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Driver shortage aects student transportation

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County need more bus drivers to provide access to their nationally recognized programs in Plano, Frisco and McKinney. Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County

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Plano ISD to get $43M in COVID relief funding

Both Plano ISD and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County are looking for bus drivers after a nationwide driver shortage was worsened by the COVID- 19 pandemic, ocials said. Competition with private compa- nies and a relatively long training and licensing process for commercial driv- ers is contributing to the shortage. Not having enough drivers can cause delays that result in students being late for class, district sta said. Or it could result in services stopping altogether, like with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Col- lin County, which had to cease student pick-ups from eight PISD schools. “Not having a pool of drivers avail- able also has aected the growth of our organization, as we are unable to access more areas to bring more mem- bers into the clubs,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County CEOMarianne Radley said in an email. Stopping services The Boys & Girls Clubs run an after school program with character and leadership development, life skills and CONTINUED ON 24

youths in 2019. The clubs have 3 LOCATIONS that served more than 6,000

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Buses sit outside the Boys & Girls Club in Plano. The club is currently experiencing a shortage of bus drivers. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

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NOWOPEN 1 Ebb & Flow celebrated its grand opening April 14 after initially opening in late March at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. The dining concept from Deep El- lum serves original cocktails, salads and appetizers as well as burgers, sandwiches and full-size entrees, such as turkey stro- ganoff, grilled mahi mahi and ratatouille. Ebb & Flow is owned and operated by Dallas Hale, the owner of Shell Shack, and his brother, Eric Bradford, who has managed venues, such as The Bomb Fac- tory and Trees. The space at 7300 Lone Star Drive, Ste. C125, Plano, has roughly 3,000 square feet of dining room and bar space with an additional 1,000 square feet of patio space. 972-483-2266. www.ebbandflowtx.com 2 Craft Food opened April 27 at 8300 Preston Road, Ste. 190, Plano. The business’ website describes it as an Eastern European grocery store that offers food and beverage sales to go. 469-888-4041. www.craftfoodusa.com 3 Toyota Insurance Management Solutions opened its first office space and national headquarters at 7600 Windrose Ave., Plano, on April 28. It joins several

other Toyota based enterprises that have established roots in Plano’s growing busi- ness sector. “The city of Plano is thrilled to announce the grand opening of Toyota Insurance Management Solutions in our city,” said Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, who attended the grand opening in the Legacy West district. “This marks another exciting milestone in our relationship with Toyota.” The company launched in 2016 to provide Toyota customers with a variety of ways to purchase insurance on- line. 877-249-0086. www.toyotaims.com 4 Starting Strength opened a new gym April 19 at 8240 Preston Rd., Ste. 120, Plano. The franchise offers an individualized strength training sys- tem that improves strength, health and athletic performance. The com- pany has locations nationwide, in- cluding one in Dallas. 469-731-8687 https://plano.startingstrengthgyms.com COMING SOON 5 Construction delays have caused the previously planned summer opening for Cathedral Italian Bistro to be pushed back to this fall at 8103 Rasor Blvd., Ste. 110, Plano. The restaurant will serve

authentic Italian cuisine with a Texas flair, with menu items ranging from freshly made pizzas and handmade pastas to Wagyu steaks. The space will be fully renovated to include a new bar, seating area and demonstration kitchen. A phone number and website are not yet available. 6 Oishii Sushi plans to open this summer at 8448 Parkwood Blvd., Ste. 700, Plano. This will be the restaurant’s first location outside of Dallas, as Oishii has three locations in the city. The restaurant serves sushi and pan-Asian cuisine, including sashimi, maki rolls and specialty dishes. An exact open- ing date has not yet been announced. www.oishiirestaurants.com 7 Fat Shack will open a new location this summer at 6205 Coit Road, Ste. 364, Plano. It will be the fifth Fat Shack in Texas and third in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Fat Shack started in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has expanded to nearly 30 locations nationwide. It is well- known for its signature Fat Sandwiches and late-night hours. A phone number for this location is not yet available. www.fatshack.com

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RELOCATIONS 8 David McDavid Acura will make its new home on the west side of the Dallas North Tollway, 700 feet south of Spring Creek Parkway, after Plano City Council approved a rezoning request and a spe- cific-use permit April 26. Park Place LX Land Company No. 1 Ltd. plans to move the dealership from its current location on Plano Parkway, west of Coit Road, to 5 acres located just south of its sister facility Park Place Lexus on the west side of the Dallas North Tollway. The zoning change brings the property in line with the surrounding zoning. The new site will feature Acura’s updated brand standard and will be only the second of its kind in the country, according to Brad Williams, who was representing the dealership at the council meeting. The project will include a 58,000-square- foot building at a maximum height of 32 feet with 39 service bays, 18,000 square feet of showroom space and 2,700 square feet of office space, according to a letter submitted to the city as part

