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An aquifer is an underground rock structure containing water. Original land surface elevation 2 1
Subsidence, or the sinking of land due to movement beneath the Earth’s surface, has been recorded over several decades in the Katy area. Subsidence can result
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from natural or human activity. Long-term subsidence eects • Damage to buildings and infrastructure • Increased ooding risk • Elevation changes • Compacting of aquifers
Silt & clay
Gravel & sand
Prior to excessive groundwater use, clay and silt layers are loosely packed.
After long-term groundwater withdrawals, clay and silt layers compact.
SOURCES: HARRIS GALVESTON SUBSIDENCE DIS TRICT, SHUHAB KHAN, ROBERT MACECOMMUNITY IMPACT
Report shows high rates of subsidence in Katy A University of Houston geological study released in August tracked land deformation in Houston’s growing suburbs from 2016-21. The results show the Katy area has some of the most signicant land displacement of all surrounding suburbs, sinking roughly 2 centimeters per year. BY ASIA ARMOUR beneath the Earth’s surface, according to the UH study. Shuhab Khan, a geology professor at the University of Houston and one of the report’s authors, explained there is a balance to using groundwater sustainably. “Groundwater is the cleanest water all over the world,” Khan said. “It is a means for drinking, for agriculture, for industry, and when we start pumping more water than the amount of water that is replenishing [aquifers], that balance is gone.”
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This gradual, vertical decline of Katy’s surface is known as subsidence, or the sinking of the land due to move- ment beneath the earth’s surface. Katy’s sinking is chiey caused by pumping water from underground reserves, which compacts sublayers of clay and silt in aquifers
Over time, subsidence can cause damage to property, pipes and roads, Khan said. It also makes an area more
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Community colleges await possible state funding changes
Community colleges across the state, including the Houston Com- munity College System, may see a change in how they receive state funding in the coming years. Going into the 88th Texas legis- lative session in 2023, the state may shift from focusing on enrollment to student outcomes in determining funding for colleges. Information from the Texas BY ASIA ARMOUR, ANDREW CHRISTMAN & HUNTER MARROW
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NOW OPEN 1 Old School Burger and Brunch opened in Katy on Oct. 14. Located at 975 Mason Road, Old School Burger’s menu features an everyday brunch menu from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with dishes that include eggs Benedicts, breakfast tacos, steak and eggs, and burgers. 281-206-7227. www.facebook.com/oldschoolburgerkaty 2 Tim Ho Wan , a Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, opened Nov. 7 at 23330
Grand Circle Blvd., Ste. 180, Katy. Tim Ho Wan has locations in Hong Kong, New York, Las Vegas, California and Hawaii. Chefs are regarded as dim sum specialists and take pride in crafting handmade dishes. The menu includes a steamed rice roll with barbecue pork, pan-fried turnip cakes and steamed egg cakes. Each location has its own regional specialty dish. 828-222-6588. www.timhowanusa.com 3 Harvey’s Deli held a soft opening
Sept. 26 at the same address as custom meal-planning business Front Door Gour- met. Located at 27252 Katy Freeway, Ste. 400, Katy, the restaurant serves sand- wiches, salads, soups, sides, sweets and drinks. The shop also sells fresh smoked bacon and features weekly specials on certain menu items. 346-337-6520. www.frontdoorgourmetcatering.com 4 Children’s Lighthouse opened another location at the end of October for its early learning school in the Elyson
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High School. Jeremiah’s features three main frozen treats—soft ice cream, Italian ice and The Gelati, which layers Italian ice and soft ice cream. More than 40 avors are available, including blueberry limeade, candy cane gelati and pumpkin pie. www.jeremiahsice.com 9 UrgentVet plans to open its 24th clinic Nov. 17 at 6920 E. South Fry Road, Katy, according to an Oct. 31 news release. UrgentVet provides care for pets with common conditions that require immediate attention but are not serious enough for hospitalization. 281-407-9000. www.urgentvet.com 10 Voodoo Doughnut , a gourmet doughnut shop, will open its fourth Houston-area location in Katy by mid-December. Located at 1301 N. Fry Road, Katy, this Portland, Ore- gon-based eatery is known for its eclectic selection of doughnuts from the Bacon Maple Bar to the Apple Cinnamon Cannolo. 346-802-3138. www.voodoodoughnut.com 11 Pei Wei Asian Kitchen is sched- uled to open in Katy in early December at 6825 S. Fry Road. Its menu features Chinese, Malaysian and Thai cuisine with dishes that include recracker chicken, beef and broccoli, crab wontons and orange chicken. Pei Wei also has locations in Sugar Land, Pearland and Cypress. www.peiwei.com 12 Maple Street Biscuit Co. will bring comfort food with a modern twist to Katy on Nov. 29. The restaurant is at 4906 FM 1463, Ste. 700, Katy, near H-E-B. Its menu features made-from-scratch biscuits and other breakfast food items, such as waes and a shareable side dish of hash browns,
