spoon Soulfood Bistro is planning to open its second Houston-area location in Pearland in August at 10009 Broadway St. The restaurant’s mission is to “elevate the culture of Southern cui- sine.” The restaurant, located in Cypress, sells soul food. Owner Max Bozeman plans to open another Cypress or a Katy location after his Pearland one. www.thegreasyspoonhtx.com 12 Breakfast and brunch concept restaurant Brick & Spoon plans to open at the Texas Station Shopping Center at the intersection of FM 518 and FM 528 in Friendswood. A timeline for its opening has not been established. Brick & Spoon— which has most of its locations in Ala-

7 Nikki’s Country Kitchen opened in Pearland on May 25. Located at 5010 Broadway St., the business serves tradi- tional country food. It is owned by the Barcenas, who own Barcenas Bar & Grill 2 on Almeda Genoa Road in Houston. 346-773-4723. www.nikkicountrykitchentx.com 8 Jellos Liquor held its grand opening May 15 after a soft opening in March. Located at 8321 Broadway St., Ste. 116, Pearland, the business sells liquor and wine. This is the fourth Houston-area location for the business. 832-770-9939. www.jellosgroup.com 9 Beard Papa’s held the grand opening for its Pearland location May 29. The franchise allows patrons to customize their cream puff filling and shell. The Pearland location at 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 1210, Pearland, is the fourth Hous- ton-area location for the franchise. www.beardpapas.com

through its website. 346-773-4950. www.cpsliquor.com 4 Austin-based Summer Moon Coffee held the grand opening May 15 for its lo- cation at 1765 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 101, Friendswood. The business is known for its oak-roasted coffee and its sweet cream, or “moon milk.” This is the third Houston-area location for the business. 832-569-5791. www.summermooncoffee.com 5 Ritz Barber Lounge and Spa , located at 626 S. Friendswood Drive, Friend- swood, opened its doors Feb. 1 for hair- cuts and shaves. It also offers women’s hair services on Mondays. 832-272-3665. https://ritz-barber-lounge-llc. business.site 6 Jersey Mike’s opened its location at 9811 W. Broadway St., Ste. 121, in the spring. The sandwich shop is a chain and is known for its subs. 832-743-1956. www.jerseymikes.com

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bama, Louisiana and Mississippi—serves omelets, breakfast tacos, pancakes, burgers, drinks and more. www.brickandspoonrestaurant.com 13 The Art of Liquor is set to open by the end July at 8201 Broadway St., Pearland. With knowledgeable staff and an aesthetic interior, Project Engineer Carlos Benavidez said The Art of Liquor will aim to stand apart from other liquor stores. www.instagram.com/ theartofliquor_pearland 14 Burger Nation will open its Pearland location in mid-June. The restaurant will be located at 9515 W. Broadway St., Ste. 119, Pearland, and will serve burgers, including keto burgers. The restaurant serves specialty burgers, including the Hawaiian Burger, Bacon Mac Daddy and the Flamin Hot Cheetos Burger. This is the third location for the restaurant; the first two are in Victoria and Clear Lake.

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15 Taylor Morrison broke ground on the Avalon development in Friendswood in May. The first phase of the development will be located south of Friendswood Lakes Boulevard and will consist of 50-60 residential lots. Construction on model homes and presales is expected to begin in July. The residential community will also have a 36-acre lot. www.taylormorrison.com/tx/houston/

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16 Alliance BJJ Houston is moving from its location at 10555 Pearland Parkway, Ste. U, Houston, to 8498 S. Sam Houston Parkway, Ste. 1800, Houston. The busi- ness expects to open at the new location

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TxDOT, advocacy group look at feasibility of Hwy. 36A corridor The Texas Department of Trans- The road will run through Brazoria, Fort Bend and Waller counties, all of

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POTENTIAL PATH FOR HWY. 36A Hwy. 36A has not been approved, so a route has not been determined. However, a study of where the road might travel has the northern and southern parts of the road meeting near I-10.

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portation is in the midst of feasibility and environmental studies for 36A, which could become a state highway. If the project comes to fruition, it would create a corridor from Port Freeport to Brazosport to north of Houston, Highway 36A Coalition spokesperson Jim Fredricks said. The project is separated into two sections: Hwy. 36A South would run from the existing Hwy. 36 to near I-10. Hwy. 36A North would run from where Hwy. 36A South stops to Hwy. 6 north of Hempstead. TxDOT is also considering extending the project from Hempstead to Waco, Fredricks said. The road would be a four-lane divided road and would look similar to the expanded, existing Hwy. 36, Fredricks said. The existing Hwy. 36 is under construction; the road runs from Freeport to Rosenberg. The project was rst proposed in the Waller County Mobility Plan in 2017, said Deidrea George, Texas Department of Transportation public information ocer, in an email. It is too early in the planning phase of the project to have a construction timeline or project cost, George said. The new road is necessary for three reasons, Fredricks said: hurricane evacuation, moving freight from Port Freeport and accommodating growth. Once the Harbor Channel Improvement project is completed, Port Freeport will be the deepest port on the Gulf Coast and will be han- dling more trac, Fredricks said.

