The Woodlands Edition | September 2019

THE WOODLANDS EDITION VOLUME 9, ISSUE 1 | SEPT. 10-OCT. 14, 2019

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EDUC TION

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projects

Several projects were carried over from the May bond proposal.

propos i t i on A

$11.2 million for lab additions The Woodlands High School

College Park High School

Grand Oaks feeder zone

$9.9 million

$39.4 million for a new elementary school

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IMPACTS NowOpen, Coming Soon &more

propos i t i on A :

for classroom additions

Major projects and upgrades are aimed at addressing district growth and safety.

Conroe ISD in south Montgomery County

Oak Ridge High School

May 2019 failed bond $807M A total of

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$44.6 million

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for systems overhaul

propos i t i on B :

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A separate proposal provides for turf conversions for 13 athletic fields at six district campuses.

$10.5 million for new career and technical education center

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$129.7 million was cut to develop the November bond packages.

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TO-DO LIST Events and things to do

SOURCE:CONROE ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACTNEWSPAPER

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Schools in south Montgomery County could face cuts, rezoning if main proposition fails at polls Conroe ISD proposes reduced November bond packages

South Montgomery County bond project proposals include a systems overhaul at Oak Ridge High School, the addition of a technical education center there, the construction of a new elementary school in the Grand Oaks feeder zone and expansions at

. million proposition for items related to district growth, facility upgrades and safety, and a . million proposition for turf eld con- versions at several campuses. CISD ocials said the measures would result in no expected tax increase if approved by voters.

BY ANDY LI AND BEN THOMPSON Aer the defeat of Conroe ISD’s  million bond package by a % margin in May, the CISD board of trustees in August unanimously ordered two bond propositions for inclusion on the November ballot. The new packages include a

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES Construction highlights

EDUC TION focus 2 0 1 9 DISTRICT DATA Conroe, Tomball, Magnolia ISDs

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Water rates I N F L U X The San Jacinto River Authority and Lone Star Groundwater Con- servation District are changing water rates in fiscal year 2019-20, which will cause bills in The Woodlands to increase in September. Monthlywater rates

Water rates in turmoil amid disputes over groundwater Water rates in south Montgomery County are in ux this year from uncertainty about how much power local governing entities have over groundwater regulations, which ocials said help prevent land subsidence. In June, the San Jacinto River Authority, which con- serves and develops the river basin, announced its water use rateswould increaseSept.  forscal year -. The change aects water bills of residents of The Woodlands Township and other entities participating in the SJRA’s Groundwater Reduction Plan, such as Oak Ridge North. The water rate changes are related to ongoing disputes BY VANESSA HOLT

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SCORES, RATINGS AND BOUNDARIES Test scores, accountability ratings

Groundwater Surface water San Jacinto River Authority

Water rates per 1,000 gallons

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District

FY 2018-19 FY 2019-20

$0.105 $0.085

WJPA rates are charged to consumers TheWoodlands Joint Powers Agency

FY 2018-19 FY 2019-20

$2.74 $2.88

FY 2018-19

FY 2019-20

Dollars per 1,000 gallons

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DINING FEATURE Tris

SOURCES:LONESTARGROUNDWATERCONSERVATIONDISTRICT,SAN JACINTORIVER AUTHORITY,THEWOODLANDS JOINTPOWERSAGENCY/COMMUNITY IMPACTNEWSPAPER

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