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TEAdata shows discipline disparities inKaty ISD

Experts said if there is not a relationship between student race and suspension recipients, the suspension rate for a specic race should mirror the student population. KATY ISD DEMOGRAPHICS IN 202021 Discipline disparities

BY SAVANNAH KUCHAR & CLAIRE SHOOP

Statewide and nationwide, experts said Black students are being disciplined at rates disproportionate to their representation in the student population. For years, Katy ISD has been no exception: While about 12% of the district’s student population was Black, these students received about 33% of all out-of-school suspensions in the 2020- 21 school year, according to KISD data from a Community Impact Newspaper public information request. Experts such as Vicky Sullivan, a senior sta attorney with the Education Justice Project at Texas Appleseed, an Austin-based social, economic and racial justice nonprot, said the organization has long advocated for discipline reform around these issues. “One of the things that I thinkwe’re dealingwith in public educationis that there isanurgentneedtotransformhowwe see school discipline—one that acknowledges and confronts the ingrained inequities and systemic barriers that result in further marginalizing some students,” Sullivan said. “How we achieve that—that’s the million-dollar question.” With many variables aecting discipline rates, including factors like socioeconomics, language barriers and mental CONTINUED ON 22

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Katy-area businesses endure stang shortages BY LAURA AEBI & ANNA LOTZ

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIMS Thousands of Texans working in the accommodation and food services industry have claimed unemployment benets since the start of the pandemic.

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Thaicoon Restaurant & Pub, a Katy-area Thai restaurant, has a tab on its website dedicated to job listings, but manager Lisa Nguyen said most appli- cants do not show up for the interview. Nguyen said she is dreading the end of

summer, when she will lose nearly all of her sta. “When school returns, the nightmare begins all over again, since most of my sta are college stu- dents,” she said. Thaicoon has a hiring sit- uation that mirrors other CONTINUED ON 24

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and dinner specials, such as teriyaki tempura and katsu. 281-767-7183. www.miyokakaty.com 5 Cibus Artisan Food opened July 29 at 27110 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. 1300, Katy. The shop sells artisan sausages and meats, including cuts of beef, pork and lamb. Cibus Artisan Food has more than 56 years of experience in the meat distribution industry. 832-900-0413. 6 Chipotle Mexican Grill opened at 25226 FM 1093 Katy, on Aug. 16. The fast-casual chain offers made-to-order burritos, bowls, salads and tacos as well as sides and kids’ meals. With more than 250 Texas locations, this is the third Chipotle in the Katy area. 832-913-5400. www.chipotle.com 7 Luxe Medical Aesthetics , located at 21770 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, in the Mason Park Medical Clinic, was set to begin taking appointments Aug. 23, after press time. Services include IV hydration therapy, nutrition counseling, weight loss and management programs, skin and hair rejuvenation, dermal fillers and Botox. 281-603-9319. 8 UBreakiFix , an electronics repair store, opened at 6825 S. Fry Road, Ste. 300, Katy, on May 6. Owned by Fer- nando Villarreal and Mark Wallis, the Cin- co Ranch location provides smartphone, tablet and computer repairs, including fixes for broken screens and software and camera issues. UBreakiFix was founded in 2009 and has more than 600 franchise locations across the country. 281-868-3600. www.ubreakifix.com COMING SOON 9 The Sports Lab will open in late August at 23116 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. Founded by a physical therapist with 25 years of experience in orthopedic sports medicine, the business will use technology to enhance athletes’ performance and prevent injuries. Additionally, The Sports Lab will offer oxygen therapy, heart rate variability testing, body composition analysis, and nutritional assessments. The facility will also host personal training and physical

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NOWOPEN 1 Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux opened at 23213 Grand Circle Blvd., Katy, on Aug. 9. The Baton Rouge-based chain specializes in Louisiana-inspired Cajun cuisine, such as such as crawfish etouffee, duck and andouille gumbo, and Krispy Kreme Donut bread pudding. The restaurant features more than 70 TVs, local beers on draft and an air-conditioned outdoor patio. 281-769-5959. www.walk-ons.com

