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Lone Star College debuts 4-year degrees Nursing transition program could expand to Tomball campus

located o Hwy. 242 in The Woodlands, will house the inaugural transition program from registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in nurs- ing, according to LSCS information. A third bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity will be oered at the LSCWestway Park Technology Center near Beltway 8 and Hwy. 290. LSCNorth Harris at FM 1960 and I-45 will also oer the management program.

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Two Lone Star College System campuses located near Tomball and Magnolia will oer the system’s rst bachelor’s degrees this fall, a process that began more than 15 years ago to aord students low-cost, four-year degrees close to home, LSCS Chancellor Ste- phen Head said. LSCUniversity Park, located near Hwy. 249 and Louetta Road, will oer a Bachelor of Science degree in energy, manufacturing and trades management. LSCMontgomery,

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BEHIND THE Budgets Tomball and Magnolia rely more on sales tax revenue than property tax revenue in their general funds.

The cities of Tomball and Magnolia have seen sales tax revenue grow over the last decade, which has aorded added revenue for city projects and property tax relief for residents, city ocials said. Sales tax revenue in the cities of Tomball and Magnolia increased 90.9% and 33.65%, respectively, from 2010-19, according to data from the Texas comptroller of public accounts’ oce, outpacing population growth in the cities during that time. Tomball’s property tax rate has remained at $0.341455 per $100 valuation since scal year 2011-12, and Magnolia’s property tax rate has decreased since FY 2010-11, according to city information. CONTINUED ON 38 Cities’ sales taxgrowthyields fewSenate Bill 2 concerns BY ANNA LOTZ

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PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett PUBLISHERHOUSTONMETRO Jason Culpepper GENERAL MANAGER Chrissy Leggett, cleggett@communityimpact.com EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Matt Stephens EDITOR Anna Lotz STAFFWRITERS Shawn Arrajj, Andrew Christman, Vanessa Holt, Trevor Nolley, Ben Thompson, Hannah Zedaker CONTRIBUTINGWRITER Carrie Taylor ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE April Halpin DESIGN CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Aubrey Galloway GRAPHIC DESIGNER Matthew T. Mills STAFF DESIGNERS Jay Jones, Stephanie Torres, Ronald Winters, Caitlin Whittington BUSINESS GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Claire Love ABOUT US John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. CONTACT US 8400 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Ste.220 Houston, TX 77064 • 2814696181 communityimpact.com PRESS RELEASES tomnews@communityimpact.com SUBSCRIPTIONS communityimpact.com/subscriptions © 2020 Community Impact Newspaper Co. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction of any portion of this issue is allowed without written permission from the publisher. REPORTER Dylan Sherman COPY CHIEF Andy Comer COPY EDITORS Ben Dickerson, Kasey Salisbury

FROMCHRISSY: It’s never too early to start planning for college. It seems if you blink your eyes, college is right around the corner for your child. This month we highlight some of the new higher education opportunities available to students right here in our community, including new bachelor’s degree programs. Also, for students of all ages, we have a summer camp guide to help you plan some summer fun. Chrissy Leggett, GENERALMANAGER

FROMANNA: This month Reporter Dylan Sherman, a graduate of the University of Missouri, joins our Tomball- Magnolia team. Help me welcome Dylan to Texas. Look for his byline in upcoming issues, and be sure to say “hello” or share a story idea if you see him out and about. Anna Lotz, EDITOR

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the family practice physician, and start- ing March 6, endocrinologist Dr. Maria Caga-Anan will be available every Friday. 281-737-1910. www.houstonmethodist.org/pcg/tomball 5 Natural Ways CBD and More opened Feb. 24 at 32015 Hwy. 249, Pinehurst. The family-owned and -operated busi- ness oers CBD products for family and pets, including a large selection of CBD tinctures, gummies, lotions, pet prod- ucts, owers, coee, tea, topicals and edibles. In Tomball, the business also has a location at 23802 FM 2978. www.naturalwayscbd.com 6 Spectrum of Hope opened in Tomball at 25201 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. 700, in February. The clinic provides individu- alized applied behavior analysis therapy to clients from diagnosis to 10 years old, Clinic Manager Danielle Degnan said. The business has been serving Houston’s autism community for over 15 years with additional locations in Houston and Cypress. 281-894-1423. www.spectrumoope.com 7 Alpha Surgical Center opened in January at 24727 Hwy. 249, Ste. 100, Tomball. The outpatient surgical center provides a variety of surgical services to meet medical needs, including spine, orthopedic, hand, general, gynecology, endoscopy and pain management needs. The facility features a private surgical suite setting for patients to have a proce- dure and then go home to recover all in

