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Against the backdrop of the coronavirus, the 2020-21 school year is presenting a new set of challenges for parents, teachers and students. For starters: Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto ISDs began the school year with 100% virtual instruction. Educators are tweaking curriculums for new digital learning platforms. As part of this process, teachers have had to rethink a host of learning formats— such as special education, which supports students with physical, health or intellectual impairments; multilingual education, which relies on interacting in several languages; and career and technical programs, which teach job-related skills—all of which typically require more personalized, hands-on approaches. With the academic year underway, area districts are navigating how to meet students’ individual educational needs within the digital space. CONTINUED ON 28

As Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto ISDs begin the 2020-21 school year virtually, teachers are working to meet dierentiated needs in the digital space. SESSION

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Drive-in movie theaters usher in feelings of nostalgia—often thought of as a quaint, occasional pastime. However,withindoormovietheaters shuttered throughout the spring, Brett Williams, owner of The Globe Drive-In in Pugerville, said demand for his business has skyrocketed. CONTINUED ON 32

Business is booming at The Globe Drive-In, said owner Brett Williams, as locals look for socially distant entertainment options. (Courtesy The Globe Drive-In)

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Elsie’s Egg Rolls , a Hutto-based food truck, will open a storefront at 525 Chris Kelley Blvd., Ste. 100A, Hutto, in mid-September. Elsie’s Egg Rolls specializes in Filipino cuisine. 512-712-0912. www.facebook.com/elsies-egg- rolls-874736115910276 business Aug. 4. The restaurant, located at 100 12th St., Ste. 110, Pugerville, serves dishes including jerk chicken, pasta, oxtail, plantains and rice. 512-761-3225. www.islandfork.com 14 Red Rooster’s , located at 109 E. Pecan St., Pugerville, will celebrate 10 years in business Sept. 15. The burger bar recently reopened dine-in services. 512-945-7538. www.roosteraustin.com HUTTO NOWOPEN 15 Hippo Pharmacy opened July 20 at 107 East St., Ste. A, Hutto. The locally owned pharmacy oers medical supple- ments, pet medications, compounding and delivery services. 512-846-6004. https://hippopharmacy.org 16 Convenience store FM 1660 Xpress #1 opened Aug. 3 at 133 E. Front St., Ste. 100, Hutto. The 4,500-square-foot space oers breakfast and lunch options, craft beers and wines, tobacco products, fountain drinks and a variety of snacks. 512-642-6074.

to oer contactless delivery and pickup services for clients. The business is located at 1108 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-580-0900. www.spinzonelaundry.com 6 The Brass Tap reopened at 204 E. Main St., Round Rock, on Aug. 10, expanding its services to partner with Wiseguys: A Chicago Eatery. The businesses have launched a food truck serving hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 512-341-2337. www.brasstapbeerbar.com/roundrock, 7 Vista Vet-Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge celebrated one year in business in August. The business, located at 5120 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock, specializes in cat and dog diagnostic and medical services along with pet lodging. 512-240-7070. www.vistapetvet.com NEWOWNERSHIP 8 Will and Rhonda Norris are the new owners of John’s Barber & Styling Shop . Located at 1800 N. Mays St., Ste. 112, Round Rock, the walk-in barber shop has oered a variety of haircuts and styling services for 42 years. 512-255-9950. www.facebook.com/ johnsroundrockbarber CLOSINGS 9 Dos Mary’s Tex-Mex Bar & Grill http://wiseguysonline.net ANNIVERSARIES closed its former downtown Round Rock location at 118 E. Main St. this summer.

Dos Mary's reopened at 11620 N. FM 620, Austin, in mid-August. Dos Mary’s menu features migas, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and other Tex-Mex dishes. www.dosmarystx.com 10 The Little Gym of Round Rock closed Aug. 1. Located at 3203 S. I-35, Round Rock, the gym was part of a chain that oers parent-child classes for children ages 4 months to 3 years as well as noncompetitive gym classes, birthday parties, camps and more. www.thelittlegym.com/roundrocktx 11 Safe Way Rental Equipment Co. closed its Round Rock branch Aug. 31. Located at 1904 N. Mays St., Round Rock, the business initially opened in December 1983, Safe Way President Dale Rundell said. Safe Way is an Austin-based company that provides tools, equipment and products available to rent. 512-255-1971. www.safewayrental.com PFLUGERVILLE NOWOPEN 12 Nearby Coee Co. opened a brick- and-mortar coee shop Aug. 3. The roastery is located at 16921 Joe Barbee Drive, Unit B, Pugerville. The business has served coee in the Austin area from a mobile truck and kiosk setups for the past ve years. 512-826-8326. https://nearbycoeeroasters.com ANNIVERSARIES 13 Island Fork , a Caribbean and soul food restaurant, celebrated one year in