2 Project Pollo , a plant-based fast-food restaurant, opened its first Houston-area location at 514 Mason Road, Katy, on July 28. This is the “chicken-less chicken” con- cept’s eighth Texas location. The restau- rant’s specialty is its vegan chicken made using a non-GMO soy patty and all-natural

Katy, in July. Big City Wings specializes in bar food, such as nachos, wings, and fried mac and cheese. There is also another Big City Wings location opening at 9115 FM 723, Ste. 650, Richmond, in the coming 4 Miyoka Katy Restaurante opened its doors June 18 at 22044 Westheimer Parkway, Katy. The Japanese restaurant serves sushi, sashimi, soups and salads. Miyoka Katy Restaurante also offers lunch months. 281-665-3302. www.bigcitywings.com

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10 StoneAge Korean Grill & Bar will open at 20940 Katy Freeway, Ste. C, Katy, in the fall. Executive Chef Pascal Choi, a longtime Houston sushi chef, will fuse traditional Korean cuisine with Texas steakhouse favorites at the restaurant. StoneAge is a hot-stone concept, in which diners can continue to cook and customize their meal at their table. www.stoneagegrill.com 11 Old Chicago will open a location at 24515 Katy Freeway, Ste. 100, Katy, in late September. The restaurant was previously a tenant at the same location before shutting its doors in 2020. Antidote Gastrobar moved into the space, but the bar permanently closed in April, allowing Old Chicago to move back into the space. Old Chicago is known for craft beers, Sicilian pepperoni rolls and Italian nachos. The chain has more than 80 locations in the country with three in Texas. www.oldchicago.com 12 Paws of Fury , a pet grooming business, is under construction at 4020 FM 1463, Ste. 104, Fulshear. Owner Kirk Jellyvean Rheinhardt said the business will offer one-on-one dog and cat grooming. The business employs certified pet groomers and hygienists with CPR training to ensure the safety and well- being of pets in their care. Paws of Fury is expected to open in October. 346-306-8347. www.pawsoffury.com 13 Homebrew Coffee Shop and Eatery is opening at 21040 Highland Knolls Drive, Ste. 500, Katy, in mid-September. The coffee shop’s menu will include a variety of frozen and hot drinks—such as smoothies and coffee—as well as pastries and wraps. 832-997-2597. www.gethomebrew.com

14 Lefty’s Famous Cheesesteaks, Hoagies & Grill is anticipated to open at 2015 N. Mason Road, Katy, in the fall. The restaurant will serve a variety of hoagies, burgers, sandwiches, coney dogs and salads alongside fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms and cheese sticks. With restaurants in Michigan, California and Texas, Lefty’s has three other Houston- area locations. www.eatleftys.com RELOCATIONS 15 Spring Green Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic will relocate to 26077 Nelson Way, Ste. 203, Katy, in October. The clinic aims to help the community live healthier lives without pain. It offers services for chronic pain, digestive issues, mental health problems, infertility, weight loss and substance use disorders. The clinic was formerly at 17758 Katy Freeway, Houston. 281-816-9717. www.springgreenacupuncture.com ANNIVERSARIES 16 Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy is celebrating its one-year anniversary the week of Aug. 26-29. Located at 23116 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Restore offers services to promote health and wellness, including cryotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, photobiomodulation therapy and IV drip therapy. 832-390-0755. www.restore.com NAME CHANGE 17 Cross Creek Veterinary Hospital , formerly Brixton Pet Hospital and Resort, is under new management as of July.

DigWorldwill host eld trips, birthday parties, corporate events andmore, the statement said.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Katy Mills will be the home of DigWorld —Texas’ rst all-ages, construction-themed adventure park—in a “few months,” according to an Aug. 18 announcement from Dig World. The 3.5-acre park will feature real, heavy construction equipment–such as excavators, skid steers, UTVs and more— for both adults and children to operate. “At Katy Mills, we are committed to growing, evolving and supporting what the community needs,” said Lisa Connolly, Katy Mills’ director of marketing and business development. “Dig World will surely enhance the family-friendly oerings of Katy Mills, providing a fun place for families to spend time together during their visit to the center.” The park will also feature a playground, a gem-mining station and a turf eld with yard games. “We want to create memorable experiences for families that last a

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Dr. Matt Duff manages the practice, which offers veterinary-centric care utiliz- ing Fear Free techniques to the Katy area. The hospital, located at 4611 FM 1463, Katy, offers telemedicine options, pher- omone-infused exam rooms, a loyalty

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES New truck route to divert traffic fromKaty residential roads

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• Heavy trucks cannot use Katy Hockley Road and Avenue D. • Trucks will be rerouted to Hwy. 90, I-10 and Katy Fort Bend Road.

