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Blue-green algae present in 3 Highland Lakes and 10 locations around Lake Travis

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A sign at Lakeway City Park cautions pet owners. The area is one of 10 sites identied by the Lower Colorado River Authority as testing positive for toxic blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria.

Harmful blue-green algae found in Highland Lakes Spicewood resident DawnLangerock has lived at her Lake Travis-front home for 13 years with her husband, Steve, and their German shepherd. During that time, she said the lake has been a well-loved resource. “We live on the lake. We play in the lake, and we have a dog who loves the water,” Langerock said. However, this spring, Langerock said she is keeping her family and dog out of the water in an eort to avoid a poten- tially harmful blue-green algae bloom. In late February, the Lower Colorado River Authority—the nonprot utility agency in charge of Lake Travis and CONTINUED ON 28 BY AMY RAE DADAMO

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Along a trail that runs through the Hamilton Greenbelt in Lakeway, there is a buzz of activity among the ashe juniper trees. A team from the Texas Conservation Corps is clearing dead debris from a thicket of trees that leads to a line of private homes. In West Lake Hills, work crews for Travis County Water Control and Improvement District 10 have been installing larger water CONTINUED ON 30

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u, strep throat and other contagious illnesses with results available within 15-30 minutes. The service is available to businesses in Lakeway, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood. 512-831-3660 www.pochealthservices.com COMING SOON 8 A new dermatology practice is coming soon to the Spicewood region. Longhorn Dermatology is scheduled to open May 10 at 4900 Bee Creek Road., Ste. 101, Spicewood. The oce will be operated by a board-certied dermatologist and will oer both medical and surgical dermatology including Mohs micrography surgery and cosmetic 9 Round Rock eatery Sabor Colombia is opening a new kitchen this spring at 13201 N. RM 620, Austin. The restaurant and bakery serve authentic Colombian fare such as arepas, picada and sancocho de cola—an oxtail stew with plantain and yucca. www.saborcolombia512.com 10 Vaqueros Cafe & Cantina is coming soon to the Steiner Ranch area in late summer. The Tex-Mex restaurant will open at a site under construction at 3810 N. Quinlan Park Road, Austin. services. 512-961-5250. www.longhornderm.com Vaqueros Cafe & Catina serves a variety of authentic dishes including fajitas, en- chiladas and tacos made with homemade tortillas. The restaurant opened its rst location at 1801 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., West Lake Hills, in 2017. 512-382-7899. www.vaqueroscafe.com 11 Zest Indian Kitchen and Bar is com- ing soon to the Oaks at Lakeway shop- ping center at 2011 Main St., Lakeway, in the spot formally held by the franchise Mad Greens. The restaurant will serve North Indian, Punjabi and Tandoori-style Indian dishes. There is not a phone num- ber or website listed at this time. RELOCATIONS 12 A locally owned classical Pilates studio, Pilates Bodies and Barre, relocat- ed to the Westlake Oaks Executive Park in the spring to 1001 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. M, Ste. 201, Austin. The fully equipped tness studio specializes in pri- vate Pilates and barre sessions and group classes. Pilates Bodies and Barre was pre- viously located at 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. 840, Austin. 512-923-1634. www.pilatesbodiesaustin.com 13 Italian gelato specialty shop Dolce Bacio opened in January in the Rock House Bar and Trailer Park, located at 6900 N. RM 620, Austin. The food truck, formerly located at 2207 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, serves Italian treats such as aogato, granita and cannolo alongside its gelato and sorbet oerings. 512-945-4542. www.dolcebaciogelato.com 14 Real estate agency RE/MAX Austin Skyline and mortgage loan originator business Motto Mortage moved into a joint oce space in April at 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. 840, Austin.

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6 Texas Beef Traders opened March 16 in Lakeway Town Center at 21217 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway, oering customers a ranch-to-table experience. The shop sells locally sourced, high-quality beef products from Hill Country ranchers. The beef is dry- aged for a minimum of 14 days, ash frozen and vacuumed sealed to ensure quality and freshness, according to Texas Beef Traders. 737-209-0309. www.texasbeeftraders.com 7 The League Kitchen & Tavern opened its fourth location within the on March 2. The new Hill Country Galleria location, which is located in the central plaza at 13420 Galleria Circle, Ste. A-128, Bee Cave, is the eatery’s largest to date and will feature a spacious patio area. The League Kitchen & Tavern’s new location was rst expected to open last summer but was im- pacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. www.leaguekitchen.com A new mobile COVID-19 testing facility began serving businesses in the Lake Travis-Westlake region in January. Point of Care Health Services’ mobile testing units can travel to individual job sites to aid businesses working to safely reopen. POCHS oers testing for COVID-19, the