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Luxury brand Gucci opened a new store April 16 in a building directly across the street from Legacy Food Hall in the Legacy West development at 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. The development will also add stores for luxury brands Louis Vuitton, Tiany & Co., Tory Burch and Chanel Beauty. Those locations are expected to open later this spring, according to a news release from Legacy West. Legacy West’s master developer, Fehmi Karahan, who is president and CEO of The Karahan Companies, said the arrival of these premium brands to the development is “the culmination of decades of hard work and vision.” “The project’s success has always been based on delivering exciting experiences to the residents of North of the rezoning request. About 15% of the property will be dedicated to landscape. Once Acura moves from its existing location, it is anticipated that it will be replaced by another auto sales use, the letter stated. 469-620-7939. www.davidmcdavidacuraplano.com ANNIVERSARIES 9 Texas Health Presbyterian Hospi- tal Plano is celebrating its 30th anni- versary this year. Hospital staff held a tree-planting ceremony April 15 to honor employees, medical staff, physicians and volunteers for their 30 years of service to the Plano community. The dogwood tree that was planted symbolizes strength,

Texas,” Karahan said in a statement. “Today, that experience evolves to include the best of luxury retail.” At more than 5,200 square feet, the Gucci retail store will be the largest of the planned openings. As a luxury fashion house based in Florence, Italy, Gucci’s product lines include handbags, ready-to-wear clothing, footwear and accessories. 469-476-3700. www.gucci.com

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durability and resilience, according to a hospital news release. Employees were also able to contribute photos and other items for a time capsule that was buried near the tree. “It’s amazing to look back at all the accomplishments over the past three decades,” Texas Health Plano President Josh Floren said in a statement. “Employees, physicians and volunteers have truly made a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Thank you for your compassion and dedication to the people in the communities we are so proud to serve.” More events in honor of the hospital’s anniversary are planned for later this year. The hospital is located at 6200 W. Parker Road, Plano. 972-981-8000. www.texashealth.org

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8 Maternity clinic My Pure Delivery plans to open a new location this sum- mer at 6217 Chapel Hill Blvd., Ste. 100, Plano. The business will offer in-person lactation consultations, classes, support groups and breast pump rentals. My Pure Delivery also hopes to offer home visits once the coronavirus pandemic is over. The new location will be the second for the business, which currently operates out of Cedar Park. 972-842-9500. www.mypuredelivery.com/plano RELOCATIONS 9 NY Pizza Palace opened at 2141 W. Park Blvd., Plano, on April 29 in the space previously occupied by Fino Italian Bistro. The restaurant, which relocated from just north of the Addison border in Dallas, serves authentic New York-style pizza as well as entrees such as eggplant parmi- giana, chicken cacciatore and tortellini with alfredo sauce. The restaurant’s menu also includes a variety of homemade pasta, hot or cold subs and desserts. 972-392-9222. https://nypizzaplano.com ANNIVERSARIES 10 The staff of Vitality Dental cele- brated the business’ fifth anniversary in early May. Dr. Andrew Kung and his staff began offering dental services at 2329 Coit Road, Ste. A, Plano in May 2016. In addition to general dentistry services, the office also offers root canals, extractions, dental implants and more. 972-526-5722. www.vitalitydentaldfw.com 11 Lakeside Pet Groomers will mark its fifth anniversary in Plano this June. The business originally opened at 5813

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NOWOPEN 1 Salad and Go opened its first Plano location May 5 at 1400 Coit Road. The drive-thru concept eatery offers made- to-order salads, wraps, soups and drinks. Those items are priced at the same cost as fast food to further the company’s mission to make healthy food convenient and affordable, according to a release from Salad and Go. The restaurant also offers breakfast items such as organic cold brew and five different breakfast burritos. Menu items are streamlined to allow for fast service, easy choices and low prices, the release said. Salad and Go plans to open at least four more locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this year. www.saladandgo.com/dallas 2 Latitude Luxury Living began leasing in late March at 601 Patton Blvd., Plano. The luxury apartment development, located just south of West Plano Park- way between Custer and Alma roads, offers a variety of floorplans. Resident amenities include four courtyards, an outdoor kitchen, resort-style pool with tanning ledge, a two-story fitness center with a rock-climbing station and a dog wash area and pet spa. 972-560-9744. https://latitudeplano.com