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COMING SOON 17 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will open a new location in September at 80 Chris Kelley Blvd., Hutto, a company spokesperson conrmed in an Aug. 5 email. The fast-food chain’s menu includes chicken sandwiches and tenders; seafood; and side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, coleslaw and biscuits. www.popeyes.com 18 Stockade Kitchen is expected to open in late September at 210 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Ste. 100, Hutto. The fast-casual restaurant’s menu will feature burgers, steak, chicken entrees and salads, Stockade Cos. representative Ed Sadler said. Rotating daily comfort food specials will include dishes such as meatloaf and fried chicken. 512-213-6073. www.facebook.com/stockadekitchen 19 Christ the Rock is building a church at 3250 Limmer Loop, Hutto. The ministry, which has been meeting at Farley Middle School, is expected to open its new building in early September. 512-966-9713. www.ctrtx.net

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SH 130bridges, lanes under construction

Texas Department of Transportation crews are widening lanes and bridges along SH 130 to add a third lane in both northbound and southbound directions between SH 45 N and Hwy. 290 East.

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Construction on northbound I-35 from Grand Avenue Parkway to SH 45 N began Aug. 2. The changes will reverse the north- bound I-35 entrance and exit ramps at SH 45 N to alleviate traffic congestion, according to an Aug. 4 Texas Depart- ment of Transportation news release. “I-35 at SH 45 North is a key intersec- tion that connects the surrounding communities of Cedar Park, Pflugerville and Round Rock to Austin,” TxDOT Austin District Engineer Tucker Fergu- son said in the release. “Reversing the entrance and exit ramps will improve safety and mobility for motorists on both the northbound main lanes and the frontage road.” Additional improvements include ex- tended entrance and exit lanes as well as new lighting and roadway improve- ments at Piccadilly Drive.

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Recent work to install toll equipment has necessitated weekend lane closures at various entrance and exit ramps to the roadway. Status: construction continues on three bridges over SH 130: Cameron, Wilbarger and Pflugerville Parkway; the second phase of paving is expected to begin in the fall Timeline: October 2018-spring 2021 Cost: $36.7 million Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System

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Status: project design in process; antici- pated design completion in fall 2020 Timeline: anticipated construction start in summer 2021 Funding source: city of Hutto 2018 trans- portation bond 2 FM 1660 North at Hwy. 79 Intersection improvements include adding right-turn lanes from FM 1660 to westbound Hwy. 79 and Hwy. 79 to FM 1660 North. Status: project design in process; antici- pated design completion in fall 2020 Timeline: anticipated construction start in fall 2021 Funding source: city of Hutto 2018 trans- portation bond 3 FM 1660 South at Hwy. 79 The project will widen FM 1660 South to three lanes from Hwy. 79 to Austin Avenue. At completion, new roadway features will include a dedicated left-turn lane and left-right turn lane from FM 1660 South to Hwy. 79 as well as an add- ed right-turn lane from eastbound Hwy. 79 to FM 1660 South.

The city of Hutto hosted a virtual public meeting Aug. 11 to gauge residents’ feedback on upcoming FM 1660 roadway improvements. The project will feature work on three FM 1660 intersections: at Limmer Loop, Hwy. 79 North and Hwy. 79 South. The projects aim to reduce congestion and enhance safety, per city documents. The $6 million effort was included as part of the city’s 2018 bond package, which allocated a total of $70 million for transportation, drainage and roadway improvement efforts throughout the city. Additional right of way will need to be se- cured for the project, per city documents; however, city staff do not anticipate a need for displacing any residential or commercial structures at this time. Here is an overview of the intersections, with timelines and status updates. 1 FM 1660 North at Limmer Loop Crews will add turn lanes at the intersec- tion and construct a 10-foot-wide shared- use path for bicycling, walking and the use of wheelchairs along FM 1660 North southbound and eastbound Limmer Loop.

