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Plano ISD to expand student learning in health care elds Plano ISD has changes planned for its career and technical education, or CTE, program for the 2021-22 school year that are designed to better meet the needs of the district’s students and the local health care community. The PISD Health Sciences Academy will add medical assisting and medi- cal scribe programs that begin in 11th grade, CTE Director Karen Buechman said. And the high school health sci- ence program will oer a patient care tech certication for students. Students who enroll in either track have a chance during high school to care for patients at hospitals and nurs- ing homes, Buechman said. “Our goal is to provide hands-on learning opportunities so that our CONTINUED ON 20 BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK &MIRANDA JAIMES

SCHOOL YEAR STATS In the 2021-22 school year, Plano ISD expects to have the following number of students in its Health Sciences Academy. *Numbers from each category do not add up to the total because some programs have overlaps. SOURCE: PLANO ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Plano ISD students enrolled in the district’s Health Sciences Academy work on a medical dummy as part of PISD’s career and technical education program. (Courtesy Plano ISD)

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March 2021 saw the highest ridership on buses and shuttles in Plano since March 2020*. However, the most recent monthly ridership gures are still about 40% of what they were in February 2020.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit is plan- ning its rst major bus network rede- sign to address the signicant growth Plano and the surrounding areas have seen since the service was created in 1983. The new DARTzoom program has been designed to improve service fre- quency and hours buses are available in areas with the heaviest ridership. Plano riders will see revisions to a CONTINUED ON 24

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NOWOPEN 1 Chanel Fragrance and Beauty Boutique opened its new Plano location May 28 at 7700 Windrose Ave., Ste. G152, in the Legacy West district. The luxury boutique store oers the latest in fragrance, makeup, skincare and beauty accessories. The district is also opening stores for luxury brands Louis Vuitton and Tiany & Co. Those locations are expected to open soon, according to a news release from Legacy West. 469-750-2173. www.legacywest.com/ chanel-fragrance-beauty-boutique 2 Sneaker store Prized Kicks opened April 17 at 5800 Legacy Drive, Ste. C4A, Plano. The store, which is lo- cated in the Shops at Legacy devel- opment, buys, sells and trades new and lightly used premium sneakers and streetwear. 469-416-0056. www.facebook.com/prizedkicks 3 Luxury lifestyle brand Tory Burch opened a new retail location April 30 in

the Legacy West development. The store, located at 7801 Windrose Ave., Ste. H130, Plano, sells ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and more. 469-367-4931. www.toryburch.com 4 Keto Kitchen Creations opened May 15 at 5760 SH 121, Plano. The restaurant oers grab-and-go meals and desserts for those who follow a keto diet. Cus- tomers can also pre-order food through the business’ website. 214-308-9026. www.ketokitchencreations.com 5 Free People opened a new location May 14 at 7400 Windrose Ave., Ste. B100, Plano in the Legacy West develop- ment. The company sells American bo- hemian clothing, accessories, shoes and swimwear. Free People also has nearby locations in Fort Worth and Dallas. 972-666-3874. www.freepeople.com 6 Fat Shack opened June 10 at 6205 Coit Road, Ste. 364, Plano. It is the fth Fat Shack in Texas and third in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Fat Shack

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Suburban Yacht Club , a new restaurant from 33 Restaurant Group, will open on The Boardwalk at Granite Park in Plano this July. The restaurant’s menu will oer Southern California food truck-inspired dishes such as quesabirria, crisped pork carnitas and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos elote. “We’re excited to introduce Suburban Yacht Club to The Boardwalk,” 33RG founder Preston Lancaster said in a statement. “The SoCal vibes are evident throughout the diverse and evolving oerings on the menu to the ow of the indoor/outdoor dining space and distinctively spirited cocktails. We look forward to sharing these elemental coastal vibes with our neighbors.” Chef Brandon Pappalardo, under the leadership of 33RG Culinary Director dent that our Plano SweatHouz will be as well received as our other locations once Texans experience the sweat for themselves.” An opening date will be announced in the coming weeks, accord- ing to the company. The Plano location does not yet have a phone number. www.sweathouz.com 8 Issil Beauty Spa will open July 10 at 7140 Bishop Road, Ste. F4, Plano. The spa features anti-aging and skin treat- ments such as broblasting, micronee- dling, dermaplaning and microdermabra- sion. 972-689-3170. www.issilspa.com 9 Matt’s Rancho Martinez , a chain of Tex-Mex restaurants from Dallas, is opening a new location at 2001 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. The fam- ily-owned eatery rst opened in 1985 and has separate locations in Lakewood, Garland and Royce City. Owner Matt