3 Automobile service business Grease Monkey opened in early March at 3201 W. Parker Road, Plano. In addition to oil changes, Grease Monkey offers main- tenance services for air conditioning, brakes, tires and more. 972-867-2241. www.greasemonkeyauto.com 4 Deluxe Market and Grill opened in late April at 3291 Independence Park- way, Plano. The store offers a variety of cheeses, coffee, meat products and con- fectionery items, as well as a number of dishes of Armenian and Russian cuisine. 469-863-7050. www.facebook.com/ DeluxeMarketGrill COMING SOON 5 A Crumbl Cookies location is coming soon to south Plano. The shop will be located at 6100 W. Park Blvd., Ste. 150, and is set to open later this year. Crumbl Cookies offers a weekly rotating menu of fresh-baked cookies, such as Strawber- ry Poptart, Cosmic Brownie, Cinnamon Swirl and Muddy Buddy. Mainstays such as Chilled Sugar and Chocolate Chip are always available. Cookies, half pints of ice cream and other menu items are available for curbside pickup or home delivery, and cookies can be shipped

to locations outside of delivery areas. www.crumblcookies.com 6 Urban Seafood Company is expect- ed to open in Plano in mid-June at 1104 14th St., Plano. The restaurant—the creation of chef Salvatore Gisellu and Bonnie and Nathan Shea, creators of Urban Rio and Urban Crust—is set to include menu options from its fresh oyster bar as well as clams, lobster bakes, house-made pastas, lobster rolls and chowders. A large indoor and outdoor patio will be available for live music, and a fresh fish market is also in the plans. A phone number is not yet available. www.facebook.com/urbanseafoodco 7 Capital Title of Texas plans to open a new location at 5809 Preston Road, Ste. E580, Plano. The company has five other locations throughout the Plano area. It offers a variety of residential and commercial title services. The new office will be in the former location of kitchen supply store Sur La Table in the Lakeside Market development. No opening date has been announced, but a sign on the building says “coming soon.” A phone number for this location is not yet avail- able. www.ctot.com

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CLOSINGS 12 Brick House Tavern + Tap closed this spring at 4900 W. Park Blvd., Plano. The restaurant offered a vari- ety of American tavern fare, as well as a large assortment of local, craft and import beers. The closest existing Brick House location is in Grapevine. 817-251-0972 (Grapevine location). www.brickhousetavernandtap.com

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COMPILED BY ERICK PIRAYESH MAY 08 THROUGHAUG. 07 JERRY DODD EXHIBIT: ART CENTRE OF PLANO Jerry Dodd’s outdoor steel sculpture exhibit at the Art Centre of Plano will be expanding to include indoor pieces such as wall hangings, collages and digital prints. The art will be on display through early August. The sculptor from Commerce said he welds together steel structures to create unique outdoor art installations that are weather resistant and painted to add color. The Art Centre is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 902 E. 16th St., Plano. 972-423-7809. www.artcentreofplano.org 22 PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, AN AMERICAN ICON: THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS The Plano Symphony Orchestra will be streaming a live performance of “An American Icon: The Music of John Williams” from the Christ United Methodist Church in Plano. Led by Maestro Hector Guzman, the show will feature works from renowned composer John Williams, who created the musical scores to many iconic lms. Tickets can be purchased until May 26. 8 p.m. $25. Virtual event. 972-473-7262. www.planosymphony.org 31 THE TEXAS POOL MEMORIAL DAY EVENT The Texas Pool will open for the summer May 31 with a national moment of remembrance in honor of Memorial Day. Reigning Mrs. America Brooklyn Rivera will sing the national anthem at the event. $10 (visitor admission), $100-$350 (annual membership). Noon-6 p.m. 901 Springbrook Drive, Plano. 972-881-8392. https://texaspool.org JUNE 03 COURTYARD TEXAS MUSIC SERIES The Courtyard Texas Music Series is returning to Plano. Its rst show will be headlined by prominent singer- songwriter David Lee Murphy. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone. 7:30 p.m. $30. 1509 H Ave., Plano. 972-941-5613. www.visitplano.com/events 05 HOLISTIC HEALTH FESTIVAL OF LIFE AND WELLNESS The Plano Event Center is hosting the Holistic Health Festival of Life and Wellness. The festival will include several specialists who practice various holistic lifestyles including yoga, meditation and herbal nutrition. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. www.holisticfestivaloife.com 06 PLANO FAMILY EXPO The Plano Family Expo is returning to the Plano Event Center with