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which are anticipating growth. “Fort Bend is expected to grow by half a million by 2050. These people will need ways to get from their jobs, school and shopping,” Fredricks said. “The more you grow, it puts more pressure on the existing infrastructure.” The Highway 36A Coalition advocates the need for this project and is hoping it will be placed on the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. However, the feasibility of the project, the availability of funding and the road’s route could all aect whether the project becomes a reality, Fredricks said. “These are very long-term proj- ects that take place over years and decades,” Fredricks said. “We need to get them in motion and begin to identify corridors, and part of that is building public support.” Finding corridors with the least impact to the environment and to existing communities is one of the goals for the Highway 36A Coalition and TxDOT, Fredricks said. There are several rivers and creeks the road would need to cross as well as natural habitats to consider, he said. “Every road ever proposed will have some people who agree and some who disagree,” he said. “There will be meetings to gather input and address community concerns to create solutions that are a win-win for everybody.”

Hughes Ranch Road construction Hughes Ranch Road’s completion date has been moved from July to Novem- ber due to utility and rain delays. The project will convert the two-lane road to four lanes. Timeline: January 2019-November 2021 Cost: $18 million Funding sources: state and federal funds

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• A hurricane evacuation route • Moving freight from Port Freeport • More infrastructure for growth REASONS FOR THE ROAD “There are three main reasons to build Hwy. 36A”, Hwy. 36A Coalition spokesperson Jim Fredricks said:

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is to look into 32/30. At the May 24 meeting, Committee Chair Steve Saboe recommended the city stop the plan. “We should replace it with some- thing equitable and final, instead of something dragging into 2022,” Saboe said. Some council members indicated they are opening to considering another option to replace the 32/30 plan.

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PEARLAND At the May 24 City Council meeting, an ad hoc citizens committee unanimously recom- mended council consider ending the 32/30 water billing plan. In February 2020, a gap in reading water meters and water billing was brought before the council. The gap resulted in the city being behind on collecting $6 million in water billing charges. One of the solutions presented was a 32/30 billing plan, which would read water meters every 32 days and bill customers every 30 days, a change from the 28-day billing cycle customers had been on. The city also created a citizens ad hoc committee, which would focus on utility billing issues and to help rebuild trust with the community. One of the objec- tives of the ad hoc group, which is composed of eight citizen volunteers,

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The hiring of a secondary behavioral support teacher was also approved at the workshop. The addition of this position and the teacher position will have a financial impact of about $63,000 each, per staff request docu- ments presented at the meeting. The board has approved approxi- mately $1 million in teaching positions over the last three years for special education students, Roher said. The district projects its enrollment in September will be at 6,090 stu- dents, down slightly from the 6,118 that were enrolled in late April. A total of 372 new students are expected to enroll in 2021-22.

FRIENDSWOOD ISD The district is planning to hire two additional special education teachers for the 2021-22 school year after the district’s board approved the staffing request May 24. A second special education teacher will be hired for Westwood Elemen- tary School based on the number of qualifying students at that campus, district leaders said at the workshop. Typically, each school has one. The increasing interest in FISD’s special education programming is a positive reflection on the district’s special education teacher community, trustee Rebecca Hillenberg said. The district is becoming known for its excellence in this area, and enroll- ment in special education is trending upward, district leaders said. “That number continues to grow,” Roher said of special education enroll- ment and keeping up with community needs. “I don’t want to get too far behind the hiring curve.”