THE REVISED ROUTE The new ordinance, which as approved July 12, should reduce heavy truck traffic and crashes in the residential area, officials said. It will go into effect Oct. 1, according to Assistant City Administrator Anas Garfaoui.

Katy City Council unanimously approved a new truck route to divert through truck traffic away from multiple residential roads July 12. Under the new ordinance, trucks will no longer be able to use roads such as Katy Hockley Road and Avenue D and will instead be directed to Katy Fort Bend Road as a north and south route option, while Hwy. 90 and I-10 continue to be east and west routes, according to Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris. The city of Katy has had a designated truck route going through the city limits since the 1960s, Harris said. He said heavy truck traffic has increased in residential areas in the last five years, something this ordinance aims to reduce. The change also aims to reduce heavy truck crashes, a problem Harris said has been most common at the intersection of Clay Road and Katy Hockley Road. “It’s not going to 100% eliminate those issues, but we hope that it will

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Texas Heritage Parkway project Construction on the Texas Heritage Parkway project connecting FM 1093 to I-10 should be finished Aug. 20, after press time. Fort Bend County officials said before the parkway was complete, Grand Parkway and FM 1463 served as the two primary connections from I-10 to FM 1093. The new thoroughfare will be 6.4 miles long and 200 feet wide when complete. The road will have four lanes, a median and 10 roundabouts. Timeline: June 2020-August 2021 Cost: $55 million Funding sources: 48% from public entities, 52% privately funded

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at least be a positive solution,” Harris said. Ordinance violations will mean penalties of up to $200. Deliveries within the city, including Amazon

trucks, will still be able to use the previous routes, Harris said. The ordinance will go into effect Oct. 1, according to Assistant City Administrator Anas Garfaoui.

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QUOTEOFNOTE “I ALWAYS SAYA MORE INCLUSIVE FORT BEND COUNTY IS A STRONGER FORT BEND COUNTY.” KEN DEMERCHANT, PRECINCT 4 COMMISSIONER ON THE COUNTYWIDE DISPARITY STUDY COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS FORTBENDCOUNTY On June 22, Fort Bend County commissioners approved an amended budget for $157.42 million in American Rescue Plan Act relief funds. Commissioners approved a preliminary budget in May. Counties must spend the funds before 2025. FORTBENDCOUNTY A mask mandate for all employees and visitors to Fort Bend County facilities was announced on Aug. 13 by County Judge KP George. Katy City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is Sept. 13 at 910 Ave. C, Katy. 281-391-4800. www.cityoaty.com Katy ISD meets the third or fourth Monday of each month at 5 p.m. The next meeting is Sept. 27 at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy. 281-396-6000. www.katyisd.org Harris County Commissioners Court usually meets Tuesday mornings twice a month. The next meeting is Sept. 14 at 1001 Preston Ave., Ste. 934, Houston. 713-755-5000. www.harriscountytx.gov Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meets at 1 p.m. the rst, second and fourth Tuesdays each month. The next meeting is Sept. 7 at 401 Jackson St., Richmond. 281-342-3411. www.fortbendcountytx.gov MEETINGSWE COVER

City Council approves ordinance protecting KatyHeritage Park

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KATY A new ordinance created a Division 11 title for structures located in Katy Heritage Park. The ordinance, which was unanimously approved by Katy City Council July 12, aims to keep the area “historically accurate,” Council Member Rory Robertson said. “This is a really good ordinance, especially for the Katy Heritage Park,” Robertson said. “This doesn’t take away any of the safety mechanisms that we are using for these houses—but it does keep them historically accurate. That’s what we’re shooting for.” The ordinance was passed with the support of the Katy Heritage Society, a nonprot with a mission of furthering the educational and cultural development of the Katy