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its annual summer family fun event. The expo will be in person and include a variety of family activities, stage performances and local vendors. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Prices TBD. 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. 972-750-1419. www.visitplano.com/events 11 THROUGH 27 ART CENTRE THEATRE: ‘THEWIZARDOF OZ’ Beginning in June, the Plano Art Centre Theatre will be performing its version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to nd the wizard in this family-friendly classic. 7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.) 3:30 p.m. (Sun.) $15 online. $20 at the door. 1400 Summit Ave., Ste. E, Plano. 972-881-3228. www.artcentretheatre.com 12 DOWNTOWN PLANO MARGARITAS WALK A margarita walk and tasting will be held downtown in support of the Plano Arts and Heritage Foundation. There will be 15 stations set up inside various shops in the Plano Arts District that will provide several dierent margarita- avored tasters. Must be age 21 and up. Tickets can be purchased online. Noon-6 p.m. $30. 1013 E. 15th St., Plano. www.visitplano.com/event The Dallas-based Taylor Swift tribute band Reputation will be performing at Legacy Hall in Plano. The band will perform at the hall’s outdoor venue, the Box Garden. Reputation is comprised of ve members and led by singer-songwriter Lauren Corzine. Tickets can be purchased only online. 8 p.m. $5-$260. 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. 972-846-4255 www.legacyfoodhall.com/events (Courtesy Reputation)

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5 Spring Creek Parkway project Contractors will be doing concrete repair in the northbound lanes of Spring Creek Parkway from the Indian Creek bridge west of Tennyson Parkway to SH 121. Timeline: June-July Cost: $400,000 Funding sources: city of Plano 6 Preston Road intersection project A project to expand the bridge where Preston Road meets President George Bush Turnpike began in March with the installation of traffic-control devices along outside southbound lanes. Timeline: March 2020-May 2021 Cost: $4.6 million Funding sources: Texas Department of A project to improve intersections of Parker Road with A Alma and B Coit roads began in early December. The projects will enhance roadway capacity, improve signals and realign intersections to heighten safety. Timeline: December-August Cost: $2.1 million Transportation, city of Plano 7 Parker Road intersection improvements

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A project to repair pavement and side- walk on Los Rios Boulevard began in mid April. Crews are working between Park Boulevard and 14th Street. One lane will be closed in each direction of the road. Timeline: April-July Cost: $250,000 Funding source: city of Plano 3 Windhaven Parkway overlay Crews will be adding an ultra-thin asphalt overlay on Windhaven Parkway from the Dallas North Tollway west to Plano city limits. Two lanes will remain closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. while crews are working. Timeline: mid-May-late May Cost: $350,000 Funding source: city of Plano 4 Parker Road overlay Crews will be adding an ultra-thin asphalt overlay on Parker Road from Preston Road to Independence Parkway. Two lanes will remain closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. while crews are working. Timeline: early June start Cost: $1 million Funding source: city of Plano

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Funding source: city of Plano 8 Legacy Drive pedestrian improvements

Plano PROUD since 1981 • Graduate of: Plano ISD & Leadership Plano Class 30, Citizens Police & Fire Academies • Passionate community advocate who has served on dozens of nonprofit boards and committees in Plano Julie’s broad, bipartisan & prominent endorsement list affirms she will ensure Plano is EVERYONE’s neighborhood!

The city is building a canopied walkway on the north side of the Legacy Drive bridge that connects the east and west sides of the Legacy development. Timeline: November-June Cost: $1.2 million Funding source: city of Plano

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ELECTION Plano numbers shine for election with heavy ballot of issues

BY JOE WARNER

City Council seat to run for mayor. In the special election for Place 7, the May 1 election set up a runo elec- tion among two of the ve candidates. A runo election will be held June 5 between Julie Holmer and Chris Robertson, who took 33.8% and 32.6% of the votes, respectively. Place 4 is the other runo election set for June. Justin Adcock received 42.6% of the votes in the May 1 election and incumbent Kayci Prince took second with 38.5%. In Place 2, incumbent Anthony Ricciardelli won with 52.8% of the vote over Steve Lavine. In Place 8, incumbent Rick Smith won with 53% of the vote over Elisa Klein. In the PISD portion of the ballot, Lauren Tyra won the board of trustees Place 1 seat, while incumbents Angela Powell, Nancy Humphrey and Jeri Chambers were re-elected to Places 2, 3 and 6, respectively.

