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A LONG-RANGE PLAN A study by the Army Corps of Engineers seeks to address ooding through 2085, at which point development will have increased the percentage of land that cannot absorb oodwater.

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During Hurricane Harvey in 2017: structures ooded in Barker Reservoir 1,910 structures ooded in Addicks Reservoir 6,010 people live in Addicks, Barker and Bualo Bayou watersheds. 138,000 structures ooded in the Bualo Bayou watershed 17,090

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2016: 24.96% 2085: 36.78%

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BualoBayou report draws some local criticism Army Corps seeks public feedback before advancing studies

Earlier this year, Meredith Lanning, owner of Pinot’s Palette in Katy, told Community Impact News- paper she was taking measures to be extra sanitary and maintain social distancing rules in her classes at the beginning of quarantine; she even suspended in-studio classes for a while. Eight months and several regulations later, Lan- ning said it has been a challenging year. “The last eight months have been a roller coaster,” Lanning said. “I’m a small-business owner who is supposed to promote social gatherings to stay open in the middle of a pandemic. ... How do you do that?” While the eect of the coronavirus on cities’ sales CONTINUED ON 26

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possible ood mitigation strategies—including a res- ervoir in upper Cypress Creek and an underground tunnel along Bualo Bayou—along with early evalu- ations of their feasibility. The Corps then opened the report up to public comment. Since the report’s release, local stakeholders have beenmaking their voicesheard, pushing for theCorps to consider dierent strategies and calling on them CONTINUED ON 24

Eorts to deal with ooding in a handful of west- ern Harris County watersheds are taking form, but early evaluations from the federal government have drawn questions and criticisms from local groups. The Army Corp of Engineers released an interim report Oct. 2 on a study that will look at Bualo Bayou, Addicks and Barker reservoirs and upper Cypress Creek. The report includes a list of nine

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FROMAMY: It’s been eight months since our community began feeling the downturn created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and while we have reported on testing and case numbers, we have wanted to know more about how our local business community is handling the challenges this year has presented. One of our cover stories this month turns to local businesses to learn more about what they are overcoming to make adaptations. I’d be remiss if I didn’t declare to our readers how much I love cold weather and all things fall. Now that the temps have started dropping,

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METRO LEADERSHIP PUBLISHER Jason Culpepper ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Kristina Shackelford MANAGING EDITOR Marie Leonard ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Tessa Hoee CORPORATE LEADERSHIP PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Warner John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, TX. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. Today, we operate across six metropolitan areas, providing hyperlocal, nonpartisan news produced by our full-time journalists in each community we serve. BECOMEA #COMMUNITYPATRON CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman WHOWE ARE

you may nd yourself wondering where you can get a great cup of local, non-conglomerate coee or hot tea. Our team has put together a great list of locally owned coee and tea shops in our area on Page 23. Make sure you try them out and support your local businesses. Between the election and the coronavirus, I know most of us cannot wait to welcome 2021. All of us have dealt with added stress and unique challenges this year. We hope the next few weeks—the last few of 2020—will give you time to enjoy your families, friends and local communities during the holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving from Community Impact! AmyMartinez, GENERALMANAGER

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NOWOPEN 1 Kingsland Baptist Church opened its north campus in September. The church is located at 24111 Stockdick School Road, Katy, and oers services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 281-492-0785. www.kingsland.org/north-katy-campus/ 2 Krazy Katsu & Udon , located at 4747 FM 1463, Ste. 800, Katy, opened in mid-September. The Japanese eatery of- fers meat dishes with pork, chicken, beef, sh and shrimp as well as noodle soups and sandwiches. 832-437-2778. www.krazytasty.com 3 Serasana Katy , located at 28818 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. 140, Katy, is now open. The wellness center oers virtual yoga classes and several membership options, including private acupuncture, focus massages, stretching, body cupping and facial rejuvenation acupuncture. 281-769-8119. www.serasana.com/katy/ 4 Katy Postal , located at 2750 FM 1463, Ste. 150, Katy, is now open. It oers a range of services, such as DHL shipping, FedEx shipping, international shipping, mailbox rental, packaging supplies and copying services. 832-437-0331. www.katypostal.com 5 Antidote Gastrobar opened in Octo- ber at 24515 Katy Freeway, Ste. 100, Katy. It specializes in a variety of beers and food, such as wings, pizza, burgers and tacos. 281-688-9994. www.antidotegastrobar.com 6 Baneld Pet Hospital held a grand opening Nov. 14 at its new location at 6825 S. Fry Road, Ste. 1500, Katy. The pet hospital oers preventive care, general surgery, emergency care and