gouda cheese and a fried egg. 281-769- 5402. www.maplestreetbiscuits.com 13 8 Ounce Korean Steak House and Bar has plans to open a new restaurant at 23220 Grand Circle Blvd., Katy, in the rst quarter of 2023. The dining style of the restaurant is authentic Korean barbecue, in which patrons can prepare a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables over a grill in the center of their table. www.8ozkbbq.com 14 Préscolaire is set to open in the rst quarter of 2023 in the Cinco Ranch neighborhood at 2650 S. Peek Road, Katy. The early learning academy centers digital literacy and robotics in its curric- ulum to encourage basic skills in math, science, language and critical thinking as well as establishing both cognitive and social skills. Programs at Préscolaire include infant, toddler, preschool, pre- kindergarten, before- and after-school, and summer camps. The early learning center also opened in Spring on Oct. 17. 346-527-0200. www.prescolaireus.com EXPANSIONS 15 ROSE Therapeutic Farm & Goat Yoga , formerly known as Goat Yoga Katy, has expanded its facilities and oerings. On Oct. 1, ROSE held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new northern pasture at 1324 Peach Ridge Road, Brookshire. Since moving to the 12-acre property in 2019, the farm has grown to keep pigs, chickens, ducks, cows, a horse named Sweetie Pie and a peacock named Franky alongside goats and other animals. 281-789-6577. www.goatyogakaty.com
Pucci Cafe and Boutique sells high-end dog accessories and has a cafe with food items.
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FEATURED IMPACT NOW OPEN On Sept. 19, Pucci Cafe and Boutique opened at the LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch shopping center, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. N200, Katy. The business sells high-end dog accessories and has a cafe with food items for owners and pets alike. Pucci Cafe and Boutique also has a philanthropic angle to its business motif. Five percent of the proceeds from online and in-store purchases are given to local organizations that support dog rescues, and Pucci also maintains listings of local dogs eligible for adoption. Alongside designer dog accessories from all over the world, the boutique oers dog spa products. The cafe’s 16 The Willow Fork Drainage District has completed 11 of 14.5 miles of planned bikeways for its trails project at Willow Fork Park and celebrated the expansion with a ribbon-cutting event Oct. 29. Attendees celebrated the extended trails system with two group bike rides, a bike safety presentation, and a trails overview at the intersection of Cinco Ranch Bou- levard and the Grand Parkway, where Wil- low Fork Park is located. 713-909-2301. www.willowforkdrainagedistrict.com
menu features coee drinks; an espresso bar; wine and beer options; and some food items, such as a salumi plate, croissants and waes. Designer dog treats are also available. 713-391-8500 www.puccicafe.com
NAME CHANGES 17 Panino’s , a Katy original concept, replaced Tony’s Deli at 6825 S. Fry Road, Ste. 500, Katy. The eatery opened Oct. 19 with new signage and an expanded menu. Panino’s, like Tony’s Deli, serves handcrafted sub sandwiches. Now, customers can also enjoy pressed paninis, salads and wraps. Panino’s menu features new sides and desserts and local breads. 281-535-8669. www.eatpaninos.com
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NOVEMBER 24 RUN THE TURKEY DASH Get ready for Thanksgiving with the Katy YMCA 20th annual Turkey Dash. Race in the 1-mile family walk/run, the 1-mile kids race for ages 3-12, the 5K timed walk/run or the 10K timed run. Medals will be awarded to nishers of the 10K, 5K and 1-mile kids race. 7:40 a.m. $20+. Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, 22807 Westheimer Parkway, Katy. 281-392-5055. www.ymcahouston.org KID 26 ENJOY A TREE LIGHTING Join MKT Distillery for its fth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy live music, cocktails and spirits within Katy’s historic rice dryers while continuing the historic tradition of putting a Christmas tree on the rice dryers. The tree will be lit around 6:45 p.m. 4-8 p.m. Free. MKT Distillery, 5373 First St., Katy. 833-658-1870. www.mktdistillery.com FREE KID FOOD & DRINK DECEMBER 03 CELEBRATE IN THE PARK Community members can
From seasonal markets and visiting Santa to enjoying holiday light decorations and ringing in the new year with friends, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays in Katy. The information for each event is accurate as of press time and is subject to change.
