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Three SRE teams advance to DI globals

Manager Steve Welch helps his DI team of SRE 4th graders at the tournament.

Steiner Ranch Elementary’s 3rd grade Destination Imagination team.

5th grade Destination Imagination team from Steiner Ranch Elementary.

The 4th grade Destination Imagination team from Steiner Ranch Elementary. One member had to leave early so they FaceTimed him during the awards ceremony.

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Heritage Body & Frame is a one stop shop

(L-R) General manager, Nathan Knapp, and owner, Jason Borkland, stand outside Heritage Body & Frame on RM 2222. The Borkland family bought the shop and added to its chain of four shops in Greater Austin.


By KIM ESTES
Four Points News

Heritage Body & Frame — a 30-year, family-owned company — bought the former Cooke’s Automotive Body Shop, another long-time local car repair business. The move last summer has helped launch the chain of Heritage shops into a bigger service category.

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County pursues funds for Steiner evacuation route


By KIM ESTES
Four Points News

A competitive bond sale was scheduled on April 18, as Travis County put plans into action for the issuance of $48.5 million in certificates of obligation to fund a variety of projects, including an emergency evacuation route for Steiner Ranch.

On Feb. 28, county commissioners unanimously approved funding for the flight path as part of a list of priority safety projects to be paid for through COs, a debt funding mechanism that does not require voter approval.

Currently, only $2.7 million of the total issuance is for the Steiner evacuation route as initially drafted and estimated. Commissioners have said that specific details of the road are incomplete. “At this point, Travis County is in the planning and feasibility phase and will be evaluating how best to provide an emergency access,” said David Greear, Transportation and Natural Resources engineering division manager with Travis County.

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LISD supports school finance reform, HB 21

By KIM ESTES
Four Points News

Leander ISD has registered support for state House Bill 21, a school finance reform bill, which if passed would add a total of $6.5 million to district coffers in the next two fiscal years, said Terry Abbott, LISD chief communications officer.

Abbott attended a March 14 legislative hearing on the bill. “The bill takes a strong step toward creating a better school finance system in Texas and would increase our funding for the education of students,” he said.

Specifically, LISD would see an increase of $4.3 million in the first year and a $2.2 million increase in the second year.

House public education committee chairman, Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood), authored HB 21, which would provide more than 95 percent of Texas school districts additional per-student funding compared to what they are scheduled to receive under current law, Abbott said.

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