Spring - Klein Edition | January 2021

SPRING KLEIN EDITION

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VOLUME 7, ISSUE 10  JAN. 22FEB. 18, 2021

TOP STORY TO WATCH IN 2021 Pandemic leaves districts underenrolled, facingbudget, stang challenges Education leaders fight for nancial security through 202021 school year

“WE SEE LEAVERS EVERY YEAR; WHATWE DON’T HAVE THIS YEAR IS THAT OFFSETTING INCOMING GROUPOF STUDENTS, AND THAT’S BEEN THE NARRATIVE ACROSS THE STATE: ‘WHERE ARE THE STUDENTS?’” ANN WESTBROOKS, SPRING ISD CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair ISDs are facing stang challenges and budget decits induced by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as nearly 7,200 students combined are unaccounted for in the 2020-21 school year. As of Jan. 6, the enrollments of KISD, SISD and CFISD are less than district projections by 2,209 students, 1,630 students and 3,359 students, respectively, according to the districts. “We see leavers every year; what we don’t have this year is that osetting incoming group of students, and that’s been the narrative across the state: ‘Where are the students?’” SISD Chief Financial Ocer Ann Westbrooks said during a Dec. 3 board meeting. “They’re not showing up somewhere else, so that’s a bit perplexing.” As student enrollment projections inuence how school districts plan stang for the school year, SISD is overstaed by 71 positions, and CFISD—the third-largest school district in Texas—still has 141 vacant teaching positions. While KISD experienced overstang earlier this school year, Robert Robertson, associate superintendent of facility and school services, said that has since been resolved. “This overstang was addressed through reassignment of personnel and absorbing vacancies CONTINUED ON 21

Spring ISD’s enrollment is 1,630 students less than the previous projection for the 202021 school year. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts in urban and major suburban areas across Texas, including the Spring and Klein area, are experiencing enrollments 4% lower than projections for the 2020-21 school year. SOURCES: RAISE YOUR HAND TEXAS; SPRING, KLEIN AND CYFAIR ISDSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER DISAPPEARING ACT

2020-21 enrollment:

Projected Actual

SPRING ISD

KLEIN ISD

CYFAIR ISD

-3,359

-2,209

-1,630

*AS OF NOV. 20

*AS OF JAN. 6

*AS OF JAN. 5

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Important Dates

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October

September

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Staff/Student Holiday Thanksgiving Holiday Last Day of First Semester

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FROMKELLY: Our front-page story for our Annual Community Guide looks at how Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair ISDs are tackling budget and enrollment challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Together, the three districts have thousands fewer students than they projected. With layos possible due to budget constraints, the districts are seeking assistance from the state. Kelly Schaer, EDITOR

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COMING SOON 7 New England-based Wing It On plans to open its first Greater Houston area location at 7312 Louetta Road, Spring, in early 2021. Known for its fresh, all-natural wings and sandwiches, the eatery boasts 18 signature sauces and six dry rubs for its classic-style wings, boneless tenders and thigh wings. www.wingiton.com 8 Kids ‘R’ Kids South Woodlands plans to open in early March at 23303 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball. The child care and early education center will offer programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and pre-K students, as well as before- and after-school care and camps. 832-479-2658. www.kidsrkids.com RELOCATIONS 9 Consultants in Dental Aesthetics and Houston Sleep Apnea relocated from 9720 Cypresswood Drive, Ste. 200, Houston, to 9700 Louetta Road, Spring, on Jan. 18. Both led by Dr. Michael J. Landry, the practices offer comprehensive dental care and sleep apnea treatment. 281-370-8786 (CDA), 281-612-3153 (Houston Sleep Apnea). www.dr-landry.com, www.hsapnea.com 10 The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce relocated Nov. 25 from 3920 FM 1960, Ste. 120, to 4201 FM 1960, Ste. 195, Houston. The 700-member chamber cultivates business and community relations in the northwest Houston area. 281-440-4160. www.houstonnwchamber.org

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NOWOPEN 1 The Canopy at Springwoods Village , a 332-unit luxury, garden-style multifamily community, opened at 1800 Spring Stuebner Road, Spring, on Dec. 22. The property features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes and one- and three-bedroom townhomes. 281-369-8300. www.thecanopyat springwoodsvillage.com 2 Desi Vibes TX opened Nov. 14 at 7912 Louetta Road, Spring. Owned by Mohammad Asif Rao and Kerrie Bikram, the food truck specializes in Pakistani and Caribbean cuisine with menu items ranging from chicken biryani and onion pakoras to Caribbean-style seafood fritters and jerk chicken fries. 832-928-1835. www.facebook.com/desivibestx N. WILLOW PLACE DR.

