Missed any of our articles from last week? Take a look at what you might have missed from Community Impact’s coverage areas in Houston from March 13-17.

Texas Education Agency announces it will takeover Houston ISD in June

A long-running legal battle between Houston ISD and the state of Texas has come to an end.

HISD's nearly 200,000 students as well as their parents, school administration and educators will return from their spring break next week with a new assignment to prepare for: the Texas Education Agency's June takeover of the school district.

In a March 15 letter to HISD board members, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath announced the agency will install state-appointed board managers in place of HISD’s elected school board officials.

Read the full story by Reporter Melissa Enaje.

Food truck popularity rises in South Montgomery County

Food trucks have seen a rise in popularity over the last five years in The Woodlands area, providing lower expenses to new restaurant owners as well as creating an avenue for restaurants to expand their menus and provide catering services.

With over 400 mobile food permits active in Montgomery County as of March, according to the Montgomery County permitting department, and the introduction of multiple food truck parks and venues in south Montgomery County, food trucks have found new spots to set up and grow in The Woodlands area.

Read the full story by Reporter Jessica Shorten.

6 new businesses now open, coming soon to Longenbaugh Drive in Cypress

Several new businesses have opened or are set to open soon at Amelia's on Longenbaugh, located at 18021 Longenbaugh Drive, Cypress. Businesses operating or officing out of the shopping center include Southern Fades, Evolution Gaming & Repair, MI Meds Pharmacy, Signs and Graphics, Appcare, Sound Studies, Dapper Dogs Premier Grooming, Stewart Gold, Cypress Curb Appeal, CGH In-work, Kathmandu Trading, Beggings by UK, Simi and Temi, Nicole Marett Original, and Alpha Lit.

Read more by Intern Jovanna Aguilar.

22K-square-foot skate park, pump track opening at The Crown Festival Park

The city of Sugar Land is opening a new pump track at The Crown Festival Park, 18355 Southwest Freeway.

“The pump track is an attraction that promotes exciting opportunities for residents and visitors of Sugar Land with playgrounds and training facilities for bikers, skateboarders or scooter riders of all ages and skill levels,” Sugar Land Communications Director Doug Adolph said in a March 15 news release.

The $500,000, 22,426-square-foot facility was funded by the Sugar Land 4B Corporation, Adolph said, and includes a beginner track off to one side separated from a larger and more advanced track to accommodate users of all abilities as well as national tournaments.

Read more by Reporter Jack Dowling.

Humble ISD opens safari-themed playground at Park Lakes Elementary School

Humble ISD officials opened a new playground at Park Lakes Elementary in Humble on Feb. 16. Officials noted the new playground is coming as part of the district's $775 million bond approved by voters in 2022. Located at 4400 Wilson Road, the new safari-themed playground features a roller slide, a zebra bouncy rider, a spiral slide, a cozy dome, a giraffe cutout and musical pieces to make sound. Additionally, the playground features swings, overhead climbers, a bouncy Jeep, spring pod steppers and a sensory wall.

Read the full story by Reporter Wesley Gardner.