Brian C. Luscher, will helm the Suburban Yacht Club kitchen. The restaurant will oer a beverage program that will include frozen cocktails, sangria on tap and wine available by the glass or bottle. 33RG also owns and operates Union Bear Brewing Co., and Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza and Beer in Plano as well as restaurants in McKinney, Southlake and The Colony. Suburban Yacht Club will be located at 5872 SH 121, Plano. www.facebook.com/ suburbanyachtclub

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NOWOPEN 1 Crumbl Cookies opened its new Plano location May 26 at 6100 W. Park Blvd., Ste. 150. The store, which celebrated its grand opening May 27, oers a weekly ro- tating menu of fresh-baked cookies, such as Strawberry Poptart, Cosmic Brownie, Cinnamon Swirl and Muddy Buddy. Main- stays, such as chilled sugar and chocolate chip, are always available. Cookies, half pints of ice cream and other menu items are available for curbside pickup or home delivery, and cookies can be shipped to locations outside of delivery areas. 469-200-6537. www.crumblcookies.com 2 Chop House Gyro opened April 17 at 2929 Custer Road, Ste. 312, Plano. The Mediterranean fast-food restaurant oers signature shawarma rolls and rice bowls in varying degrees of spice levels. Gourmet burgers, such as the Gyro Burg- er, and salad bowls are also part of the menu along with additional sides, such as wings, hummus and drinks. Chop House Gyro opened in the former location of Friend & Foe Board Game Cafe. The Med- iterranean restaurant also has locations in Arlington and Dallas. 469-969-0188. www.chophousegyro.com

3 La Hechizera Tortas opened this spring at 1120 E. Parker Road, Ste. 198, Plano. The Mexican restaurant oers a variety of tortas, prepared with beans, tomato, avocado, onion and mayo, as well as antojitos, burritos and tacos. Other house specials include the Tacos Torta, a torta with three beef campech- anos tacos, mimosa salsa and marinated pork meat. La Hechizera Tortas has close to a dozen locations in the Dal- las-Fort Worth area, including multiple locations in Dallas. 469-209-0601. www.tortaslahechizera.com 4 India Meals Curry Point opened May 14 at 2108 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 228, Plano. The restaurant serves a variety of Indian appetizers, entrees and biryani dishes. India Meals also has a daily lunch buet with vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. 972-269-6558. www.indiamealscurrypoint.com 5 Tao Roll and Pancake opened in April at 2001 Coit Road, Ste. 166, Plano. The Taiwanese restaurant serves pancakes, rice rolls, soups, soy milk drinks and more. The restaurant is in the former lo- cation of Meccha Matcha. 281-803-8088. A website is not yet available.

6 Kozi Flame Candle Bar opened in May on the lower level of The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Ste. D102, Plano. The store, which also has a location in Grapevine Mills, oers can- dles, wax melts, room sprays and more. 469-400-9963. www.koziame.com COMING SOON 7 The Tex-Mex restaurant Taco Joint is opening a new location in Plano at 1300 W. Plano Parkway. The Dallas-based restaurant’s new location will be part of the 156-acre Heritage Creekside devel- opment. Taco Joint rst opened in 2008 and has four locations throughout the northern Dallas area with three more set to open by 2022. “We are so excited to expand Taco Joint’s presence across DFW, and Heritage Creekside is the perfect area to develop outside of Dallas,” Taco Joint partner Corey McCauley said in a release. Taco Joint oers a variety of traditional Tex-Mex dishes, 64-ounce margaritas, daily happy hour deals and anytime breakfast tacos. The Plano location is opening sometime this fall, according to the company. www.thetacojoint.com

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8 Session Pilates plans to open a Plano location in late summer at 2401 Preston Road. The reformer Pilates studio oers 50-minute classes that focus on quick transitions throughout a beat-based, high-intensity, full-body workout, according to a press release from the company. The Dallas-based business also oers 200 on-demand mat and reform- er-based workouts that can be done from home. www.sessionpilates.com