3 D1 Training , a new fitness training facility, opened its doors at 8727 W. Rayford Road, Ste. 150, Spring, on Dec. 7. Owner Nate Jones joins a list of other franchise owners that includes Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, Tim Tebow and Michael Oher. D1 Training has more than 45 performance centers open with 99 additional locations in development. 832-861-7801. www.d1training.com 4 Lily in June celebrated its grand opening Dec. 20 at 19042 Mirror Lake Drive, Spring. The event design company specializes in floral arrangements as well as event planning and day-of event management. The store also provides flower orders and deliveries to the Houston area. 281-719-0345. www.lilyinjune.com

December. The eatery is known for its chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and sides ranging from Cajun rice and coleslaw to biscuits and mashed potatoes. 832-286-1227. www.popeyes.com 6 University Title opened a new location at 16000 Stuebner Airline Road, Ste. 150, Spring, on Dec. 21. The full-service title and real estate settlement provider handles both residential and commercial closings. 832-234-2210. www.utitle.com Tomball residents Bryan and Keri Campbell opened Fetch Pet Care , a pet service franchise, on Nov. 1. The Tomball-based business offers services such as daily dog walking, pet sitting and overnight care throughout the northwest Houston area. 832-862-2044. www.facebook.com/fetchofnwhouston

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COMMUNITY SNAPSHOT

Data and analysis on local communities

COMPILED BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

Population growth in the Spring and Klein area has outpaced both Harris County and the state of Texas over the past ve years. An unincorporated region, the Spring and Klein area comprises the ZIP codes 77066, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77090, 77373, 77379, 77388 and 77389. SPRING AND KLEIN

*HISPANICLATINO IS NOT A RACE, BUT THE HISPANICLATINO PERCENTAGE BELOW MAY INCLUDE MULTIPLE RACES LISTED. THE RACES LISTED, HOWEVER, DO NOT INCLUDE HISPANIC LATINO RESIDENTS. SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 2019 5YEAR ESTIMATES COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Spring and Klein

Harris County

POPULATION CHANGE

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $61,930 77066

AGE ANALYSIS 0-19

Texas +8.31% +8.83% +15.46% Five-year change

20-39 40-59 60-79 80+

$66,569 77070 $39,808 77090 $83,803 77068 $67,470 77069 $103,359 77379 $93,290 77388 $71,424 77373 $126,473 77389

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LOCAL DEMOGRAPHICS*

EDUCATION LEVEL

27.4% 43.7% 18.7%

42.9% 29.6% 18.6%

Hispanic or Latino

White

Black or African American

High school diploma or higher achieved

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81.4%

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Native Hawaiian or other Pacic Islander Some other race Two or more races

Bachelor’s degree or higher achieved

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Retailers, restaurants that opened in 2020 or are coming in 2021

713-840-2700 www.uptown-sushi.com $$ COMING SOON BREWPUBSBREWERIES 16 Excalibur Brewing 26510 A Border St., Spring 832-592-7637 www.excaliburbrewing.com $ CAFEBAKERY 17 Abby’s Bagels & More 4443 FM 1960, Houston 281-580-8500 www.abbysbagels.com $ B 18 Barbarossa Coee 9166 FM 2920, Ste. 100, Spring 832-698-2306 www.barbarossacoee.com $ B 19 Beard Papa’s 2102-2180 Spring Stuebner Road, Spring www.beardpapas.com $ COMING SOON 20 Common Bond Bistro & Bakery 1700 City Plaza Drive, Ste. 150, Spring 281-975-2300 www.commonbondcafe.com $$ B H K 21 Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream 8715 Spring Cypress Road, Spring 832-422-3586 www.handelsicecream.com $ 22 Karma Kolache 10211 Cypresswood Drive, Ste. 100, Houston 832-604-6670

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www.karmatastesgood.com $ B COMING LATE JANUARY 2021 23 WoodsEdge Coee House 25333 Gosling Road, Spring 281-364-0415 www.facebook.com/woodsedge coeehouse $ B CAJUNSEAFOOD 24 The Catch 7608 FM 1960, Houston 281-661-1760 www.thecatchusa.com $$ K 25 Crafty Crab 211 FM 1960 W., Ste. L, Houston 832-680-1111 www.craftycrabrestaurant.com $$ K 26 Good Eatz 5838 Louetta Road, Spring 281-408-6722 www.facebook.com/goodeatz713 $$ 27 Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar 21930 Kuykendahl Road, Spring 281-801-7171 www.walk-ons.com $$ H K