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NOWOPEN 1 Street Food Guru opened in late January at 14245 FM 2920, Ste. 160, Tomball. The eatery’s menu includes smoothies, refreshers, Vietnamese sand- wiches, noodles, fried rice, chicken wings, tornado fries and street-food items. www.facebook.com/ streetfoodgurutomball 2 Eggcelence Cafe launched its newest location in Tomball on Jan. 22. The diner,

located at 25750 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. E, serves a menu of classical breakfast favorites alongside dishes inspired by tastes of Texan, Creole and Greek cuisine. Breakfast items include waes, French toast, omelets and sampler platters, while brunch and lunch oerings include paninis, salads, pasta and kabobs. 832-843-6093. www.eggcellencecafe.com 3 Top Sushi Tomball opened in late January at 24435 Hwy. 249, Ste. 70, Tom-

ball. The eatery oers an assortment of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, handrolls and rolls as well as appetizers and nonsushi op- tions. A weekday lunch menu and happy hour menu are also oered as is a full bar. 281-246-0002 4 Houston Methodist Primary Care Group opened Jan. 13 and will celebrate its ribbon cutting March 5 at 14211 FM 2920, Ste. 110, Tomball. This clinic is the newest of Houston Methodist’s primary care clinics. Dr. Chante Ellison-Hodges is

the same day. 346-336-7800. www.alphasurgicalcenter.com

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shops, appraisal services for guns, classes on gun care and custom work on guns. Retail selections also include optics, hog hunting lights and lasers, custom leather products, handguns, shotguns, ries, custom holsters and safes. 281-789-7162. www.txarsenal.com 12 Redeemer Church held a ground- breaking ceremony Feb. 9 at 730 Baker Drive, Tomball. The church, which cur- rently meets at Concordia Lutheran High School, broke ground on phase one of the church building, which will include 16,800 square feet of worship space, administrative space, children’s education space and a large multipurpose room. Redeemer Church is an Acts 29 church. 281-374-1700. www.makingmuchoesus.org RELOCATIONS 13 The McTeggart Irish Dance School relocated from FM 1488 to 701 E. Main St., Tomball, in January. The Irish dance school launched in the Cypress area in 1989. Students from age four to adult- hood participate in beginner to champi- onship level classes, taught and directed by Tomball resident Jennifer Hale. The school oers Irish dance birthday parties; tness and conditioning classes; pre- school and adult lessons; and social danc- ing lessons. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. March 17. 832-209- 2106. www.irishdancehouston.com 14 TMB Screen Printing and Embroi- dery relocated in early December from 10800 Spring Cypress Road, Tomball, to 11703 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. B, Tomball. The shop specializes in screen printing and embroidery, including yard sign, banner and business card creation,

Jack Yacoubian Jewelers opened in mid-January inside the H-E-B located at 14100 Spring Cypress Road, Cypress. The store buys and sells ne custom jewelry, including diamonds, gold, platinum and preowned Rolex watches. 281-251-0408 9 Edge Medical opened Feb. 13 at 455 School St., Bldg. 1, Ste. 12, Tomball. The clinic is open Thursdays initially. Edge Medical oers an innovative approach to medical care with each oce visit costing $75, according to a Feb. 4 release. The clinic oers primary care, internal medi- cine, pulmonary medicine, allergies and immunology, cardiovascular medicine, sleep medicine and critical care services. Walk-ins are welcome. 281-900-2478 10 Austin Parker opened Simple Gym on Jan. 2 at 30516 Hwy. 249, Tomball. The 24/7 tness center oers staed hours on weekday evenings as well as Saturdays. Clients can gain access to the gym anytime with a mobile bar code and sign up online. www.tomballtness.com Clint and Karen Underwood launched Inconceivable Coee Roasters’s online store in January. The online business oers whole-bean coee, mugs and apparel for purchase as well as custom- ized grinds. Customers can choose from coees roasted in Tomball, including three blends and three single-origin cof- fees, Clint said. The business ships coee directly. www.inconceivablecoee.com COMING SOON 11 After celebrating a soft opening in late February, TX Arsenal will host a grand opening March 3-4 at 35407 Hwy. 249, Bldg. A, Pinehurst. The business of- fers in-house gunsmith and knife-making

