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Q&A: Greg Smith, executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition

Greg Smith is the former superintendent of Clear Creek ISD and became executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition in December 2020. 

On July 29, the city announced that it acquired 230 acres of parkland within the Painted Tree residential development. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
McKinney pays $23M for 230 acres of parkland in Painted Tree development

Athletic fields, recreational facilities and future community and economic development projects will be built upon the new land.

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

The city of McKinney established school zones for Emerson High School in a July 20 City Council meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
School zone established for Emerson High in Frisco ISD; 61% of residents in 3 Plano ZIP codes fully vaccinated, and more top news from DFW

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

In 2020, Frisco saw a 1.1 billion gallon increase in annual water consumption, according to the city’s yearly water quality report. The average daily water usage per person, however, remained relatively steady. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Annual water use in Frisco swells by 1.1B gallons as average daily use remains stable 

Last year, water use in Frisco averaged 158 gallons per person a day, which yearly reports indicate is 1 gallon up from 2019.

Officials with Texas Central announced the signing of a contract with Renfe to be the high-speed rail project's early operator. (Rendering courtesy Texas Central)
Spain-based Renfe on board as early operator of Texas Central's high-speed rail

Renfe operates 5,000 trains daily and plays an integral role in Spain’s transportation system, officials said.

Top state electric grid regulators appeared at a Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce hearing July 13 to discuss the system's ongoing redesign. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas electric grid: ERCOT unveils 60-point reliability plan; PUC to work toward 'full overhaul' of market

Officials with the state electric grid manager and top utility regulator appeared at a Texas Senate committee hearing July 13 to discuss grid reliability and planned system changes.

Texas Democrats held a press conference at Capitol Hill to oppose voting restriction bills proposed by Texas Republicans. (Courtesy Rep. Marc Veasey's office)
Texas House Democrats and Texas Democratic Congressional delegation voice opposition to voting bills in Washington, D.C.

Texas Democratic lawmakers held a press conference at the U.S. Capitol urging Congress to enact voting rights legislation.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced his special session priorities July 7. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper).
Texas Legislature's special session agenda to include election integrity, critical race theory

Other items on the agenda include bail reform, border security and social media censorship. The special session will begin July 8.