treatment services. www.baneld.com 7 Car Scientist at 5959 FM 1463, Katy, is now open. The shop oers nancing options for various services, including alignments, oil change, tire rotation and balancing, brakes, electrical diagnostics, transmission service and state inspec- tions. 832-437-7113. www.carscientist.net 8 Cycle Gear Katy opened in early November at 24727 Katy Freeway, Katy. A grand opening is planned for March 2021. The store will oer curbside pickup ser- vices and helmet ttings and will allow customers to reserve items online. 281-769-7055. www.cyclegear.com/ stores/cycle-gear-katy-tx-store-169 9 Firedisc Cookers held a soft opening Nov. 1 at 25301 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. H140, Katy. The 4,600-square-foot store oers high-quality outdoor grills and ac- cessories. There will be a grand opening Nov. 21. The brand was launched in 2010 by two Houston-based brothers. www.redisccookers.com 10 Marco’s Pizza opened at 23015 FM 529, Ste. 100, Katy, in early November. The menu features classic and specialty pizzas as well as salads and sub sand- wiches. 281-973-5555. www.marcos.com COMING SOON 11 Ambriza Social Mexican Kitchen will soon replace Las Alamedas Mexican Restaurant at La Centerra at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. F140, Katy. Menu items include beef empanadas, ceviche, short ribs, fajitas, tacos and quesadillas. There are two other locations in the Greater

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Houston area. www.ambriza.com/ 12 El Rey Taqueria will open a new location in January at 207 W. Grand Parkway, Katy, next to Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen. The Cuban and Mexican cuisine restaurant will oer breakfast items, tacos, tortas, lunch and dinner plates and soups. www.elreytaqueria.com 13 1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, Wings was expected to open a new location in mid-November at 1922 Greenhouse Road, Ste. 800, Houston. The eatery allows customers to build their own Neapolitan pizza with various meats, vegetables, cheeses and sauces. The menu also features signature Neapolitan pizzas, breadsticks, salads, wings and cinnamon sticks. www.1000degreespizza.com 14 Maikai Hawaiian BBQ will open in the spring at 1321 Westgreen Blvd., Ste. 200, Katy. Its menu features dishes with chicken, beef, pork, seafood and Hawaiian specialties. There are also vegetarian options. www.maikaihawaiianbbq.com 15 Heston Law Firm purchased a 10,600-square-foot building at 431 Mason Park Blvd., Katy, and will relocate from 21707 Kingsland Blvd. The property was previously occupied by the head- quarters for Resolve Logistics. The law rm oers bankruptcy services. www.hestonlawrm.com 16 Wingology will soon open at 25810 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, where Zoner’s once was. The wing restaurant will also oer catering services. 346-234-0668. www.wingologyrestaurant.com/ 17 SafeSplash Swim School will open

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FEATURED IMPACT Waters Edge Winery & Bistro will open this fall at 4828 Waterview Town Center Drive, Ste. 700, Richmond. The family owned winery will oer an expansive wine selection and bistro-style food pairings as well as private event packages. “We are beyond thrilled to open our doors as we welcome our Richmond neighbors in to enjoy a unique winery unlike any other in the area,” co-owner Candice Elliott said. “This has been a challenging year for all, and we feel so fortunate to be able to realize our dream of opening this new business—one we believe will be the perfect place for members of the community to spend time together with family and friends.” SCHOOL NOTES The U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow free meals to be available to all children through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Oct. 9. The USDA previously extended child nutrition waivers through December, but the new exibility will allow school districts to continue providing free meals to all children through June 30, 2021. Katy ISD students can now get tested for COVID-19 through a district partner- ship with RediMD. The cost for a rapid

The business will oer international wines imported from Italy, France, New Zealand, California and Washington. Food menu items will include charcuterie and cheese boards, sandwiches, salads, atbreads and desserts. 346-843-2320. www.werichmondtx.com