Mercy House Global is a nonprot organization founded by Kristen Welch (second from right). Welch and her family are preparing to open a third retail location in March in Tomball. (Courtesy Mercy House Global)

FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Mercy House Global will open its third retail location at 418 W. Main St., Tomball, in early March. The nonprot organization, founded by Kristen Welch, oers fair-trade jewelry, home decor and gift items made by more than 100 artisan groups from more than 30 according to graphic designer Mike Peral- ta. 281-477-6909. www.tmbscreenprinting.com EXPANSIONS 15 The Texas Renaissance Festival an- nounced plans for a multiyear expansion Jan. 17 of the Enchanted Forest area, ocials said in a news release. The ex- pansion will begin with the 2020 festival season, which runs Oct. 3-Nov. 29. The festival grounds are located at 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, just north of the city of Magnolia. The expansion will include a pirate museum, giant slide, an additional music stage and 25 new vendors, ocials said. www.texrenfest.com 16 TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries announced an expansion of its Tomball location Feb. 6 to include an urgent care clinic. The clinic, located at 455 School St., Ste. 30, is open to all communi- ty members on select evenings and weekends. The walk-in clinic addresses

countries. Sales support three maternity and transition homes in Kenya for young girls who have become pregnant through desperate situations. The Old Town Tomball location will be in addition to existing retail locations at 5814 FM 1488, Magnolia, and inside Church symptoms associated with a urinary tract infection, cold, u, strep, fever, cough, chills and abdominal pain. Clients are charged $55 per visit for a medical exam, lab draw with immediate results and written prescriptions. Insurance is not accepted. The urgent care clinic is open initially on Mondays from 3-7 p.m. and the fourth Saturday of every month from 8 a.m.-noon. 281-357-0747. www.tomagwa.org CLOSINGS 17 Kindred Healthcare ocials an- nounced plans in a late January state- ment to close four of the company’s long-term acute care hospitals in the Greater Houston area, including Kindred Hospital Tomball, located at 505 Graham Drive, by March 17 in an eort to consol- idate the company’s Houston footprint. Kindred hospitals remaining open include the Houston Medical Center, Houston Northwest, Sugar Land and Clear Lake locations. www.kindredhealthcare.com Project in The Woodlands. www.mercyhouseglobal.org

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and go inside the eagle ight enclosure. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 (admission), free (children age 3 and younger). 29816 Dobbin Hufsmith Road, Magnolia. www.ftwl.org 28 CELEBRATE SPRING The Magnolia Festival Committee hosts its inaugural Spring Fest 2020 with games and fun activities for children as well as live music by KC Williams Band. 1-6 p.m. (festival), 6-8 p.m. (live music). Free. The Magnolia Stroll, FM 1488 and FM 1774, Magnolia. www.facebook.com/themagnoliastroll 28 ATTENDA FASHION SHOW Magnolia United Methodist Church hosts a fashion show and brunch with Tomball and Magnolia community members modeling fashions selected from ve local resale shops. The event benets local charities. 10 a.m.-noon. $5 (students), $10 (adults). 419 Commerce St., Magnolia. www.magnoliaumc.org APRIL 04 VISIT A TOY FESTIVAL Comix Cafe presents Tomball Toy Fest, where guests can browse a variety of vintage toys. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 27620 Business 249, Ste. A6, Tomball. 832-698-1850. www.facebook.com/comixcafetx

vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 (per show entry), free (admission). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.facebook.com/houstoncarshow 07 SEE TRUCKS, AMOVIE Harris County Precinct 4 presents a truck show and movie night featuring on- and o-road vehicles, children’s crafts, outdoor games, a photo booth, and free popcorn and drinks during a screening of “Monster Trucks.” 4-7 p.m., movie begins at dusk. Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. www.hcp4.net 07 AND 08 CLEANUP HEAVY TRASH Montgomery County Precinct 2 hosts a heavy trash cleanup and document shredding for precinct residents. Items not permitted include tires, batteries, ammunition, electronics and household trash. Household chemicals can be disposed at $10 per 5 gallons. Free (shredding). 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (March 7), 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (March 8). 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia. www.commprecinct2.org 10 THROUGH 12 VISITWITHANIMALS Friends of Texas Wildlife hosts themed Discovery Days during spring break, including educational animals, crafts and games. Attendees can come and go; parents must accompany children.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 (per day). 29816 Dobbin Hufsmith Road, Magnolia. 281-259-0039. www.facebook.com/savingtexaswildlife 13 AND 14 BROWSE FINE ART The Tomball Art League presents its art show and sale. A portion of proceeds from the sale of art support the Friends of the Tomball Community Library. Members, nonmembers and students may enter art into the judged art show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.), 2-3 p.m. (Sat.). Free (admission). Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. www.thetomballartleague.com 21 ENJOY TOMBALL LITTLE LEAGUE’S OPENING DAY Festivities include a parade on Main Street followed by carnival games, a silent auction, food trucks and a dunk tank. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). Wayne Stovall Sports Complex, 125 W. Hufsmith Road, Tomball. www.facebook.com/tomballlittleleague 21 LEARNABOUTWILDLIFE Friends of Texas Wildlife hosts an open house for the public to tour the organization’s intake center and get a behind-the-scenes look at what wildlife rehabilitators do. Guests can also visit the education center to browse animal artifacts, meet educational ambassadors—nonreleasable animals—

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MARCH 07 GO TOA CAR SHOW The annual Rally in the Alley includes a vintage auto show featuring American-built vehicles from prior to 1968 as well as live music, food and honky-tonk music, festival food, shopping vendors and a kids zone. Chili cooks from across southeast Texas and Tomball also compete in a chili challenge and margarita “pour o.” 11 a.m. Free. 281- 351-5484. www.facebook.com/ tomballtexanforfun The city of Tomball hosts its annual Honky Tonk Chili Challenge featuring

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When: March 27-29 The festival spans 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday. It will be held rain or shine. Where: Downtown Tomball A shuttle runs every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday with shuttle parking available around Tomball. What: shopping vendors, food and live entertainment The festival features more than 200 vendors, four live music stages, German dancing, food, a petting zoo, face painting, and wine and beer. Who: All ages The festival is family friendly. Howmuch: Free parking, shuttle and admission Food and carnival rides are available at an additional cost. Learn more www.tomballgermanfest.org GETTING AROUND GERMAN FESTIVAL

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Hufsmith-Kohrville Road Segment 2 Harris County Precinct 4 plans to seek construction bids in the third quarter for widening Hufsmith-Kohr- ville Road between Hollow Glen Lane and Ezekiel Road from two to four lanes. Trac signals will be added at Lacey and Ezekiel roads. Timeline: TBD Cost: $7.9 million Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

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The Texas Department of Transportation hosted an open house at Tomball High School in late January regarding a proposed widening project of FM 2920, which remains unfunded. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper) SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

A proposed widening of approxi- mately 19 miles of FM 2920 between Business 290 and Hwy. 249 remains unfunded, said Emily Black, public information ocer for the Texas Department of Transportation, although the project has been in the works for years. TxDOT held two open houses in Tomball and Waller in late January to gather public input on the project, which would widen FM 2920 from two lanes to four divided lanes between Business 290 and Cypress Rosehill Road and from four lanes to a six-lane divided roadway between Cypress Rosehill Road and Hwy. 249. Sidewalks and bicycle facilities would also be added. The widening proposal was made in response to increased trac counts, population and serious trac crashes along the corridor, according to meeting information.

According to meeting information, TxDOT estimates annual average daily trac volumes will increase by nearly 86% from 2015-35 throughout the project area. FM 2920 between Tomball Cemetery Road and Hwy. 249 saw 228 crashes from 2013-18, about one-fourth of the 896 crashes within the project area during that time, according to meeting information. The late January meetings follow public meetings held in 2018. Black said a slight change in alignment was made, and after reviewing public comments, the next step is to conduct an environmental analysis and prepare an environmental assess- ment for the proposed widening project, according to TxDOT informa- tion. After an assessment is drafted, another public hearing will be held. A cost and construction timeline were not available as of press time.