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10 Coreanos 6880 Louetta Road, Spring 281-380-1612 www.coreanostx.com $ 11 Ichigo Curry & Ramen 6633 Spring Stuebner Road,

281-719-2001 www.therepublicgrille.com $$ K 6 Stacked Pickle 6944 FM 1960 W., Houston 832-775-8353 www.stackedpickle.com $ K COMING SOON 7 Tumble 22 10723 Louetta Road, Houston 281-547-6300 www.tumble22.com $$ 8 Wunsche Bros. Cafe & Saloon 103 Midway St., Spring www.facebook.com/wunsche- brothers-127827977291970 281-350-1902 $$ COMING SOON ASIAN 9 Charm Thai Bistro 2203 Spring Stuebner Road, Ste. 100, Spring 281-516-5555 www.facebook.com/charmthaitx $$ K

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DINING AMERICAN 1 Balanced Foods 10300 Louetta Road, Ste. 126, Houston 832-648-1286 www.balancedfoods.com $ B 2 Bread Zeppelin Salads Elevated 1700 City Plaza Drive, Spring 214-666-6065 www.breadzeppelin.com $ K COMING SOON 3 Hungry House/The One Club 20434 Kuykendahl Road, Spring 281-397-7779 www.theoneclubspring.com $$ B K 4 Lynn’s Table 307 Gentry St., Spring 281-353-9229 www.lynnstable.com $$ B 5 The Republic Grille 3486 Discovery Creek Blvd., Spring

Ste. 325, Spring 346-236-6988 www.ichigocurryramen.kwickmenu.com $$ 12 Lan Hai Asian Restaurant 17575 Hwy. 249, Houston 832-604-8088 www.lanhaiasianrestaurant.com $$ K 13 Saigon House 3645 FM 1960, Houston 713-529-1100 www.saigonhousefood.com $$ 14 Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar 3532 Harmony Commons Drive, Spring 832-585-1333 www.ishogun.com $$ K 15 Sushi Rebel 1700 Lake Plaza Drive, Spring

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53 Twisted Sisters Nutrition Shack 200 Noble St., Ste. 2, Spring 832-585-1821 www.facebook.com/tsnshack HEALTHWELLNESS 54 CBD American Shaman 21149 Hwy. 249, Houston 281-547-8800 www.cbdamericanshaman.com 55 CBD Organic Solutions 20424 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. C, Spring 281-701-8652. www.facebook.com/cbdorganicsolutions HOME DECOR 56 The Junk Between Us 26408 Preston Ave., Spring 832-244-1516 www.facebook.com/thejunkbetweenus 57 LA Home Solutions 6635 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. B, Spring 281-707-4271 www.lahomesolutionsinc.com 58 The Rustic Boutique 16714 Champion Forest Drive, Spring 281-640-4789 www.therustic-boutique.com 59 Your Floor Store & Remodeling Center 8620 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. A, Spring 832-970-6000 www.youroorstore.com TOYS 60 Funtastic Learning Toys 12585 Bammel N. Houston Road, Ste. 103, Houston 832-778-4888 www.funtasticlearningtoys.com OTHER 61 Lily in June 19042 Mirror Lake Drive, Spring 936-522-7542 www.lilyinjune.com 62 Painted Tree Marketplace 5407 FM 1960 W., Houston 844-762-3342 www.paintedtreemarketplace.com COMING IN EARLY 2021

832-648-4335 www.focusopticaltx.com BEAUTY 43 ManBasics 419 Gentry St., Ste. 104, Spring 832-663-6553 www.manbasics.com CLOTHESSHOES 44 Blue Bualo Mercantile 217 Main St., Spring 832-585-1725 www.bluebualomercantile.com 45 Gomez Boot Ranch 4623 FM 2920, Ste. 200, Spring 832-764-3096 www.facebook.com/gomezwestern wearhouston FOODBEVERAGE 46 Algoo Buenoo 16314 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring 832-610-5198 www.facebook.com/algoo.buenoo 47 The Boba Shop 3730 FM 2920, Ste. 107, Spring 832-823-5171 www.facebook.com/thebobashop 48 Ceviches n’ Snacks 18379 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. A, Spring 281-205-7596 50 Houston Angels’ Nutrition 18708 Hufsmith Kohrville Road, Ste. 500, Tomball 832-843-7681 www.facebook.com/houstonangelnutrition 51 La Boucherie Cajun Meats 18908 Kuykendahl Road, Spring 281-583-8177 www.cajunmeats.com 52 The Teahouse Tapioca and Tea 2129 FM 2920, Ste. 260, Spring 832-663-5325 www.teahousebeverage.com www.veryfreshsnacks.com 49 Driven By Nutrition 5200 Louetta Road, Spring 346-336-6183 www.facebook.com/drivenby nutritionhouston

