Pflugerville - Hutto | September 2022

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Ocials urge safety as local wildres spike

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A grass re burned several acres o Cele Road, east of Pugerville, on July 14. (Courtesy Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2)

BY BRIAN RASH & CLAIRE SHOOP Local data shows Wil- liamson and northern Travis counties are experi- encing more wild and grass res so far in 2022 than in the same time frame during

any of the last ve years. This re season is head- lined by the San Gabriel Fire that burned about 450 acres in late July just north of Leander. Figures from Travis

County Emergency Ser- vices District No. 2 and Williamson County Emer- gency Management show 630 wild and grass res occurred within the rst six months this year.

The last time those num- bers were close to that g- ure was in 2018, when both jurisdictions combined saw 484 wild and grass res. As record heat and months CONTINUED ON 30

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Cities to expand water, wastewater treatment capacity as need increases

As Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto grow, demand for water and wastewater service increases. Over the next decade, demand is expected to increase rapidly. ** Round Rock (2020-30) +5.78 MGD * 15.5% Pugerville (2021-31) +10 MGD * 97.1% RISING DEMAND *MILLION GALLONS PER DAY **DATA FOR HUTTO IS STILL BEING CALCULATED AND IS NOT YET AVAILABLE, ACCORDING TO CITY STAFF.

Summer 2022 in Williamson and Tra- vis counties is quickly becoming one of the driest in recent history, according to Brad Brunett, Brazos River Authority Lower/Central Basin regional manager. The BRA is responsible for develop- ment, management and protection of the Brazos River Basin, and contracts with local municipalities—including Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto— for water supply. BY CARSON GANONG & BROOKE SJOBERG

Brunett said the 2011 drought that left more than 80% of Texas’ land area in extreme drought at the height of the summer was severe. “[2022 is] certainly a signicant drought and for sure the worst that we’ve seen since 2011,” Brunett said. Despite recent late August rains in the area that temporarily improved local dry conditions, state experts proj- ect a drought status will likely continue CONTINUED ON 32

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

ROUND ROCK NOW OPEN 1 Delizioso Delicatessen & Charcuterie opened Aug. 5 at 1207 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, next to Lonestar Kolaches. Delizioso offers sandwiches, soups, salads, sorbetto, gelato and other specialty items. 512-505-8123. Facebook: Delizioso Delicatessen & Charcuterie 2 El Estadio Restaurant & Sports Bar opened June 17 at 500 Parker Drive, Round Rock, where Deckhands used to be. The menu includes wings and appe- tizers, as well as a variety of seafood, burgers, chicken, pizza and salad. 737- 203-9047. www.elestadioatx.com 3 Fabulous Nobodies Curated Gifts and Fun opened in June at 109 E. Main St., Round Rock. Fabulous Nobodies of- fers paper goods, pet items, accessories, bath and body products, buttons and pins, home and garden products, candles and other gifts. 201-982-6634. https://fabnobodies.com 4 Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers opened July 5 at 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 395, Round Rock. The new lo- cation provides physical therapy through a holistic approach to customized care plans. Services include orthopedic reha- bilitation; audiology; and occupational, physical and pelvic therapy. 512-399-9059. www.fyzical.com

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5 Mad Finds, Yo Resale + Vintage + Oddities opened in June at 109 E. Main St., Round Rock. The vintage shop offers a variety of vintage clothing, including tops, bottoms and accessories, as well as footwear and other specialty goods. 512-920-3463. Facebook: Mad Finds, Yo 6 A locally owned franchise, Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids , opened Aug. 27 at 4500 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 108, Round Rock. The salon owned by Renee Long is equipped with gaming stations, videos, mini-cures, lollipops and balloons, and each haircut includes a wash, cut and blow dry. 512-215-2040. www.sharkeyscutsforkidsroundrock.com 7 Next Level Urgent Care opened Aug. 19 at 3200 Greenlawn Blvd., Round Rock. The clinic provides care for chronic and acute illness, fractures, lacerations,

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COMING SOON 10 Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics will open a new location in September at 2051 Gattis School Road, Ste. 645, Round Rock. CTPO has operated for 30 years in Central Texas and has locations in Austin and Cedar Park as well as the Westlake and Four Points areas of Travis County. 512-478-8116. www.ctpomd.com 11 Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar will open Sept. 13 at 2600 N. I-35, Round Rock, according to a company represen- tative. Whiskey Cake serves appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts in addition to beer, wine, signature cocktails and whiskey flights. Biscuits, chicken and waffle plates, French toast, eggs and cocktails are included on the weekend brunch menu. www.whiskeycake.com