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A Color Me Mine studio will be joining Painting with a Twist at its expanded location in Plano.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Painting with a Twist will be adding a Color Me Mine studio to its Plano location at 1713 Preston Road. The two businesses will be branded separately while still operating out of the same expanded location, according to a May 5 news release. Painting with a Twist is a BYOB art studio where customers can pay for supplies and painting instruction. Color Me Mine is similar but specic to custom-painted ceramics and does not allow alcohol. This will be one of the rst joint locations for the two businesses after Painting with a Twist acquired Color Me Mine last year to form the parent company Twist Brands, the release stated. Spouses Kerri and Jason Winter own the current Painting with a Twist location in Plano and said they believe the two companies will complement NAME CHANGES 9 Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room became West Plano Emergency Room on April 13 following an acquisition by The Colony ER Hospital. The state-of-the-art facility oers concierge-level emergency services for adults and children as well as trauma/acute care, cardiology and imag- ing. West Plano Emergency Room, locat- ed at 2000 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 100, also oers outpatient services. 972-378-7878. www.westplanoer.com ANNIVERSARIES 10 Safari Run celebrated its fth anniversary in June at 2300 Coit Road, Ste. 300, Plano. The family-friendly play center oers a variety of games and climbing obstacles for children. The cen- ter also oers event space for birthday parties and lounging areas for adults.

each other well. “These businesses oer our guests an escape from the real world for a few hours, and we’re excited to bring new options for arts and crafts as entertainment to the area,” Kerri Winter said in a released statement. The expanded location is under construction. It will open sometime this summer. 469-814-0050. www. paintingwithatwist.com/studio/plano www.colormemine.com

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Facebook page. Classes are taught using watercolor paints but can be modied for colored pencils, markers and crayons. Previous classes can be viewed on the Facebook page under the videos tab. This is a virtual event. Noon. Free. www.facebook.com/planoarts 21 PREKAND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Families interested in enrolling their pre-K and kindergarten-aged children at a school in Plano ISD can access online enrollment forms beginning June 21. Information on documents needed for registration as well as a tool that helps families locate their assigned school can be found at www.pisd.edu/registration. Parents can also email askpisd@pisd.edu with questions about enrollment. 25 THE BODARKS The Bodarks acoustic duo is performing at Taverna Rossa restaurant in Plano. The band blends multiple genres such as bluegrass, ragtime and punk. This is a live performance. Large party and call-ahead reservations accepted. Free. 7:30 p.m. 4005 Preston Road, Ste. 512, Plano. 972-403-3321. www.tavernarossa.com JULY 07 SUNSETMOVIE SERIES: ‘THE SANDLOT’ Legacy Hall is hosting its Sunset Movie Series this summer in the outdoor Box Garden. “The Sandlot” is a 1993 sports and comedy lm about a group of young baseball players set in the summer of 1962. 7:30 p.m. The showing is free, but tables can be reserved for $70 or $100. 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. 972-846-4255. www.legacyfoodhall.com/events

COMPILED BY ERICK PIRAYESH JUNE 18 THROUGH 20& 25 THROUGH 27 ‘IN THE HEIGHTS’ The North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre will be performing “In the Heights” at the Willow Bend Center of the Arts. Originally written and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical tells the story of a community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. This show can be viewed in-person or virtually. Tickets can be purchased online. 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 2:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). $20. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Ste. B216, Plano. 972-422-2575. www.ntparep.org 19 SUMMER BOD SATURDAYS Sessions Pilates will host a 50-minute, beat-based high-intensity Pilates class at The Boardwalk at Granite Park. Those who attend will need to bring a yoga mat, a towel and water. Residents can register for the class online. 10 a.m. Free. 5800 SH 121, Plano. 972-731-2380. www.granitepark.com/event/summer- bod-saturdays 19 GEORGE STRAIT TRIBUTE The tribute band King George will be performing at Legacy Hall in Plano. The group is described as the “greatest tribute to George Strait in the country,” according to the band’s Facebook page. This is a live performance. Tickets can be purchased online. 8 p.m. $10-$260. 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. 972-846-4255. www.legacyfoodhall.com/events 21 & 28, JULY 5, 12, 19 ONLINE ART CLASS Plano Arts and Events will host a live online art class every Monday on its

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Legacy (PS–K) (469) 573-0077 6700 Communications Parkway, Plano Independence (PS–K) (469) 642-2000 10145 Independence Parkway, Plano

