Round Rock - Pflugerville - Hutto Edition | Feb. 2020

VOLUME 15, ISSUE 6  FEB. 6MARCH 4, 2020 Learning curves ROUND ROCK PFLUGERVILLE HUTTOEDITION Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto have each experienced massive population growth and

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diversication in the last 10 years. As area demographics have changed so, too, have the number of students enrolled as English language learners and in English as a Second Language and bilingual education programs.

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Area schools work tomeet needs of nonnative English-speakers In classrooms across Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto, a multitude of languages and dialects can be heard, including Hindi, Tamil, Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish and Amharic. Data from the Texas Education Agency between 2008-18 highlighted dou- ble-digit growth in Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto ISDs’ bilin- gual and English as a Second Lan- guage enrollment, increasing 33.8% in RRISD, 87.1% in PfISD and 67.1% in HISD, respectively. As it stands, 92 languages other than English are spoken in Round Rock ISD, 53 in Pugerville ISD and 17 in Hutto ISD—a trend, ocials from each district said, that is only expected to continue. Meeting demands According to the 2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates CONTINUED ON 26 BY KELSEY THOMPSON

Economist: Local retail real estate strong but not immune fromnational closures

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director of analytics for the CoStar Group. But as wave after wave of national retailers close, the booming local market is beginning to absorb a few blows. Following years of cat- apulting rent increases, in 2019, the base ask- ing rent in Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto decreased, an indication that local retail real estate is beginning to let o the accelerator. “People are still going to retail stores locally, CONTINUED ON 28

Against a gloomy national landscape, com- mercial retail has been comparatively strong in the Austin area for years including in the rapid- ly-growing suburbs of Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto, according to area commercial real estate professionals. “In this market, retail has been incredibly healthy, compared to thedour national headlines that say retail is dead,” said SamTenenbaum, the

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