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a new location Jan. 11 at 4030 FM 1463, Katy. The swimming school will oer infant, children’s and adult swim lessons. There will also be private lesson options and special-needs services. 832-510-0065. 18 Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux will open at 23213 Grand Circle Blvd., Katy, near Whiskey Cake. The restaurant will oer Louisiana-inspired dishes, such as crawsh etouée, po’boys and fried jumbo shrimp. A phone number is not yet available. www.walk-ons.com ANNIVERSARIES 19 Dental Innovations , located at 25102 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, is cele- brating its rst anniversary. The dental clinic oers general dentistry services, cleanings and exams, dental implants, llings, root canals, braces and retain- ers, pediatric dentistry and emergency services. 281-665-2848. www.dentalinnovationskaty.com/

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9-11 a.m. Free (registration required for car contest). Typhoon Texas, 555 Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy. https://.me/e/1P6e7Vpo2 04 THROUGH05 SANTA’S SLEIGH GIFT DRIVE Each year, Katy Christian Ministries, a local nonprot that helps families in nancial crisis, asks the community to adopt one or more of the children and seniors it serves who are in need of holiday gifts. Those who would like to adopt a child or senior can ll out a form on the nonprot’s website. Participants will be given their adoptee’s wishlist and asked to drop o the unwrapped gifts during the collection times. The nonprot is also accepting direct monetary and gift card donations to help provide gifts. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 4), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Dec. 5). $75-$100 per adoptee. 629 S. Mason Road, Katy. https://ktcm.org/ santassleigh/ 12 WHISKEY CAKE FARMERS MARKET On the second Saturday of each month, farm-to-table restaurant Whiskey Cake Katy—which oers a variety of seasonal menu options—hosts a farmers market with dozens of local vendors oering a variety of handmade products, such as jams and jellies, produce, spices, pet goods, soap and candles. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Whiskey Cake Katy, 23139 Grand Circle Blvd, Katy. 832-430-2253. https://.me/e/37aDQHAZVX

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS GIFTMARKET This 13th annual event will showcase local artists, crafters and small businesses as an indoor and outdoor holiday gift-shopping experience with food trucks and live music. Vendor booths will be spaced out to ensure social distancing. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Nov. 20), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Nov. 21). $5 (admission). The Bowery House and Gardens, 24092 Franz Road, Katy. 281-788-4297. https:// homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com/ DECEMBER 04 CHRISTMAS CREWCRUISE THRU The city of Katy’s annual event features a drive-thru celebration this year to see the Christmas tree and lights. Santa will be handing out goodie bags to each passing vehicle, and children may bring their Christmas list to mail. 6-8 p.m. Free. City Hall, 901 Ave. C, Katy. 281-391-4840. https://www.cityoaty.com 05 TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTIONDRIVE Bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to Typhoon Texas in a festively decorated car and enjoy a plate of barbecue at this annual event. Prizes will be awarded for the ve best holiday-themed cars.

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Country artist Aaron Watson supported by Southern Country Line will play a show at Mo’s Place for age 21 and older only. Watson, a Texan songwriter with a 20-year career and over a dozen self-released albums, was called “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories” by Forbes . 7:30 p.m. (doors), 10 p.m. (music starts). $20 (advance), $25 (day of show). Mo’s Place, 21940 Kingsland Blvd., Katy. 281-392-3499. https://.me/e/5ZxqkiVjZ (Courtesy Mo’s Place)

Dress up your dog in the ugliest holiday sweater you can nd and head to No Label Brewing Co. for an afternoon of fun and pictures with Santa. Prizes will be awarded for the most festively dressed pups, and those who bring an item to donate for rescue dogs in need will receive a free rae ticket. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 5351 S. First St., Katy. 281-693-7545. https://.me/e/1F40QLqxD (Courtesy No Label Brewing Co.)

