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Head-on, RM 2222 crash kills one, Three sent to hospitals Mon. night: Two more crashes on RM 2222 this morning

By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

One man is dead after a head-on crash involved three vehicles on Monday night just before 9 p.m. on RM 2222 near McNeil Drive, according to the Austin Police Department.

When Austin-Travis County EMS arrived, a man in his 30s was unconscious and later pronounced dead at the scene in the 9200 block of RM 2222 on March 23, said Rick Rutledge, EMS captain.

Three others involved in the crash were transported to local hospitals including a female in her 50s. One of the crash victims was transported with serious injuries to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and two others had minor injuries and were transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge.

In the span of 10 hours, RM 2222 was the scene of multiple accidents this week — one fatality on Monday night and two others Tuesday morning causing lane closures and significant delays. Photo by Alicia Donoghue

In the span of 10 hours, RM 2222 was the scene of multiple accidents this week — one fatality on Monday night and two others Tuesday morning causing lane closures and significant delays.
Photo by Alicia Donoghue

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“Road to Vandegrift” negotiations continue, LISD to notify community on comment period

By KIM ESTES, Four Points News

The Four Points Traffic Committee continues to work toward building a “Road to Vandegrift” and negotiations continue on the matter between Leander ISD and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services regarding mitigation for endangered species.

Pam Waggoner, Four Points Traffic Committee founder and LISD board of trustee president, said LISD will notify community residents when the public comment period opens regarding construction of a second road to Vandegrift High School and Four Points Middle School.

As for a timetable, “the best I got was this year,” Waggoner said. “Public interest will be absolutely necessary to progress the plan.”

The traffic committee and LISD are working together to seek an additional roadway to VHS and FPMS, as there is now only one access road to and from the campuses. The proposed road would be built along an existing infrastructure corridor that borders the Canyonlands and it would sit on a portion of the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan.

USFWS is involved because the vicinity is occupied by certain species listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, according to Alan Glen, an environmental law attorney retained by LISD.

This photo shows the road Four Points Traffic Committee wants to improve and open to Leander ISD staff and students. This is the same road that runs along the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan. “If you look to the left, you will see a new housing development adjacent to this road. This is land if developed, we are told, will harm some endangered species. Does this make sense to anyone,” asked Pam Waggoner, founder of FPTC and LISD board president.

This photo shows the road Four Points Traffic Committee wants to improve and open to Leander ISD staff and students. This is the same road that runs along the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan. “If you look to the left, you will see a new housing development adjacent to this road. This is land if developed, we are told, will harm some endangered species. Does this make sense to anyone,” asked Pam Waggoner, founder of FPTC and LISD board president.

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Two LISD Board incumbents face challengers in May election

By CASSIE MCKEE, Four Points News

Two incumbent Leander ISD Board of Trustee members are being challenged for their seats in the upcoming election scheduled for Saturday, May 9. Early voting will begin April 27.

Voters will decide on the Place 1 seat, currently held by Lisa Mallory, and the Place 2 seat, held by Don Hisle. All school board positions are three-year terms and represent the entire school district.

The Leander ISD Board of Trustees is elected to govern and set policy for the district. One of the board’s responsibilities is to select the superintendent, who serves as the district’s chief executive officer. Together, the Board of Trustees and superintendent form Leander ISD’s “Governance Team.” Continue reading

Local Vipers create library in Tanzania, Challenge others this Spring Break to help collect books

By CARISSA MALLORY, Viper Contributor

Last summer, my friend Sara and I traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to explore opportunities to help increase graduation rates. I learned about the Tanzanian education crisis a few years ago when my aunt Theo, a native of Tanzania informed me that schools in Africa are very different from the ones here in the United States. I was surprised and shocked to learn about the high dropout rate for students in Tanzania. Their approach to education seemed dysfunctional, flawed and tragic.

Vandegrift High School students Carissa Mallory (right) and Sara Campbell (left) sit in the new library they helped create last summer at the Gerezani Primary School in Tanzania. They are challenging students to help them fill the library with more books with the Reading Around the World’s Spring Break challenge.

Vandegrift High School students Carissa Mallory (right) and Sara Campbell (left) sit in the new library they helped create last summer at the Gerezani Primary School in Tanzania. They are challenging students to help them fill the library with more books with the Reading Around the World’s Spring Break challenge.

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