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Harris Countyoering $100 incentive for vaccinations

she said. “The consequences of this tragedy are all the more tragic when we remember there is a vaccine that is safe and eective and widely available,” Hidalgo said. “Harris County residents are losing their lives who don’t have to, and families are suering who do not have to.” As of Aug. 16, 68.6% of county residents over the age of 12 had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. NUMBER TOKNOW SOURCE: TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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FORT BEND COUNTY In a 3-2 vote, Fort Bend County commis- sioners approved a countywide study looking at potential disparities in business utilization at a July 27 Commissioners Court meeting. The agreement with Mason Tillman Associates will use $300,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act fund. The study seeks to assess possible disparities in the hiring of women- or minority-owned businesses in Fort Bend County, per county documents. The rm conducted a similar study earlier this year for Harris County.

HARRIS COUNTY In the latest eort to increase vaccination rates, Harris County is oering recipients $100 to get a COVID-19 shot at any of its county-run sites. Those who get vaccinated will receive the $100 with their rst dose. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo made the announcement Aug. 17 as the region faces a surge in cases and hospitalizations driven by the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus. The cash incentive is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act,

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DISTRICT DATA

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Katy ISD employed more than 11,500 total sta members in the 2020-21 school year—more than half of which were full-time teachers. The district projects its student enrollment will increase by more than 4,000 students in 2021-22. KATY ISD

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202021 student statistics English learners

COVID19’s eects on education In-person vs. remote fall enrollment

Student safety strategies for 2021-22

Economically disadvantaged students 34.38%

Special education students

• Students should not attend school if they have a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. • Practicing personal hygiene, such as washing and sanitizing hands often, is encouraged. • Face coverings are optional for all students and sta. • Personal protective equipment will be provided for employees and students. • Custodial teams will maintain a regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule.

2020-21*

18.88% 12.83%

In person

68%

Remote

32%

Statewide

As of Aug. 10, Katy ISD's board of trustees voted to approve Katy Virtual Academy for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. As of press time, enrollment data for the 2021-22 school year was not yet available.

60.19% 20.64%

11.26%

*DATA WAS PROVIDED IS AS OF JANUARY 2021.

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CAMPUS DATA

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A closer look at campus-level data from local districts CAMPUS DEEP DIVE

Texas school districts and individual campuses will not receive accountability ratings for 2020-21 from the Texas Education Agency due to the pandemic, according to the TEA. It is unknown if accountability ratings will return for 2021-22. WHERE ARE THE ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS?

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Understanding the table The tables below compare campuses within their districts across a variety of categories dened by the Texas Education Agency.

Due to the eects of the coronavirus pandemic, 58% of Katy ISD campuses saw decreases in enrollment in the 2020-21 school year compared to 2019-20, a trend seen in districts across the state. The following tables show information about the 2020-21 KISD student population, including the percentage that are economically disadvantaged, English learners and served by special education services. KATY ISD

ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, come from a family with an income below the poverty line or are eligible for other specic assistance or benets ENGLISH LEARNER Identied by the Language Prociency Assessment Committee, students who have another primary language and are learning English DYSLEXIC Students identied as having dyslexia or other related disorders SPECIAL EDUCATION Students participating in a special edu- cation program or another program us- ing special education support services, aids or other special arrangements

AT RISK Students identied as at risk of dropping out of school based on state-dened criteria, which can include performance, alternative education enrollment, expulsion and homelessness, among other factors TITLE I Students in Title I programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provide funding for students of low-income families CTE Students enrolled in a state-approved career and technical education course as electives or in a district’s CTE program; percent shown is for 2019-20, the most recent year available

ENROLLMENT 202021 STUDENT POPULATION

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

1 Alexander 2 Bear Creek

1998 1978 2016 2017 2018 1980 2000 2014 2004 1992 2004 1989 2006 1996 2008 1978

916 -3% 15% 28% 13% 4% 38% 0% 46 707 -6% 77% 46% 18% 8% 62% 100% 47 878 -23% 35% 24% 18% 5% 40% N/A 57

3 Bethke 4 Bryant

1,061

16% 18% 11% 17% 5% 33% 0% 49, 50, 60

5 Campbell 6 Cimarron

1,356 25% 16% 41% 14% 4% 50% N/A 44

611 861

-3% 51% 14% 22% 5% 40% 100% 59 0% 31% 26% 12% 5% 46% N/A 45

7 Creech

8 Davidson

1,116 -2% 10% 24% 12% 3% 35% N/A 58 952 -9% 30% 34% 16% 5% 44% N/A 45, 53 928 -3% 29% 35% 15% 6% 47% N/A 45, 48 924 -6% 72% 49% 20% 6% 53% 100% 52, 55 853 0% 64% 23% 21% 7% 47% 100% 52 810 -5% 12% 21% 17% 3% 30% N/A 46, 48

