Lake Travis - Westlake | February 2021

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Pandemic to leave long-term impactsonsenior living facilities

A report shows that occupancy rates at independent and assisted-living facilities as well as nursing homes are dropping both nationally and in the Greater Austin area amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nationwide* Austin metro area 100% LAGS IN SENIOR LIVING

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When Greg Morper moved his 92-year-old mother from independent living to a memory care unit at Arbor Terrace Lakeway, he said he hoped it would aid in the treatment of her dementia by ensuring she had interactions every day. Evolving restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus have included visiting his mother, Ernestine, from the outside through a bed- room window, to later sitting with her outdoors 6 feet apart. In January, Ernestine tested positive for COVID-19, and though she remained asymp- tomatic, she was required to enter quarantine. Overall, Morper said he is grateful for the necessary precautions taken by the facility, but the experience has been challenging. “One of the hardest things [is] when you’re thinking about the person

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Diverse business mix proves critical to ongoing recovery from2020salesdeclines BY GREG PERLISKI

A TAXING MEASUREMENT Sales were down in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Travis County. Larger, more diverse retail hubs made up losses more quickly. 2019 2020 KEY % CHANGE 201920

working from home oces. Local governments also responded to these changing trends, as businesses reacted to onsite shutdowns in the spring. Cities reduced revenue projec- tions and pulled back spending for the 2020-21 scal year. For local business owner Laura Chavez, who operates Junkluggers of Austin, the past year was a strong one. CONTINUED ON 26

Across the business landscape of western Travis County, local business owners report diering experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to trends not likely to soon pass by. The pandemic has hit businesses hard in some industries, which report a drop in returning customers and declining sales, while others have actually seen benets from lockdowns and the shift to

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and has assumed the management of the property. Bee Cave Vistas features pet-friendly, three-bedroom townhomes with Hill Country views. 512-649-7234. www.beecavevistas.com 9 Pacic Hospitality Group, an Irvine, California-based hotel company, an- nounced Dec. 22 the purchase of Hotel Granduca Austin , located in the city’s Westlake area. Hotel Granduca, which opened in 2015 at 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, was previously owned by Intern Cos., a Houston-based real estate development company. The nine-story, 190,000-square-foot hotel sits on 38 acres and showcases 194 rooms and suites with Hill Country views. Hotel Grandu- ca will undergo a rebranding and name change this summer under the hospitality group’s Meritage Collection, according to a news release from PHG. 512-306-6400. www.granducaaustin.com 10 TONI&GUY, a Hill Country Galleria hair salon is under new ownership as of Jan. 6 and was rebranded as Marzioli Studio . The hairstyling salon located at 12800 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. 140, Bee Cave was founded by Joesph Marzioli, a stylist with more than 25 years of expe- rience at TONI&GUY. Marzioli Studio is now open and oering a range of services including cuts, color, styling and exten- sions. 512-263-2736. www.marziolistudio.com 11 Austin-based hospitality company K&N Management has sold Mighty Fine Burgers Fries & Shakes , to restaurateurs Tony Ciola and Creed Ford, co-owners and founders of Tc4 & Co., the hospital- ity company behind Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza and The League Kitchen & Tavern. The burger chain operates out of ve lo- cations including one in the Four Points area at 6900 N. RM 620, Austin. Creed told Community Impact Newspaper Jan. 5 that due in part to a quick transaction period, the purchase was made under a newly created entity, Mighty Fine Acqui- sition LLC. While the purchase of Mighty Fine was made outside of Tc4 & Co., Creed said the chain will be considered a Tc4 & Co.-operated brand. 512-528-5421. www.mightyneburgers.com 12 Local specialty care group Texas Orthopedics , with a location at 101 Med- ical Pkwy, Unit-120, Lakeway on Jan. 4 announced it has merged with ve other orthopedic practices from Dallas, Hous- ton and Tyler to form OrthoLoneStar. The new OrthoLoneStar is now the largest independent orthopedic group in Texas, according to a company news release, with more than 150 physicians and 1,000 employees. 512-439-1101. www.txortho.com 13 Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts , which has a location at 3620 S. RM 620, Ste. 100, Bee Cave, was acquired Jan. 6 by an aliate of the private invest- ment rm, Peak Rock Capital. Shipley’s Do-Nuts was established in 1936 by Lawrence Shipley Sr. and has since grown across nine states. 713-869-4636. www.shipleydonut.com

