'Inappropriate' books cause stir at Leander ISD and more top Central Texas news

To review the literature, a person from outside the district will lead a group of parents, teachers and staff members to determine resources appropriate for students in a continuous improvement cycle. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
To review the literature, a person from outside the district will lead a group of parents, teachers and staff members to determine resources appropriate for students in a continuous improvement cycle. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

To review the literature, a person from outside the district will lead a group of parents, teachers and staff members to determine resources appropriate for students in a continuous improvement cycle. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read top stories from the past week from the Austin area.

Leander-Cedar Park

Leander ISD to review high school literature after parents raise concerns

After some “inappropriate” books were allowed in the options for high school book clubs, the district is reviewing the titles that were added to the high school language arts curriculum earlier this year.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto



Four recent changes to Pflugerville ISD's 2020-21 academic calendar

The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees voted unanimously Nov. 5 to approve four adjustments to the district's 2020-21 academic year calendar. Chief Academic and Innovation Officer Brandy Baker said the days were changed to provide additional planning and preparation time for district teachers but that the days will still be contract days.

Resignation consideration of Round Rock Superintendent Steve Flores on Nov. 13 agenda

The agenda for a special Round Rock ISD board of trustees meeting on Nov. 13 includes a closed session item to “meet in consideration of superintendent’s resignation and voluntary separation agreement.”

Williamson County

Williamson County surpasses 10,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Williamson County's coronavirus cases increased by 163 between Nov. 7-9, which brings the total number of cases since March to 10,011.

Central Austin

State seeks public comment on $4.9 billion I-35 project through downtown Austin

The first major overhaul of I-35 in more than 40 years is coming soon, and before it starts construction, the Texas Department of Transportation will seek out feedback from the public.

Taylor Girtman, Kelsey Thompson, Joe Warner, Ali Linan and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.






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Williamson County is on schedule to receive 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines the week of Jan. 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County awaiting 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines

Williamson County is on schedule to receive 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines the week of Jan. 18.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

Creative World School opened in 2020. (Courtesy Creative World School)
Check out 44 businesses in Cedar Park-Leander that opened in 2020 or are coming soon

These retailers opened in the Cedar Park and Leander area in 2020 or will open in 2021. This list is not comprehensive.

Sharks Burger opened in 2020. (Courtesy Sharks Burger)
24 restaurants to try in Cedar Park and Leander

Check out a list of restaurants that opened in Cedar Park and Leander in 2020 or are coming in 2021.

springs
Leander Springs agreement, zoning approval to be considered Jan. 21

The 78-acre mixed-use project will have retail, restaurant, entertainment, hospitality, office and residential components.

Trauma Service Area O, which comprises 11 counties, is nearing hospital and ICU bed capacity. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Record-high 582 new COVID-19 cases reported in Williamson County on Jan. 15

Trauma Service Area O, which comprises 11 counties, is nearing hospital and ICU bed capacity.

ice
Jeremiah's Italian Ice opening soon in Cedar Park

Franchise owners Bob and Terra Carilli expect the shop to open in April.

red-therapy
Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy coming to Cedar Park plus 3 more local business updates

Read business updates about these four Cedar Park and Leander businesses.

H-E-B is preparing to accept coronavirus vaccine appointments through an online portal. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B launches vaccine portal; Whipped Bakery opens in Leander and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Central Texas area.