Road to Independence Parkway. Two lanes will remain closed between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. while crews are working. Timeline: June-late July Cost: $1 million Funding source: city of Plano 5 Spring Creek Parkway project Contractors will be repairing concrete in the northbound lanes of Spring Creek Parkway from the Indian Creek bridge west of Tennyson Parkway to SH 121. Timeline: June-July Cost: $400,000 Funding source: city of Plano 6 Preston Road intersection project A project to expand the bridge where Preston Road meets President George Bush Turnpike is ongoing. The roadway is expected to open to traffic in June as crews continue widening the bridge on the west side of the turnpike. Timeline: March 2020-June 2021 Cost: $4.6 million Funding sources: Texas Department of

COMPILED BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK ONGOING PROJECTS 1 Coit Road project Crews are making pavement and side- walk repairs on two stretches of sidewalk on Coit Road. The project is expected to be active between Legacy Drive and Hedgcoxe Road through the end of June. Work will then shift to the area between McDermott Road and SH 121 in early July. Northbound and southbound lanes will be affected on both stretches of road. One lane will remain closed at all times, with an additional lane closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Timeline: January 2020-summer 2021 Cost: $6.4 million Funding source: city of Plano 2 Los Rios Boulevard project A project to repair pavement and sidewalk on Los Rios Boulevard is active between Park Boulevard and 14th Street. One lane will be closed in each direction of the road while work is being done. Timeline: April-July Cost: $250,000 Funding source: city of Plano 3 Windhaven Parkway overlay Crews will be adding an ultrathin asphalt overlay on Windhaven Parkway from the Dallas North Tollway west to Plano’s city limits. Two lanes will remain closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. while crews are working. Timeline: mid-May-late June Cost: $350,000 Funding source: city of Plano 4 Parker Road overlay Crews will be adding an ultrathin asphalt overlay on Parker Road from Preston

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Transportation, city of Plano 7 Legacy Drive pedestrian improvements

The city is building a canopied walkway on the north side of the Legacy Drive bridge that connects the east and west sides of the Legacy development. The walkway will include protected pe- destrian and bike lanes. Crews are now working in the median island on the

north side of Legacy Drive. Timeline: November-June Cost: $1.2 million Funding source: city of Plano

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TRANSPORTATION BirdRides nowoering electric scooter rentals throughout the city of Plano

BY ERICK PIRAYESH

Special Projects Peter Braster wrote in a 2018 memo to City Council when the bike and scooter share ordinance was discussed. “People are riding them to and from appointments, work, grocery stores and fun. Their introduction into Plano will give our citizens another choice for transportation.” Bird Rides e-scooters can be used on streets with speed limits of 35 mph or below, city sta said. The e-scooters have a maximum speed of 15 mph. According to the city’s website, there are designated Home Zones where the company can place the e-scooters. These zones are limited to concrete, asphalt or brick surfaces and are spread throughout the city. Bird Rides will be required to reposition the e-scooters into these designated areas each night. Plano prohibits use of the e-scooters in down- town, Legacy Town Center, Haggard Park and Memorial Park, according to the city’s website.

Electric scooter rentals have returned to Plano with ride-sharing company Bird Rides. City sta said Bird Rides began distributing the e-scooters throughout Plano on June 7. Users can download the Bird Rides mobile app to see the location of nearby e-scooters. According to the app, the cost is $1 to start and $0.39 per minute, plus tax. The e-scooters must be parked in approved locations and riders must be at least 18 years old, according to the city. The city approved guidelines for the use of bike and scooter ride-sharing programs in 2018. Lime, Razor and Boaz used to operate scooter and bike rentals in Plano but left due to lack of business, according to a city spokesperson. Bird Rides is the rst scooter-share company permitted to operate in Plano under the current regulations. Ocials said in a June 7 release the ride-shar- ing initiative will reduce carbon emissions and vehicle trac across Plano.

The city approved bike and scooter ride-sharing programs in 2018. (Courtesy Bird Rides)

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DEVELOPMENT Grocery storeHEBbreaks ground on future Plano location

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BY ERICK PIRAYESH

and home delivery. HEB Director of Public Aairs Mabrie Jackson, a Plano native and former City Council member, said she was thrilled to nally announce an HEB opening in her hometown. “I’ve known most of you in this audience for a long time, and every day you’d all ask me, ‘When is it coming?’” Jackson said. “Well today, we’re really coming.” A number of executives spoke at the ceremony about the company’s history, culture and vision moving forward. Juan-Carlos Ruck, executive vice president of the HEB northwest food and drug division, said the groundbreaking event was his favorite “Plano day” so far. “This easily takes the cake,” he said. “Only day that might be slightly better is the day we get to open these doors.”