EXPANSIONS 12 The Rock Shot Bar & Patio opened June 16 at 112 E. Main St., Round Rock, next to The Rock Sports Bar. Co-owner Michelle Ly said the shot bar offers an ex- panded cocktail and shot selection, fro- zen treats, indoor and outdoor television sets, and an improved patio and deck. 512-358-1175. www.rocksportsbar.com ANNIVERSARIES 13 Monster Mini Golf and Laser Tag, located at 3916 Gattis School Road, Round Rock celebrated its fifth anniver- sary Sept. 22. The monster-themed mini- golf and laser tag venue also features a laser maze and arcade and is locally owned by Amy Smith. The venue is also available to host parties, field trips, fundraisers and

other events. 512-609-8180. https://monsterminigolf.com 14 Round Rock Garden Center , located at 901 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, celebrated 20 years of operation Aug. 7. The garden center, locally owned by Jeff and Stephanie Ramert, offers a variety of flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, garden pottery and other gardening supplies. 512-255-3353. https://roundrockgardens.com 15 Texas Spanish Academy celebrat- ed 10 years in business in August at its location at 201 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock. Texas Spanish Academy offers Spanish-immersion programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Locally owned by Edina Morrison, Texas Spanish Acade- my has a second location at 2471 E. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. 512-488-1975. https://txspanishacademy.com

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

Minnesota, according to company informa- tion. Franchise owner Angela Barraza said the Pflugerville clinic will offer therapy for patients of all ages and has a team of licensed therapists with a variety of spe- cialties and certifications. 512-379-7728. www.elliementalhealth.com 6 A new neighborhood sports bar called The Victory Tap will open soon at 111 E. Main St., Pflugerville. Co-owner Rob Clem said he and partner Tripp Wiggins plan to open the bar in October or Novem- ber. The Victory Tap will be located next to the Prost Alehouse brewery that is also coming soon. Clem said The Victory Tap will feature 20 beers on tap, a large patio, ample indoor seating and multiple televi- sions for watching sports. The business’s website is still under construction. CLOSINGS 7 The Rio Grande Tex-Mex Restaurant location in Pflugerville at 15821 Central Commerce Drive closed permanently Aug. 7. General Manager Priscilla Orona said the location at 551 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Hutto, will continue operating as normal, and she plans to expand the location by adding a tortilla station and a bakery. Rio Grande Tex-Mex serves a wide-ranging menu that includes fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos and nachos and offers a full bar. 512-759-1449. www.riograndemex.com

tables, board games, arcade games and bar accessories. Billiard Factory was originally planned to open in late 2021, but store manager Dominic Sperazza said construction hurdles delayed the opening. 512-271-7000. www.billiardfactory.com 3 A new strength gym called Home Barbell Club opened July 1 at 1900 E. Howard Lane, Pflugerville. Owner Jessie Contour said the local gym focuses on powerlifting, weightlifting and strength training and is open 24 hours a day for members. The gym also offers classes for powerlifting and weightlifting. 512-593-2044. www.homebarbellclub.com COMING SOON 4 An Austin Achieve Public Schools campus will open at 1900 E. Pfennig Lane, Pflugerville, by July 2023. Information from Digital Communication Manager Eloy Pacheco states construction, which began this year on a vacant lot east of Aldi and Chase Bank near FM 685, should be complete by next June, and the campus will accommodate 1,000 students. Austin Achieve Public Schools is a tuition-free, open-enrollment charter school that has two other campuses in Austin. https://austinachieve.org 5 A new clinic called Ellie Mental Health is opening in mid-September at 701 FM 685, Ste. 450, Pflugerville, in the North Forest Office Park. Ellie Mental Health is a national chain that started in 2015 in

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services includes general primary care, preventive counseling and in-house lab work. 512-640-0641. https://arohamedical.com 2 A new Billiard Factory store opened in early July at 19116 Limestone Commercial Drive, Pflugerville. The Houston-based franchise sells pool tables and accessories as well as shuffleboards, pingpong tables, dartboards, game room furniture, foosball