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4 The League Kitchen & Tavern opened a new location in the Hill Country Galleria on Feb. 18 at 13420 Galleria Circle, Ste. A-128, Bee Cave. The restaurant, which opened its rst location in Lakeway in 2011, will feature the same chef-inspired menu as its four other locations. www.leaguekitchen.com COMING SOON 5 Austin Skin will open a new location in March at 15601 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave. The medical and cosmetic dermatology practice rst opened in Smithville, Texas in February and is led by Dr. Sarah Gee and Dr. Kristina Collins. The practice oers a range of services including laser treatments, cosmetic injections, hair restoration and transplants. 512-663-4650. www.austinskinphysicians.com 6 A new car dealership will open in the Bee Cave region under the Covert Auto Group Company . The dealership is under construction at 16501 Sweetwater Village Drive, Austin, outside of Bee Cave city limits. The Covert dealership will oer

vehicles from Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC and Jeep, according to Philip Robinson, Austin principal partner. Con- struction is estimated to last 18 months. www.covertauto.com 7 A new pizzeria, i Fratelli Pizza , Italian for “the brothers” is set to open in West Lake Hills at 3736 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 3, West Lake Hills. The franchise location will be owned and operated by independent owners, Lee Ann and Michael Haran. The franchise was founded in Irving, Texas in 1987 and has since grown to more than 20 locations throughout Texas. i Fratelli is expected to open by February. This location does not have a phone number listed at this time. www.ifratellipizza.com NEWOWNERSHIP 8 Apartment complex, Bee Cave Vistas is under new ownership and management as of Dec. 15 at 65-8 Steep Cactus Trail, Austin. Real estate investment rm, Sendera Investment Group purchased the community located in the Oak Hill region

NOWOPEN 1 A new private, Christian school began enrolling children in the Lake Travis area in the fall. Acton Imprimis Lake Travis an Acton Academy opened at 3001 R O Drive, Spicewood to 16 learners. For the spring and fall 2021 semester, the “micro-school” will serve grades rst through eight and will use the latest technology in a self-paced learning environment. 512-387-0575. www.actonlaketravis.com 2 A new Mediterranean restaurant opened in the Four Points region opened Feb. 1. Lazeez Mediterranean Cafe at 6812 N RM 620, Austin serves a variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern menu items including hummus, grilled Mashawi BBQ and more. 512-215-9356. www.lazeezaustin.com 3 Tacos 620 , located at 11411 RM 2222, Austin, started serving customers in December. The cash-only food trailer serves breakfast tacos made with chorizo, Elgin sausage and more. 512-915-0155.

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WORTH THE TRIP Abby Jane Love, a pastry chef with 13 years of experience opened Abby Jane Bakeshop Jan 21 in Dripping Springs. The shop is located at 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs in the building shared with Barton Springs Mills. Love said the bakeshop’s menu is crafted with options for breakfast, lunch, snacks and afternoon drinks in mind. The bakery oers croissants, cakes, cookies, brownies, quiches, loaves of bread, scones and fresh baked pizzas. Coee and espresso drinks are also

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IN THE NEWS Tutor Doctor Lakeway , which was established by owner Michelle Smallwood in 2018, pivoted operations amid the coronavirus pandemic this fall. When in-home tutoring was no longer a viable option, the customized one-to-one tutoring service partnered with local co- working space, FUSE Workspace at 14425 Falcon head Blvd, Bee Cave to continue teaching. Tutor Doctor has a pool of more than 25 tutors with the ability to teach a wide variety of school subjects and life skills for any age. 512-550-9924. www.tutordoctor.com/lakeway

CLOSINGS 14 National retail chain Justice closed its Hill Country Galleria location in the fall at 12801 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. The shop sold girl’s clothing and accesso- ries. 512-263-8470.www.shopjustice.com 15 Taco Bell permanently closed its location in January at 3201 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills, in January. www.tacobell.com 16 The Walking Company closed its storefront in December at 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. G-125, Bee Cave. www.thewalkingcompany.com

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Drainage, pavement improvements slated for 3West LakeHills roadways

