Pearland - Friendswood Edition | April 2021

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Pandemic performance As school year wraps up, districts evaluate COVID19 measures

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on local school districts’ failure rates. Districts have seen the rate of students failing one or more classes increase due to remote learning and teachers having to split their attention between in-person and remote instruction. Rising failure rates

sharing information,” Watson said. “The STAAR test will be the only clean data for the year.” Seeing how far students are behind is critical, PISD Superintendent John Kelly said at the district’s March 9 meeting, as it will give an idea of what needs to be corrected for the 2021-22 school year. “We want as many students to test as possible because we want to know how many kids are far behind as we prepare for the next year,” Kelly said.

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As the 2020-21 school year nears its end, districts are facing a new chal- lenge during a school year ruled by COVID-19: administering the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. The STAAR will be the rst data set to accurately measure any learn- ing loss over the 2020-21 school year, Pearland ISD Chief Academic Ocer Nyla Watson said. “Our normal evaluation has been interrupted because we know kids are

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Pearland train depot stalls due to COVID19 As development continues, less of city’s history remains to be preserved

BY HALEY MORRISON

train depot, which has stood in the city since 1900, six years after Pearland was founded. Once the depot, which is in need of restoration, is revitalized, the historical society wants to use it as a museum for Pearland’s history. Until the train depot is restored, few historical areas remain in the city. CONTINUED ON 21

Work on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Train Depot in Pearland has eectively stopped as COVID- 19 has changed the nancial priorities of the city. “We lost the momentumwe worked so long to gain over the last ve years,” said Donald Hayes, a member of the Pearland Historical Society. Hayes was one of the leaders pushing to save the

“WE GOT KNOCKEDALL THEWAY BACK TO SQUARE ONE, MAYBE EVEN SQUARE ZERO.” DONALD HAYES, MEMBER OF THE PEARLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Depot has been in Pearland since 1906, making it the oldest building in the city.

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NOWOPEN 1 Tropical Smoothie Cafe opened March 13 at 9330 Broadway St., Ste 104, Pearland. The cafe sells smoothies and food, including wraps, sandwiches and bowls. 281-721-2121. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com 2 Broadway Family Clinic opened March 5 at 3129 Kingsley Drive, Ste. 340, Pearland. The business provides pediatric care, adult care, women’s care, geriatric care and physical examinations. 346-209-0885. www.broadwaydoctor.com 3 PIX Selfie Studio opened in Pearland Town Center on April 1. Located at 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 1385, Pearland, the business allows people to book sessions to take pictures in front of

one or more of their colorful backdrops. 281-809-5298. 4 Pho &More opened at 104 S. Friend- swood Drive, Ste. G, on March 18. The business serves pho, vermicelli and banh mi. The business is located in the Captain’s Corner shopping center in Friendswood. 832-569-4753. 5 CromRehabilitation opened in Pearland in December. Located at 12573 Broadway St., Ste. 151, Pearland, the business offers rehabilitation for tendon- itis, sprains, fractures, neck and back pain, surgical repairs, joint replacements, os- teoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. 281-729-5130. www.cromrehab.com 6 Fitness business Spenga opened at the turn of the new year at 1507 Bay Area Blvd., Ste. 2B, Webster. Spenga

promotes three components of fitness— cardio, strength and flexibility—through a combination of spin, strength and yoga in 60-minute workouts. 281-962-8838. www.spenga.com 7 My Castle Boutique opened in Pearland in March. Located at 3518 E. Broadway St., Pearland, the store sells quinceañera dresses, prom dresses and accessories. The boutique also offers suit rentals. 713-818-5086. www.mycastleboutique.com 8 The Healthy Vibe opened in Pearland on Feb. 28. Located at 2552 E. Broadway St., Ste. 100, Pearland, the business offers over 70 smoothie flavors. 281-624-1564. www.facebook.com/thehealthyvibe.htx 9 Dance Vision Studios opened in Pearland Town Center at 11200 Broad-

way St., Ste. 240, Pearland. The studio specializes in ballroom dancing and offers instruction in the Argentine tango, the country two-step, the mambo, the waltz and more. The business offers online classes, as well as group lessons, private lessons and lessons for wedding dances. This is the first Houston-area location for

the business. 713-436-5517. www.dancevisiontexas.com COMING SOON

10 The Crafty Crab Cajun Seafood and Bar is opening a location in May at 11104 Broadway St., Pearland. The creole food chain offers boiled and fried seafood as well as oysters, scallops, sides and des- serts. 832-474-3240. www.craftycrabrestaurant.com

