South Austin CrossFit gym rebrands, Austin ISD trustees push vote to rename campuses associated with Confederate figures and 4 more things to know this week

The gym formerly known as CrossFit BulletProof is now CrossFit SoChac.

The gym formerly known as CrossFit BulletProof is now CrossFit SoChac.

Austin ISD trustees have delayed a February vote on renaming five campuses associated with Confederate figures. Here's a few more things to know this week.

Capital Metro names Randy Clarke sole finalist for president/CEO role
Capital Metro named Randy Clarke on Jan. 12 the lone finalist to lead the transit agency as its new president and CEO.

Clarke, 40, is the vice president of operations and member services at the American Public Transportation Association. Prior to that, he worked for seven years in various positions with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston.

An official start date has not been set, but the board is scheduled to vote on Clarke’s contract at its regular meeting Jan. 29.

Manchaca Road CrossFit gym rebrands, adds new classes
As of Jan. 1, the business formerly known as CrossFit BulletProof is now CrossFit SoChac. Following a recent remodel, the gym, located at 11600 Manchaca Road, Ste. 301, Austin, now features new or upgraded equipment and has more space to offer additional classes, such as weightlifting, according to new owner Tim Tuley.

Feds say Texas illegally failed to educate students with disabilities
A U.S. Department of Education investigation concluded Thursday that Texas violated federal law by failing to ensure students with disabilities were properly evaluated and provided with an adequate public education.

After interviews and monitoring visits with parents, school administrators and state officials, the federal investigation found that the Texas Education Agency effectively capped the statewide percentage of students who could receive special education services and incentivized some school districts to deny services to eligible students.

It also told TEA that it needs to take several corrective actions, including producing documentation that the state is properly monitoring school districts’ evaluations for special education, developing a plan and timeline for TEA to ensure that each school district will evaluate students previously denied needed services, and creating a plan and timeline for TEA to provide guidance to educators on how to identify and educate students with disabilities.

Reimbursement resolution gets ball rolling on county bond, capital improvement projects
Travis County commissioners approved a reimbursement resolution at a meeting Jan. 9 that will allow the county to borrow $4.9 million from existing certificates of obligation funds to start some of the bond projects and capital improvement projects approved by voters in November.

After issuing a request for qualifications, David Greear, assistant public works director for Travis County’s transportation and natural resources department, said the county will select a contractor for the projects. He said the goal is to get the projects started in the next few months.

SLAB BBQ expands to include taproom and private dining area
SLAB BBQ—a barbecue eatery offering sandwiches, specialty plates, sides and a variety of homemade sauces—completed the expansion of its Oak Hill location, 7101 W. Hwy. 71, Stes. E1 and E3, Austin, in November. According to co-owner Raf Robinson, the addition included a taproom featuring 12 beers on draft as well as a large selection of craft beers, cider and wine, as well as a private dining space.

Trustees delay scheduled vote to rename Austin ISD campuses named after Confederate figures
A vote to rename five Austin ISD campuses associated with Confederate soldiers and government officials will be delayed to allow for more time to consider the policies and processes surrounding the decision.

The Austin ISD board of trustees decided at its regular meeting Monday to postpone a scheduled Feb. 26 vote to rename the schools.

In November, the board began discussions about renaming the buildings, which include Zachary Taylor Fulmore Middle School, Sidney Lanier Early College High School, John H. Reagan Early College High School, Eastside Memorial Early College High School at the Albert Sidney Johnston campus and the John T. Allan facility.

Trustees requested administration return to the drawing board and develop a firm methodology explaining how schools are chosen for renaming. Board members will then vote to approve the refined policy at a later date.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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