Round Rock - Pflugerville - Hutto Edition | March 2020

ROUND ROCK PFLUGERVILLE HUTTO EDITION

VOLUME 15, ISSUE 7  MARCH 5APRIL 8, 2020

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Population growth drives need for infrastructure $96.7million roads bond onMay ballot for Pugerville residents

BY KELSEY THOMPSON

committee, created Nov. 26, provided a list of recommended transportation and parks projects to council for consideration Feb. 11, with a sticker price of approximately $188million. It was a price tag council members and residents in attendance expressed surprise over. “The sticker shock of $188 million is not something we can just say, ‘Eh, sure,’” Mayor Pro Tem Omar Peña said at council’s Feb. 11 meeting, prior to council’s ocial bond call. Following a 2 1/2-hour discussion, council voted in favor of reducing the scope of the bond package to $96.7 million, allocated solely to road infrastructure.

Pugerville’s population has grown 266%, skyrocketing from 16,335 residents in 2000 to 59,757 accounted for in the 2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate.With its current population projected by city sta at more than 70,000 and no shortage of growth in sight, the city of Pugerville is taking the next step to alleviate its growing pains by asking voters to approve a $96.7 million investment in transportation infrastructure. Pugerville City Council called for a May transportation bond election at a Feb. 11 meeting following approximately six weeks of meetings and input provided by the city’s citizens bond committee. The

$ 6.6M REMAINING NEEDS

$ 103.3M CURRENT INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS

$ 96.7M BOND PROPOSITION

SOURCES: CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE, KIMLEYHORNCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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KELSEY THOMPSONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

RoundRock ISDadopts newboundaries

Templeton Demographics, a company Round Rock ISD hired to study trends within the district, projects a 10-year growth resulting in a 2029-30 enrollment of 52,986 students. Projecting enrollment

BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN

Templeton Demographics, a company RRISD hired to study current trends within the district, projects a 10-year enrollment growth of 2,254 students for a 2029-30 enrollment of 52,986 students. This growth is creating current and foreacasted capacity issues, which are one of three main reasons for the boundary changes, Presley said. Other reasons include the future opening of Elementary School No. 35 and addressing split feeder patterns. CONTINUED ON 36

Approximately 915 students in Round Rock ISDwill be slated to attend a dierent campus starting in the 2020-21 school year following the board of trustees’ adoption of attendance zone adjustments Feb. 20. “These are really tough decisions because people love their schools,” saidDaniel Presley, senior chief of schools and innovation for RRISD. “But with a district that’s growing this fast, we have to make some changes from time to time.”

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SOURCES: ROUND ROCK ISD, TEMPLETON DEMOGRAPHICSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Academic year 2014-15 0 2019-20 2024-25 2029-30

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