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON USA Ninja Challenge will open with children’s classes at 309 Ibis St., Webster, on May 1. The business allows children ages 4-17 to play and train in a gym full of swinging ropes, monkey bars, climbing walls, rope walls and other equipment designed to make participants feel like FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON A groundbreaking for an H-E-B in Manvel will be held June 22. The H-E-B will be the anchor of the future Manvel Town Center, which will be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Hwy. 288 and Hwy. 6. This will be the rst H-E-B location in Manvel. The Town Center will be new for the Manvel area, which is expected to continue to grow. The city saw a 29% increase in population growth from 2017-20 and has more than 27,000

an agile ninja. The gym oers six levels for children to master, and “ninjas” who demonstrate mastery of skills advance to the next stage. The business oers classes, camps and parties. 346-336-4652 www.ninjawebster.com

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11 Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Pearland is opening in Pearland Town Center in June. The gym, developed by Floyd Mayweather, provides inclusive, high-intensity fitness training. The Pearland business will be located at 11200 Broadway St., Pearland. The gym has locations all around the country. https://mayweather.fit 12 Beard Papa’s is opening a bakery this summer in Pearland Town Center at 11200 Broadway St., Pearland. Beard Papa’s sells customizable cream puffs made from fresh, natural ingredients. Cream puff flavors include original, chocolate, green tea and honey butter. The business, which started in Japan, is also opening a Sugar Land location soon. www.beardpapas.com 13 The Burger Joint will open a location near the Baybrook Mall, but a timeline has not been established. A representative said the restaurant will open sometime this year at 1350 W. Bay Area Blvd., Friend-

swood. The Burger Joint, which has two Inner Loop locations, sells burgers, hot dogs, shakes and alcoholic beverages. www.burgerjointhtx.com ANNIVERSARIES 14 Pop Top Burgers , 3122 FM 528, Ste. D, Webster, celebrated its first anniver- sary near the beginning of this year. The family-owned and -operated restaurant serves burgers; cheesesteaks; burritos; hot dogs; unusual appetizers, such as mac and cheese balls; and more. 832-632-2211. www.poptopburger.com 15 LeafLife CBD celebrated one year in Pearland on March 13. Located at 5402 Broadway St., Ste. 114, Pearland, the business sells CBD products, including edibles, oils, topicals and pet products. CBD is a hemp ingredient said to relieve pain and reduce stress. 281-741-1341. www.leaflifetx.com

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grass clippings and other waste to Centennial Park for shredding and disposal. Hazardous waste will not be accepted. Also at the park will be the Keep Friendswood Beautiful Garage Sale, where shoppers can nd clothing, household items, bikes, furniture and more. Residents can donate items for the garage sale at the park from 8 a.m.-noon, and proceeds from the event will benet the city’s parks and other facilities. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. 281- 996-3220. www.ci.friendswood.tx.us 12 THROUGHMAY 3 VIRTUAL BIRDING CLASSES The city of League City in partnership with the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau is holding a series of virtual birding classes on Monday evenings via Zoom. The classes are taught by Kristine Rivers, Texas master naturalist and the founder of Birding for Fun, and each session will cover a dierent topic on the pastime. The rst event, held March 22, had over 362 registrants with some tuning in from as far as Tennessee. 7-8 p.m. Free. www.leaguecity.com/3886/ bay-area-birding-classes