NOWOPEN 1 Austin Skin opened April 8 at 15601 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave. The medical and cosmetic dermatology practice has a second location in Smithville and is led by Dr. Sarah Gee and Dr. Kristina Collins, Harvard University-trained, board-certi- ed dermatologists. The practice oers a range of medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology services and Mohs micro- graphic surgery—a technique used to treat certain skin cancers. 737-727-7546. www.austinskinphysicians.com 2 A new boutique, Gather & Co., celebrated its grand opening March 17 at 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. G-125, Bee Cave, within the Hill Country Galleria. The company was founded by two Austin business owners, Caitlan Lochridge, owner of the mobile boutique To The Moon, and Dom Renee of Thrifted Feels. Gather & Co. oers clothing, accessories, home goods and other products from local markets with a mission to promote sustainability and support the local community, according to a media release from the galleria. This business does not

have a listed phone number at this time. www.instagram.com/gatherandcoatx 3 Lake Travis Pizza was scheduled to open its second location in mid-April af- ter this edition went to press at 1508 RM 2222, Austin. Lake Travis Pizza is owned by husband and wife Leah and Mark Mirra and serves New York-style, brick oven pizzas. The pizzeria has an additional location at 3305 N. RM 620, Austin, in the Four Points region. 512-266-2287. www.laketravispizza.com 4 Mayeld Dairy Queen opened in the Four Points area in April at 7710 N. RM 620, Bldg. 4, Austin. Robert Mayeld opened the rst Dairy Queen franchise in Texas in 1949, and since Mayeld Dairy Queen has been serving hamburgers, ice cream and more. This will be the 12th Mayeld Dairy Queen location in Austin. www.mayelddq.com 5 Snappy Clean Car Wash opened in April at 1815 N. RM 620, Austin. The automat- ic car wash has a variety of options for customers and will feature touchless and soft-touch systems. 512-982-6870. www.snappyclean.com

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does not have a phone number. www.austinskylinerealestate.co ANNIVERSARIES

15 Epps Body & Paint celebrated 10 years under the ownership of Melissa and Steve Takamatsu on April 1. Melissa and Steve bought Epps from Wayne Epps, who started the company in 1988. The shop, at 14503 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave, oers quality auto collision repair. Manager Ian Jameson also celebrates 10 years with Epps in May. 512-263-3221. www.eppsbodyandpaint.com RENOVATIONS 16 The Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge overlooking Lake Travis reopened for the season in March to unveil a series of renovations and updates. The restau- rant located at 513 Sleat Drive, Briarcli, expanded its outdoor deck, construct- ed a new outdoor bar and underwent several kitchen upgrades. The Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge serves traditional American fare and features live music in a family-friendly atmosphere. 512-213-1313. www.thelighthouseonthelake.com

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IN THE NEWS 17 Code Galaxy , a children’s coding camp, closed its physical location within the Davenport Village Shopping center in March at 3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. D, Ste. 130, Austin. However, classes will continue. Code Galaxy will now oer its children’s coding classes virtually, according to a March 20 update from the company. Engineering projects, quizzes and coding classes are now available for students anywhere. 512-337-6624. www.thecodegalaxy.com CLOSINGS 18 Ur Fit Wellness Center closed at 10601 RM 2222, Ste. P, in Austin’s River- place neighborhood. The facility oered personal training and nutrition services.

Cranky Granny’s Sweet Rolls will open its rst storefront May 29 in The Domain.

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WORTH THE TRIP Cranky Granny’s Sweet Rolls will open its rst storefront May 29 in the North Austin shopping center at 10910 Do- main Drive, Ste. 106, Austin. Owner Si- anni Dean, a 22-year-old entrepreneur, last year moved the company from New Jersey to Austin in order to sell sweet rolls out of the kitchen at Midtown Live in East Austin. The new bakery will focus on Dean’s sweet rolls, which are similar to cinnamon rolls with an assortment of avors. Cranky Granny’s oers avors such as banana pudding and caramel apple with seasonal avors added to the menu on a rotating basis.