SOURCES: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY, TEXAS LEGISLATURECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

9 Exley

10 Fielder 11 Franz 12 Golbow 13 Grin 14 Hayes 15 Holland 16 Hutsell 17 Jenks

ENROLLMENT 202021 STUDENT POPULATION

JUNIORHIGH SCHOOLS

561

-16% 33% 29% 15% 6% 44% N/A 53, 54

883 -13% 21% 33% 10% 6% 43% N/A 46 802 -5% 68% 45% 24% 7% 63% 100% 49, 50

44 Adams

2019 1,475 13% 8% 5% 9% 6% 18% N/A 62 1996 1,260 0% 23% 9% 10% 6% 25% N/A 61 2004 1,695 -1% 13% 7% 9% 5% 18% N/A 67 924 -8% 70% 26% 16% 8% 56% 1% 64 2006 2001 1,445 -1% 23% 14% 12% 7% 28% N/A 61, 69 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 63, 66

2016 1,449 0% 15% 41% 12% 4% 49% N/A 44, 58

45 Beck

46 Beckendor

18 Katy

1965

636 0% 17% N/A 20% 7% 32% N/A 49, 50, 60

47 Cardi

-9% 10% 32% 14% 5% 42% N/A 46, 48

19 Kilpatrick

2003 1,091

48 Cinco Ranch

20 King

2001 2019 1983 2020 1997 1978

868 -8% 54% 34% 19% 5% 56% 100% 49, 50 892 29% 53% 20% 18% 5% 51% 100% 49, 57 747 -2% 68% 25% 18% 5% 51% 100% 51 692 N/A 41% 23% 14% 5% 43% N/A 49, 57 683 -10% 70% 49% 18% N/A 63% 100% 47, 52 820 -9% 63% 61% 15% 3% 74% 100% 54

49 Haskett*

2021 1995 1980 1991 1982 2003 2012 2017 2016 1976

21 Leonard

50 Katy

1,267 4% 47% 17% 17% 11% 44% N/A 63, 65

22 Mayde Creek 23 McElwain** 24 McRoberts

51 Mayde Creek 52 McDonald

1,231

6% 68% 20% 14% 8% 46% N/A 64

976 7% 64% 20% 14% 8% 47% 1% 65, 66 2000 1,136 -4% 22% 11% 9% 6% 25% N/A 68

53 McMeans

25 Memorial Parkway

54 Memorial Parkway

826 -9% 36% 11% 16% 10% 39% N/A 68 1,195 1% 67% 22% 17% 9% 52% 2% 65 1,558 5% 14% 9% 8% 5% 19% N/A 62, 67 1,327 23% 49% 14% 16% 9% 40% N/A 66 1,452 4% 12% 7% 8% 4% 19% N/A 69 913 5% 58% 22% 16% 8% 48% 2% 61, 63, 68

55 Morton Ranch 56 Seven Lakes

26 Morton Ranch

2008 1,016 7% 63% 46% 16% 3% 62% 100% 52, 55

27 Nottingham Country

1981 1989 2014 2004 2004 2001 2012 2009 2007 1982 1974 2000

816 -7% 30% 13% 15% 5% 32% N/A 54, 59 1,143 4% 17% 24% 10% 3% 31% N/A 53 1,074 -6% 7% 10% 14% 5% 26% N/A 44 813 -14% 73% 44% 16% 5% 61% 100% 47, 51 986 -10% 27% 25% 14% 4% 38% N/A 48, 60 1,175 -3% 65% 38% 15% 3% 58% 100% 47, 51 1,126 -6% 17% 22% 11% 3% 35% N/A 56, 58 984 -7% 10% 20% 12% 3% 29% N/A 56 595 -14% 73% 50% 21% 8% 66% 100% 51, 52, 55 722 -6% 79% 44% 24% 7% 65% 100% 55 819 0% 58% 25% 14% 4% 33% 100% 59