1 Aroha Medical opened July 14 at 1317 Picadilly Drive, Unit C-302, Pflugerville. This direct primary care practice provides a type of health care for which patients pay a monthly fee for direct access to their physician. Aroha Medical’s scope of

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5 Tropical Smoothie Cafe opened July 25 at 326 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Ste. 120, Hutto. The Georgia-based chain has a menu that includes smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and salads. Tropical Smoothie Cafe has more than 1,000 locations across the U.S. 512-846-4008. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com ANNIVERSARIES 6 Tiger Rock Martial Arts Academy at 503 W. Front St., Hutto will celebrate its 15th business anniversary Oct. 1. Tiger Rock employs several trained instructors and offers martial arts classes for all ages as well as summer camp and after-school programs. 512-846-1112. https://tigerrockhutto.com

weddings. 512-818-6580. Facebook: Kona's TX BBQ

3 A Mattress Firm opened July 6 at 722 Hwy. 79, Ste. 150, Hutto. Mattress Firm is a national retail chain that specializes in mat- tresses, bedding and bedroom furniture as well as bed frames and other accessories. 737-279-7474. www.mattressfirm.com 4 Mexican restaurant Pollos Asados El Norteno opened a second brick- and-mortar location at 133 E. Front St., Ste. 500, Hutto, in late July. The menu includes gorditas, tortas and its signa- ture roasted chicken. Pollos Asados El Norteno started as a food truck but has since opened restaurants in Austin and

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Hutto, Baked ‘n Sconed serves an array of coffees, teas, fresh baked goods and

lunch dishes. 512-222-5200. https://bakednsconed.com

2 Food truck Kona’s TX BBQ opened Aug. 4 at 209 Farley St., Hutto. The menu at Kona's has a selection of Tex- as-style smoked meats and sandwiches. Owner Shawn Warbiana said Kona’s fills

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CAMP OUT WITH THE FAMILY OLD SETTLERS PARK

The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department presents the annual Family Campout at Old Settlers Park. Participants will set up tents, eat dinner, play games, sleep under the stars and wake up for a sunrise breakfast. Participants must bring their own camping equipment, and online registration is required. 4 p.m. Sept. 16-8:30 a.m. Sept. 17. $15. 512-218-5540. www.roundrocktexas.gov

SEPTEMBER 10 SEE A BALL GAME AND A CONCERT The Round Rock Express play the Sugar Land Space Cowboys at Dell Diamond as part of a Saturday night event that features ‘80s tribute group The Spazmatics. 6:05 p.m. Tickets start at $12. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-255-2255. www.milb.com/round-rock 10 SUPPORT LOCAL VENDORS AT AN OUTDOOR MARKET Get a jump on holiday shopping at an outdoor market featuring 50 unique vendors hosted by Shimmering Scents with Crystal and Cilla’s Sassy Creations. The event is both pet- and family- friendly. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. 1705 Gattis School Road, Round Rock. Facebook: Cilla’s Sassy Creations and Shimmering Scents with Crystal 10 LEARN ABOUT AREA BATS The Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District will host a family- friendly event at Community Center Park centered on educating participants about local bats. The Brushy Creek Bat Fest will feature live music, a bounce house, train rides and a dizzy bat race. Representatives from the Austin Bat Refuge and Texas Parks and Wildlife will also be in attendance. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 16318 S. Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock. 512-255-7871. www.bcmud.org 11 ATTEND A 911 CEREMONY American Legion George Johns Post 447 will host a Sept. 11 event at its post in Round Rock. Breakfast will be served from 8-9:30 a.m. The rst moment of silence will be at 8:46 a.m, and a ceremony will follow to honor rst responders and veterans. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. American Legion George Johns Post 447, 1000 N. Georgetown St., Round Rock. 512-244- 0480. Facebook: George Johns Post 447 11 PICK UP SOME LOCAL ARTISAN WARES The Hutto Silos Farmers Market will feature products from area farmers and