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DEVELOPMENT Proposed code changes could impact downtownPugerville

Downtown district Pugerville’s downtown district is split into four sections.

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former area and is comprised of four sections, including: Downtown Core, Puger Tract, South Downtown and Western Gateway. Resident Becky Halpin said her concerns center on the possibility of increased noise and street parking. “Use is much more of a compatibility issue for residents than architectural style,” Halpin said during a city-hosted meeting Aug. 19. Council Member Je Marsh responded to Halpin’s concerns and said the proposed code amendments would restrict both commercial and street parking. Resident Cynthia Lovin said she has lived in Pugerville for more than 30 years and suggested council pursue a plan that supports a healthy combination of residential and commercial properties. “We have loved the peaceful, laid- back vibe of downtown,” she said.

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From building standards to parking restrictions, a set of proposed code amendments is under consideration for downtown Pugerville. Proposed changes include building, parking and signage requirements in Pugerville’s downtown district overlay, a geographic area from FM 685 to West Pecan Street. However, resident Chuck Lesniak said this discussion is not entirely new. For the past 15 years, Lesniak said he has engaged in conversations about downtown revitalization. “We’re having the exact same conversation today about these code changes that we started having after the original downtown overlay,” Lesniak said. In 2005, the city established a now-former downtown overlay. Today, Pugerville’s downtown district encompasses much of the

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prospective developers, and maintain the architectural and cultural integrity of downtown. Code changes must go before the Pugerville Planning and Zoning Commission and Pugerville City Council. As of press time Sept. 3, dates had not yet been announced.

Development, Marsh said, is inevitable; the past decade alone has proven that. However, he said the goal in reviewing these code amendments is to develop a framework that would protect nearby residents, attract

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News from Round Rock, Pugerville, Hutto & Williamson & Travis counties

Travis County prepares for election season amid COVID19

PAVING THE WAY The city of Round Rock has applied for federal CARES Act funds. If successful, the grant would oset the cost of a joint road project.

CARES Act grant $19.5 million Williamson County $6.5 million City of Round Rock $6.5 million

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

TRAVIS COUNTY Voters submitting mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 national election may have the option to return them in a drive-thru line. The measure is part of a push by the county clerk’s sta to prepare for expanded use of mail-in ballots due to coronavirus-related caution coupled with expected record turnout and potential voter concern regarding the U.S. Postal Service. At an Aug. 26 Travis County Commissioners Court meeting, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said voters should plan ahead in anticipation of complications. “We are not giving up any opportunity or any emphasis on either in-person voting or by mail [voting],” DeBeauvoir said. “I realize the political circumstances have frightened voters. They don’t really want to go inside to vote, and they’ve also been frightened that they can’t trust the post oce.” In order to expand the county’s mail-in voting capacity, DeBeauvoir

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said the county is working to prepare for the 2020 election in the midst of coronavirus challenges. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

$32.5 million: estimated total project cost

said she and sta are working on other options to return ballots aside frommail, including three downtown Austin drive-thru return hubs. This option would expand on an existing choice to hand-deliver ballots to a business oce of the county clerk. Having already received 4,000 mail-in ballot requests, DeBeauvoir said she projects that requests will total 100,000 by the Oct. 23 deadline. “Right now, we’re not sure what Nov. 3 is going to look like,” Austin- Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said. “We are working very hard with the Travis County Clerk’s Oce to ensure that polling places are as safe as possible.” Many of the polling place precautions planned by the clerk’s oce include measures already taken

during local July elections, such as clear barriers set up between poll workers and voters, nger coverings to wear for touchscreen signatures and voting, social distancing enforcement, and the provision of hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment. Additionally, the clerk is seeking several larger facilities to use as socially distanced Election Day poll locations since locations that previously served as vote centers, such as Fiesta and Randalls supermarkets, will not be used this year. Residents could vote at area schools this summer when the academic year was not in session, but DeBeauvoir said that may not be an option this fall once students have returned to the classroom.