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE Fathers and daughters will have four chances to dress up and dance the night away in April. Each “Enchanted Gardens”-themed evening will include a sit-down dinner, music, goodie bags and professional portraits for a separate fee. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $27.50 (resident), $41.25 (nonresident). Hometown Heroes Park, 1001 E. League City Parkway, League City. www.leaguecity.com/civicalerts. aspx?AID=2954 10 PEARLAND PARKWAY POP UPMARKET This inaugural outdoor market will showcase over 20 local vendors and crafters specializing in food, health and wellness, art, gifts and more as well as featuring music and door prizes. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. CycleBar Pearland, 2920 Province Village Drive, Pearland. 832-661-1668. www.eventbrite.com/e/ pearland-parkway-pop-up-market- tickets-145140277477 10 FRIENDSWOOD SPRING SPARKLE Friendswood residents can bring electronics, appliances, tree limbs,

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This fundraiser for nonprot The Sanctuary Foster Care Services will include food trucks, tailgating, and live and silent auctions culminating with a performance from professional illusionist John Michael Hinton. 5 p.m. $30 (per person, must be purchased in a set of four to 10). The Harbor, 2821 W. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood. 281-508-2205. www.sanctuaryfostercare.org/ fosterthesanctuar

Each month, Pearland House Concerts holds an outdoor, socially distanced concert and dinner with proceeds beneting charities. This month’s featured artist is Lisa Morales, a singer-songwriter whose multilingual music is inuenced by the culture of the Southwest. Attendees are welcome to bring their own beverages. 6 p.m. $37.82. 2845 Westchester Circle, Pearland. www.pearlandhouseconcerts.com

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ONGOING PROJECTS

Hwy. 288 frontage road to improve congestion, safety

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The Texas Department of Trans- portation plans to nish construction of the Hwy. 288 frontage road in December. Construction began in October 2020. Located in Pearland, the north- bound frontage road will run along the east side of Hwy. 288 fromMag- nolia Parkway to Broadway Street. The project also includes switching the entrance ramp fromMagnolia Parkway to an exit ramp and switch- ing the exit ramp at Broadway Street to an entrance ramp. The project will ease congestion and will also create safer driving conditions, TxDOT Public Informa- tion Ocer Danny Perez said. “We look at opportunities for ramp reversals. We don’t do them all the time, but we do when we see safety benets,” Perez said. Construction on the project will cost roughly $6.5 million and will be paid for by the city of Pearland, Brazoria County and the Pearland Economic Development Corp. “Any time we can do that kind of partnership, it’s benecial,” Perez said. The frontage road will provide eas- ier access into the shopping centers near Magnolia and Broadway, Perez said. The road will alleviate some of the trac on Broadway Street as driv- ers will not have to be on Broadway to get on to Hwy. 288, Perez said.

Friendswood Lakes Boulevard construction

Construction on Friendswood Lakes Boulevard is roughly 50% complete. When nished, the road will connect to the existing West Boulevard in League City. Timeline: September 2020-June 2021 Cost: $4.27 million Funding sources: developers, the city of Friendswood, Galveston County

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While it is a small project, Perez stressed the importance of projects such as the frontage road, particu- larly for areas experiencing growth. “We can widen roads and freeways, but these secondary roads really improve mobility,” he said. The project will have three north- bound driveways for access manage- ment. Allowing more mobility and ease into shopping centers as the Hwy. 288 corridor continues to grow is important, Perez said. Pearland is seeing growth, as are cities south of Pearland along Hwy. 288, including PROJECT DETAILS Completion date: DECEMBER 2021 Construction cost: $6.5M Funded by PEARLAND& BRAZORIACOUNTY

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Manvel, Iowa Colony and Rosharon. As these cities grow, Pearland will remain a destination, he said. “The growth isn’t stopping,” Perez said. The three-lane frontage road project will also include new drain- age culverts and a detention pond to maintain storm conveyance; new lighting; and new concrete trac barriers, signs and pavement mark- ings, according to TxDOT. The project is not related to the Hwy. 288 toll project, which was completed in late 2020.