Dean said she will also serve ice cream and milkshakes out of the new storefront and will continue to deliver sweet rolls through the mail. 10910 Domain Drive, Ste. 106, Austin. 609-401-0090 www.crankygrannys.com

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22 LAKEWAY EARTHDAY The city of Lakeway will invite residents to participate in a volunteer opportunity in honor of Earth Day. To help keep Lakeway beautiful, volunteers will pick up trash and small debris along local roadways and throughout city parks. Volunteers will meet at Lakeway City Hall where they can nd trash bags, trash pickers, safety vests and maps. Interested parties can email infor@lakeway-tx.gov. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Free. Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway. 512-314-7500. www.lakeway-tx.gov 24 EANES EDUCATION FOUNDATION GALA The Eanes Education Foundation, a nonprot organization dedicated to supporting Eanes ISD, will host its annual gala. The 2021 Illuminate gala will be held outdoors at the Omni Barton Creek Resort pavilion and will include both in-person and virtual attendance opportunities. Testing for COVID-19 will be provided and required for those attending in person, and the gala will follow Travis County’s protocols at the time of the event. 6 p.m. Free (virtual), $500 (single in-person ticket). Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin. 512-732-9065. www.eaneseducationfoundation.org

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Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery will host a live, outdoor performance by musician Robert Wagner on April 17 and the third Saturday of every month. Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery also oers a playground for children and Craigo’s Pizza. 2-5 p.m. Free. Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery, 101 CR 409, Spicewood. 512-970-3203. www.ironwolfranch.com

The 19th annual Westlake Chamber golf tournament will fund programs, professional development and more. Interested parties can email info@westlakechamber.com to register. Noon-7 p.m. $175, (single), $600 (four people). Lost Creek

Country Club, 2612 Lost Creek Blvd., Austin. 512-327-3088. www.westlakechamber.com

APRIL 12 FREE FITNESS CLASS Coach Willam Wagner, a black belt and certied tness trainer, will host a free taekwondo tness class in Lakeway. Wagner will help participants set realistic goals, build muscle, burn fat, improve coordination and more through taekwondo techniques. 6-7 p.m. Free.

a canopy of trees and twinkling lights. Dogs are not allowed, and free parking will be available at the Lakeway Activity Center. Those interested in creating a whimsical scene on the trail can email events@lakeway-tx.gov. Dawn to dusk. Free. Lakeway City Hall Trail, 1102 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway. 512-314-7500. www.lakeway-tx.gov/1816/Enchanted- Forest-Walk

Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov/classes 12 THROUGHMAY 2 ENCHANTED FORESTWALK Lakeway Parks and Recreation will invite the community to attend the rst annual Enchanted Forest Walk located on the trail behind City Hall. The trail will be lined with tiny fairies and gnomes under

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES City of Bee Cavemoves a step forward on construction of Great Divide bridge

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Bee Cave City Council in a unanimous vote March 23 directed city sta to request design proposals for a bridge crossing at Great Divide Drive and Little Barton Creek. In moving the project forward, the city asked for designs of a bridge that could handle ood- waters up to what is expected from what the city’s consulting engineer Saxon Loomis termed a 10-year storm. Such a storm would likely have produced ooding at a bridge crossing of this size a total of 17 times during the past 78 years, according to Saxon Loomis’ ow models of Little Barton Creek. While the cost of a bridge to handle such ooding occurrences has been estimated at $1.77 million, what the council vote did not dene is the exact specications of the bridge or its appearance. Council members in voting for the designs did ask that designers include at least an additional 8 feet for pedestrian access. Those details are to be worked out once a designer is hired by the city. The city has six months to hire a design engineer, according to an interlocal agreement between the city and

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Willie Way to connect Bee Cave Parkway and Ladera Boulevard. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper) Construction phase of Willie Way nearly complete Major construction activity of the rst segment of Willie Way is substantially complete, according to Bee Cave Chief Engineer Kevin Sawtelle. The initial connection of Willie Way between Bee Cave Parkway and Ladera Boulevard is expected to relieve trac in the nearby Ladera neighborhood. The project is now in a general cleanup phase that includes revegetation of areas around the roadway and certifying sidewalks and trails for adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Final acceptance of the roadway segment by Bee Cave City Council is pending and at the earliest would come before city council members at the nal council meeting in April, Sawtelle said.

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Travis County. Before the vote took place March 23, Council Member Jon Cobb specically addressed public meetings would be part of the design process to gain further information from area Bee Cave residents on the appearance of the bridge. “I support the 10-year bridge, and I support voting on it tonight, and I also support having many open houses so that people can talk about it, and we can make sure people are happy,” Cobb said. The ood capacity design chosen by council represents the smallest option presented by Saxon Loomis.