celebrate Christmas in the Park hosted by the Katy Heritage Society. A ticket includes a cup of hot cocoa, a letter to Santa, a Christmas craft, and a tour of the society’s historic homes and the decorated Christmas trees. Christmas carols and a rae will also take place. Food, hayrides and popcorn drinks will be available for purchase. All attendees age 1 and older must have a ticket. 5-9 p.m. $7. Katy Heritage Park, 5990 George Bush Drive, Katy. 281-377-5710. www.katyheritagesociety.com KID FOOD & DRINK 03 LIGHT THE TREE Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will kick o the holiday season at the annual Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular. Take a drive into downtown Houston to enjoy the holiday tradition with music, Santa, reworks and a tree lighting. 6-8 p.m. Free. Hermann Square, 900 Bagby St., Houston. 832-393-0868. www.houstontx.gov FREE KID FOOD & DRINK 15 SHOP A BRAZILIAN MARKET Shop the Brazilian Christmas Market hosted by the Brazilian Women Foundation. The market will include the work of culinary, art and music entrepreneurs. The event will also accept
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Join Heart to Market for its Very Merry Holiday Market. Shop 40 local vendors at a curated pop-up market, which includes kids activities. Santa will also visit the market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Stableside at Falcon Landing, 9806 Gaston Road, Katy. 281-477-4300. www.hearttomarket.com
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new-toy donations for the 7th Toy Drive Campaign in partnership with Katy’s Light House Foundation. Live Brazilian bands, Brazilian food vendors, face painting and a free photo with Santa Claus will also vendors, food trucks, entertainment, a beer garden, inatables for children and a visit with Santa. Proceeds will go to the nonprot Katy Christian Ministries. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Historic Downtown Katy, 5717 Second St., Katy. 281-391-1993. www.katymarketday.com Join Katy Market Day for its 12th annual Katy Old Fashioned Christmas event. Attendees can enjoy 200
be available. 1-5 p.m. $5. The Wildcatter Saloon, 26913 Katy Freeway, Katy. 281-392-2337. www.wildcattersaloon.com KID FOOD & DRINK 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Parkway, Katy. 936-900-1900. www.bigtop.show/katytxwillowfork Finish holiday shopping at the Willow Fork Christmas Gift Market. This indoor and outdoor market will feature 25 unique exhibitors selling boutique clothing, accessories, shoes, home decor, furniture, gourmet food, art and holiday items.
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LINE RELOCATION Fort Bend County will relocate a water line that obstructs a segment of the upcoming Grand Parkway frontage road. A new location for the water line has yet to be determined. Water main location
Ranch Boulevard. Ike Akinwande, assistant county engineer, said con- struction will start in spring 2023. Fort Bend County agreed to move the water line to accommodate the construction of proposed pavement and sound wall facilities and provide all temporary and permanent water line utilities so there is no disruption in residents’ service. Per the agreement, which was approved by Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on Nov. 1, the timeline for the adjustment must not exceed 120 days. Although the Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance and improvement of toll projects as part of the state highway system, Fort Bend County has assumed the obligation to design and construct the frontage roads
$888,030 to remove and relocate a water line that obstructs a segment of its Grand Parkway frontage roads project near the Cinco Ranch devel- opment in Katy. The 24 inch diameter water line is located near Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 1 and provides internal water distribution, wastewater col- lection and storm drainage facilities to the approximate 246 acres of land within its boundaries. The utility district also serves as a regional provider of wholesale waste collection and treatment facilities and water, along with supply and delivery facilities to the 10 other utility districts in the Cinco Ranch development. The area is located within the first segment of the frontage road project from Westheimer Parkway to Cinco AFFECTED AREAS The price pause affects toll rates on Hwy. 249 from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to FM 1774 in Todd Mission and the Grand Parkway between Hwy. 59 near New Caney to I-10 in Katy.
Katy Flewellen Road widening Fort Bend County is widening Katy Flewellen Road from two lanes into a four-lane concrete boulevard between Willow Lane to Gaston Road. The proj- ect was originally set to be completed in May. Timeline: January 2021- mid- November 2022 Cost: $3.4 million Funding source: 2020 mobility bond
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along Grand Parkway. As such, Fort Bend County will take responsibility for adjusting the loca- tion of the water line and incur the costs while completing the project.