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a total $141,623 toward WD 10’s drainage improvements. The city also awarded a $297,704 contract to QA Construction Services for subsequent repaving. Anthony noted these projects were already considered in the scal year 2020-21 budget. “This is something the city has been working towards for several years,” Anthony said. West Lake Hills contracted the engineering rm K. Friese & Associates several years ago to identify the most crucial drainage and pavement projects within the city, in which Wildcat Hollow and Skyline and Harbor View were included. Anthony said the city saw an opportunity to arrange a cost-sharing agreement with WD 10 when the district embarked on a series of water line improvements throughout the city funded by a $46 million bond package passed in 2015.

Three roadways in West Lake Hills identied as high-priority areas for improvements—Wildcat Hollow, Skyline Drive and Harbor View Drive—will soon undergo drainage and pavement upgrades. West Lake Hills City Council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement Jan. 13 with Travis County Water Control and Improvement District 10 to tackle the projects in conjunction with WD 10’s larger water line improvements project. As part of that project, WD 10 will install new water lines and subsequently repave sections of the three roadways. The agreement presents considerable cost savings for the city, according to Mayor Linda Anthony, who said if West Lake Hills had solely taken on the project, the total cost would have increased several times. Per the terms of the agreement, West Lake Hills will contribute

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Construction is set to begin between mid-February and early March. WD 10 estimates the work will take up to approximately 180 days, according to the district’s General Manager Clara A. Orts. Orts said a majority of the roadways under construction by WD 10 will remain at least partially open

amid construction. However, narrow streets such as Harbor View and Wildcat Hollow will likely be subject to temporary closures. All impacted residents can anticipate communication with WD 10, Ortes said. Construction will occur during regular city hours, and weekend work is not scheduled.

ONGOING PROJECTS

Vail Divide Southern Extension Lake Travis ISD is moving forward with its Vail Divide Southern Extension project, which includes the construction of a roadway and bridge between Hamilton Pool Road and Hwy. 71 to relive trac. LTISD is assembling construction bid documents to be reviewed by Travis County, which entered into an interlocal agree-

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A third eastbound lane is now open on RM2222 at River Place Boulevard. (Phyllis Campos/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Commercial projects underway in the region

Multiuse complex breaks ground onRM620 Development kicked o in early January for a new multiuse condominium complex outside Austin with a nontraditional approach to self-storage. Upon completion, XSpace will oer 106 custom- izable units for purchase starting at 300 square feet as well as a business lounge, a commercial-grade kitchen, a conference room and more. The building has reservations for approximately 30% of its total units, which Smith said should be completed for customers by the end of 2021. BY AMY RAE DADAMO

XSPACE BREAKS GROUND Construction began on XSpace Austin in early January. Upon completion at the end of 2021, XSpace will feature more than 100 multiuse, customizable units and a slew of amenities.

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XSpace Austin is under construction on 5.43 acres of land across from the Manseld Dam at 4229 RM 620, Austin. Owners Byron Smith and Tim Manson celebrated the site’s ocial ground- breaking the rst week of January following inspection delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the complex oers additional space for nearby residents, Smith said XSpace’s company model is unlike that of a traditional storage facility. Future tenants plan to use their units as home oces and space to kickstart their own companies, among other endeavors. Roger Clemens, a former professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, intends to use his unit to operate his nonprot, the Roger Clemens Foundation.

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Based on the interest garnered so far, Smith anticipated roughly 50% of the units will be spoken for by the company’s second scal quarter. Despite the pandemic and its impact on the project’s groundbreaking delay, Smith said XSpace has received great interest from potential local customers. Furthermore, the new work-from-home environment has only expanded the company’s market. “The thing about 2020 is it opened up a massive opportunity for us,” Smith said. “How people look and consider space, particularly their oce space, and how they look at home space has really changed.”