www.bellyofthebeastfood.com $$ K 34 Bigotes Street Tacos 3624 FM 2920, Spring www.bigotesstreettacos.com $ B K COMING SOON 35 El Capitan Seafood and Mexican Grill 17505 Hwy. 249, Houston 832-604-6537 www.elcapitanhouston.com $$ H 36 El Caribeno 3835 Louetta Road, Spring 832-813-2578 www.iloveelcaribeno.com $$ B 37 Fajita Pete’s 24345 Gosling Road, Ste. 225, Spring 832-639-8334 www.fajitapetes.com $$ K 38 Viva Jalisco Taqueria & Restaurant 10800 Spring Cypress Road, Tomball 346-808-5886 www.vivajaliscobar.com $ B K COMING SOON MEDITERRANEAN HAWAIIAN 39 Island Fin Poke Co. 24345 Gosling Road, Ste. 120, Spring 832-310-0261 www.islandnpoke.com $$ COMING LATE JANUARY 2021 40 Island Grill 1701 City Plaza Drive, Ste. 120, Spring 281-466-2559 www.islandgrillhouston.com $$ B K 41 The Port of Peri Peri 10850 Louetta Road, Ste. 700, Houston 832-843-6092 www.myperiperi.com $ K SHOPPING ACCESSORIES 42 Focus Optical 1700 City Plaza Drive, Spring

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TRANSPORTATION

Updates on key transportation stories

TOP TRANSPORTATION STORIES OF 2021

TxDOT to begin construction onWillowbrook-area FM1960 improvement project this summer

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

GROWING PAINS The project will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road, Breton Ridge Street and the Willowbrook Mall entrances as well as lengthen all turning lanes on FM 1960 between Centereld Drive and Cutten Road to provide more space for vehicles.

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After several years of delays, the Texas Department of Transportation will begin construction in June on a nearly $20 million project to alleviate trac in the Willowbrook area. The project, which will take an estimated 28 months to complete, will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road, Breton Ridge Street and the Willowbrook Mall entrances as well as lengthen all turning lanes on FM 1960 between Centereld Drive and Cutten Road to provide additional space for vehicles, TxDOT ocials said. The project will also add a dedicated right-turn lane at Willow Center Drive and at Cutten Road and add a thru-lane east- and westbound from the Willowbrook Mall center entrance to Cutten Road. The $19.9 million project will also add pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, replace existing pavement and upgrade trac signals. Originally scheduled to go out for

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trac control during construction, contributing to the higher cost. Bobby Lieb, the president and CEO of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, said while the improvements are needed, he is concerned that two years of construction could be detrimental to the corridor’s businesses—some of which will be displaced. “Retail is already feeling the pinch from the pandemic; it would be unfortunate to have it then compounded by diculty accessing [businesses],” Lieb said. Timeline: June 2021-October 2023 Cost: $19.9 million Funding sources: 80% federal, 20% state

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bid in January 2018, the project has since been pushed back twice due to challenges associated with right of way acquisition. As of Jan. 11, TxDOT Public Information Ocer Danny Perez said all parcels needed for the project have been acquired, but several utility relocations and adjustments still need to be made. Previously estimated at $16.4 million, Perez said the project design has since been rened to incorporate fast-track concrete, which will expedite the project, drainage enhancements and additional

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The Texas Department of Transportation’s $7 billion overhaul of I-45 reached another milestone in December when a public comment period closed Dec. 18. The plan proposes rerouting I-45 away fromMidtown and expanding it through the East End, Fifth Ward and much of the Northside. TxDOT ocials said the plan is crucial for updating the safety standards of the 1960s-era highway, which TxDOT ocials said is out of date, frequently congested and can ood in certain areas. Following the input process, the next step will be the state’s record of decision, which could allow construction to begin as soon as late 2021. However, construction on the segment of I-45 that will directly aect the Spring and Klein area is not set to begin until 2025.

