Cy-Fair Edition - February 2020

CYFAIR EDITION

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Editors’ note: This article is the rst in a series looking at ooding in the Cypress Creek watershed. After being hit by repeated ooding, Cypress Creek has garnered the atten- tion of residents and ocials who are pointing to development as a factor in recent storms. During Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and the Tax Day ood in April 2016, water from Cypress Creek rose nearly 130 feet and 128 feet, respec- tively, and spilled over its banks—the two highest peaks in recorded his- tory of the creek, according to data from the National Weather Service. Ocials: Decades of development may have contributed to Cypress Creek watershed oods BY SHAWN ARRAJJ, EVA VIGH AND HANNAH ZEDAKER

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For too long, in the interest of ‘economic prosperity,’ we have ignored the ood threat and implemented lax building standards. PAUL ESCHENFELDER, FOUNDER OF CYPRESS CREEK ASSOCIATION STOP THE FLOODING

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Construction crews work on a new townhome project, Starwood Farms, coming to Telge Road in Cypress. Some residents in nearby neighborhoods such as Enchanted Valley and Cypress Bend have expressed concerns about newdevelopment along Telge and Barker Cypress roads.

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CONTINUED ON 38 Ryan Irving, a longtime, black resident of Cy-Fair, said his family moved to Cy-Fair ISD when he was in rst grade because of its reputation for quality education. By the time he graduated in 2016, he said he could have counted the number of teachers of color he had on one hand. When Irving campaigned for a seat on the CFISD school board in November—which was ultimately won by Gilbert Sarabia—the Langham Creek High School alumnus and University of Houston student said one of his top priorities was equal representation in an increasingly diverse school district. “When you have amajority-minority school district like we’re becoming … especially from a student perspec- tive, it’s important to have educators Cy-Fair ISDpushes todiversify teacher hires BY DANICA SMITHWICK

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Demographic snapshot Cy-Fair ISD’s student population grows more ethnically diverse each year. Here is how the

18.6% 13.8% 0.9% 0.3% 9.4% 2.5% 44.4% 15.5%

African American American Indian Asian/Pacic

Islander Hispanic

district’s teacher sta compared in 2018-19.

2.6% 1.5%

Multiple races

SOURCES: CYFAIR ISD, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

24.1% 66.4%

White

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