ONGOING PROJECTS

Loop 360 safety project Contractor Dan Williams Co. began in December installing a safety barrier from the Loop 360 bridge

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to Walsh Tarlton Lane. The roughly $1.3 million project involves the use of 32,860 feet of metal cable to prevent head-on collisions. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the project will be complete later in the spring. Timeline: December 2020-spring 2021 MOPAC N

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RM 620 trac signal upgrade In Bee Cave, TxDOT is installing new trac signals at the intersection of RM 620 and Hwy. 71. The work is

Work crews are installing a cable barrier in the median along portions of Loop 360 as part of a highway safety project. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

part of ongoing highway maintenance. Timeline: February 2021 - April 2021

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DEVELOPMENTUPDATES

Ongoing projects in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Construction onBee Creek Sports Complex to begin inApril

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contracted Stantec Consulting Serivces Inc. to take on the project’s design. The complex was initially slated for completion by 2020; however delays in securing a water service provider pushed the project back. Churchill said the complex should be ready for use by 2022. BUILDING BEE CREEK Work on southwestern Travis County’s Bee Creek Sports Complex has been ongoing since 2017, when funds were approved through a bond package. • November 2017: Travis County voters approves funding through a bond package for the $23.5 million sports complex to be located within Precinct 3. • January 2018: Lakeway approves an agreement with Travis County to lease the 70-acre site on Bee Creek Road for the project. • November 2018: Travis County approves original SOURCE: TRAVIS COUNTY, CITY OF LAKEWAY, FLINTCO LLC. COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER concept plans for the sports complex. • March 2021: Travis County approves a construction contract with Flintco LLC, the lone applicant for the project. • April 2021 : Flintco will break ground.

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

Work on the long-awaited Bee Creek Sports Complex is set to begin in mid-April after receiv- ing the green light from Travis County. Travis County commissioners voted March 2 in a consent motion to award Flintco LLC—the sole applicant for the project—the $16.98 million construction contract. Flintco is awaiting the approval of an ocial site development permit and could hold a ground-breaking by mid-April, according to Eric Churchill, Flintco’s director of business development. Bee Creek Sports Complex, located on 70 acres at 4400 Bee Creek Road in Spicewood, will include seven synthetic multi-use elds, restrooms, team meeting facilities, playgrounds, trails and hundreds of parking spaces. The county took on the project in an eort to meet the need for youth sports facilities in the growing southwest communities. Travis County then included the complex within its voter approved 2017 bond. Work began in June 2018 when the county

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Zoning for housing development on Flint Rock Road delayed by city council

BY GREG PERLISKI

The question of how to develop a plot of land near the intersection of Flint Rock Road and Wild Cherry Drive is once again a topic of conversation among Lakeway city ocials as City Council voted March 15 to table a zoning request for the development. In 2019, the owners of 15617 Flint Rock Road envisioned building over 250 multifamily units at this location. That proposal was denied by council, at least in part, because council said it did not adhere to the city’s comprehensive plan. Now, the owner, Cherry Knoll LLC, is back with a plan to build 126 single-family residential homes on 22.86 acres at the same location. Also included is a commercial center and green space on the northeast side of Flint Rock. At issue is clarifying the construction phases of the development plan so as to understand when proposed walking trails and open space would be made available to the public, completing a trac study in the immediate area, understanding the amount of parking oered and examining the overall density. During a public hearing on zoning the planned project as a planned unit development, most residents spoke about increased trac around Flint Rock. The zoning issue is expected to return to council April 19.

Progress continues on Eanes ISD’s much-anticipated bond projects

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

     Students at Eanes ISD will soon have access to a new $10.3 million aquatic center, a $2.3 million wrestling facility and a new $2.91 million robotics center. Despite unexpected permitting delays, the dis- trict is continuing progress on its facility projects. Jeremy Trimble, EISD’s chief operating ocer, said in a March 9 update that all three facilities should be operational by the end of the 2021. The facility projects were funded by an $80 million bond in 2019. Work on the robotics center is expected to wrap up by the end of July, Trimble said. He added the

Eanes ISD’s robotics facility is under construction. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)

wrestling facility will be completed on the rst day of school on Aug. 18. “Our biggest impact was on aquatics, we had to slide that schedule to December of this year. Our goal is to be swimming in that pool by the end of the year,” Trimble said.