artisans that include handmade crafts and fresh food. The market was created to provide a cooperative and organized marketing alternative for small-scale agricultural and specialty products. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Hutto Co-Op, 420 Hwy. 79, Hutto. 214-304-0070 18 SEE CLASSIC CARS The Round Rock Police Ocers Association and the city of Round Rock will host the Round Rock Car Show. The event is family-friendly, but organizers are restricting loud music and drag racing at the show. Cars and trucks may be entered in categories including classic, collector, sport and antique. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. Facebook: Round Rock Car Show 18 RACE TO AN AUTOCROSS EVENT The Spokes autocross club will be in Hutto as part of the group’s ninth seasonal event to show o cars and their capabilities. An autocross uses trac cones to make a mini roadcourse to see which driver can get the lowest time. The event in Hutto will take place at the Brushy Creek Amphitheater. Participants must register in advance at the Spokes website. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry fee starts at $26. Brushy Creek Amphitheater, 1001 CR 137, Hutto. www.spokes.org 23 LISTEN TO THE MUSICAL STYLINGS OF T.I. 102.3 The Beat will bring rapper T.I. to Round Rock Amp for an all-ages show. No outside chairs, food or drinks are allowed at the venue. 6-11 p.m. $40- $150. Round Rock Amp, 3701 N. I-35, Round Rock. http://roundrockamp.com 24 SEE RANDY ROGERS PERFORM KASE 101.9 and 98.1 KVET will bring country musician Randy Rogers to Round Rock Amp for a live performance as part of the Country Music Live series. The show is part of Rogers’ national tour. All guests over the age of 2 are required to purchase a ticket. 6-11 p.m. $35-$150. Round Rock Amp, 3701 N. I-35, Round Rock. http://roundrockamp.com

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ATTEND A COMIC CON PFLUGERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Pugerville Public Library will host the 6th Annual Library Con. The event will feature a full day of panels, crafts, live music and gaming. Special guests include comic authors, voice actors and cosplayers. Attendees are welcome to wear costumes. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Pugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Puger St., Pugerville. 512-990-6375. https://library.pugervilletx.gov

24 LEARN ABOUT LOCAL SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES Casey’s Circle, a nonprot organization dedicated to supporting families of special needs children, will partner with Round Rock Parks and Recreation to bring crafts, games, snacks and opportunities to teach about local resources in Play For All Abilities Park. The park will be closed to the public on this day for the event. Registration required. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Play for All Abilities Park, 151 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. www.caseyscircle.org 27 LEARN LEADERSHIP SKILLS Round Rock Chambermasters, a local aliate of Toastmasters International, a global nonprot that teaches communication and leadership skills, will host a lunchtime event at the Round Rock Public Library. Participants do not need to be club members to participate, but membership is open to all parties over 18 years old. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock. 512-218-7001. www.roundrocktexas.gov 29 LEARN ABOUT THE HOTTEST NEW BOOKS The Pugerville Public Library will host the Fall Book Buzz. Local librarians will review new and upcoming ction, nonction and adult graphic novels, and the rst 30 registrants will receive a book box that includes an advance copy of a book. Online registration is required. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Pugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Puger St., Pugerville. 512-990-6375. https://library.pugervilletx.gov 30 SEE LIVE MUSIC IN A PARK Austin-based Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda will bring its interpretation of the legendary Tejana star to Puger Park for the summer series Music in the Park. The annual outdoor concert series is pet-friendly, and attendees may bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Puger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pugerville. 512-990-6350. https://parks.pugervilletx.gov

OCTOBER 02 ATTEND A HARVEST FESTIVAL The Heritage House Partners’ annual Harvest Fest will feature music, family photo-ops, games, face painting, food and tours of the Heritage House Museum. There will also be antique bikes on display and a demonstration by the Austin Lace Guild. 1-4 p.m. Free. 901 Old Austin-Hutto Road, Pugerville. 512-990-6375. https://library.pugervilletx.gov 07 THROUGH 08 PARTICIPATE IN AN ANNUAL CHALK WALK The annual Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival returns with local artists creating chalk murals on sidewalks. The event draws tens of thousands of people and includes dozens of artists, vendors, kids’ activities, food, drinks, theatrical performances and a concert each night. 2-9 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.). Free. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. www.roundrockarts.org WORTH THE TRIP CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin • 5126005000 SEPT. 2425 HEAD OUT TO COTA FOR A MUSIC FESTIVAL Blended Festival is coming to Austin at the Circuit of The Americas. Featuring headlining acts such as the Chainsmokers, G-Easy and Galantis as well as a 100-foot wine tent, various acts will perform on two stages at the venue. 2 p.m.-midnight (Sat.), 1 p.m.- 10 p.m. (Sun.). $149-$459. Circuit of The Americas, Lot F 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin www.blendedfestival.com

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Study underway for widening, upgrades on Hwy. 79 As Round Rock, Hutto and the surrounding area continue to expand, ocials are working to ensure a major corridor running through the area can handle the growth. In addition to a plan from the Texas Department of Transportation to HUTTO 1460 PROJECT STUDY A study on how to improve an 18-mile stretch of Hwy. 79 running through Hutto is underway and should advance to a project development stage by December.