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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF NOV. 4. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT KTYNEWS@COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. I-10 widening Oct. 19 updates to the 2023 Unified Transportation Program reduced the cost of the Texas Department of Transportation’s I-10 widening project by $44.8 million and replaced frontage roads with two managed roads. The project will reconstruct the roadway from six lanes to ten lanes from FM 359 to the Waller/Fort Bend County line. Timeline: 2024-TBD Cost: $248 million Funding sources: federal and state funds
Toll rate hikes paused on Grand Parkway, Hwy. 249 At its Sept. 22 meeting, the Texas Transportation Commission unani- Johnson said at the meet- ing. “Based on current trends, it is anticipated that the reported toll rate both roadways.
Pausing the toll rate increases will give the commission time to review its toll rate escalation policy and rate adjustment options, Johnson said. This price pause affects the Grand Parkway in the North Houston area between Hwy. 59 near New Caney to I-10 in Katy.
mously voted to pause toll rate price increases set to take effect Jan. 1. “The toll rate esca- lation percentage is calculated in accordance with the consumer price index formula outlined in the toll rate escalation policy,” Toll Operations Division Director Tracey
escalation percentage will be unusually high.” The toll rate prices for the tolled portion of the Grand Parkway and Hwy. 249 were set to increase by 9.76%, according to agenda documents. Last year, the rate prices rose 6% for
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JORDAN RANCH The Jordan Ranch master-planned development in northern Fulshear, 5 miles from Katy, is planning for 550 new homesites to be released by the end of the year with lots of varying sizes to cater to buyer needs, ocials said. “There should be something for just about any buyer,” said Jerry Ulke, general manager at Jordan Ranch. “First-time homebuyers or those downsizing might want a smaller home, while those with growing families might prefer a home on one of the larger lots.” The master-planned community’s developer, Johnson Development Corp., announced the release of the Jordan Ranch homesites Oct. 19. These homesites range from 40-70 feet and more than half of the new sites are 50 feet or smaller. Haunani Shipper, public relations representative for Jordan Ranch, said a majority of the lots are to accommodate new builder Beazer Homes’ Duet series of townhomes. Beazer Duets come in eight townhome designs that range from 1,579-2,074 square feet and feature up to three bedrooms, two-car garages, high ceilings, covered patios and open-concept oor plans with kitchen islands. Prices have not yet been announced. Eight builders will complete the homesites, including Beazer Homes, Chesmar Homes, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, J. Patrick Homes, Lennar, Perry Homes and Westin Homes. Featured amenities at the development include a community garden, a resort-style pool and a tness center. Children at Jordan Ranch will attend Lamar CISD, which plans to open an on-site elementary school in August 2023. Space: 1,350 acres Timeline: fourth quarter of 2022-TBD
Kid-centered attractions are coming to Typhoon Junior, an extension of Typhoon Texas Waterpark in Katy.
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10 TYPHOON TEXAS On Nov. 7, Typhoon Texas Waterpark announced plans to open a $4 million interconnected water park for children by summer 2023 at 555 Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy. Typhoon Junior will feature ve new water slides for kids, all surrounding the Gully Washer attraction—an 800-gallon water bucket and four-story play structure. Space: 43 acres Timeline: October 2022-April 2023
A majority of new homesites in Jordan Rach will be under 50 feet to accommodate townhomes.
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GOVERNMENT Fort Bend EDC launches entrepreneurial initiative
In its 2020 study, The Cannon outlined five critical points for Fort Bend County to successfully develop a network of innovation hubs. Alignment, awareness and accessibility of entrepreneurial efforts countywide Educational programs focused on new entrepreneurs and early-stage business development Helping locally focused companies and entrepreneurs innovate and scale with programs and partnerships AREAS OF FOCUS 5
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stages of development in Fulshear, Sugar Land and Richmond. Fulshear Director of Economic Development Herman Rodriguez said the city is looking to facilitate online spaces where Fulshear businesses can connect in the fourth quarter of 2022. This will help determine what resources the businesses may need from the city, he said. “First is trying to build that network of entrepreneurs that does need resources,” Rodriguez said. “At that point, we can decide what we can pro- vide them. We are hoping the demand is high enough to create a shared space that minimizes overhead.” Kanak said the rollout for program- ming with the Innovation Council is paused due to the holiday season, but the FBEDC and development firm Houston Exponential will meet to plan next steps in mid-November. Kanak is eyeing networking events, seminars from experts and shared spaces coming in 2023.