57 Stockdick

28 Pattison 29 Randolph 30 Rhoads 31 Rylander 32 Schmalz 33 Shafer 34 Stanley 35 Stephens 36 Sundown

58 Tays

59 West Memorial 60 WoodCreek

2008 1,350 11% 13% 5% 11% 8% 22% N/A 63, 69

ENROLLMENT

202021 STUDENT POPULATION

HIGH SCHOOLS 61 Cinco Ranch

37 West Memorial

1999 3,401

5% 24% 10% 8% 4% 27% 0% 57.1% 1,127 N/A 10% 4% 6% 4% 14% N/A N/A 3,180 -8% 31% 7% 11% 6% 34% 1% 61.35%

38 Williams 39 Wilson 40 Winborn

851

1% 29% 34% 13% 6% 47% N/A 45

62 Jordan**

2020 1947

2012 1981 2012 2012

916 -10% 12% 22% 14% 4% 33% N/A 56, 58

63 Katy

641

-3% 56% 12% 20% 6% 41% 100% 49, 55

64 Mayde Creek 65 Morton Ranch

1984 2,799 -3% 67% 13% 12% 5% 45% 1% 65.95% 2004 2,529 -1% 61% 12% 12% 5% 47% 1% 63.77% 2005 3,678 -2% 14% 6% 7% 3% 17% N/A 53.72% 3,014 4% 30% 8% 9% 5% 27% 1% 61.89% 2013 3,484 -13% 11% 4% 8% 3% 17% N/A 63.41% 2017 2,551 19% 50% 11% 11% 5% 41% 1% 71.27% 1979

41 Wolfe

358 -3% 57% 17% 16% 7% 41% 100% 47, 51, 54 952 -5% 9% 8% 16% 6% 26% N/A 60

42 Wolman

66 Paetow

67 Seven Lakes

43 WoodCreek

2007 1,235 0% 14% 18% 14% 3% 29% 0% 48, 58, 60

68 Taylor

NA INDICATES THAT THE COUNT IS UNAVAILABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT. THESE NUMBERS ARE TYPICALLY SMALL, ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY. *HASKETT JUNIOR HIGH IS OPENING IN THE 202122 SCHOOL YEAR.

69 Tompkins

**MCELWAIN ELEMENTARY AND JORDAN HIGH SCHOOLS OPENED IN THE 202021 SCHOOL YEAR.

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What’s on your to-do list of things you’ve missed doing due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Beach volleyball? Baseball game? Big-screen movie? But wait! It looks like something is missing. Is seeing your primary care provider on your list? If not, it should be. Primary care specialist Dr. Benedict Ifedi with Memorial HermannMedical Group, says he’s missed familiar faces. “People were delaying care in 2020, but it’s beginning to feel more like pre-COVID-19 days. People I haven’t seen since 2019 are coming back,” says Dr. Ifedi. At the height of the pandemic, Dr. Ifedi observes, many people went to urgent care centers for treatment of acute conditions, perhaps because they (mistakenly) felt the centers might offer more stringent COVID-19 protocols, but that’s changing. “They know we take enhanced safety precautions--masking, temperature checks, modif ied policies on people who can accompany patients–so they’re more comfortable coming in-person,” adds Dr. Ifedi. Many patients relied on virtual visits and will continue to do so in the future. “Telemedicine’s been around for a while,” Dr. Ifedi says, “but it was definitely fast- forwarded by COVID-19. A lot of good care is happening�especial ly for chronic issues l ike hypertension or diabetes�even when a patient doesn’t see the doctor in person.” 3 Great Reasons to Reconnect with Your PCP 1. Get back on track During the pandemic, anxiety increased, and activity