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Texas Heritage Parkway The Texas Heritage Parkway project re- mains on schedule for work on all three sections to be completed by midsum- mer 2021. The design plans for the Tex- as Heritage Parkway involve building a 6.4-mile thoroughfare with two lanes in each direction and a median. Timeline: June 2020-summer 2021 Cost: $55 million Funding sources: Fort Bend County, Waller County, city of Katy, city of Fulshear, private landowners

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Beginning next year, Southwest Airlines will be soaring into its second Houston-area airport: George Bush Intercontinental Airport. According to an Oct. 12 announcement from the Dal- las-based airline, Southwest Airlines is expanding its services in the Houston and Chicago regions next year. The airline will begin servicing IAH in the rst half of 2021, according to the release. Its terminal location, sched- ules and routes are not yet available. The airline has been ying out of WilliamP. Hobby Airport, located in Southeast Houston, for roughly 30 years, per the release. Southwest Airlines operated from IAHwhen

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Southwest Airlines will begin ying out of IAH in 2021. (Courtesy Southwest Airlines)

the airline rst opened in 1971 and operated from IAH and Hobby Airport between 1980 and 2005. In a statement posted to the Houston Airport System’s social media page, HAS Director of AviationMario Diaz said systemocials are excited to

welcome Southwest Airlines to IAH. “Southwest Airlines will continue its exceptional service and operations out of WilliamP. Hobby Airport (HOU), and its new service out of IAHwill only complement its current oerings,” the statement read.

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Bullet train receives safety, alignment rulings In September, the Federal Railroad Administration released prepubli- the ROD establishes the project’s preferred alignment fromHouston to Dallas. BY SHAWN ARRAJJ & ADRIANA REZAL

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Cane Island Parkway Cane Island Parkway has opened the new turn lanes and revised intersec- tion at I-10, and the project as a whole remains on schedule for completion by the end of 2020, said Chris Elam, a spokesperson for the oce of Com- missioner Andy Meyers. Timeline: expected completion by late 2020 Cost: $6.4 million Funding source: Fort Bend County

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cation versions of its nal rulings on safety guidelines and the pre- ferred alignment of Texas Central’s high-speed bullet train connecting Houston to Dallas. The two rulings, known as the Rule of Particular Applicability and the Record of Decision, are the latest milestones for the ongoing project, according to Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar. The RPA ruling establishes safety guidelines for the system, while

Those in opposition to the train system, such as the ReRoute the Route coalition, have argued that there are many steps left until the project can be built. Taylor Ward, a spokesperson for ReRoute the Route, said he expects property rights issues to be a focus of the 2021 Texas legislative session. Construction on the system is slated to begin in the rst half of 2021 and be completed in 2027.

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Parents chose not to send their children back to the district in fall 2020 for a variety of reasons, including those listed below, as of Oct. 26. Howmany students left KISD enrollment

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them throughout the year, [Oct. 30] is the day,” Smith said. “All that growth [after] won’t matter when it comes to funding.” Additionally, because every district in the state is oering free and reduced-price lunch to all students this year, there is not an incentive for students to reapply, Smith said. Four thousand fewer KISD students have signed up for free and reduced-price lunch this year so far, he said. “We’re afraid statewide … it’ll create a funding shortage for school districts,” Smith said. “It’s not quite as much of an issue here because we don’t have a very high free and reduced lunch numbers compared to statewide, but it’s a problem nonetheless.” Approximately 60% of students in Texas qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, while that num- ber was about 32% in KISD in 2019-20, according to data from the Texas Education Agency. However, even with the budget reduction, Smith said the district has a healthy fund balance and signicantly underspent during the spring and summer, when classes were not held in person. “Everything statewide when it comes to these predictions is out the window,” Smith said. “But the reality is, we’re probably not going to earn as much money as we thought we would.”

Due to lower-than-projected student enrollment numbers, Katy ISD is expecting less state revenue for the 2020-21 school year. The KISD board of trustees approved a budget amendment Oct. 26 decreasing the general fund revenue by $15.3 mil- lion to recognize the actual enrollment numbers, which is not only also a statewide problem, but also a nationwide issue, KISD Chief Financial Ocer Christopher Smith said. “We are 3.2% under what we budgeted [for the 2020-21 school year enrollment], but we do have as many students as we ended the year with last year,” Smith said. “So we’re not down; we’re just not up as much as we thought.” The district originally budgeted for 5.1% enroll- ment growth in the 2020-21 school year. As of Oct. 26, 84,200 students were enrolled in KISD, as opposed to the projected number of 87,033 students, Smith said. KISD ended the spring 2020 semester with 84,287 students. The decline in projected enrollment was due to several factors, including home school and private school student numbers rising, students returning to their home countries, and parents choosing to wait a year to send their children to pre-K or kindergarten, according to data from KISD. “People have been doing that for years for vari- ous reasons, but this year they’re coining the term ‘redshirt year,’” Smith said. Another contributing factor that led to the budget decrease is due to the way the state funds certain student populations and allotments, including those with dyslexia, compensatory education students—students who quality for free and reduced-price lunch—and the fast-growth allot- ment. For example, even if the number of dyslexia or compensatory education student populations grow later in the year, the funding received by the district will be based on Oct. 30 enrollment data. “Dyslexia students, even though we may grow