The city of Pearland broke ground on Pearland Parkway in March. The project will replace the roundabout on Pearland Parkway with a trac circle, which often include stop signs or trac lights. Timeline: February 2021-July 2022 Cost: $2.73 million Funding source: Pearland 2019 bond

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News from Pearland, Friendswood & Clear Creek ISD

Council discusses potential Community Development Block Grant allocations

A few council members expressed a desire to concentrate funds on helping the elderly in the city, including spending funds on the Knapp Center. “I do think we have a specic need in our community as it pertains to children and to seniors,” Council Mem- ber Luke Orlando said. Orlando was interested in poten- tially expanding or having a satellite for the Knapp Center to more easily serve seniors across the city. Council Member Tony Carbone was interested in relief the city can oer in the aftermath of Winter StormUri. The city is planning on stepping up housing rehabilitation, Grants-Special Projects Administrator Joel Hardy said. Hardy also informed council it is possible for the upcoming census results to showmore people in Pearland in the low- to moderate-in- come bracket, as the data collecting for the census overlapped with COVID-19. “We might see some income report- ing that might be a little bit dierent than what we would normally expect,” Hardy said. The city has to complete the rst public hearing for the funds by April 12. The deadline for the submission of the nal action plans to council is July 12.

CCISD students received state recognition for their COVID19 safety eorts.

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Students get statewide recognition for role in COVID19 Safely ReopenPlan guidelines

PEARLAND As discussed at City Council’s March 22 meeting, the city of Pearland will receive annual alloca- tions as well as COVID-19 stimulus allocations this year. Combined, the allocations amount to nearly $1.58 million for scal year 2021-22. All funds must be spent to serve the low- to moderate-income community, to remove slum and blight, or to respond to an urgent need such as natural disasters. The COVID-19 stimulus allocations must be spent in a way that addresses these U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements and the COVID-19 pandemic. The city has the potential to spend the routine allocations on drainage, housing rehabilitation, code enforce- ment and water line replacements. It can spend the COVID-19 allocations on rental assistance; food delivery for the elderly; medical health programs; and facility improvements, including improving the Knapp Center, which oers recreational programs for seniors. Medical health programs can apply to both mental and physical health.

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

Pearland City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at City Hall, 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Times may vary. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council meets the rst Monday of each month at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. Times may vary. Pearland ISD meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at 1928 N. Main St., Pearland. Meetings are streamed on YouTube. Friendswood ISD meets the second Monday of each month at 5:45 p.m. at 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood. Alvin ISD meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 301 E. House St., Alvin. Clear Creek ISD meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at 1955 W. NASA Blvd., Webster. MEETINGSWE COVER Harvard School of Public Health, and they also brainstormed their own ideas for safety throughout each building. The group is respon- sible for the creation of seating arrangement plans in classrooms and lunch periods as well as the creation of one-way hallway plans. The students continue to work with district leadership, and in Sep- tember, some of them assembled and donated face shields to CCISD. Aaron Troyer, Clear Lake High School assistant principal, who nominated the students, spoke highly of the students. “It is heartwarming to see students care about the safety of others and responding through our campus core values,” he said.

CLEARCREEK ISD A group of high school students has earned statewide recognition from the Texas School Safety Center’s School Safety Spotlight Program for their work on the district’s Safely Reopen Plan guidelines, according to a March 10 media release. The CCISD Students for Safety, who all attend Clear Brook, Clear Lake or Clear Springs High School, met with district and campus leadership to create plans that were designed to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, per the release. The group began their work with research over the summer as district leaders met virtually to discuss the logistics of the 2020-21 school year. While school ocials visited campuses and mapped out a way to open schools, the students exam- ined reopening guidelines and rec- ommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and

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Contractorsworking to x faulty Friendswood street repairs

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work that was completed,” Arias said March 1. City stamet with Angel Brothers leaders, who said they were “embar- rassed” with the cracking and other problems in the road. Core samples taken from the road revealed a combi- nation of underlying causes that led the road to crack and wave, Arias said. “They were determined to make this right,” Arias said of Angel Brothers. The contractor has since made base repairs to sections of the street, and the contractor will coat the street to seal any remaining cracks. Future work on the road must be a full-depth recon- struction due to the expansive soils beneath the road, Arias said.

So far, $3.8 million has been billed on roads repaired from last year’s street maintenance program. The city will hold retainage plus a portion of billed work until all quality issues are addressed, Arias said.

