Austin ISD plans for upcoming school year and more: Popular stories from Central Texas this week

Superintendent Paul Cruz said June 1 that Austin ISD has formed a task force to develop options to educate using a blended approach with virtual and in-person classes. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Superintendent Paul Cruz said June 1 that Austin ISD has formed a task force to develop options to educate using a blended approach with virtual and in-person classes. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

Superintendent Paul Cruz said June 1 that Austin ISD has formed a task force to develop options to educate using a blended approach with virtual and in-person classes. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

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Austin ISD planning for blended teaching approach for school year beginning Aug. 18

From June 8-13, Austin ISD will be hosting virtual “communication circles” with teachers, staff and district families to gather feedback about options to hold classes for the 2020-21 school year.

Round Rock reporting significantly more coronavirus cases than other Williamson County cities—here's why

Deb Strahler, WCCHD marketing and community engagement director, said because Round Rock has the highest population of any city in the county, statistically speaking the most cases will be there.



FIRST LOOK: Nolan Ryan to open Round Rock butcher shop

Long before a 27-year career as a Major League Baseball pitcher, Nolan Ryan dreamed of becoming a rancher.

Leander ISD online survey seeks feedback from families regarding August reopening

Leander ISD is holding an online survey so LISD stakeholders may “share ideas, concerns, and thoughts regarding our starting school” Aug. 13.

DATA: Parents, students, staff share feedback on Round Rock ISD online learning

To gauge the perceived effectiveness of online learning initiatives amid the coronavirus pandemic, Round Rock ISD sought input from parents, students and staff via a survey administered between May 15-22.

Cathy Malerba, RRISD's executive director of assessment and evaluation, presented the survey findings to the board of trustees May 28.

Nicholas Cicale, Kelsey Thompson, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Ali Linan and Brian Perdue contributed to this report.



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Tavel Bristol-Joseph has started a scholarship fund that will provide $6,000 to two Austin Community College Culinary Arts students and give them opportunity to be mentored by Bristol-Joseph and to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye)
Austin chef starts scholarship and mentorship program for Austin Community College students

Tavel Bristol-Joseph started the scholarship fund, which will provide $6,000 to two ACC students and give them the opportunity to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants.

Snow and ice cover the pond on the southeastern side of the Mueller development in East Austin in February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
After winter storm, Austin puts together a plan for better temporary shelters

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Austin ISD is holding community conversation sessions April 12-May 6. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD community conversation sessions continuing through May 6

The series offers AISD families an opportunity to learn about the district’s strategic plan and ongoing budget planning.

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Lutie's Garden Restaurant now open at Commodore Perry Estate

The restuarant features "Texas heritage fare" by an award-winning husband-and-wife pair of chefs.

A resident at EdenHill Communities receives their second dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austin Public Library to begin resuming in-person services May 10

Austin Public Library will begin reopening branches to the public in May after operating with only digital and curbside pickup services since June 2020.

The upper decks of I-35 that run between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Airport Boulevard were constructed in the 1970s and could come down as part of a project the Texas Department of Transportation is planning for the highway through Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
As time runs short to weigh in on a $4.9B I-35 project, Austin community members say they hope TxDOT is listening

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