2019 preview: Here are the top 8 stories to follow in Spring, Klein this year

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Every January we take a look at some of the stories we expect to follow in the year ahead. Here is a countdown of eight of those topics, including this year’s legislative session, education, health care and transportation in Spring and Klein.

1. School districts watch Legislature for funding reform proposals in 2019

Faced with the prospect of stagnant or declining state aid amid increasing operating costs, Spring and Klein ISD officials said they are looking to the 2019 legislative session for proposals to provide more money for schools.

2. Flood bond projects move forward in Spring, Klein

Projects planned in the Spring and Klein area in 2019 include a $400,000 project to update a 2003 Texas Water Development Board study to provide better recommendations for how to reduce flooding in the Cypress Creek watershed.

3. Springwoods Village eyes major developments

New developments planned this year in Springwoods Village, a master-planned community located west of I-45 and north of the Grand Parkway, include 24 Hour Fitness, Star Cinema Grill’s dine-in theater and the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise campus.

4. Flood relief a top priority this legislative session

Flood relief, including Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, will have a high priority in the 86th legislative session, according to state representatives and senators representing the Spring and Klein area.

5. New fire stations make headway in Spring, Klein

Spring Fire Department’s new training center, which is a multiyear project, will feature a multipurpose building, including a warehouse and mechanic shop and a training field.

6. METRONext takes shape; public meetings planned

METRO plans to share its METRONext draft plan for $3 billion worth of improvements to the public transit system with the community in early 2019. It has tentatively scheduled the next round of public meetings to begin late January.

7. Newly elected officials take office, face ongoing issues

Newly elected Harris County officials took office Jan. 1.

8. Houston Northwest Medical Center continues to pursue Level II trauma status

In May, Houston Northwest Medical Center became the first Harris County hospital in the Spring and Klein area to begin the process of seeking a Level II trauma center designation.

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Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.
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