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improve a section of Hwy. 79 in Round Rock, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is conducting a corridor study on an 18-mile section of Hwy. 79 that runs through Hutto, from A.W. Grimes Boulevard in Round Rock to FM 619 in Taylor. That section of the highway is one of several regional corridors being evaluated, according to CAMPO Community Outreach Coordinator Doise Miers. “CAMPO is undergoing evaluation of a number of corridors throughout the six-county region to assist [the Texas Department of Transportation] with preliminary planning and some early design and engineering,” Miers said. “With the CAMPO region grow- ing so rapidly, these corridor studies

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will identify needs and help prepare for future improvements.” Miers said CAMPO’s Transporta- tion Policy Board began discussing the corridors in 2021, and that action led to additional requests for the Hwy. 79 study. During a July CAMPO Technical Advisory Committee meeting, proj- ect consultants with BGE Inc. said the next steps for the study include

the updates to its draft of evaluation criteria, and shared a timeline for the project. Planning and project development for the study is set for December, according to information from CAMPO. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: unfunded

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Pugerville’s Downtown East project advances

PROJECT FUNDING The city must contribute almost $150 million for facilities and infrastructure for the Downtown East project.

limits and are in addition to the approximately 93,000-square- foot City Hall and approximately 120,000-square-foot recreation center. Ocials emphasized plans are far from nalized and represent only possibilities. When fully built out, city infor- mation states Downtown East is expected to bring in $1.4 million in annual revenue from property, sales and hotel occupancy taxes. Council voted 6-1 to accept a recommendation from the Puger- ville Downtown East Community Stakeholder Committee. Council Member David Rogers was the lone

Pugerville’s Downtown East proj- ect—a 29-acre mixed-use development at the northwest corner of FM 685 and East Pecan Street—will advance to its next phase following action from Pugerville City Council. At a July 26 meeting, council received a presentation on the project before voting on next steps. Among other details, the presen- tation stated the development could include up to 130,000 square feet of retail, 120,000 square feet of commercial, 500 multifamily residential units and 75,000 square feet of hotel. The estimates represent upper

“no” vote, citing discomfort with the project cost, among other issues. The recommendation included a request to proceed with solici- tation of a master developer for the creation of a public-private partnership, or P3. Additionally, City Council requested sta prepare and issue certicates of obligation not to exceed $72 million in tax-supported debt. Initial estimates say that could result a monthly tax increase of $3.38 per $100,000 of valuation. Next steps include carrying out the recommendations and holding a public engagement event for the recreation center portion.

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not announced a timeline for construction, nor are there details forthcoming on an economic development agreement between Titan and the city. The Hutto Mega TechCen- ter is not Titan’s rst ven- ture in Hutto. Titan is also the developer of Innovation Business Park, an indus- trial park near Innovation Boulevard that has multiple tenants, including tech- nology solutions company BryComm, door machinery company Kval and, most recently, water treatment

company Ovivo. “We anticipate this new industrial park will help meet the increasing demand by high-tech companies and suppliers to locate in the Greater Austin area,” Titan Vice President Joe Iannacone said in the release. “Our new tenants Ovivo Inc. and Kval Inc. ... are a testament to the city’s appeal as a light industrial manufacturing hub.” Hutto Economic Develop- ment Corp. Chair Mike Aris- mendez said in the release that the new industrial

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Pflugerville, Hutto ISDs earn B scores in 2022 accountability ratings

Recapture ballot measure to come before PfISD voters

Overall The last time Texas school districts received accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency was in 2019. DISTRICT SCORES PfISD

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PFLUGERVILLE ISD District officials approved a ballot measure that will be included as part of the Nov. 8 general election. The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees voted on the measures at an Aug. 18 meeting, and they will address a bond package, payments required to the state and a tax ratification election. The 2022-23 school year is the first for which PfISD will be subject to recapture payments, or payments back to the state of Texas required of districts considered to be wealthy. Although district staff anticipate a $12 mil- lion recapture payment, PfISD Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Land said the amount is not yet known, and because the 2022-23 school year will be the first time PfISD enters recap- ture status, voter approval is required for the district to send money back to the state. PfISD Chief Communications Officer Tamra Spence said there is no dollar amount attached to the election, and that if passed it will allow the district to purchase attendance credits from the Texas Education Agency in order to fund the recapture payment.