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

Harris County ocials are planning to nalize the Countywide Transportation Plan this year, which will serve as a guide for future transportation projects, programs, policies and advocacy for unincorporated Harris County through 2040. The plan will address all parts of the county’s transportation system—including capital, operating and maintenance activities for all transportation modes. It comprises three separate components: the multimodal thoroughfare plan to assess current and future transportation needs, Vision Zero to decrease trac fatalities and injuries, and the equity in transportation plan. Surveys for each of these plans can be completed at www.eng.hctx.net.

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EDUCATION

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Spring ISDoverhauls spring semester instruction plans

Klein ISD nalizes priorities The Klein ISD board of trustees approved its legislative agenda Dec. 14, which included accountability, school nance and teacher retention. The district will be lobbying the Texas Legislature to oppose returning to the Texas Education Agency’s A-F rating system, saying it “is not an accurate representation of school or district performance,” according to the district’s website. The district is also pushing for help in “teacher retention and recruitment, vouchers, and continued inequities in the playing eld for public education.” Cy-Fair ISD to open arts center, administration building by 2022 Design plans for Cy-Fair ISD’s new $65.9 million administration building and a new $46.6 million visual and performing arts center are nearing completion with both facilities slated to open by the end of 2022. Both facilities will be located on the same 26-acre property o Hwy. 290 next to Cy-Fair High School. Construction is slated to begin in May after the CFISD board of trustees approves a contract in April.

split stang. Additionally, Hinojosa said SISD will be implementing planned remote learning days this semester to allow students time to catch up on any work they may have missed and to allow teachers more time for planning. These remote asynchronous learning days are scheduled for Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 12 and April 21. To provide more consistency, while students were able to switch between in-person and remote learning on an almost day-to-day basis in the fall semester, for the spring semester families who selected either remote or in-person learning by Jan. 8 will be required to remain with their chosen learning mode for the entire grading period. Lastly, Hinojosa said the district plans to launch a districtwide virtual academy in August. While

Spring ISD implemented several changes for the spring semester in hopes of improving the remote and in-person instruction experience for both teachers and students in 2021. In a presentation at the SISD Dec. 8 board meeting, Lupita Hinojosa, chief ocer of school leadership and student support services, announced that not all teachers will have to teach online and in-person students concurrently in the spring semester, as had previously been the case. “We [have] heard a lot of concerns from our teachers ... that teaching remote and in-person instruction at the same time is challenging, and it’s becoming very exhausting for our teachers,” Hinojosa said. Instead, campus leaders have the option this semester to implement their choice of three instructional delivery modes: concurrent instruction, split scheduling and

OVERVIEWOF OPTIONS Spring ISD ocials gave campuses leaders the choice of three instructional delivery modes for the spring semester. • Concurrent instruction: teacher delivers remote and in-person instruction in the same class period simultaneously • Split scheduling: teacher delivers remote and in-person instruction but in separate class periods • Split stang: teachers within one site are staed to deliver either remote or in-person instruction, but not both SOURCE: SPRING ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER SISD already has a virtual program, it is only offered for students in grades 9-12 with limited classes; the new virtual academy will be offered to students in grades 3-12.

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GOVERNMENT

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ESDNo. 11, CCEMS enter last year of contract

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“That self operation will continue to provide ambulances ... in a reasonable amount of time with qualied, competent people who will deliver great service,” he said. At the Dec. 17 meeting, PKF Texas, an accounting services rm, presented takeaways from a nancial audit of CCEMS. The report included payroll and billing inconsistencies and about $10 million in unaccounted funds due to incorrect billing. CCEMS CEO Wren Nealy said CCEMS could answer most of the issues the report raised, but PKF did not reach out with questions. Although CCEMS will continue to exist after the 360-day termination period, Nealy said he was unwilling to reveal too many details of its plans for fear of interference from the commissioners. “They’re really treating this like a nasty divorce,” Nealy said. “For a body of elected ocials ... that’s rather childish.”

The Spring and Klein area will have a new emergency medical services provider for the rst time in 45 years when Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 and Cypress Creek EMS end their contract in September. What that new service will look like and what CCEMS will do once it loses 51% of its funding are still unclear. At its Dec. 17 meeting, ESD No. 11 commissioners decided the ESD will ocially become its own EMS provider when its contract with CCEMS expires. The district hired Doug Hooten as its rst executive director Dec. 3 and Dr. Casey Patrick as its rst medical director Jan. 6. The district also nalized a purchase agreement on an administrative building on Stuebner Airline Road. Hooten said he cannot reveal the size of the self-operating service or how much the sta and facilities will cost.