FRIENDSWOOD During City Council’s meeting March 1, Engineering Director Jil Arias said a contractor was “embarrassed” by the cracks that formed on streets the company had recently repaired. Friendswood hired highway contractor Angel Brothers Enterprises last year to repave and repair streets across the city as part of Friendswood’s annual street maintenance program. By the end of the year, some repaved roads had already cracked, Arias said in December. “Of all the streets that were repaired, [Chester Drive] was probably the most disappointing as far as the quality of

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VA C C I N E H O T S P O T S Here are places in Pearland and Friendswood that oer vaccines. To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Pearland, go to www.brazoriacountytx.gov/departments/health-department/covid- 19-vaccine or call 281-485-5344. Eligible Texans can visit getthevaccine.dshs.texas.gov to register.

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As vaccine becomes prevalent, administration through city ends

BY HALEY MORRISON

vaccine has dropped at mass distri- bution areas in the county, the city’s communications director Josh Lee said. However, Pearland will continue to support the county and private entities in vaccine administration as it can, Lee said. “The city will continue to refer residents to the Brazoria County Health Department and other local providers for vaccine appointments,” Lee said. Those interested in the vaccine may have to sign up online, which may be more challenging for the elderly. “How do you do more to reach people who are hard to reach? There’s not a one-size-ts-all answer, but it is incumbent on all of us to get the word out to people who need it most,”

“Pearland did something really incredible. We got that vaccine center up and running over night and got 2,000 shots in arms without wasting a single one,” Orlando said. In the rst allocation to the city in February, Pearland received 2,000 vaccines. In the second allocation in March, the city received 2,500 doses. Both times the city opened a portal to receive vaccine doses, the available slots lled within the hour. The city of Pearland administers its vaccines at the Pearland Recre- ation Center. With the release of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, more pharmacies and clinics can administer the vaccine, making it easier for more residents to receive the vaccine. Because of this, the demand for the

Orlando said. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there are 34 locations where Pearland residents can get vaccinated. However, there may not be vaccines readily available at those sites, so those interested should contact the vaccine site rst. The dispensation of the vaccine has gone smoothly throughout the county, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said in a press release in February. “Partnerships from top to bottom have been phenomenal through this whole process of requesting, receiv- ing and dispensing, the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said. Residents can visit getthevaccine. dshs.texas.gov to learn about how to get the vaccine.

As of April 1, the city of Pearland has administered 19,612 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The city is nished administering rst doses of the vaccine and will be administering only second doses through April 16. In February, the city of Pearland requested more vaccines from the state, as the mayor and several coun- cil members noted the city received very few vaccines for its population of nearly 130,000 residents. Council Member Alex Kamkar and Council Member Luke Orlando drafted a letter to the state requesting more vaccines for Pearland in February. The letter was a tangible proof of one of the goals of the city: to get more vaccines for its community, Kamkar said.

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GUIDE L O C A L V O T E R G U I D E 2021

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S A M P L E B A L L O T

*Incumbent

Position 4 Sean Murphy* Jessica Garcia Shafer CLEAR CREEK ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES District 4

Julie Pickren* Position 2 Binu John Judy Ann Peterson Cory Scott Vernice Seriale Jr. Regina Stredic Position 3 Shirley Dill Brothers Cheryl B. Harris* Ron Lockett II

Christine Parizo At-Large Position A Jonathan Cottrell Michael Creedon Marlene Montesinos Kevin Oditt ALVIN ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Position 1 Albert “AJ” Johnson III Elanza Petre-Wilson

PEARLAND CITY COUNCIL Position 4 Adrian Hernandez* Je Hunkele PEARLAND ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Position 3 Crystal Carbone* Tobi Adeyinka

Jerey Larson Page Rander* District 5 Jay Cunningham* Keith Esthay

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Incumbent

Pearland ISD Position 4 Occupation: Epidemi- ologist jessicagarciashafer@ gmail.com www.jessforpisd.com JESSICA GARCIA SHAFER

What is one thing you would like to see changed next year?

PISD did a good job of rolling with the punches and sticking with the conservative approach to COVID[-19] that was outlined at the beginning of the year. What is one thing you think Pearland ISD excelled at during this unprecedented school year?

This year highlighted diculties with the technology we adopted, so I would like to see a thorough review of the lessons learned, with input from teachers and students used to guide the procurement for next school year.