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PFLUGERVILLE & HUTTO ISDS Two local districts earned a B rating through the Texas Education Agency’s 2022 accountability ratings released Aug. 15. Pflugerville and Hutto ISDs received an overall score of 85 out of 100, but scored differently in individual categories. The scores represent a slight drop from the districts’ last ratings in 2019, when PfISD received an 89 and HISD received an 86. The TEA did not give rat- ings in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The TEA determines an overall accountability rating by measuring Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps. A district’s Student Achievement score takes into account graduation rates and how well the district’s students perform on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness—or STAAR— test. PfISD received a score of 87 for Student Achievement, while HISD received a score of 86. Closing the Gaps is a measure of how well a

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district helps all student groups to succeed. PfISD’s Closing the Gaps score was 80, and HISD’s was 83. School Progress measures year-to-year growth in a district’s students compared with students at other schools with economically similar popula- tions. PfISD and HISD received scores of 82 and 85, respectively, in School Progress. The TEA also rates each individual campus within a district on the same criteria. With the passing of Senate Bill 1365, districts and campuses receiving a rating below C on the TEA’s A-F scale are instead listed as “not rated.” More information on TEA accountability ratings is available at https://tea.texas.gov.

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Pugerville ISD board of trustees Meets Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. 1401 W. Pecan St., Pugerville 512-594-0000 • www.psd.net Hutto ISD board of trustees Meets Sept. 8 and 22 at 6 p.m. 200 College St., Hutto 512-759-3771 • www.hipponation.org MEETINGS WE COVER DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS PFLUGERVILLE ISD The board of trustees approved an additional ve days of COVID-19 leave for district employees for the 2022-23 school year. The board approved the extra days during an Aug. 18 meeting, and they will combine with eight days of COVID-19 leave that ocials approved last September following successful lobbying from the Pugerville Educators Association. HUTTO ISD The district’s third middle school will be named Gus Almquist Middle School after Gus Almquist, a Hutto resident who served on the HISD board of trustees for 17 years. Trustees selected the name from a list of community submissions at an Aug. 25 meeting. The school is still in the design phase, and a completion date is projected for fall 2024.

Hutto ISD sets 202223 tax rate

Trustees approve COVID19 leave for 202223 school year

BY CARSON GANONG

need to build schools,” Trustee Felix Chavez said. The board approved a budget in June that assumed a tax rate of $1.4029. The budget will now require an amendment to account for the new rate. RATE BREAKDOWN The 2022-23 Hutto ISD tax rate breaks down as follows:

HUTTO ISD Trustees voted to adopt a district tax rate of $1.3929 per $100 valuation for scal year 2022-23 at an Aug. 25 meeting. The rate consists of $0.9429 for maintenance and operations, which funds most district operations, and $0.45 for the interest and sinking, or debt service portion. The $1.3929 rate is a decrease from the FY 2021-22 rate of $1.4203. However, district materials indicate the average homeowner can expect an annual increase of approximately $368 in their tax bill due to rising property values. District sta recommended a rate of $1.4029, but the board opted to lower the interest and sinking rate by $0.01. Several trustees expressed a desire to lower the rate further, but they said that would leave the dis- trict unable to fund vital projects. “I think the public needs to be aware that we have a tremendous

BY CARSON GANONG

HUTTO ISD District employees continue to have paid COVID-19 leave this school year following action from the district’s board of trustees. At an Aug. 11 meeting, the Hutto ISD board of trustees approved a resolution granting up to ve days of COVID-19 leave for teachers and sta through June 20, 2023. Employees qualify for leave if they or an immediate family member test positive for COVID-19 and can provide a lab-certied test. The ve-day period is consistent with the Texas Education Agency’s isolation guidelines for teachers and students who test positive for COVID-19. More information on COVID-19 safety policies is available in the updated HISD Safety Plan at www.hipponation.org.

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