opportunities to collaborate. “This is right in our wheelhouse as a community,” Kanak said. “To just pull all the stakeholders together and get us all rowing in the same direction on something that is as important as supporting innovation.” The FBEDC worked with The Cannon in January 2020 to study Fort Bend County’s economic landscape and capacity for innovation. The Cannon provides coworking space; virtual and physical community; and programming for entrepreneurs, investors and mentors alike. The firm found several factors that prime the county for creating new businesses, such as the 447% popula- tion growth the county experienced from 1980 to 2015, ethnic diversity, and high levels of both educational attainment and household income. The Cannon suggested the FBEDC foster three innovation hubs, or shared office spaces, throughout the county. Kanak said these hubs are in various
In an effort to create an ecosystem of shared resources and spaces for entrepreneurs to share ideas, the Fort Bend Economic Development Council launched an Innovation Council initiative Sept. 29. Rachelle Kanak, marketing and operations executive for the FBEDC, said this program will be a countywide service for startups and innovators with ideas who may not have the education or community yet to build it out. “We know there are a lot of entre- preneurs and startups and innovators in Fort Bend County,” Kanak said. “They just may not have access to [human resources] or venture capital. They may not know where to get started in terms of marketing.” Kanak plans for the Innovation Council to identify who those innova- tors are then develop their business acumen. The goal is to bring these forward thinkers together for more
Integration with local education programs to augment their activities and create synergy between business and academia Developing curriculum and programs for potential investors and for businesses seeking capital
SOURCES: THE CANNON, FORT BEND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL/COMMUNITY IMPACT
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Legislators tell cities to use infrastructure dollars
County fire marshal enacts burn ban due to drought conditions “WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO ADHERE TO WILDFIRE RISK EDUCATION AND PREPAREDNESS AT ALL TIMES, YET ESPECIALLY IN THESE VERY DRY CONDITIONS.” LAURIE L. CHRISTENSEN, HARRIS COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL
BY JAKE MAGEE
Billions of dollars are coming from the federal government to Texas to fund infrastructure projects, and elected officials encouraged munic- ipalities to apply now to secure those dollars for local projects. During the Southeast Texas Transportation Summit on Oct. 25, U.S. Reps. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; Brian Babin, R-Woodville; and Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, discussed President Joe Biden’s federal infrastructure law and what it could mean for the Houston region. The bill, which Garcia said was largely approved by Democrats, includes $1.3 trillion earmarked for infrastructure projects, such as road work. Texas is poised to receive $35.44 billion of the total over the next five years—the second-largest allocation of any state, following California. In Texas, the measure will fund roads and high- ways, infrastructure for electric vehicles, bridges, water infrastructure and the replacement of lead
Under President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Texas and the Houston region are slated to receive funding to go toward needed infrastructure projects.
Texas will receive the SECOND-LARGEST allocation in the country, following California.
Money earmarked for infrastructure projects nationwide
Money Texas is poised to receive in total over next five years
SOURCE: WHITE HOUSE/ COMMUNITY IMPACT
pipes in schools, Garcia said. “No one knows any more than I do the importance of infrastructure,” said Babin, whose district includes nine counties with three ports and more petrochemi- cal companies than any other district nationwide.
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Harris County commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a countywide burn ban in unincor- porated areas of Harris County during their Oct. 25 meeting. The ban still remains in effect until the Texas A&M Forest Service determines drought conditions no longer exist in the county or after 90 days have passed from the adoption of the ban. An earlier burn ban during the summer lasted from June 28-Aug. 23. Per Sec. 352.081 of the Harris County Fire Code, the county can implement a burn ban when the Keetch-Byram Drought Index average is 575 or greater. The index ranges from 0-800 with 800 representing absolutely dry conditions. According to Brandi Dumas, the communications manager for the Harris County Fire Marshal’s office, the average KBDI in Harris County was 620 on Oct. 24. “The burn ban is meant to ensure the safety of our residents and their properties,” Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen said in a statement. “We want to encourage residents to adhere to wildfire risk education and preparedness at all times, yet especially in these very dry conditions.”
Texas regulators release grid design update
Senate Bill 3, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed in June 2021, outlined key areas where Texas’ electric grid will see improvements, including:
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ability to withstand severe weather conditions, including unusually high temperatures over the summer. The power demand reached record levels 11 times this summer, Lake said, but the grid did not enter emergency conditions. ERCOT issued two voluntary conservation appeals in July. Texans were encouraged to limit their energy consumption for set time periods by turning up the temperature in their homes, turning off lights and not using large appliances.