Occupation: Banker at SVP HomeTown Bank SEAN MURPHY

What is one thing you would like to see changed next year?

What is one thing you think Pearland ISD excelled at during this unprecedented school year?

We excelled at utilization of resources that began with purchasing one-to-one devices for students; this allowed all students access to technology for remote learning as well as helped families by them not having to purchase new or multiple devices. In addition, the district supplied hot spots for students that did not have internet access. It also allowed teachers to be able to teach students in the classroommore eciently since all students had the same devices.

A safe return to campus instruction for all students and a reduced pre- COVID workload for all teachers.

281-412-8000 murphy4pisd@ gmail.com

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Incumbent

Pearland ISD Position 3

Pearland City Council Position 4

Occupation: Stay-at- home mother 281-352-6355 crystal.carbone@ gmail.com www.crystalcarbone.com CRYSTAL CARBONE

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What is one thing you think Pearland ISD excelled at during this unprecedented school year?

What do you think Pearland should look like 10 years down the road, and how do you hope to move the city toward that goal?

There is no doubt this has been the toughest school year on record. ... Pearland ISD has excelled at keeping students and faculty safe during this unprecedented school year. ... [The] COVID count in our district has been a mirror reection of the numbers in our community and not connected [to] the school building. A number of factors contributed to this success, including creating a medical advisory panel, oering remote learning opportunities to those with desire or need for it, prioritizing [one-to-one] devices and hot spots, closely following [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines, implementing rapid testing for symptomatic people, and collaborating with local entities to help teachers become vaccinated upon state approval. There have certainly beenmany learning curves in the journey, but I feel that we have excelled at prioritizing the safety of our sta and scholars.

Continuingmoving forward. [Most of] 2020 and now a quarter into 2021 has been a rough year for somany—students, teachers, parents, families and communities. There has been somuch loss, grief, and change—all with themany unknowns of COVID. Through all the challenges and unknowns, the students, teachers and parents have continued to nd a way tomove forward, and we are now only a fewweeks away from completing this challenging school year. Completing anything during these challenging times is an accom- plishment, and seeing how families and the community came together in somany ways makes me proud to be part of PISD.

Ten years down the road, Pearland will be surrounded by growth on all sides. Having a safe and attractive city is paramount to retaining both industry and residents, as we are competing in a bustlingmarket of munic- ipalities across our region. Targeted density and zoning shifts should also occur to allow for better distribution of taxable values across our city and take the burden o of our homeown- ers. I helped lead the charge in reviewing our development code and future land use plan to identify areas where we can update codes and policies to deliver measurable returns on taxable values. Future Pearland taxpayers should see a markedly lower tax rate than they see today, without any disruption or impact on quality of core services. The future is bright for our city, and I amhappy to work withmy supportive colleagues to realize a pathway of prosperity for our residents.

Pearland has a lot of great qualities, which is what brought my family and I here. I expect more people to continue tomigrate to our city, and we need to prepare for this growth. I think we need to focus on our aging infrastructure; the city fell short of funds needed to repair our streets and sidewalks. This problemwill only get worse, and we need to address it now. We also need to focus on the small businesses that have been forced to close and the empty buildings found within the city. We need to promote revitalizing these existing structures as wemove from a post-COVID19 shutdown phase. Finally, with growth comes increased trac challenges, which are already causing is- sues to citizens. This should also be addressed as wemove forward.

What is one thing you would like to see changed next year?

What is the biggest issue that Pearland’s citizens face right now, and how do you hope to address it?

Since it is impossible to choose one issue to change, I have addressed three vital areas of concern: [For one,] I would like to seemore students safely returning to the in-person model of learning. Researchmaintains that in-person learning provides greater outcomes for students in both their social-emotional and academic development. [Secondly,] if remote educationmust continue at some level, I would like to see a clear delineation between in-person and remote teaching. Teacher reten- tion is of paramount concern, and continuing the current teachingmodel is unsustainable. [Finally,] I would like to implement a proactive response to increasedmental health concerns in [fth to 12th grades]. The combination of increased social media usage, COVID isolation and cultural pressures are weighing heavily on our youth. We need to quantify this concern and collaborate with all parents and communi- ty organizations to respond accordingly.