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Clear Creek ISD taking ‘blank slate’ approach revising COVID-19 guidelines for 2021-22

MASKSOPTIONAL Clear Creek ISD sent out a public survey in the spring asking people whether they were comfortable with masks being optional next year. procedures for staff and students headed into the 2021-22 school year, Williams said. This committee will provide input to Williams and other staffers as 2021-22 protocols are developed. selected through a random lottery, and students were named by their respective high school principals. The group is tasked with developing instructional, operational and health of respondents are comfortable with optional masks. 70%

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CLEAR CREEK ISD The district is looking to the next academic year with a blank slate approach, Superin- tendent Eric Williams said at a May 24 board of trustees meeting. Per Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-36, school districts in Texas are prohibited from requiring or mandating mask wearing after June 4. The Safely Reopen CCISD Committee was working toward a mask-optional edict for the upcoming school year, Williams said. “We think the community is ready,” he said of the move to optional masking, adding that nearly 70% of respondents to a spring public survey were in favor of masks being optional. The committee is made up of 15 staffmembers, 15 parents and five students; the staff and parents were

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1928 N. Main St., Pearland. Meetings are streamed on YouTube. Friendswood ISD meets the second Monday of every month at 5:45 p.m. at 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood. Alvin ISD meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 301 E. House St., Alvin. Clear Creek ISD meets the fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at 1955 W. NASA Blvd., Webster. the workshop, but they expressed gratitude at being able to give a raise at all and wanted to ensure teachers knew how appreciated they were before leaving for the summer. “Although I wish we could give more, I’m glad we can give some- thing,” trustee Rebecca Decker said. Aside from the general increase and equity adjustments, beginning teacher salaries have increased from $58,100 to $59,000. Last year, PISD gave its employees a 4% general pay increase and a $300 annual increase to benefits along with some adjustments for pay equity.

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

Pearland City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at City Hall, 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Times may vary. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council meets the first Monday of each month at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. Times may vary. Pearland ISD meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. at MEETINGSWE COVER PEARLAND ISD The district will award its staffers a 2% pay increase for the 2021-22 school year—half as much of a raise as they were given the year prior. All employees will receive the 2% increase with the addition of some adjustments for market equity after the board of trustees voted to approve the $3.06 million compensa- tion package at its May 18 workshop. Less than $250,000 of the total will go to equity adjustments. The district is facing a difficult funding year, Superintendent John Kelly and several trustees said at

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HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

COMPILED BY HALEY MORRISON

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH Of the 254 counties in Texas, Brazoria County ranks 17th statewide in overall health outcome. Galveston County ranks 55th in overall health outcomes. Both counties have vaccinated roughly 50% of their population.

Nearly half of the eligible population in both counties are vaccinated. Data is accurate as of May 22. COMBATING COVID19

VACCINATION DEMOGRAPHICS

9% 5.31% 8.89% 12.4% 9.94% 10.68% 21.7% 18.79% 35.05% 36.5% 39.64% 30.20% 14.6% 22.95% 9.69% 6% 3.37% 8.5% 45.4% 40.1% 51.33% 28.6% 30.1% 27.09% 20.7% 23.7% 17.16% 5.3% 6% 4.07% 0% 0% 0.02%

Asian

Black

COUNTYVACCINATIONS

White Hispanic

BRAZORIA COUNTY

GALVESTON COUNTY

PEOPLE AGE 12+ WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE

49.4%

HARRIS COUNTY

Other

51.2%

Unknown

53.74%

AGE BREAKDOWN

52.55%

16-49 50-64 80+ 65-79

State average

PEOPLE AGE 12+ FULLY VACCINATED

40.84%

44.31%

Unknown

38.29%

N

41.68%

COVID19 OVER TIME

State average

In both Brazoria and Galveston counties, COVID-19 recoveries have far surpassed active cases. Data is accurate as of June 7.

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

SOURCES: TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, BRAZORIA COUNTY, GALVESTON COUNTYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

• LENGTHOF LIFE • QUALITYOF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

COUNTY CASES

HEALTH OUTCOMES 2021 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 254 COUNTIES

In both counties, active cases and deaths are in the hundreds, while recoveries are in the thousands.

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol- impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICAL CARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

57 55 63

30 30 69

19 17 35

Length of life Overall

Active 468 434 Deaths

35,332 Recoveries

Total 36,234

Quality of life HEALTH FACTORS

353 Deaths

32,367 Recoveries

Active 1,525

Total 34,245

137 77 48

15 90

323 39

Overall

Health behaviors

46 43

61

Socioeconomic Physical environment Clinical care

4,659 Deaths

393,255 Recoveries

Active 4,247

Total 402,161

78

160 241

147

240

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HOSPITALS

Information on local hospitals in Pearland & Friendswood

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Trauma level

518 • Latest news: Accredited Chest Pain Center; certied as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission 2020; spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A; Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work in Healthcare; American College MANVEL of Radiology accreditation; College of American Pathologists laboratory accreditation; Get with the Guidelines, Silver Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Target; Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll 2 Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital 16100 S. Freeway, Pearland 7134135000 www.memorialhermann.org/locations/ pearland • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: N/A • Number of employees: 492 • Number of beds: 64 • Telemedicine oerings: oered, but varies by physician • Latest news: Certied as a Chest Pain Center by The Joint Commission, 1 HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland 11100 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland 7137707000 www.hcahoustonhealthcare.com • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: N/A • Number of employees: 450 • Number of beds: 53 • Telemedicine oerings: None

Hospitals have varying trauma levels depending on services provided.

