TEA calendar scenarios, Atascocita Park opening and more: Most popular stories from the Houston area this week

(Courtesy Texas Education Agency)
(Courtesy Texas Education Agency)

(Courtesy Texas Education Agency)

Read the most popular Houston-area stories from the past week of Community Impact Newspaper coverage.

Texas Education Agency outlines options for school districts to adjust 2020-21 calendar in response to COVID-19

The Texas Education Agency has acknowledged the 2020-21 school year is likely to be disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic that halted in-person learning in many districts in mid-March.

To minimize disruptions, the TEA has created school calendar scenarios that can adjust for learning loss. Projections show the possibility of a year’s worth of progress lost in math for students.

June opening date set for new 21-acre Atascocita Park



The awaited 21-acre Atascocita Park will open to the public on June 24. Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia announced the park's opening at the June 11 Atascocita BizCom.

PHOTOS: Protesters march through downtown Tomball on June 13

Approximately 200 protesters marched as part of a Black Lives Matter protest through Tomball on June 13, organized by siblings Jessica and Reis Seggebruch.

UPDATE: Cy-Fair ISD board approves extended school days in 2020-21

Cy-Fair ISD board members unanimously approved modifications to the 2020-21 instructional calendar that will add 10-15 minutes of instructional time each day to the schedule. All other previously scheduled professional development and school breaks will remain as approved in January.

Cy-Fair ISD approves billion-dollar budget, teacher raises for 2020-21

Cy-Fair ISD board members approved a $1.04 billion budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which includes a $39.8 million shortfall to provide district employees with raises in the coming year.

Beth Marshall, Kelly Schafler, Dylan Sherman, Anna Lotz and Danica Lloyd contributed to this report.


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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

Emerging technology and alternative energy sectors could help ease the blow of an oil and gas industry downturn in Houston caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Houston-area economist said. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other national interconnected systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Harris County to begin exploring alternatives to Texas power grid at Feb. 26 meeting

Following the winter storm-induced statewide power outages last week that left thousands of Harris County residents without heat amid freezing temperatures, the Harris County Commissioners Court will begin exploring what it would take for Harris County to leave the state's power grid at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Houston City Council approved a slate of 17 proposed affordable housing developments throughout the city Feb. 24. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Houston City Council approves slate of potential affordable housing developments

Houston City Council approved a slate of 17 proposed affordable housing developments throughout the city Feb. 24.

Every Sunday in May, League City will host public events that include live entertainment, food trucks, games and more. (Courtesy city of League City)
Despite pandemic, League City to host Sunday park events

Every Sunday in May, League City will host public events that include live entertainment, food trucks, games and more.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
FEMA to administer 126,000 COVID-19 vaccinations at NRG Stadium

The site is one of four FEMA-led vaccination hubs in the country.