According to state leaders, Texas’ power grid is “more reli- able than ever” with additional improvements to come. Less than two weeks after stepping into his new role, Pablo Vegas, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided updates on the grid conditions and his priorities as head of the agency at an Oct. 13 news conference. Vegas was joined by Peter Lake, chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Lake touted the power grid’s
A power outage alert system to notify Texans if the power supply becomes too low to meet demand Winterizing power plants and generators across the state New maintenance schedules for generators across the state
SOURCE: OFFICE OF THE TEXAS GOVERNOR/COMMUNITY IMPACT
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HIGHLIGHTS KATY ISD Tompkins High School will receive synthetic turf in the upcoming school year after the board of trustees unanimously approved the item during its Oct. 24 meeting. The $803,000 contract was approved with Hellas Construction Inc. The district also has a contingency worth $70,000. The item was approved by the board of trustees and comes as all KISD comprehensive high schools have a synthetic athletic turf that is part of the overall project design, according to district ocials. The replacement comes as the existing turf is at the end of its life expectancy. Construction is expected to be complete by August 2023. KATY ISD The Texas Education Agency granted Katy ISD an A rating for superior achievement under the agency’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. The district has received this rating for 20 consecutive years. This year, KISD passed all critical indicators with a perfect score for the superior achievement designation. Some of these indicators include a documented increase in student enrollment, nancial information posted to the district’s website, and general fund revenues that equal or exceed expenditures throughout the year. The primary goal of the FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of the school district’s nancial resources, a goal made more signicant due to Texas’ complex school nance system. The Katy ISD board of trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy. 281-396-6000. www.katyisd.org MEETINGS WE COVER NUMBER TO KNOW by 2025 at McElwain Elementary School given Katy ISD attendance boundary modications 1,716 Decrease in enrolled students projected
Katy ISD board approves attendance changes
ENROLLMENT EFFECTS On Oct. 24, the Katy ISD board approved three changes to attendance boundaries—eective August 2023—as the district battles overcrowding. This comes as KISD will look to open two new elementary schools in the same time period.
Projected 2025 enrollment
Projected 2025 enrollment with boundary modication
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KATY ISD The Katy ISD board of trustees voted unan- imously during its Oct. 24 meeting to approve three attendance boundary modications in an eort to curtail overcrowding at its schools. The approved boundary modications touched campuses in the district across three areas: the southwest, northwest, and northeast quadrants. All modications will go into eect in August 2023. Two new elementary schools, Elementary School Nos. 45 and 46, which are scheduled to open in fall 2023 in the north- west quadrant of the district, will relieve Bethke Elementary School, Leonard Elementary School and McElwain Elemen- tary School upon their opening, according to district ocials. Meanwhile, KISD will adjust boundaries for Campbell Elementary School to allow for continued growth in the southwest quadrant. Golbow Elementary School is the nal attendance boundary that will be aected in 2023. That school attendance boundary was adjusted as KISD faces growth in the northeast quadrant.
Bethke Elementary School (Capacity: 1,030 students) 1,772 1,154 Leonard Elementary School (Capacity: 1,030 students) 1,774 1,388 McElwain Elementary School (Capacity: 1,030 students)
Campbell Elementary School (Capacity: 1,030 students)
Golbow Elementary School (Capacity: 867 students)
SOURCES: KATY ISD, POPULATION AND SURVEY ANALYSTSCOMMUNITY IMPACT
Council nds Texans say school accountability should ease STAAR weight
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educators, parents and students from across Texas responded to the council’s survey. Per a news release, 83% of Texans who took the 2022 Charles Butt Foundation poll believe accountabil- ity should not be based entirely on STAAR scores. The council recommends an expan- sion of the assessment tools used to determine student success and that the STAAR account for a maximum of 50% of school accountability. The report highlights possible accountability indicators, including
“TEXAS MEASURES STUDENT LEARNING BASED ON ONE TEST ON ONE DAY.” KELLI MOULTON, MEASURE WHAT MATTERS COUNCIL CHAIR
TEXAS Annual accountability ratings for Texas’ elementary and middle schools are based almost entirely on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. The Measure What Matters Council, convened by education policy nonprot Raise Your Hand Texas, wants to change this. “Texas measures student learning based on one test on one day,” council Chair Kelli Moulton said at an Oct. 25 news conference. Starting in October 2021, over 15,600
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