ASTORIA BLVD.

PEARLAND

MCHARD RD.

ADOW CREEK PKWY.

Level I • Highest level of care • Full range of specialists, equipment in-house 24/7 • Oers teaching, research components

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Level IV • Provides initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities • Will likely have to transfer to higher-level trauma center Level III • Oers resources for emergency surgery, intensive care • May have to transfer to Level I and II centers Level II • Oers specialists on call 24/7 • Can transfer to Level I facilities • No research component required

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MAGNOLIA PKWY.

BAILEY AVE.

FRIENDSWOOD

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1128 earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certication for Primary Stroke Centers 3 Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital 11800 Astoria Blvd., Houston 2819296100

128 www.memorialhermann.org/ locations/southeast • Trauma level: Level III • NICU level: Level III • Number of employees: 1,512 • Number of beds: 293 • Telemedicine oerings: oered, but

varies by physician • Latest news: N/A

SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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EDUCATION Senate bill limits alternative health care options for school districts Employees to have more options next year

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EMPLOYEE Roughly half of the employees in both districts are enrolled in state health care. If districts oer alternative health care options, all employees will be eligible. ENROLLMENT

FRIENDSWOOD ISD

PEARLAND ISD

care through the district. However, employees will have another option for this upcoming year. FISD is contracting with the Texas Health Schools Health Benets Program, and PISD is contracting with the Texas Educators Health Plan through its third-party administrator for the 2021-22 school year as of press time. Both plans are compatible with ActiveCare, allowing districts to opt for them as well as allowing employees on ActiveCare to move to the new plan if they choose. Several other districts in the state on ActiveCare have started oering these programs as other options or other compatible programs with success, representatives from PISD and FISD said. Oeringmore options The Texas Educators Health Plan oers the same two plans—a copay plan and a high-deductible plan—but with lower premiums on both plans, said Sundie Dahlkamp, PISD executive

BY HALEY MORRISON

57%

51%

ENROLLED

ENROLLED

Texas Senate Bill 1444 was sub- mitted to the governor May 26 after being passed by both the state House and Senate. The bill prohibits school districts from using alternative group health coverage starting with the 2022-23 school year. Both Pearland and Friendswood ISDs had started to move forward with oering alternative health care options for the 2021-22 school year prior to the bill’s passage. FISD’s board of trustees gave approval to obtain alternative medical coverage at its April 12 meeting. PISD discussed using an alternative at its May 11 workshop. With the bill’s enrollment, both plans would be legal for only one school year. At this time, PISD will go ahead with its plans for next year. FISD did not have a comment on whether the passage of this bill changes its plans as of press time. Both districts oer health care through Teacher Retirement System ActiveCare. State law does not

DEMYSTIFYING HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS Health insurance can be complicated. Here are some common health insurance terms.

Benet period: The time period when services are covered. This is typically one calendar year of coverage. Copayment: The amount patients pay to their health care providers when they receive

Deductible: The amount a patient must pay for health care services before the insurance

covers the rest. For example, if a plan has a $2,000 deductible, the patient must pay $2,000 in care before the insurance will cover the charges fully.

In-network provider: Health care providers that are covered under a specic plan

services. Some people may have a copay every time they visit their doctor, which pays for a portion of the services. The insurance pays the rest of the portion.

SOURCES: MEDICAL MUTUAL, PEARLAND ISD, FRIENDSWOOD ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

care, Executive Director of Human Resources Lindsey Foley and Chief Financial Ocer Amber Petree said. FISD was introduced to the plan through its third-party provider. When looking at alternative medical benets, they opted for one that was recommended and widely used, they said. PISD chose from plans recom- mended to them through the district’s third-party administrator, U.S. Employee Benets Service Group. The plan is also used widely throughout the state, Dahlkamp said. “We weren’t looking for a bunch of options; we were looking for an option

that would save employees money,” Dahlkamp said. Roughly half of FISD’s employees are on the state health insurance, as are 57% of PISD’s. Those on the state health insurance can switch to the new plans before the start of the school year once the new coverage year begins. In the case of a major life event, employees can switch in the middle of the benet period, Foley and Petree said at the April meeting. The benet period is the length of time services are covered and is typically a calendar year. “This is really good for our employ- ees,” Dahlkamp said.