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Development underway for Covert autodealershipwest ofBeeCave

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Chrysler, Dodge, GMC and Jeep, Covert Austin Principal Partner Philip Robinson said. Construction materials will include stone and stucco. “It should be aesthetically a great match for the Hill Country and what the city is trying to do,” Robinson said. Site preparation is expected to require six months to complete, and total construction time is estimated at 18 months. The dealership will lie west of the city of Bee Cave’s city limits but within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ, and is part of a larger 400-acre develop- ment known as Sweetwater East, which is managed by a division of Wheelock Street Capital. The agreement between Bee Cave and the developers allows for the Covert dealership to cover up to 38 acres. The agreement also calls for non-point- source pollution controls to protect Little Barton Creek and other area watersheds that ultimately drain into Lake Travis. The agreement also states that the dealership must conform to city require- ments for proper highway signage and that structures 35 to 45 feet in height be set back fromHwy. 71 by up to 275 feet.

Site preparation began earlier this year for a Covert car dealership on Hwy. 71 west of Vail Divide and adjacent to Sweetwater Ranch. When fully built, the dealership will extend along existing Acadia Drive and Sweetwater Crossing, according to site plans on le with the city of Bee Cave. Covert plans for the dealership to contain storefronts for Buick, Cadillac,

Austin FC’s new $242 million Q2 Stadium is nearing completion. (Jack Flagler/ Community Impact Newspaper)

Q2 Stadiumconstruction nears completion; rst public events expected this summer

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DEVELOPMENT Lakeway council votes to annex and zone land for future park

BY GREG PERLISKI

[park plans] meet the water-quality requirements and that this park will be built to the standards we expect.” Exact details of the park’s features and topography have yet to be decided but are included as part of Lakeway’s larger master park plan. Council approved its master park plan at its Feb. 1 meeting. The plan names the area annexed as Butler Park, and among the proposed amenities are sports elds, basketball courts, natural areas and playground equipment catered to people with disabilities. Though included in the parks plan, Butler Park remains a proposal at this time. Crosswind is a community of about 85 homeowners

Lakeway City Council unanimously approved Jan. 19 the annexation and zoning of 11.03 acres in the Lakeway Highlands subdivision, clearing the way for the property to be developed at some point as a city park. Council members approved the measures after hearing from some residents living in the neighboring Crosswind community in Spicewood. Residents asked Lakeway City Council to delay action on the parcel of land, which lies east of Crosswind Drive and west of Tomichi Trail in an area adjacent to Rough Hollow Elementary School. Crosswind

Lakeway City Council voted Jan. 19 to annex and zone land o Tomichi Trail near the Crosswind community. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

PATHWAY TO PARKLAND Lakeway’s parks plan calls for Butler Park in Lakeway Highlands. The area borders some homes in the Crosswind community in Spicewood. Name: Butler Park Location: Tomichi Trail Proposed amenities include: community garden, trails, dog park, basketball courts and sports elds, playground equipment for disabled children SOURCE: LAKEWAY PARKS & OPEN SPACE MASTER PLANCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER neighborhood-friendly transition between Crosswind and Lakeway.” Muse asked the council to consult with water-quality experts from the Lower Colorado River Authority. The LCRA manages the Highland Lakes, of which Lake Travis is a part. It manages water quality in the lakes through a watershed ordinance, according to the LCRA’s website. Guy Rowland, the president of the Crosswind Property Owners Association, also attended the Jan. 19 boardmeeting to voice his request for a delay and his desire to bring

residents said time is needed to study the park’s potential impact on water quality in nearby Little Rough Hollow Cove. Residents also asked the land be zoned as a greenbelt rather than parkland. Before voting,

“THERE HAVE BEEN PEOPLE BUYING HOMES THERE SINCE 2006 THAT EXPECTED THAT PARK TOBE BUILT.” LOUIS MASTRANGELO, LAKEWAY CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

whose lots are situated in an unincorporated area of Spicewood. The community has a lakefront park along Little Rough Hollow Cove. Crosswind

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other governmental agencies into the conversation about the proposed park. “We continue to encourage the council to delay the annexation of this parcel until a full environmental impact of this decision can be reviewed with our community, the LCRA and Travis County,” Rowland said. The city’s Parks and Open Space Master Plan lists sports elds sixth on a list of 10 high priority needs. Residents of Crosswind also have addressed council in the past about stormwater runo reaching Little Rough Hollow Cove.

