By RICH KEITH, Four Points News
Texas Department of Transportation officials met recently with local officials and discussed the shortened dual-turn lanes at the congested RM-620 and RM-2222 intersection as well as a potential new bypass option.
TxDOT met with representatives from Texas Rep.Todd Workman’s office, Travis County Precinct 2 Commissioner Bruce Todd’s office, and the Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association’s founders including president Brian Thompto.
The meeting was a followup between officials and neighborhoods toward finding solutions to the ever-growing traffic volume and congestion experienced daily in Four Points and along the entire RM-620 corridor from TX 71 to Lakeline Mall.
A potential bypass is being discussed to help alleviate RM 620/RM 2222 intersection traffic. The path identified follows the power line corridor beginning at a point just south of BBQ Outfitters on RM 620 and would connect to RM-2222, emerging near the area around Cooke’s Automotive.
Photo by Rich Keith
By RICH KEITH, Four Points News
In a public meeting held Monday night at Grandview Hills Elementary, Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion showed how the district’s continued growth is fueled by today’s demographics. He also explained some of the challenges in keeping high standards of education while dealing with current budget realities.
Champion said the district has had to learn to do more with less. Out of 4,219 staff, 2,270 are teachers, but this is an increase of only 64 since the previous high point in 2010 — before the budget cuts required a reduction in staff levels. Meanwhile, the district has added about 4,000 new students.
Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion showed how the district’s continued growth is fueled by today’s demographics.
Photo by Scott Coleman
By VAL OLIVAS, Four Points News
Photo Texas Photography is officially moving headquarters to River Place this week as founder Cindy Gallien has her eye toward expanding into more Texas markets.
River Place resident Gallien will have a much shorter commute to work in the days ahead when Photo Texas offices move from Anderson Mill to 6500 River Place Blvd. on Dec. 11.
“We will have an (indoor) studio and have outdoor access to beautiful spots. Our building sits on the edge of the preserve so we have incredible views and scenery,” Gallien said.
Cindy Gallien, of River Place, has built Photo Texas Photography from the ground up since 1999. Today she has 35 employees, many shown in this photo.
Photo by Photo Texas Photography
With 35 employees—and additional contractors–Photo Texas covers the Austin, Houston, Beaumont, College Station and San Angelo areas. It offers photography services for school portraits, senior portraits, school sports and activities, and youth league action. Photo Texas also provides event photography and photo booth rental.
By SARAH DOOLITTLE, Four Points News
For the second year in a row, students from Vandegrift High School have produced average SAT scores that are higher than average scores in the United States, Texas or other Leander ISD schools.
Furthermore, a greater percentage of VHS students took the SAT, with 82 percent of the Class of 2013 participating versus 67 percent of LISD students. The average VHS student’s SAT score was a total of 1656 out of 2400. The national average is 1484 and LISD students post an average of 1579.
District-wide, scores on the SAT increased by 30 points from the class of 2012 to 2013 even though nationally, average scores dropped by three points.