decreased for some. Our routines changed, including our eating habits. Reconnecting with your primary care physician, says Dr. Ifedi, “is a great way to recalibrate and get back to a pre-COVID-19 baseline� or even better.” 2. Stay current with regular screenings You know your car runs best and develops fewer problems when you keep it on a service schedule. That’s true for people, too. Think of regular screenings and annual checkups as the maintenance checks that can keep you running smoothly for a lifetime. For children, regular screenings (at least one per year for 5-year-olds and up), allow parents to keep a close eye on milestones for growth, weight, physical development, and learning. During a time when children’s routines have been disrupted, the PCP’s watchful eye can help spot physical and emotional problems before they grow into bigger issues. Adults 18 and older may hesitate to visit the doctor regularly because “they feel fantast ic.” Age- appropriate screening, however, can spot subtle things like the potential “silent” diseases, as Dr. Ifedi describes them. Routine checks may uncover early- stage cancer, high blood pressure and its risk of stroke, high cholesterol and its risk of cardiovascular disease, undiagnosed diabetes and its risk of kidney disease, retinopathy or neuropathy. Any of these conditions

the long run. Dr. Ifedi says, “I hear lots of ‘I know this is silly, but….’ When a patient says that my response is ‘Come on in. I f you’re worried, so am I.’” Ur gent c a r e c ent e r s , according to Dr. Ifedi, can’t replace the relationship you have with your primary care physician developed after

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seeing you consistently over time. “One of my families was planning a trip out of the country. They were going to a clinic to get the required immunizations but checked with my office first,” says Dr. Ifedi, “We looked at their records, did some research on their destination and found out they had everything they needed to go.” Beyond easy access to medical records, a PCP may notice changes in health or have information from previous visits that can lead to timely diagnoses and treatment. Patients don’t have to explain an entire medical history every visit and, over time, feel more comfortable discussing concerns. Data shows that patients who regularly see a PCP enjoy better care, lower medical expenses, and fewer trips to the emergency room. What’s more, in the increasingly complex world of health care, PCPs are indispensable guides to good health—managing chronic conditions, coordinating care, referring you to the right specialist at the right time.

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Solar array to power newest Katy ISD junior high campus

“The district is always reviewing our design initiatives to become more sustainable and limit our carbon footprint, and solar is one way that we felt like we could implement this system and save precious tax dollars in our maintenance and operations fund,” he said. Another perk of using the solar sys- tem is the low maintenance required to keep it operating, Wotipka said. The system has a 25-year warranty and requires little to no consistent upkeep, he said. “There’s not a lot of bells and whis- tles with this set up,” Wotipka said. “It just gets installed, and hopefully with a 25-year warranty, it’s going to pay back for us for a long time.” The solar system was set up on the ground rather than on the roof of the school because it is cheaper to install and maintain at ground level, said Brian Hood, senior vice president with Leaf Engineers, the eco-friendly engineering rm behind the project. The array works by tying into the school’s electrical grid, Hood said. The school’s rst option will be to rely on solar power, he said, and

$700K TOTAL COST

40% UTILITY CONSUMPTION ANNUAL REDUCTION

1,044 375WATT SOLAR PANELS

BY MORGAN JONES

Katy ISD’s newest junior high school will be the rst in the district to be largely powered by the sun. Haskett Junior High School, which is set to open for the 2021-22 school year, will be largely powered by a solar system that includes 1,044 375- watt solar panels set up on 1.35 acres adjacent to the school. The solar array will collect the solar energy through its rack-mounted panels and route it through inverters that will then distribute power back to the building’s electrical distribu- tion system, KISD project manager Ryan Wotipka said. The total cost of the array was $700,000, but the savings will be notable to the district, Wotipka said: The array is expected to reduce the school’s electrical utility consump- tion by 40% annually.

The system has a 25-year warranty and, aside from an annual cleaning, requires little to no upkeep. (Morgan Jones/Community Impact Newspaper)

when it is not using solar, it will rely on power from CenterPoint Energy. The system will also be used as a teaching tool, Hood said. For exam- ple, students will be able to see how the array is performing on monitors installed throughout the campus. “They’ll be able to see how much energy we collected today, how much energy we collected this week, this month,” he said. “That allows them to be able to use that information

with their math class and their sci- ence curriculum—to be able to have that real-time interaction with the students and sta to be able to make that part of their instruction.” Benets such as sustainability, cost savings and teaching opportunities lead Hood to believe more districts will soon begin to power facilities in similar ways, he said. “We are very excited about this,” Hood said.

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