council members said a park with amenities such as sports elds is needed, and city sta could ensure park plans consider environmental impacts. “There have been people buying homes there since 2006 that expected that park to be built,” Lakeway Council Member Louis Mastrangelo said. “I also have faith in our building and development team that they will make sure that these

resident Christy Muse told council members during the public hearing portion of the council meeting that keeping the land in a more natural state would be better for Lake Travis. “We ask that you consider zoning this tract as greenbelt,” Muse said. “It will be much better for the water quality in the lake; more sports elds are not necessary; and it will be a much gentler and

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YEARS IN THE MAKING, A SPRINT TO THE FINISH THE VACCINE RACE: While the COVID-19 vaccines from companies Pzer and Moderna were developed in record time, years of preliminary research—including by scientists at the University of Texas—made the vaccine possible. 1 PRELIMINARYRESEARCH • In 2008 , Jason McLellan began studying vaccines for respiratory viruses as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. By 2012, he was focused on coronaviruses, which include many forms of the common cold. • With Dr. Barney Graham of the NIH,

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McLellan discovered the infection-causing spike protein common to coronaviruses. In 2018, he moved his lab to the University of Texas and continued his research.

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• After the COVID-19 virus led to an epidemic in China in January 2020 , the McLellan Lab began adapting his research to establish the basis of the COVID-19 vaccine.

THEVACCINES REQUIRE TWOSHOTSAT DIFFERENT TIMES. SHOULD PATIENTS GET THE SAME VACCINE FORBOTH? Yes, although it is not necessary to receive both vaccinations from the same source. If your circumstances require you to receive your two vacci- nations at dierent geographic sites, that is OK. What is important is [that patients] receive the two vaccinations from the same vaccination company. ARE THERE LIKELYTOBE COSTSASSOCIATEDWITHTHE VACCINE? At this time, for the general public, there is no cost associated with vaccination. Vaccinations purchased with tax dollars will be distributed to citizens at no expense. Private health care practitioners do have the right to assess a delivery fee [but] not a fee for the vaccination itself. The fee for vaccination delivery may be cash pay, or, in some cases, an insurance claim

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Hill Countryphysiciananswers questionsabout COVID19vaccine

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may be led. Patients must check with their own insurance companies to know what their policy covers and what their nancial responsibility is to their health care practitioners. IF I ALREADYHADCOVID19, SHOULD I STILL GET THEVAC CINE? IF SO,WHEN? Yes. If you have had COVID-19 and recovered, you should proceed with vaccination at the rst available opportunity. That is a dictum that holds true for all of us. The only cave- ats are if one has received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma. Then, a waiting period of 90 days is indicated. If one has a known history of immediate allergic reaction to the mRNA virus or polyethylene glycol, then the vaccine is contraindicated.

the Pzer vaccine. If one speaks to a virologist or immunologist, [they will say] there are many dierences, although these are not important at the community level. What is import- ant to know is that these two vaccina- tions are equally safe and ecacious and that there is no risk of infection with either. These are both mRNA vaccinations. MRNA is a message to the immune cell to create a specic protein that stimulates an immune response resulting in the production of what are called neutralizing anti- bodies. I want to emphasize: There is no risk of viral infection associated with receiving the vaccine.

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News from Eanes & Lake Travis ISDs

Diversity focus groups planned for Eanes students

Instructions for meeting attendance are at each district’s website. Eanes ISD board of trustees meets on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 601 Camp Craft Road, West Lake Hills • www.eanesisd.net Lake Travis ISD board of trustees meets on the third Wednesday at 6 p.m. at 607 N. RM 620, Lakeway www.ltisdschools.org Leander ISD board of trustees meets on the second and fourth Thursday at 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park www.leanderisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

EISD secondary schools have served as the pilot campuses for the program. At that level, Gooden has conducted seven training sessions and three student focus groups. Furthermore, 52 district leaders and 1,027 sta members underwent a needs assessment developed by Gooden, which he referred to as Gooden’s Reimagining Racial Aware- ness and Cultural Equity assessment. Gooden said he has also engaged with the community-led groups, such as C.A.R.E, as well as entities such as a local Boy Scout troop and a group of EISD special education parents. These opportunities have allowed individuals to share personal experiences and have aided EISD in developing common themes regarding DEI within the district. Amid the districtwide excitement around and interest in DEI work, Gooden said several concerns have emerged during campus meetings. A common hesitation, he said, involves the ability to tackle DEI work amid the ongoing pandemic struggles, among other responsibilities. Additional themes included the need for additional training and for DEI work to have a more prominent presence on campus. Moving forward, EISD will conduct additional student focus groups at West Ridge Middle School, according to district information.

