Margaritaville prepares to open Lake Conroe resort, school districts plan for next year and more: Popular stories from this week in Houston

Lake Conroe's Margaritaville will open June 26.
Lake Conroe's Margaritaville will open June 26.

Lake Conroe's Margaritaville will open June 26.

Read this week’s most popular news coverage from the Greater Houston area.

Tomball ISD board president: ‘The 20-21 calendar that we approved is looking stable’

Tomball ISD leadership said June 8 there are no plans currently for the district to modify its approved 2020-21 academic calendar in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

FIRST LOOK: Margaritaville prepares to open Lake Conroe resort

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is preparing to bring a slice of paradise to the Lake Conroe area June 26 with the opening of its first Texas location. Get a sneak peak of the 186-acre resort.



Brazoria County will no longer report, track TDCJ inmate COVID-19 cases

Brazoria County will no longer report Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate case information on its COVID-19 dashboard beginning June 8, according to a county press release.

'There’s no real going back to normal': Fort Bend ISD continues planning for next school year

Fort Bend ISD is continuing to seek stakeholder feedback and develop plans for next school year, Superintendent Charles Dupre and district staff said at the June 8 board of trustees meeting.

Anna Lotz, Andy Li, Marie Leonard and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.


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League City installs 6 flood gauges in Clear Creek, Dickinson Bayou watersheds

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The art classes are split into kindergarten through fifth graders and sixth through 12th graders. (Courtesy of University of Houston-Clear Lake)
University of Houston-Clear Lake expands offerings at Art School for Children

The school's first classes geared specifically towards children on the autism spectrum will be offered May 22 for grades K-12.

See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

While some school districts in the Greater Houston area are doing away with face mask requirements and virtual schooling completely, others are pivoting to continue offering online learning options for students and plan to require face masks.

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The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoons to debut Houston's longest swim-up bar May 28

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