SOURCE: CITY OF ROUND ROCK COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

RoundRock seeks grant for $19.5million of CARES Act funds BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN ROUND ROCK City Council on Aug. 27 approved a resolution seeking federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding for a major roadway improvement eort. The application requests a total of $19.5 million to expand CR 112 in northeast Round Rock. If successful, this would cover 60% of the estimated total project cost of $32.5 million, city Transportation Director Gary Hudder said. “We’re doing our best to deliver as much signicant outside funding to our local community for our arterials as we can,” Hudder said. Currently two lanes, CR 112 will be expanded to a six-lane thoroughfare between CR 110 and A.W. Grimes Boulevard. Williamson County has already agreed to split the remainder of the cost of the road improvements with the city, through bond funds approved by voters in November 2019.

Mosquito traps continue to test positive forWest Nile virus

BY ALI LINAN

FAST FACTS

West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito- borne disease in the nation, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY For the third time, a sampling of mosquitoes taken near the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park in Leander has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to an Aug. 24 news release. Samplings taken by the Williamson County and Cities Health District near the park, located at 3005 CR 175, previously reported positive for the virus July 9 and July 16. In the past weeks, mosquito samples collected from routine trapping in Georgetown also have tested positive for the virus, leading the city to conduct truck-mounted spraying in a portion of Georgetown. “Health ocials strongly encourage everyone to remain vigilant about protecting themselves

Fewer than 1 in 150

80% 20%

of people infected will not develop symptoms

of people infected will develop West Nile fever, which may include headache, body aches and fever

people infected will develop West Nile neuroinvasive disease, which may include high fever, disorientation, coma and paralysis

SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

frommosquito bites and preventing mosquito breeding on their personal property,” the release said. Ocials ask residents to also eliminate all standing water around a house or on a property, as mosquitoes cannot breed without standing water. Further, Williamson County Parks Department sta said they will

continue mosquito-control eorts with draining or treating standing water with larvicide. West Nile virus should not be confused with other mosquito- borne diseases, such as Zika virus, malaria or others. There has been no evidence of mosquitoes transmitting COVID-19, per the release.

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News from Round Rock, Pugerville, Hutto & Williamson & Travis counties

NUMBER TOKNOW This is the number of that were temporarily placed in seven Williamson County hotels, said Connie Odom, Williamson County public aairs manager. The county is part of the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan—a regional group that includes the city of Austin and the counties of Travis and Hays—to assist the displaced. 633 Hurricane Laura evacuees HIGHLIGHTS RoundRock City Council is weighing a budget of approximately $420 million for scal year 2020-21. Final adoption is expected Sept. 10. Pugerville The city reopened Lake Pugerville Park alongside a number of outdoor recreation spaces Aug. 28. incumbents, on the November ballot for Hutto City Council’s Place 1 and Place 4 seats. Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell on Aug. 18 expressed concerned for his residents’ safety and requested the presence of additional state troopers following Austin City Council’s decision to reduce police funding. Travis County Sta proposed on Aug. 31 the use of outside consultants to aid in development review. The county plans to work with a third-party reviewer during the development of Tesla’s future southeast Travis County “gigafactory,” using the experience to guide future projects. Hutto Voters will see three candidates, including two

BY ALI LINAN Williamson County approves funds formental health facility WILLIAMSON COUNTY Commis- sioners voted to absorb the cost for two additional beds at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services during an Aug. 11 meeting. Bluebonnet Trails is a mental

exceptional job,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell told Community Impact Newspaper . “These extra beds are not a result of the pandemic; these extra beds a result of growth. Our community just continues to grow.” The county currently provides funding for 12 beds through a state funding partnership, but the two additional beds will be funded solely by the county, ocials said. The total cost is $456,264 and will be included in the scal year 2020-21 budget. The two additional beds will provide a place for one adult and one juvenile. The initial request for the expansion was to add one bed; however, Gravell said upon reviewing the data it looked like the need was greater, and the court did not want to fall behind in providing services.