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EDUCATION

Controversy arises at Eanes ISDafter studentswere read a book involving a young transgender boy

the district to adopt DEI as a board priority for the 2020-21 school year. Still, Leonard said the EISD community may not be aware of how far along the district is in its DEI process, which began a little over six months ago. At the moment, the work is primarily focused on staff development, training, support and the improvement of the schools’ climates. EISD is also examining district policy, handbooks, operations and hiring practices. However, there have been no adjustments made to the approved curriculum, and according to Leonard, that discus- sion may not begin until next year. EISD would not see any changes to its curriculum until the 2022-23 school year, according to Leonard. This would also involve community input and would be brought in front of the board for a public vote. “We know there’s some strong feelings on both sides of it. We’re trying to find a middle ground, and we do it through dialogue, and we have conversations, and we can get there,” Leonard said. EISD officials did not take action during the meeting as the subject was presented for discussion.

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

the book during the meeting’s open forum session. All comments were read by Deputy Superintendent Jeff Arnett as board meetings are con- ducted virtually due to the pandemic. “Can we just maybe tap the brakes a bit on the sudden radicalization of the curriculum?” parent Will Franklin wrote. “Can we maybe not promote partisan causes and ideologically extreme concepts as if they’re unquestionably positive values with a broad buy-in from the community?” This is the not the first time, EISD officials have come under fire regarding the topic of diversity and inclusion. The board unanimously voted in July to employ Mark Gooden, a diversity equity and inclusion, or DEI, consultant, after several dozen former and current students attested to racist behavior within the district. Weeks of students’ public testi- monies, community support and the hiring of Gooden ultimately led PETITION SIGNATURES The community-led group, Eanes For Equity, organized a petition in support of the Eanes ISD teacher who read the book “Call Me Max” to a fourth grade class. That letter states “Transgender kids have the right to exist and be seen in our schools.” In 24 hours that online petition gained more than 1,146 signatures, most of which were from parents.

EISD administration was not involved in the selection of the book, which Leonard said was actually the result of individual teachers sharing a resource. When EISD became aware of the book, officials instructed the teacher to no longer read “Call Me Max” in the classroom, according to Leonard. “We do not teach gender identity in our school district,”

Eanes ISD parents and community members are at odds after a teacher at Forest Trail Elementary School read a fourth grade class a book later deemed inappropriate by the district. Superintendent Tom Leonard began the March 9 trustees meeting by addressing the controversy sur- rounding the choice of curriculum. Leonard

“WE KNOWTHERE’S SOME STRONG FEELINGS ONBOTH SIDES OF IT. WE’RE TRYING TO FINDAMIDDLE GROUND, AND WE DO IT THROUGHDIALOGUE, ANDWE HAVE CONVERSATIONS, ANDWE CANGET THERE.” TOM LEONARD, EANES ISD SUPERINTENDENT

stated EISD has received several emails after parents were informed by Chief Learn- ing Officer

Fambrough confirmed, adding that doing so would require board approval. The district’s response to the event has gar- nered criticism

Susan Fam- brough that students were read a book focused on gender identity. The book, “Call Me Max,” follows the journey of a young boy who identifies as transgender. “Call Me Max” was written as a picture book and intended for children ages 7-9, according to its description. Several years ago, the district adopted a curriculum focused on responsible social behavior, which begins at the fifth-grade level—”Call Me Max” was not included in that curriculum, according to Leonard. Notably, parents have the ability to opt out of this social curriculum since it is not required by the Texas Educa- tion Agency within its Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements.

from both sides of the argument. The community-led group, Eanes For Equity, drafted a petition in support of the book following the incident, which received 1,146 signatures in 24 hours—a majority of which were from parents, according to the organization. “Transgender kids have the right to exist and be seen in our schools,” the online petition reads. “While we always hope as parents that we have time to prepare for hard conversa- tions with our children, we know we are not always given that luxury and trust in our ability to respond, learn and grow with our children.” Trustees also heard from several parents both in favor and opposed to

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Lake Travis ISD & Leander ISDs

Golden penny electionwould ask for shift in local tax to fund operations

LakeTravis ISD invests innew policevehicles

GOLDEN PENNIES Lake Travis ISD is considering a golden penny election for the

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

retention of local revenue. LTISD voters approved a golden penny election in November 2017, which brought the golden penny fund from four to six pennies—the maximum then allowed. Under House Bill 3, passed in 2019, districts may now seek a total of eight golden pennies, which will represent $0.08 of the total tax bill. If approved by a majority of local voters, LTISD would increase the M&O portion of its tax rate by $0.02. Still, residents would not see an increase in their tax bill. Sanchez said this would be achieved through what is referred to as a “penny swap.” LTISD would also decrease its interest and sinking, or I&S, rate, which represents debt services, by $0.02. This shift can be achieved because the district has been effectively pay- ing off its debt from former bonds, according to Sanchez. Additionally, LTISD is subject to an annual tax rate compression required by HB 3. Therefore, resi- dents would still see a lower tax bill. “[The golden pennies] would allow us to effectively manage student and district operational growth for the next five years, which we are anticipating while remaining

November ballot. If approved, the district would add $0.02 to its maintenance and operations, or M&O, tax rate and drop $0.02 from its debt services, or I&S, tax rate.