The biggest issue that Pearland faces right now is regional competition. We have to remain competitive, and to do so, wemust prioritize a safe community by continuing investments in our rst responders; maintain public infrastructure, including our roadways, sidewalks, and water systems; andmake strides to enhance our quality of life with ro- bust parks, quality development and attractive high-trac corridors that bring in both busi- nesses and residents. These three focuses will ensure responsible and targeted growth in key areas of the city that will continue to diversify our tax base, reduce the individual tax burden and ensure a self-sucient, resilient future for our city.

I would like to see an updated and revamped response to COVID. 2020was a rough year. We were all caught at-footed, and no one could have predicted how the year would turn in such a short period of time. With that, wemust learn fromour missteps of this past year and implement smart and eective measures tomove us to and through the next stage. This includes more eective communication from administrators, better support for our students as they struggle withmental health issues, a focus on iden- tifying students most at risk and negatively impacted by the pandemic to ensure they do not fall further behind, and accountabil- ity fromdistrict leadership when there are shortcomings.

We have been dealing with water billing issues since last February. Senior manage- ment decided tomove to a 28-day reading cycle, and because of that, there is a gap between the read date and billing date, which resulted in uncollected usage. This has led tomany issues that required the city to pay for an external report by Olson and Olson, [an] additional $98,000 Raftelis audit and now a citizen-involved water committee. During theMarch 22 council meeting, council unanimously approved to spend $58,000 for branding the water department and compiling a communication plan to better provide information to its citizens. This prob- lem started over two years ago, and there are still unanswered questions.

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BUSINESS FEATURE

BY HALEY MORRISON

PATTI ASHCRAFT HAS BEEN THE OWNER OF THAT VINYL STORE SINCE SHE PURCHASED

One of the store’s bestsellers is heat- transfer vinyl, which customers can purchase for their DIY vinyl projects.

THE BUSINESS IN OCTOBER 2019.

In addition to vinyl, That Vinyl Store sells cups and gift items. Ashcraft wants the store to be happy and colorful, she said.

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That Vinyl Store Small crafting business lifts up local Friendswood community A fter having a storefront for a year and a half, That Vinyl Store owner Patti Ashcraft has learned locals love to support small businesses.

That Vinyl Store 208 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood 832-569-2655 www.facebook.com/thatvinylstore Hours: Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon. TWOVINYL OFFERINGS That Vinyl Store sells heat-transfer vinyl for customers to do themselves and also does customorders. For DIY projects, people can buy vinyl and transfer it onto a shirt or cup at home. For those who do not have the tools, customers can put in orders for the store to handle the work.

what they want with Ashcraft doing the project. Ashcraft began working on vinyl as a hobby when her daughter started playing softball. “More moms started coming to me for things, and so I started a business in my home,” she said. The business has continued to succeed, even through working from home at the onset of the pandemic, she said. Because she has continued to stay successful, Ash- craft has donated as much as she can; after Winter Storm Uri, she sold T-shirts and gave the prots to the Houston Food Bank. “I am still able to help people,” Ashcraft said. “I am very lucky to do that.” Ashcraft nds support from the other small businesses in Friendswood as well. The community has a lot of women lifting each other up and small businesses helping each other, she said. “No one steps on each other’s toes,” she said. “I may not know the store owner, ...but I have heard of the store, and I know how important that store is to that owner.”

“There are so many personalities, and there are so many dierent types of people, but in the big picture, so many people want to support small businesses,” Ashcraft said. Ashcraft, a Pearland resident and a Friendswood business owner, said the vinyl store’s biggest seller is heat-transfer vinyl. The store’s second-biggest seller is shirts for school, as students can wear T-shirts with the district’s logo on them, she said. That Vinyl Store opened in Friendswood in February 2019. Shortly after opening, the two owners had to start taking care of their parents. They sold the business to Ashcraft in October 2019. “We’re still friends,” she said. “They come in and tell me the store is how they pictured it.” The colorful store sells heat-transfer vinyl, cups, T-shirts and gift items. Customers either come in and buy the vinyl and items to do the project themselves, or they pick out

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