Percent change: +523%

Home school Fall 2019: 102 students Fall 2020: 635 students

Percent change: +169%

Private school Fall 2019: 172 students Fall 2020: 462 students

Percent change: +47%

Return to home country Fall 2019: 167 students Fall 2020: 246 students

Percent change: -3%

Schools outside Texas Fall 2019: 689 students Fall 2020: 671 students

Percent change: +29%

Unknown Fall 2019: 720 students Fall 2020: 1,004 students

SOURCE: KATY ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Planned enrollment growth for 2020-21: 5.1%

Enrollment expectations Although Katy ISD’s enrollment is not down compared to the 2019-20 school year, the district’s projected enrollment numbers did not come to fruition. SOURCE: KATY ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Planned 2020-21 enrollment: 87,033

Actual 2019-20 enrollment as of Oct. 2019: 83,423

End-of-year 2019-20 enrollment: 84,287

The KISD board of trustees approved a budget amendment on Oct. 26 decreasing the general fund revenue by $15.3 million to recognize the actual enrollment numbers.

Planned 2019-20 enrollment: 82,789

Actual 2019-20 enrollment as of Oct. 2020: 84,200

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setting polling locations and counting ballots, while the tax-assessor collec- tor is responsible for voter registration. Critics of the new oce have expressed concern it takes election responsibilities away from elected ocials—the clerk and tax-assessor— and places them in the hands of an appointed ocial. To assuage those concerns, the Elections Commission also approved a plan to begin drafting the vision for the citizen’s advisory committee that would serve as a check on the election administrator’s oce. Longoria has served on the Houston Planning Commission and on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Commission.

HARRIS COUNTY Amid an election with historic voter turnout, the Harris County Elections Commission made strides toward changing the way future races will be organized. The commission voted Oct. 30 to tap Isabel Longoria as the nal candi- date for the county’s new elections administrator position. Longoria is a longtime community organizer and currently serves as special adviser on voting rights to County Clerk Chris Hollins. “Isabel is someone who I trust deeply, as a matter of someone who is competent and a proven leader in a large organization that is deeply complicated and further complicated in Harris County and the state of Texas,” Hollins said, referring to recent voter-access lawsuits between state and local ocials. The position will overtake elec- tion-related duties from the county clerk and the tax-assessor collector, currently Ann Harris-Bennet. Cur- rently, the clerk is responsible for

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ELECTION RESULTS

Katy-area election results

COMPILED BY MARIE LEONARD

RESULTS

Below are the results for various local elections held Nov. 3. All results are unofficial until canvassed. SOURCE: HARRIS, FORT BEND, WALLER COUNTIES; TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

BREAKDOWN

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Democrat D

Green G

Independent I

Libertarian L

Republican R

Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 18

KATY ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

LOCAL

144,009 Michael Antalan 277,050 Lois W. Kolkhorst

R

POSITION 4

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 7

D

61,798 Leah Wilson

158,019 Lizzie Fletcher 147,802 Wesley Hunt 5,514 Shawn Kelly

D

HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT 3 COMMISSIONER

46,942 Michael Paul Dillard

R L

206,890 Michael Moore 227,639 Tom Ramsey

R

POSITION 5

D

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 10

63,125 Greg Schulte

HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT 5 CONSTABLE

45,428 Bill Lacy

215,896 Michael McCaul

R

215,979 Ted Heap

186,350 Mike Siegel 8,928 Roy Eriksen

R

D L

KATY CITY COUNCIL

204,081 Mark Alan Harrison

D

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF

WARD A

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 22

901,049 Ed Gonzalez 669,914 Joe Danna

209,735 Troy Nehls

1,896 Janet Corte

D

R

918 Diane Robichaux Walker

181,318 Sri Preston Kulkarni 15,746 Joseph LeBlanc Jr.