LAKE TRAVIS ISD A shift in Lake Travis ISD’s tax rate formula could bring in an estimated $2.9 million in additional local revenue for the 2021- 22 school year. The board of trustees met March 24 to discuss a possible November tax election—also referred to as a golden penny election. The term “golden penny” rep- resents pennies within an ISD’s maintenance and operations, or M&O, tax bill, which are primarily used to fund staff salaries and ben- efits. These pennies can hold value for Texas school districts as they are not subject to recapture payments. Texas’ recapture system requires school districts with a value per student higher than $6,030 to contribute payments based on the district’s taxable value, according to the Texas Education Agency. Those funds are then redistributed to less affluent districts. Annually, LTISD, which is con- sidered a property-wealthy district, sends money back to the state in what is referred to as “local excess revenue,” according to Pam Sanchez, the district’s chief financial officer. However, an increase in a district’s golden pennies would allow for the

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

LAKE TRAVIS ISD The 2021-22 school year will see the creation of Lake Travis ISD’s first police department. Trustees met March 24 to approve the purchase of six police vehicles for a total of $271,041, which will be funded by the $253 million 2018 bond program. The total cost will include outfitting the fleet for police use, according to Chief Financial Officer Pam Sanchez. In December, LTISD Superinten- dent Paul Norton said the depart- ment’s annual cost will be a little over half a million dollars. In preparation for the police department, the district will also need to update board policy to address police officers carrying weapons on campus. Current policy forbids LTISD employees to carry weapons, according to the district’s general counsel, Amber King. The amended policy was brought to the board for review during the March 24 meeting. Trustees are scheduled to take action regarding the policy at their April meeting, according to King. The next steps in creating the police department will include hiring a chief of police and training. 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

NO GOLDEN PENNIES MAINTENANCE &OPERATIONS RATE $0.9297 DEBT SERVICE RATE $0.3475

TWO GOLDEN PENNIES add roughly $2.9 million in local revenue $0.9497 MAINTENANCE &OPERATIONS RATE

$0.3275 DEBT SERVICE RATE

TOTAL:

$1.2772

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$1.2772

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competitive in hiring and recruiting qualified staff,” Sanchez said. The district has consulted with its financial advisers to ensure such a decision would not impact capacity to pay current debt or seek future bonds. Sanchez said those advisers did not think the shift would pose any negative impacts. A resolution for a tax rate election will come before trustees in April.

Leander ISDuses state rules to expand prekindergarten to 3-year-olds

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

The school board approved the expansion March 26. LISD expanded from a half day to a full day of prekin- dergarten for the 2020-21 school year. The prekindergarten program for 3-year-olds will be offered at Bagdad, Bush, Camacho, Cox, Cypress, Deer Creek, Faubion, Giddens, Grandview Hills, Knowles, Larkspur, Naumann, Plain, Pleasant Hill and Tarvin elementary schools. Bagdad, Bush, Faubion and Knowles elementary schools have bilingual programs. The district said students who are ready for kindergarten are five times more likely to pass the third grade reading assessment and six times more likely to be on track for college and career readiness in math.

Parents can register online at www.leanderisdorg/prekindergarten. According to LISD, eligibility criteria for prekindergarten includes being: HOW TO REGISTER • unable to speak and comprehend the English language; • eligible to participate in the national free/reduced-price meals; • homeless, as defined by U.S. law; • the child of an active-duty member of U.S. and state armed forces; or • the child of a deceased or injured member of U.S. and state armed forces.

LEANDER ISD Three-year-olds who qualify under state criteria can join Leander ISD’s prekindergarten program for the 2021-22 school year. LISD’s program will create combined classrooms for 3-year- olds and 4-year-olds at 15 early childhood community sites. Existing staff and allocations will be used with minimal additional materials needed, said Kendra Winans, the executive director of state and federal programs. But additional staff can be added if enrollment is above projections. “We do feel like this is an invest- ment worth making for our students in Leander,” Winans said.

SOURCE: LEANDER ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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