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 met Jan. 7. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

WHATWE KNOW Harris County ESD No. 11 and Cypress Creek EMS will end their contract in September. Although many questions are unanswered about what both entities will do, there are some things that are clear. • ESD No. 11 will form its own EMS provider. • Doug Hooten will be its executive director. • Dr. Casey Patrick will be its medical director. • Its administrative oces will be at 18334 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring. SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY ESD NO. 11COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Raveneaux Country Club operations cease; ood control district seeks remaining acreage

FM1960management district eorts ramp up

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

district with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, petitions must be collected from owners of at least 50% of the district’s total $2.2 billion commercial value. “I estimate that we will need a minimum of 100 signatures,” Chamber President and CEO Bobby Lieb said. “My hope is that we would have the vast majority of our signatures collected by the middle of this year.” Once approved, those in the boundaries would pay an annual assessment rate, similar to a tax. The payments would fund the district.

The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce plans to ramp up eorts this year to create an FM 1960 management district. The chamber began an eort to create an FM 1960 management district between Hwy. 249 and I-45 in January 2020, but the project was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Upon creation, the district would provide safety and security, economic development, landscaping and signage for the corridor. Before the chamber can apply to create the management

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

One year after the Harris County Flood Control District acquired the Raveneaux Country Club clubhouse and adjoining facilities in an $11.4 million deal, club operations ocially ceased Jan. 20, with the previous owner’s lease ocially expiring Jan. 30. The HCFCD acquired the community xture Jan. 30, 2020, to replace the golf course with a regional stormwater detention basin. While the district acquired 27.63 acres with the country club,

the HCFCD is still working to acquire the remaining 206 acres that are owned by the Cypress Forest Public Utility District and encompass the golf course. Raveneaux Country Club opened in the 1970s. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

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HEALTH CARE

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Vaccine distribution begins among Spring, Klein hospitals

Federal, state and local health ocials will prioritize certain groups to receive the vaccine rst due to limited initial availability. PHASE 1 • Through December (completed): The rst doses will be oered to health care workers and volunteers. Individuals with health risk factors and essential workers will be prioritized next. PHASE 2 • January-July: The general public will gain access as supply increases and once essential workers have had access. Children under age 16 will likely be last in line. PHASE 3 • July onward: Ocials said everyone who chooses to be vaccinated will have access. Public health professionals will network with hard-to-reach areas. PHASE 4 • October onward: Outreach to areas that may not have received a vaccine will continue, and vaccine creators may consider plans for future coronaviruses. FRONT OF THE LINE

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the coronavirus, but they have also signicantly diminished cases of the u, strep throat and other viruses. As more doses become available, individuals can also get vaccinated at Walgreens and CVS pharmacies as early as January, Glass said. Side eects may include fever; a sore arm; tiredness; and, in rare cases, allergic reactions. But Glass said these eects are typical of any vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine contains a small piece of protein called RNA that attaches to cells. The vaccine also stimulates immune systems so the virus is killed upon contact, he said. Glass said he estimates about 75% of the population will need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity and keep infection levels under control. “We want to encourage as many people as possible to get vaccinated,” he said. “It will make all of this horrible tragedy go away very quickly.”

the holidays, Keith Barber, the CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, said he expects COVID-19 levels in the hospital will stay manageable and decline once the vaccine is more widely distributed. Dr. Ian Glass, the hospital’s chief quality ocer, said distribution to the general public is based on a tiered system, with older and high-risk individuals rst. Younger, healthier individuals will be the last to receive the vaccine. Eligible patients began receiving the vaccine Jan. 18. Residents should, however, take precautions even after they receive the vaccine. “[We] need people to focus on getting vaccinated and then continuing with the precautions of wearing their mask and social distancing and good hand hygiene,” Barber said. Glass said these measures have not only helped curb the spread of

Spring and Klein health care workers at local hospitals began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in mid-December—about nine months after the virus arrived in Harris County. Hospitals in the CHI St. Luke’s Health system received doses in the rst distribution phase. The Vintage hospital received 975 vaccine doses, while the Springwoods Village hospital split 2,200 doses with The Woodlands branch, according to Vanessa Young, the director of external communications for CHI St. Luke’s Health. Of the 2,200 doses they received, 2,053 vaccines had been given as of Jan. 13. “St. Luke’s Health, like all other health systems across the country, has yet to receive the vaccine for distribution to general patients and the public,” Young said. Despite cases rising locally during

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