Texas-based grocery chain HEB broke ground June 4 at the construc- tion site for its future Plano location. This was the second ground- breaking event for HEB in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as a similar ceremony was held June 3 in Frisco. The grocery chain also announced a McKinney location is expected to open in spring 2023. The 111,000-square-foot Plano store will be located at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway. It is set to open in fall 2022. The store will feature a full-ser- vice pharmacy with a drive-thru, an outdoor essentials department and a True Texas BBQ restaurant. Sev- eral other hallmarks of traditional HEB locations will be included at the Plano store, including a bakery, deli, fresh sushi and daily-made tor- tillas. The store will offer curbside

Plano city ocials and HEB executives gathered June 4 to break ground at the construction site of the future HEB in Plano. (Erick Pirayesh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Ruck detailed many of the features HEB will be bringing to Plano. “My job today is to tell you enough to get excited and not tell you too much so that you’re not surprised when you walk through the door,” he said. Central Market, the gourmet grocery chain owned by HEB, opened its Plano store off Coit Road in 2002 and helped the company become familiar with the area, HEB oficials said. Plano Mayor John Muns, Police Chief Ed Drain and a host of ocials attended the ceremony to celebrate the city’s rst HEB store. Muns said

the store will bring 400 jobs to Plano, “amazing amenities” and a strong desire to give back to the community. “This is absolutely fantastic, and I know all of us from the city of Plano could not be happier that you’re here,” Muns said. “When we met with HEB leadership, the rst thing they asked, they wanted to know from us, what are the nonprots that really need help?” To back up that commitment, HEB awarded $10,000 each to ve Plano community groups: Friday Nite Friends, Emily’s Place, North Texas Performing Arts, The Storehouse of Collin County and City House.

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News from Plano, Plano ISD & Collin County

NUMBER TOKNOW $100,000 The average price of a home in Plano has increased by more than $100,000 since March of last year, according to an economic analysis in the city’s monthly nancial report presented at the May 24 City Council meeting. The analysis pointed out single-family homes are selling on average at a cost 2% higher than the original asking price this year compared to 2020. In addition, those same houses are spending an average of 27 days on the market compared with 47 days last year. HIGHLIGHTS PLANO ISD The district will make face masks optional at all campuses, facilities and events in the fall. While that health and safety protocol change will go into eect for the 2021-22 school year, the district also dropped the mask requirement for students and sta engaging in outdoor physical activity on May 10. PLANO ISD The board swore in new trustee Lauren Tyra and three returning members during its May 18 meeting and selected new board ocers for the 2021-22 school year. Place 5 trustee David Stolle was elected as the board’s new president and immediately took over the gavel following his selection. Place 3 trustee Nancy Humphrey was elected vice president and Place 6 trustee Jeri Chambers was chosen as board secretary. Both of their board positions will begin this month following graduation ceremonies. COLLINCOUNTY Commissioners on May 17 approved the sale of $110.6 million in bonds for work on freeways, thoroughfares, and open spaces and parks. Funds for these projects come from the county’s 2018 bond program, totaling $750 million. The goal of the program was to improve mobility and prevent congestion as Collin County continues to grow. Voters approved the package in November 2018 without increasing the county’s debt tax rate, according to the county website. Plano City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Meetings are held at 1520 K Ave., Plano, and can be streamed at www.plano. gov/210/plano-tv. 972-941-7000. www.plano.gov Plano ISD board of trustees will meet June 22 at 6 p.m. in the PISD Administration Building’s board room at 2700 W. 15th St., Plano. 469-752-8100. www.pisd.edu MEETINGSWE COVER