director of human resource services. The plans are rela- tively similar with the same health care providers, but the lower premiums are a perk for employ- ees, she said. “For some people,

“It gives our employees a dierent option, a competitive rate.” LINDSEY FOLEY, FRIENDSWOOD ISD HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

allow districts to leave the Teacher Retirement System ActiveCare plan once signed up. Both FISD and PISD are on the ActiveCare plan,

that is very attractive,” Dahlkamp said. FISD spent 18 months researching a viable option for the district’s health

meaning it used to be the only option available for employees in the district who wanted to have their health

CONGRATULATIONS 2021 GRADUATES! “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Contact State Rep. Ed Thompson:

Thank you! It’smy honor to serve your family! 512-463-0707 | 281-485-6565 District29.Thompson@house.Texas.gov P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910

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ENVIRONMENT

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Flooded homes at risk ofmold growth When local resident Lisa Piper and her family started getting sick last summer, the last thing she expected was mold. Piper, who owns Natural Living to keep an eye on it. The house will stand while the family litigates. Bob Phalen, University of Hous- ton-Clear Lake associate professor and BY JAKE MAGEE

This yellow tube helps remove mold spores from the areas being cleaned.

Walls have been stripped to the studs to get rid of mold within.

chair of its occupational safety and health program, has a professional history as an industrial hygienist. He said he has not seen a case as extreme as the Pipers’ but that mold can be dangerous. “I’ve done assessments where peo- ple got pretty sick, but it was mostly nausea, vomiting,” he said. Phalen said he worked a case in which dockworkers were getting sick opening shipping containers that held mold-infested pallets. Some ended up in the hospital, he said. Mold typically aects respiratory systems, causing coughing or allergic responses. Those who have asthma can see it worsen due to mold, and mold can sometimes even cause infections in people, Phalen said. That said, mold is everywhere, and if you are sampling for it, you will nd it, Phalen said. Phalen suspects mold can be poten- tially more prevalent in the Greater Houston area, considering it is hot, humid, and prone to rain and oods. With the February freeze causing hundreds of homes’ pipes to burst, if residents did not properly dry out their houses, mold could be a future problem, Phalen said. “If there was water damage, any porous material needs to be removed— anything that was wet,” he said. Piper urged residents to be vigilant, especially if they took on water during the freeze. “Mold inspections are extensive, but they are worth every dime,” she said.

Food Co-op & Cafe in League City and purchased a Bacli house a year ago, said she and her family began experi- encing nausea, migraines, exhaustion and other symptoms. “In early summer, all of our health started to change a bit, and we weren’t really paying attention to what it was,” she said. After researching, Piper thought the symptoms could be due to mold in the house. In the fall, a home inspector conrmed her suspicions, Piper said. “Who ... would ever think their house is making them sick?” she said. Professionals eventually made it to the house to begin to tear out mold-in- fested walls. As it turned out, every wall of every room had thick, black mold behind it, basically making the house uninhabitable, Piper said. Piper suspects the house ooded during Hurricane Harvey and was not properly dried out, leading to the mold growth. Homeowners insurance does not cover mold growth in Texas, and the Pipers do not have health insur- ance, leading to nancial problems. Additionally, the family had to throw out 90% of their belongings due to fears they may be infested with mold, Piper said. “We’re losing everything—I mean everything,” she said. Today, Piper and her family are stay- ing with friends while Piper’s husband lives in a tent in the yard of the house

Due to the amount of mold in the Pipers’ house, it has been deemed a biohazard and must be torn down, Lisa Piper said. The Pipers started a fundraiser on Go Fund Me to oset the costs of mitigating the mold.

COURTESY LISA PIPER

MOLD PRIMER Mold can be an issue in hot, humid environments, such as the Greater Houston area.

WHAT IS MOLD?

Fungi commonly found on food or wet materials

WHERE IS MOLD FOUND?

Indoors, mold is most often associated with damp, musty locations, such as basements and bathrooms.

WHAT CAUSES MOLD?

There are vemajor causes for mold growth: oods, roof and window leaks, condensation, plumbing leaks and damp conditions.

WHO IS AFFECTED BY MOLD?

Those living withmold can develop respiratory disease, asthma and allergies. Children, the elderly and pregnant women are at higher risk.

HOWDOES ONE ADDRESS MOLD? If there is water damage or mold can been seen or smelled, it should be professionally removed before symptoms appear.

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SOURCE: AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE ASSOCIATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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