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Hufsmith-Kohrville Road Segment 3 Precinct 4 crews are planning to widen Hufsmith-Kohrville Road from two lanes to four concrete lanes between Ezekiel Road and Holderri- eth Road. The project is in the design phase. A trac signal will also be added at Woodland Shore Drive. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

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PARKSANDRECREATION

FEBRUARY 2020

Donors seek restorationof nature center despitecity investments

in 2000 with conditions, Martin said. “The conditions were that it be maintained in substantially the same condition as it was given,” she said. According to a 1998 letter to the city fromMartin, the family requested the city monitor aquatic plants, maintain the pond level, leave native grass unmown, avoid rye grass, monitor turtles and sh, maintain bird boxes, avoid pesticides and leave dead trees. Hauck said the city added a parks foreman in 2017 to focus on improving the city’s green spaces, which had not received adequate attention. “As part of that, we recognized security issues; we recognized that the center was so overgrown in the center towards the back of the park area that you couldn’t see as you walked the nature trails. What we found is people weren’t really using them because you couldn’t see,” he said. City sta cleared brush to open up the trails, removing Chinese tallow and Chinese privet, Hauck said. How- ever, Martin claims the city removed Yaupon, a native species. “I acknowledge that in our eorts to improve our parks spaces as well as the nature center that with all the best intentions in the world, our parks people did go in and open space up and clear underbrush to make those trails more open and safe,” said Hauck, who was serving as assistant city manager at the time. After hearing from the Theis family, Hauck said the city consulted experts fromHarris County, the Bayou Land Conservancy, Spirit Environmental and Talley Landscape Architects. “What they conrmed is that the vast majority of what was taken out was invasive species,” he said. Seeking restoration Hauck said the city has included the donor family in the visioning process; however, Martin said the family was asked for input only after the process had begun. The plan will outline areas for improvement, such as rebuilding a covered bird-watching stand taken down due to its poor condition, using dierent pavement materials to make the cracked asphalt trails more

BY ANNA LOTZ

Alvin “Allie” Theis dreamed of leav- ing a piece of his family’s homestead, which dates back to the 1880s, for residents to enjoy for years to come, his daughter Millie Theis Martin said. Nestled on Theis Lane among busi- nesses, Theis Attaway Nature Center spans 4.62 acres, a gift from the Theis family to the city of Tomball in 2000. “One of the things we wanted to do with Theis Attaway was of course to preserve that spot for everyone to enjoy. Daddy was just a big-hearted guy, and he loved people,” Martin said. However, Martin claims the city violated the intent of the gift by razing areas of native vegetation, trimming live oak trees and planting Bermuda grass in summer 2017, since which time little has been restored, she said. “All of that was the opposite of what the nature center was supposed to be,” Martin said. “It really violated the intent of our gift, it ignored our family agreement, and it created additional problems [in the center’s ecosystem].” However, Public Works Director Beth Jones said the city engaged environmental consultants in 2018, seeking to improve the nature center. City Manager Rob Hauck said in mid-February he estimates the city’s visioning plan examining how to enhance and maintain the center will be brought to council within a month for direction on how to proceed. “We want to showcase even more than has ever been done before the signicance of the donor family and their donation ... and use this as a place of respite for people and for families and for people of all ages to After Theis’ death in 1981, the family sold part of the homestead to Walmart in the 1990s, Martin said. Walmart agreed to preserve three of the proper- ty’s four 100-year-old live oak trees but destroyed one during construction. To compensate, Walmart paid to develop the nature center, Martin said. The family worked with the city and environmental experts on a plan for the center, which was given to the city come and enjoy,” he said. Fromdonation to damage

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PRESERVING FAMILY LAND Land for Theis Attaway Nature Center was given by the Theis family (above right) to the city of Tomball in 2000 to preserve part of the family’s homestead.

