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Eanes ISD and Its Nine Campuses Excel in State Accountability Ratings

All nine Eanes Independent School District campuses and the District as a whole achieved the Texas Education Agency’s highest accountability rating of “Met Standard.” The District earned a score of 96, with a target score of 60 and a statewide average of 75. Seven campuses also received Distinction Designations for specific accountability measures. Distinctions were awarded to schools that ranked in the top quartile of their comparison group. Campuses that …

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Eanes ISD District and Campuses Earn State and National Rankings

The Eanes Independent School District and all of its nine schools earned state and national rankings in the latest report by Niche. The District earned recognition as the top district in the state for the third year in a row. Valley View Elementary ranked first in the state among elementary schools and 36th in the nation, and West Ridge Middle School ranked first in the state among middle schools and …

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Eanes Board Votes Down New Westlake High School GPA System

The Eanes Independent School District Board of Trustees voted down proposed changes to Westlake High School’s Grade Point Average system during a December 13, 2016 Open Forum, after a year of work by a GPA weighting committee made up of teachers, parents, administrators, and students. Instead, the divided Board left the current system intact and directed the District to start a new committee in 2017 to further discuss and consider …

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Bee Cave Road Construction Begins

An official groundbreaking for Bee Cave Road construction was held recently, the start of a multi-year plan to improve mobility and safety along this prime traffic corridor in West Lake Hills. The three-mile project will cost $29 million and will include adding a center-turn lane between Redbud Trail and Walsh Tarlton Lane and creating shoulders and sidewalks where possible. Bee Cave Road, in its current form, originally was constructed in …

Westlake Westie Finalists Announced

Finalists for the annual Westlake Hills Westie Awards were announced at the recent holiday festival Wonderfest. The Westies, created by the Westlake Hills Chamber of Commerce, are intended to honor the “best and brightest members of our community for their efforts over the past year.” The awards are focused on community and philanthropic impact in the Westlake area, as well as economic impact. Residents may vote on the finalists through …

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Parts of Rollingwood Park Closed for Maintenance

The lower park, playscape, and pavilion in Rollingwood Park are closed for maintenance, as construction is underway to make repairs to a wall near the lower playscape. Construction began November 9, 2016 and is expected to continue through the end of December 2016, weather-dependent. The rock wall in the lower park had become unstable, and this construction will allow for its repair to improve the safety of this area. The …

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LCRA to Lower Lake Austin in Early 2017

The Lower Colorado River Authority plans to draw down the usually constant level Lake Austin in early 2017, in order to allow homeowners to perform maintenance and to help in fighting invasive aquatic vegetation. “It’s been years since we’ve lowered any of the Highland Lakes,” said LCRA Executive Vice President of Water John Hofmann. “Property owners need to maintain their boat docks and perform other maintenance, and I’m pleased our …

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Westlake Chamber Sponsors Wonderfest

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce announces its annual Wonderfest holiday festival, to be held Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Westlake High School. The free event will include a visit from Santa on his firetruck, plus Santa’s Village, where kids can mail a letter to Santa. There also will be train rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house, and face painting. Children’s choirs will perform, …

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Westlake Chamber of Commerce Accepting Board of Directors Applications

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for three positions for its Board of Directors. The directorships will be voted on November 9, 2016 following recommendations from the Nominating Committee, and those selected will serve three-year terms from January 2017 through December 31, 2019. According to its website, the Chamber represents businesses of varying sizes, demographics, and locations and serving on the board is an “opportunity to engage at …

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West Lake Hills Median Home Price over $1 Million

The Austin Board of Realtors® September 2016 housing data as released by Clarus MarketMetrics® on the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University website shows that the median home price in West Lake Hills topped $1 million in September 2016, reaching a median price of $1,120,000. This is an increase in median price of 2.5 percent compared to September of 2015. However, the data sample is limited as only three homes …