Fort Bend ISD may consider requiring low-performing students to return in person and more top Houston-area news

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)
New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)

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Sugar Land-Missouri City

Fort Bend ISD responds to TEA guidance allowing districts to require low-performing students to learn in person

Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre said that as of Nov. 9, the district has not had time to explore a new option authorized by the Texas Education Agency that would allow districts to require low-performing virtual leaners to return to school in person.

Changes in Fort Bend ISD: Dupre plans resignation; outgoing trustees remembered, new trustees welcomed

Members of the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees gathered to say farewell to outgoing trustees and swear in newly elected members Nov. 16.


Husband and wife duo persist through pandemic with community support at Cypress Thai restaurant

The owners, who live a mile from the restaurant and have children who go to school at Cy-Fair ISD, said they are grateful for the support they have gotten from the community.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

New Caney ISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin expected to resign

The board of trustees have an item to discuss and accept Superintendent Kenn Franklin's resignation and discuss a possible interim replacement.

Montgomery County

$11.8M forensic center in works as Montgomery County forced to store bodies in refrigerated containers

The center will better serve the county after years of burgeoning caseloads and a lack of space in the current facility, which has resulted in bodies being stored in refrigerated shipping containers, officials said.

Claire Shoop, Shawn Arrajj, Andy Li and Eva Vigh contributed to this report.


Intersection projects wrapped up at two sites in The Woodlands in late 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)
2 intersection projects completed in The Woodlands: Grogan's Mill Road, New Trails Drive

Two Montgomery County Precinct 3 intersection improvement projects wrapped up in late 2020.

The North Bellaire Special Development District located at the former Chevron campus at 4800 Fournace Place is in the review process by Bellaire’s Planning and Zoning Commission. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bellaire P&Z mulls changes to create north Bellaire zoning district

Almost a year in the works, Bellaire has a new zoning ordinance up for consideration.

Victory Pie Company & Cafe expanded its menu and business hours Jan. 12. (Courtesy Victory Pie Company & Cafe)
New Tex-Mex restaurant, healthy smoothie bar and more: Here's the latest business news in Tomball, Magnolia

The Tomball and Magnolia area has seen a number of recent business openings and expansions in recent weeks.

Vertigo, a 1980s tribute and cover band, performs live renditions of classic tunes. The band will perform at Mahoney’s Texish Bar on Jan. 30. (Courtesy Vertigo)
Where to see live music in The Woodlands area in January and February

Here's a sampling of local venues where you can catch a show in early 2021 in The Woodlands area.

At a Jan. 15 emergency court hearing, officials came up with a plan to try to reduce the inmate population at the Harris County Jail that centers on hosting more bail reduction hearings. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
With open beds dwindling, officials look for ways to reduce Harris County jail population

The inmate population at the Harris County Jail is rising, and officials are looking for ways to quickly ease the pressure as concerns grow over the ability to quarantine and restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

Bocca Italian Kitchen serves seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes, such as polenta and various pastas. (Courtesy Marco Torres)
Italian eateries open in Generation Park; Houston bike lane fines enforced and more local news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

The independent pharmacy went through 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine in nine days. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Magnolia Pharmacy aims to open volunteer-run COVID-19 vaccine clinic Jan. 22

If everything goes according to plan, the clinic could administer 200-400 doses per day to those who qualify, regardless of their county of residency.

The Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking in Texas promotes public services announcements to help raise awareness about human trafficking and how to get help. (Courtesy The Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking in Texas)
New sheriff: Human trafficking is ‘another pandemic’ facing Fort Bend County

Combating human trafficking is a top priority for newly elected Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan.

Humble Mayor Merle Aaron announced in January that he would not seek re-election in May. (Courtesy Merle Aaron)
UPDATED: Humble Mayor Merle Aaron announces retirement, will not seek re-election in May

Prior to serving as mayor, Aaron was elected to City Council in 2005 to complete an unexpired term as council member. He resigned 10 years later to run for mayor.

Humble City Council Member Allan Steagall, left, who served on the council for 18 years, officially retired Jan. 14. Steagall was joined at his last meeting by his wife, Juanita, right. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Humble City Council Member Allan Steagall retires after 18 years serving community

Steagall served 18 consecutive years on Humble City Council, during which he never ran opposed for his seat.

Officials said Beacon Hill will help spur future growth in the city of Waller and in the surrounding area. (Rendering courtesy Wolff Companies)
Wolff Companies acquires additional 43 acres for Beacon Hill development in Waller

Plans for the 564-acre project include a business park along the future Hwy. 290 frontage road and about 870 single-family homes.