More than 20% of Plano registered voters took part in the city’s May 1 election, according to city ocials. Voters selected Plano ISD board members, a newmayor, City Council members and approved the city’s $364 million bond package. Collin County saw 14.71% of registered voters in the county cast ballots in the spring election, while Denton County had an 8.83% voter turnout, according to data from the two counties. While each of the six bond proposi- tions passed, two Plano City Council races were settled, and two will move on to runo elections June 5. Early voting will be May 24-June 1, accord- ing to the city. John Muns was elected the new mayor of Plano, fending o Lily Bao by more than 3,000 votes and Lydia Ortega. Bao vacated her Place 7 Plano

Of the 94,405 total votes cast in Collin County for the May 1 election, nearly 65% came from early voting. (Rebecca Anderson/Community Impact Newspaper)

2,659 mail votes 30,610 election day votes 61,136 early votes

VOTER TURNOUT While Plano ocials said more than 20% of registered voters cast ballots in the May 1 election, turnout was not that high in Collin or Denton counties. Between early, election day and mail voting, nearly 15% of registered voters in Collin County weighed in for the spring election, while nearly 9% turned out in Denton County.

1,345 mail votes

14.71% turnout

29,604 early votes 17,652 election day votes

8.83% turnout

SOURCES: COLLIN COUNTY, DENTON COUNTY, CITY OF PLANOCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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ELECTION JohnMuns ready to hit ground running as Plano’s newmayor

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BY JOE WARNER

RECENT PLANO MAYORS

After months of focus to become the next mayor of Plano, John Muns said he is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges his new job will bring in the city he has called home for 50 years. “I grew up here; we made our home here after college,” Muns told Commu- nity Impact Newspaper on May 2. “As a family, we have been committed to serving the community.” Muns has been part of the city’s planning and zoning board and a trustee for Plano ISD, where his children and grandchildren have been or are students. Muns has also served more than a dozen community groups and foundations. His wife, Joa, has served the community on several boards and committees. John’s father, James, served as mayor from 1992-96. “We always call my dad the mayor of Plano,” Muns said. “We always will, but now there will be two of us in the family.” As the city’s 40th mayor, Muns will replace Harry LaRosiliere, who has been mayor since 2013 and reached the position’s term limit after two consecutive election wins. Muns defeated Lydia Ortega and Lily Bao, who gave up her Place 7 City Council seat to run for mayor. “Yesterday was amazing with just the turnout for a municipal election,” Muns said. “Some ignore the local elections, but they are very important to us and impact us maybe more than state and federal elections.” The city of Plano had higher num- bers for this election than usual, with more than 20% of registered voters casting a ballot. The ballot featured the mayoral race, City Council posi- tions, Plano ISD board spots and $364 million bond package that will take on a host of capital improvements. “I’m excited about the bonds that passed,” Muns said. “It gives us the exibility to address roads that need updating. We are maturing, and we need to renovate and revitalize some areas of Plano. We want to maintain that quality we all know and love.” Muns, a general partner with Muns Enterprises Inc., a venture capital and general investment company, said he

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will focus on bringing the right small, medium and large businesses to the city, along with enhancing parks and other city services. He said the campaign trail helped him understand the diversity in Plano and vows “to make sure we listen to all the issues our community has and not just a small segment. Our diversity is our strength, and I’m not sure all of our residents feel that. It is important we make all of our community proud to live here.”

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Plano & Plano ISD

HIGHLIGHTS

Plano ISD to receive $43M in federal COVID19 relief funding, more coming

FUNDING PLAN With the initial allocation of

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$43,233,143, Plano ISD is seeking to apply the one-time funding in these areas: • Return-to-school activities and services to meet the needs of students • Programs and activities to support college and career readiness, and career and technical education • Activities to address learning gaps for students and summer learning programs • Training and professional development for district sta • Technology resources to enhance online learning for all students • Wraparound assistance for parents and families to eectively support students • School facility repairs and improvements

FRANKFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL

FUTURE PARK SITE

BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

after the state gets federal approval. According to the data, PISD is set to receive an initial allocation of about $28.82 million, and another $14.41 million later. “These additional funds will be a tremendous help in facilitating a comprehensive, long-term approach to support students and sta aected by the pandemic,” Plano ISD Chief Operating Ocer Theresa Williams said in a statement. “Leveraging these additional dollars will provide resources to maximize our eorts in supporting learning needs for stu- dents, as well as focusing on the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers and sta.” Texas public schools were allotted $1.3 billion in the rst round of ESSER funding. Those funds ensured school applicant assured them those issues are addressed in the overall plan. The second permit involves a transit center or station on 1.6 acres of land located west of J Avenue at 12th Street, also zoned light commercial as well as light industrial-1. It is for an elevated light-rail station connecting the Red Line to the Silver Line. There will be no parking at that site. Both specic-use permits are in accord with the Plano Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, ocials said. Earlier in the meeting, council members voted to table DART’s request for eminent domain author- ity in advance of negotiations for property needed for the Silver Line. Some council members said they were concerned that giving DART such authority before talks began would

City approves permits for newDART stations PLANO ISD The district is slated to receive more than $43 million in grant funding from the U.S. Depart- ment of Education to help address unexpected costs incurred during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the release of $11.2 billion for Texas public schools from the third round of fed- eral funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund in an April 28 press release. Due to federal requirements, just two-thirds of the funding is available immediately, Abbott said, through grants administered by the Texas Education Agency. The remaining one-third of the funding is expected to be released later this spring, according to the TEA,

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Plano City Council will meet May 24 and June 14 at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at 1520 K Ave., Plano, and can be streamed at www.plano.gov/210/ plano-tv. Agendas are available at the city website. www.plano.gov Plano ISD board of trustees will meet May 18 at 6 p.m. in the PISD Administration Building’s board room at 2700 W. 15th St., Plano. 469-752-8100. www.pisd.edu MEETINGSWE COVER board meeting. The board’s vote is one of several approvals required before the college is authorized to oer the program. The new degree could be implemented as soon as fall 2022, according to college documents. entity’s creation was the result of a development agreement and subsequent funding agreement between the city of Plano and developer Centurion American, according to a city sta memo. The initial board will comprise Mark Israelson, Peter Braster, Jack Carr, Denise Tacke and Jason Gregorash. The memo stated Centurion American funded the creation of the corporation, and there is no nancial impact to the city. COLLINCOLLEGE Trustees approved a new bachelor’s of applied science degree program with a major in construction management during an April 27 PLANO ISD The district is partnering with the city of Dallas for a public park that will be adjacent to the Frankford Middle School campus. The PISD board of trustees unanimously approved an interlocal cooperation agreement during its May 4 meeting that will see Dallas spend no more than $1.2 million over the next two years to construct a neighborhood park on an unused and unimproved portion of PISD land on the west side of the Frankford Middle School campus. PISD will not contribute any funds toward the park but will be able to reserve it for the district’s exclusive use. PLANO City Council approved the creation of a local government corporation April 26 that will own and operate the east and west parking garages of the Collin Creek redevelopment project. The

SOURCE: PLANO ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

districts received state funding based on their projected enrollment despite attendance declines.

12TH PL.

BY KRISTINE HUGHES

PLANO City Council voted April 26 to issue two specic-use permits for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s expansion with stations along 12th Street. The rst permit involves 5.5 acres at the southeast corner of K Avenue and 12th Place, which is presently zoned light commercial. The future 12th Street Station will be part of DART’s 26-mile Silver Line connecting Plano to Irving and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Council’s only expressed concern was a desire to mitigate both trash and visual impact at the station and in the surrounding neighborhood. The

FUTURE STATIONS

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August will be here.” The rst semester will be from Aug. 11-Dec. 17, and the second semester will be from Jan. 5, 2022- May 27, 2022 with spring break from March 7-14. The virtual option would be a stand-alone school with its own cur- ricula and sta for those with health concerns or in need of exibility. weaken homeowners’ negotiating positions. DART’s representative said that the property purchasing process is handled this way due to state law and that it does not prevent the agency from negotiating in good faith.

Plano ISDplans full return to classrooms in fall

BY KRISTINE HUGHES

that their instructional plan for next year is being built around the idea that everybody is coming back. Chief Oper- ating Ocer Theresa Williams called it an “updated brick-and-mortar” plan with a possible virtual option. “In four months, we will have our kids back,” she said. “We’ll blink, and

PLANO ISD The school district expects to resume pre-COVID-19 activities this summer and fully return to the classroom in 2021-22. In the rst of several planned reports to the Plano school board, sta told trustees in a work session April 20

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