Plano runos seat incumbent, newcomer

BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

PLANO Incumbent Kayci Prince and newcomer Julie Holmer won runo elections to City Council places 4 and 7, respectively, on June 5. Prince ended the night with 55.77% of the votes compared to opponent Justin Adcock’s 44.23%, according to unocial results from Denton and Collin counties. Prince said she was excited to continue serving on council for the next four years and that she plans to make sure all the diverse community members across Plano are heard. “Campaigns are hard, but the great thing about it is you get to talk to a lot of dierent groups of people,” she said. “I think that’s something that we’re going to have to work on as a city is learning those dierent niche groups within our community and how we can reach them.” Holmer secured 53.36% of the vote compared to opponent Chris Robertson’s 46.64%, according to unocial results. Holmer said she was encouraged by the support of her campaign team and community members. “I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the citizens of Plano, and I want to represent everyone in Plano,” she said. ELECTION RESULTS Both races proceeded to a runo after none of the candidates won 50% of the vote in the May 1 election.

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Many of Russell Creek Park’s facilities are not up to current accessibility standards, city ocials said. (Courtesy city of Plano)

Renovations begin at Russell Creek Park

BY ERICK PIRAYESH

renovations. Many of the facilities have not been upgraded since the park opened in 1995, and some do not adhere to current accessibility stan- dards, according to K’Ann Parham, parks and recreation business man- ager. She said the park’s facilities need an upgrade. “Those playgrounds as well as the areas that support it are, No. 1, just tired and worn out,” Parham said. “We like to make sure that when we do bring something up to date that we bring everything up to code as well.” Construction will include better walkway and parking lot accessi- bility, playground and play pit ren- ovations, extra seating, new light and landscaping gures and repairs to the parks drainage system. The playground will be closed for about a year during construction, according to city ocials.

PLANO The rst part of construc- tion is underway at Russell Creek Park in Plano as part of an ongoing plan to improve facilities. Renovations on two elds on the park’s south end have begun, and they are expected to be closed until early 2022. The natural turf elds are being converted to synthetic, all-weather turf. Renovations also include new scoreboards, shaded player benches, ball netting and eld fencing, according to a city release. The cost for the turf elds is about $4 million, according to the Plano Parks and Recreation Department. The next part of the plan involves renovating a variety of park facilities and the playground area. As of this paper’s press time, Plano City Council was scheduled to vote at its June 14 meeting on a $1.4 million bid for those

*incumbent

PISD suspends plans for virtual academy

Kayci Prince* 55.77% Justin Adcock 44.23%

BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

have expanded online learning and provided funding for full-time virtual students. The Texas Education Agency also announced a funding waiver for remote learning will not be an option. Students who have already completed the preliminary reg- istration process for the planned virtual academy will now resume enrollment at their home cam- puses when school begins Aug. 11, according to the email.

Place 4

PLANO ISD The district will not oer a virtual learning option in the 2021-22 school year, according to an email sent to district families June 8. PISD was developing a per- manent virtual school option for students to begin in the fall, provided legislative approval for funding was received. However, the regular session of the Texas Legislature ended May 31 without nal approval of a bill that would

Julie Homer

Chris Robertson 53.36% 46.64%

Place 7

SOURCES: COLLIN COUNTY ELECTIONS, DENTON COUNTY ELECTIONSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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COMPILED BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER & ERICK PIRAYESH

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH

COMBATING COVID19

These rankings are updated annually but include data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed.

The population of Collin County is slightly more vaccinated than that of Denton County. Data is accurate as of June 14.

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

VACCINATION DEMOGRAPHICS 20.23% Asian

COUNTYVACCINATIONS

COLLIN COUNTY DENTON COUNTY

12.44% 6.88% 7.22% 11.16% 14.84% 45.39% 52.34% 10.15% 8.83% 6.19% 4.34%

• LENGTHOF LIFE • QUALITYOF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

PEOPLE AGE 12+ WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE

Black

2021 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 243 COUNTIES

64.68%

White Hispanic

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

58.18%

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICAL CARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

HEALTH OUTCOMES

4 4 6

1 1 1 1 1 1

Other

Length of life Overall

55.09%

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Statewide

Quality of life HEALTH FACTORS

AGE BREAKDOWN

PEOPLE AGE 12+ FULLY VACCINATED

52.77% 1.45%

52.72% 1.17%

16-49 12-15* 50-64 80+ 65-79

55.03%

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4

3

45.61%

145

213

Statewide

Unknown

SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

*Rankings were not available for 11 of the 243 counties in Texas.

*VACCINES BECAME AVAILABLE FOR THOSE AGES 1215 IN MAY.

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