BLUEBONNET TRAILS COMMUNITY SERVICES The mental health facility provides services to adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disorders, chemical dependency and more. 1009 N. Georgetown St., Round Rock 844-309-6385 www.bbtrails.org

health facility that provides services to adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disorders, chemical dependency and more. The organization, which is located in Round Rock, partners with the county to provide beds for individuals who are the most mentally vulnerable. This is part of the county’s eort to reduce its jail population by providing mental health services to those in need rather than housing them in a jail cell. “Bluebonnet Trails has been a wonderful partner, and they do an

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City’s brush chipping servicewill undergo changes inOctober

March 18: Gov. Greg Abbott allows local May elections to be postponed. March 19: Travis County declares it will not support May elections. March 20: Williamson County declares it will not support May elections. April 9: Round Rock City Council delays the election to Nov. 3, citing a lack of county support and expenses involved in running its own May election.

AN EVOLVING ELECTION

BY KELSEY THOMPSON

PFLUGERVILLE City Council approved changes to the city’s waste management contract Aug. 25. Pugerville currently oers a monthly curbside chipping service. Come Oct. 1, bundled limbs up to 4 feet long will be eligible for free pickup services or can be taken to the city’s recycling center at 15500 Sun Light Near Way, Pugerville. Waste Connections, a trash and recyclables pickup provider, will collect unbundled tree limbs of up to 4 cubic yards beginning Oct. 1. The service costs $35 per scheduled pickup and can be arranged online or by calling 512-282-3508. CHIPPING IN Beginning Oct. 1, Pugerville residents will need to schedule and pay for pickup of unbundled tree limbs greater than 4 feet in length.

From public health concerns to logistical hurdles due to the coronavirus, Round Rock City Council has wrestled with nalizing a date for its postponed May elections.

July 9: Round Rock City Council decides to delay the election to May 2021.

MEETINGSWE COVER

Round Rock City Council Meets second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.m. 216 E. Main St., Round Rock 512-218-5401

Aug. 13: Round Rock City Council reverses its July 9 decision, opting once again to hold the election Nov. 3.

SOURCE: CITY OF ROUND ROCKCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

www.roundrocktexas.gov Pugerville City Council Meets second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Pugerville 512-990-6101 www.pugervilletx.gov Hutto City Council Meets rst and third Thursday, 7 p.m. 500 W. Live Oak St., Hutto 512-759-4033 • www.huttotx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays, 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin 512-854-9020 • www.traviscounty.org Williamson County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1550 • www.wilco.org

RoundRockwill hold city elections Nov. 3 Ballot to include council seats, seven charter amendments

BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN ROUND ROCK Following months of controversy and public outcry, City Council voted Aug. 13 to hold its delayed local election Nov. 3. The election, which includes three council seats and seven charter amendments, was originally scheduled for May 2. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Travis County and Williamson County election ocials in March

pulled their support, which includes supplying voting machines and poll workers, for May elections. Mayor Craig Morgan is running unopposed. Council Member Tammy Young is not seeking re-election for Place 1, leaving the seat a contest between Michelle Ly and Tina Steiner. Incumbent Will Peckham is running against Frank Ortega for the Place 4 seat.

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SOURCE: CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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R O U N D R O C K I S D  P F L U G E R V I L L E I S D  H U T T O I S D S N A P S H O T DISTRICT DATA BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN & KELSEY THOMPSON Student enrollment numbers continue to climb in Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto ISDs. From 2015-16 to 2019-20, RRISD enrollment grew by 6.54%, PfISD by 9.54% and HISD by 24.56%. The charts below include information on student demographics, teacher salaries and more. SOURCES: HUTTO ISD, PFLUGERVILLE ISD, ROUND ROCK ISD, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER STUDENT ENROLLMENT 201920 TEACHER STATS

201920 ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

26.55%

50.55% 38%

$55,688

$55,162

TOTAL NUMBER OF TEACHERS 3,531 1,817 517

60.24%

$53,203 STARTING TEACHER SALARY

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201920SUPERINTENDENT ANNUAL SALARY $301,190 $250,001

10.72%

$207,366

22.19% 12.21%

SCHOOL DISTRICT STATS

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

20.26%

TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

FROM 201516 +6.54% +9.54% +24.56%

6,610

3,459

1,075

STATE AVERAGE

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