R

D

521 Dharminder Dargan

L

FORT BEND COUNTY PRECINCT 3 COMMISSIONER

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 3

62,782 W.A. “Andy” Meyers

WARD B

R

43,974 Hope Martin

70,290 Cecil Bell

D

R

2,355 Rory A. Robertson 872 Durran C. Dowdle

20,553 Martin Shupp

D

FORT BEND COUNTY SHERIFF

756 Sam Pearson 581 Steve Pierson

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 28

179,466 Eric Fagan

D

161,665 Trever J. Nehls

66,576 Gary Gates

R

R

53,829 Elizabeth “Eliz” Markowitz

D

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 132

48,282 Gina Calanni 52,008 Mike Schofield

R

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Katy ISD

Newbuildings’ names honor district educators

BY MARIE LEONARD

Committee also recommended to the board that the former L.D. Robinson Pavilion be named Martha Aki ECI Project TYKE during the Oct. 26 meet- ing. Aki is set to retire in December and is the director of the KISD Early Childhood Intervention Project Teach Your Kids Early Program, where she has worked for 28 years. She has been an educator for 40 years, serving as a specialist, teacher of students with auditory impairments, an early-child- hood special education teacher and a kindergarten teacher during that time, according to KISD. The former pavilion housed KISD’s rodeo arena and hosted FFA competitions before those activities were relocated to the district’s new Agricultural Sciences Center in 2019, according to a release from

the district. The 25,000-square-foot facility will be repurposed to provide expanded space for the district’s ECI Project TYKE program, which serves children from birth to 36 months with developmental delays or disabilities, according to the district. “Thank you, Katy ISD school board, for your support throughout the years and your continued support as a new legacy begins,” Aki said during the Oct. 26 school board meeting. “It is with great honor that I accept this nomination on behalf of myself and my family.” The name change will be brought back to the board for formal action later this fall following a virtual public forum, which was held in early November to allow the community to provide input.

District considers keeping graduation at Legacy Stadium KATY ISD Katy ISD’s newest junior high school will ocially bear the name of two former district educa- tors. The board of trustees named Junior High No. 17—located at 25737 Clay Road and set to open in fall 2021— as Bill and Cindy Haskett Junior High. The Hasketts have more than eight decades of service in public education combined. Cindy Haskett began teaching in KISD in 1980 until she retired in 2005, while Bill Haskett was rst a student at Katy High School and returned as an assistant principal in 1978. Since that time he has served as an assistant principal, principal, and director of community education and special projects and contributed in other positions until his retirement in 2004, according to the district. The KISD Naming Advisory

Martha Aki (Photos courtesy Katy ISD)

Bill and Cindy Haskett

Superintendent addresses community eorts during COVID19 at State of theDistrict speech

KATY HOCKLEY CUT OFF RD.

FRANZ RD.

BY NOLA Z. VALENTE

anyone who may have been directly exposed. The community dashboard is updating the number of active cases across the district to help parents and sta stay informed. Lastly, there is an on-site COVID-19 testing facility for employees and their dependents who are insured with the district. Flu and strep tests will also be available. “We have great condence in our districtwide safety plans,” Gregorski said. “Children who feel safe are children who are prepared to learn and grow.”

KATY ISD Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski gave a State of the District update Oct. 23. “The public health crisis we nd ourselves engulfed in today certainly created a unique and challenging end to our 2019-2020 school year, but there were also successful and inspiring stories,” he said. KISD has implemented a self-report- ing app that allows students to report positive COVID-19 results, which trig- gers the local emergency management team to start contact tracing and notify

COLONIAL PKWY.

BY MARIE LEONARD

KATY ISD Positive feedback fol- lowing the 2020 Katy ISD graduation ceremonies at Legacy Stadium has district ocials considering keeping the event there in the future. Due to COVID-19, school districts in Texas were not allowed to host indoor graduations for the class of 2020. KISD opted to host outdoor graduations with limited capacity at Legacy Stadium instead, which resulted in positive feedback from

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