CHANGE ON THE HORIZON The Eanes ISD community continues to work toward its goal of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. JULY: 52 EISD leaders undergo training at a leadership retreat. JULY 21: Eanes ISD hires Mark Gooden as the diversity, equity and inclusion consultant. JULYAUGUST: 52 district leaders and 1,027 sta take needs assessment survey. AUG. 11: EISD announces it created a diversity, equity and inclusion advisory group. OCT. 26: EISD selects 27 community members out of more than 200 applications to serve on the DEI advisory group. OCT. 27: The DEI advisory group meets for the rst time. NOVEMBER: Gooden meets with community groups, sta members, parents and students. DECEMBER: EISD begins student focus groups at secondary schools. JAN. 12: Gooden presents a six-month DEI update to the board.

EANES ISD Students at Eanes ISD will participate in focus groups centered on diversity, equity and inclusion, according to an update given during a Jan. 12 board meeting. EISD kicked o its commitment to DEI work last July after commu- nity members publicly shed light on accounts of racist behavior on campus. The month prior, alumni and students rallied to form grass- roots initiatives, including Chaps for an Anti-Racist Eanes, which quickly swelled to 1,000 supporters. In response, trustees unanimously approved a contract July 21 to employ professor and anti-racism educator Mark Gooden as EISD’s diversity, equity and inclusion consultant for the 2020-21 school year. Under Gooden’s guidance, EISD established its rst DEI advisory committee and pledged to build a community of trust through the development of racial awareness on campus. In the months that followed, a range of DEI work has occurred at both a district and community level, according to Gooden. “It really does warm my heart to know that you have groups who are working on this in multiple aspects of their lives,” he said. The DEI committee, which was formed after the review of more than 200 applications, has been assem- bling since October.

Lake Travis ISD sta received vaccines. (Courtesy Marco Alvarado)

Eanes, LakeTravis ISD staobtainvaccines

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

LAKE TRAVISANDEANES ISDS Through partnerships with local health entities, Eanes and Lake Travis ISDs secured COVID- 19 vaccines for a combined 338 employees. Texas stands in the early stages of vaccine rollouts. Statewide distribution is approved for individuals in Phase 1A, which includes frontline health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities, as well as Phase 1B, which includes people over the age of 65 or individuals with certain medical conditions. Through a partnership with a local ambulance service, First Medical Response of Texas, 200 eligible LTISD sta received the vaccine Jan. 19, according to Marco Alvarado, the LTISD’s director of communications. The following day, about 138 sta at EISD secured COVID-19 vaccines from Austin Public Health and Ascension Seton Austin, according to news release from the district.

SOURCE: EANES ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Lake Travis ISDoverviews preliminary 202122 budget and enrollment

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

The budget also reects a total tax rate of $1.2772 per $100 of valuation, down from a current $1.3239. LTISD is also projecting an 8% increase in taxable property value. One of the largest factors in deter- mining the budget will be enrollment, which declined by 3% amid the pan- demic. Sanchez said she is anticipating those numbers will improve; however, LTISD is still awaiting an ocial demographic report. Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is projected at 11,404, which reects a 401-student increase from the current year. Sanchez said compensation deci- sions will be discussed in April.

Lake Travis ISD ocials have started preliminary budget discussions. These estimates are subject to change. BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

LAKE TRAVIS ISD For school dis- tricts, January marks the start of the eight-month budget planning process for the upcoming year, according to Pam Sanchez, Lake Travis ISD’s chief nancial ocer. During a Jan. 20 LTISD board meeting, Sanchez began the scal year 2021-22 preliminary budget overview. Notably, these projections are subject to change given the convening of the 87th Texas Legislature on Jan. 12, Sanchez said. The early estimates indicate a balanced 2021-22 budget of $43.16 million and show little to no change in revenue from the prior school year.

total budget $43,164,472

total tax rate $1.2772

8% INCREASE

401 INCREASE in taxable property value within LTISD in student population

SOURCE: LAKE TRAVIS ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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