in Tomball for his son Fritz. 1888

Attaway Nature Center. 2000

Henry Theis purchases approximately 150 acres

A gift deed is given to the city for Theis

The nature center is dedicated on Thelma’s 89th birthday, featuring an amphitheater, a shing pond and walking trails. 2001 2017 The Theis family claims the city razed areas of the nature center from a lack of knowledge about maintenance and the intent of the land. The city arms brush was cleared to remove invasive species and open up the trails.

accessible and capitalizing on educa- tional opportunities, Hauck said. Since 2017, the city has relocated native oak trees from Broussard Park, brought in specialists to manage the pond and installed a stone sign at the center, Hauck said. Budget docu- ments show the city has allocated $50,000 in scal year 2019-20, adding to $43,000 from the previous year. As of Feb. 20, about $25,000 had been spent with an additional $19,500 spent from the general budget, city Fritz purchases an additional 35 acres—the future site of Theis Attaway Nature Center—from the state of Texas with the deed signed by Miriam Ferguson, the state’s rst female governor. 1930s Attaway, purchase the property. 1950s Allie dies with the dream of preserving a piece of the family homestead for the community to enjoy. 1981 A live oak tree Walmart agreed to be preserved is destroyed, so Walmart agrees to fund development of Theis Attaway Nature Center. The family, experts and city plan the center. 1990s Fritz’s son Alvin “Allie” Theis and wife, Thelma Thelma and children sell land to Walmart.

environmental consultants. 2018

The city of Tomball begins working with

City Manager Rob Hauck said he anticipates a visioning plan will be brought to city council members in March for direction on how to proceed with the nature center. 2020

SOURCES: MILLIE THEIS MARTIN, CITY OF TOMBALLCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

ocials said. Martin said she last heard from the city in October and questions why a visionary plan is needed when the family outlined its intent in the deed. She said the family desires the center be restored to its prior state, although a specic description of what that would entail could not be given. “I won’t live long enough to see it back in the state that it was in, but it needs to be put back as much as possible,” Martin said.

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EDUCATION TISDboardapproves JuniorHigh School No. 4name, zoningchanges

New boundaries

The Tomball ISD board of trustees approved new boundaries for junior high schools in southern TISD on Feb. 11 to accommodate Grand Lakes Junior High School, slated to open in August 2021. The new boundaries, recommended by the TISD District Zone Committee, take eect in 2021-22, district ocials said.

2021-22 junior high boundaries

Grand Lakes

Tomball

WillowWood

BY ANNA LOTZ

Zone Committee. Pratt expressed his concern during the December board workshop that not enough students were moving from the Willow Wood Junior High zone to the new junior high school zone under the initial plan proposed by the committee, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. As such, the committee adjusted the targeted enrollment for Willow Wood to fewer than 1,000 students in 2021- 22 and crafted a new plan, which committee members shared with the board Feb. 10. “The numbers came back. It’s perfect; it’s what we wanted. It’s a hard job,” Schiel said Feb. 10. Under the approved plan, Grand Lakes would enroll 844 students its rst year with Tomball Junior High School enrolling 801 students and Willow Wood enrolling 867 students, according to district projections. “We feel condent in the next ve to six years in the projected enrollment at all of the junior high schools,” said Shelley Giord, a par- ent representing Rosehill Elementary on the committee, during a Feb. 10 board workshop. The board approved the new junior high boundaries unanimously. The approved boundary for Grand Lakes closely follows the approved boundary for Grand Oaks Elementary School—which trustees approved in December—but shifts residences within the existing Canyon Pointe Elementary zone to attend Grand Lakes Junior High School to further

Tomball ISD’s fourth junior high school will be named Grand Lakes Junior High School, board members decided Feb. 11. Rosehill Lakes Junior High School was also considered, but the amended motion to name the school as such failed 3-2 with President Michael Pratt absent and Vice Presi- dent Matt Schiel abstaining. The new school, funded by the dis- trict’s $275 million bond referendum voters approved in November 2017, will be located alongside Grand Oaks Elementary School and a district sta- dium within the Elmer and Dorothy Beckendorf Educational Complex at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway. “We can either honor a community that is a historic community, or we can honor a toll road, and I would rather honor a community,” trustee Mark Lewandowski said during the meeting, referring to the Rosehill community. After the amended motion failed, trustees unanimously approved the name of Grand Lakes. Zoning changes Grand Lakes is anticipated to open in August 2021, at which time new junior high attendance boundaries will take eect, according to district information. The TISD board of trustees approved new junior high boundaries Feb. 11 after taking no action in December on boundaries recommended by the TISD District

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Hayden Lakes

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Canyon Pointe Elementary Zone

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Projected enrollment* When a fourth junior high opens in 2021, TISD projects all junior high schools will be within capacity. Grand Lakes

WILLOWWOOD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

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2021-22: 844 students Tomball 2021-22: 801 students WillowWood 2021-22: 867 students

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SOURCE: TOMBALL ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *Only schools drawing from the southwestern part of the district are shown. period where we don’t have that clean feeder pattern for the high school,” Chief Operating Ocer Stephen Gutierrez said during a Feb. 6 committee meeting. About 13% of initial students at Grand Lakes will be within the Tom- ball High School attendance bound- ary, while 87% will attend Tomball Memorial High School, Gutierrez said Feb. 6. “We will have no one feeling like the [Tomball Memorial] Wildcats have more voice,” Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said Feb. 6. “This will not be a school divided.”

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Tomball and Magnolia ISDs

COMPILED BY ANNA LOTZ

Tomball ISDapproves upcoming calendars TOMBALL ISD Students in

Magnolia ISDapproves 2020-21 calendar MAGNOLIA ISD The Magnolia ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the 2020-21 school This year, both students and staff will also have a holiday on Election Day, Nov. 3. Previously, Election Day served as a holiday for students only. “This calendar has Election Day

with students’ safety in mind. “Over the past few years, [Election Day has] become more and more of an issue,” trustee John McStravick said. “I don’t know that 10, 15, 20 years ago it was that big of an issue utilizing the schools, but in the past few years being there on Election Day, I definitely like the idea of keep- ing our kids separated from some of the stuff that goes on.” In 2021-22, students will begin classes Aug. 17, 2021, and the last day of school will be May 26, 2022.

Tomball ISD will begin classes for the upcoming 2020-21 school year Aug. 18 and end the year May 27, 2021, according to the calendar approved by the board of trustees Feb. 11. The board also approved the calendar for the 2021-22 school year. For the first time, Election Day, Nov. 3, will be a holiday for students. Election Day will also be a student holiday in November 2021. As many campuses operate as polling places, TISD officials said the decision came

Aug. 3-7, 10-11: Professional development Aug. 12: First day of school for students Sept. 7: Student/staff holiday Sept. 21: Professional development Oct. 12: Professional development Nov. 3: Student/staff holiday Nov. 23-27: Student/staff holiday Dec. 21-Jan. 4: Student/staff holiday SOURCE: MAGNOLIA ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER calendar during a Feb. 10 meeting. Students will begin the upcoming school year Aug. 12 and end the 2020-21 school year May 25, Assistant Superintendent of Admin- istration Jason Bullock said during the meeting. The calendar totals 175 instruc- tional days and 12 professional development days—totaling 187 days for teachers, Bullock said.

Nov. 3 as a staff and student holiday. With [our schools serving as polling places] and our charge to keep our students and staff safe, it’s kind of hard to meet both those goals in one day when polling places by defini- tion need to be open to all,” Bullock said during the meeting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Tomball ISD’s board unanimously approved the 2020-21 and 2021-22 calendars in February. Dates for the 2020-21 school year are shown.

DATES TONOTE The Magnolia ISD board unanimously approved the 2020-21 calendar in February.

Jan. 5: Professional development Jan. 18: Student/staff holiday Feb. 15: Student/staff holiday March 12: Professional development March 15-19: Student/staff holiday April 2: Student/staff holiday May 25: Last day of school for students

Aug. 4-6, 10-14, 17: Staff development Aug. 18: First day of school for students

Jan. 18: Student/staff holiday Feb. 12: Staff development Feb. 15: Student/staff holiday March 15-19: Student/staff holiday March 22: Staff development April 2: Student/staff holiday May 27: Last day of school for students

Sept. 7: Student/staff holiday Oct. 12: Staff development Nov. 3: Staff development

Nov. 23-27: Student/staff holiday Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Student/staff holiday Jan. 4-5: Staff development

SOURCE: TOMBALL ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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