NISD adjusts employee pay
Northside Independent School District trustees recently approved a midyear pay adjustment for employees.
Full- and part-time teachers, nurses, librarians and others not under a district midpoint salary scale will receive a one-time gross payment of $625.
Remaining full- and part-time staff confined to the scale will receive a one-time gross payment equal to 1% of their midpoint salary, officials said.
All eligible part-timers get one-half of the one-time payment paid to similarly situated full-time workers, according to a district statement.
Northside announces graduation dates
The Northside Independent School District set aside June 4-11 for graduations.
Specific details haven’t been finalized, nor did institutions receive designated event dates, officials said.
NISD will continue monitoring local health conditions and work with campus administrators on the safest ways to recognize and celebrate graduates, a spokesman said.
Eisenhower Park upgrades proceeding
Work is moving forward in Eisenhower Park to build an additional 1.8 miles of hiking and biking trails leading to The Rim.
The new pathways will finally connect the Salado Creek and Leon Creek trails, part of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System, city officials said.
The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department anticipates completion by midyear.
De Zavala Road project nears completion
Contractors are nearly done with bond-funded improvements to De Zavala Road between Interstate 10 and Lockhill-Selma Road.
District 8 City Councilman Manny Peláez told constituents the contractor encountered some setbacks, but now was moving forward.
Ethics, conduct-code update in Fair Oaks Ranch
FAIR OAKS RANCH — City officials and volunteers continue developing ethics guidelines and codes of conduct for local leaders.
City Council members Snehal Patel, Laura Koerner and Greg Maxton added comments from a Dec. 17 council meeting into the draft of a charter providing future rules of decorum for elected officials.
The council also instructed city staff to publicize a call for residents to volunteer for a citizens’ committee to help write the code of conduct.
In addition, Mayor Garry Manitzas and Assistant City Manager Carole Vanzant are working with the city attorney to develop ethics principles and bring those to the dais.
Contractor tapped for Fair Oaks Ranch construction
FAIR OAKS RANCH — The city recently selected Waterman Construction as a construction manager at-risk to handle two major building projects.
They include converting the old police building into a new community center/City Council chambers, and renovating the existing City Hall for more office space.
The council still must determine a guaranteed maximum price for the work.
Funding for the community center is derived from a Municipal Development District grant.
Filings for May elections end Feb. 12
City council and school board hopefuls have until 5 p.m. Feb. 12 to file for a ballot spot ahead of the May 1 elections.
In San Antonio, the mayor’s office and all 10 council seats are open.
For Fair Oaks Ranch, the mayoral post and Place 1 and Place 6 council seats are up for grabs.
The same goes for the District 5 and District 6 seats in the Northside Independent School District.
San Antonio’s council terms last two years, Fair Oaks Ranch’s three years, and the NISD board four years.
So far in Fair Oaks Ranch, Place 6 Councilman Greg Maxton is running for mayor, and resident Emily Stroup seeks the Place 1 post.
“I have publicly announced that I will not be seeking another term as mayor and MaryAnne Havard will not be seeking reelection to Place 1,” said Mayor Garry Manitzas in a statement.
Because council members who announce for another elected position during their term must step down, Maxton’s mayoral candidacy triggers a special election in Place 6.
The Place 6 seat was created in 2017 with the adoption of a home-rule charter.
North Carolina company buys The Rim
A North Carolina firm is acquiring The Rim, one of Texas’ biggest outdoor retail centers, in a $219.7 million deal expected to close in March, officials say.
The buyer is part of Big V Property Group, which owns more than 50 shopping centers and strips mainly in the Southeast.
Big V Acquisitions LLC entered an agreement Jan. 11 to purchase The Rim from Hines Global REIT San Antonio Retail I LP, a subsidiary of HGR Liquidating Trust, according to reports.
The Rim, the first Texas property for Big V Property Group, covers more than 1.04 million square feet.
School counselors’ group honors 2 BISD employees
Two Boerne Independent School District staff members recently earned statewide awards from the Texas School Counselor Association.
Herff Elementary School Principal Tanya Tate was named the Counselor Advocate of the Year, alongside Voss Middle School counselor Denise Nipper as Middle School Counselor of the Year.
Tate, a two-decade-plus education veteran and in her second year as principal at Herff, joined BISD during the 2007-2008 academic term.
Nipper, a 30-plus-year educator, has taught a variety of grade levels before becoming a counselor.
Leon Springs VFD recognizes Boerne merchant
The Leon Springs Volunteer Fire Department in January presented Boerne NAPA Auto & Truck Parts’ Bobby Yelverton with a plaque, thanking him for his years of support and commitment to the department.
Kung Fu Saloon to open in Rim area
Texas-based bar-restaurant-arcade chain Kung Fu Saloon plans to open its first San Antonio location this summer in the Rim Crossing, 5531 N. Loop 1604 West.
According to social media posts, Kung Fu Saloon will have a full bar with pub-style food, vintage arcade games and other attractions such as Skee-Ball, foosball and karaoke.
Coffee/juice store opens Rim location
Revolución Coffee & Juice recently debuted a new spot in The Rim at 5846 Worth Parkway, Suite 109.
The latest location offers the same menu items as sister sites in Alamo Heights and downtown, plus cocktails, wine and beer.
Patrons can enjoy a rooftop view, and the business will host TruFusion fitness classes.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more, call 210-533-7100 or visit www.revolucionsa.com/pages/revolucion-at-the-rim-location-details.
Brazilian steakhouse comes to La Cantera area
Bovino’s Churrascaría, part of Grupo Bovino’s international restaurant chain, recently opened its first U.S. location in San Antonio at The Shops at La Cantera.
The address is 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 11200.
Conceived in Cancun, Mexico, the eatery’s menu includes all-you-can-eat prime meats and gourmet specialties including ceviche, paella, cold cuts, jumbo shrimp, lobster, oysters, octopus and more.
The full-service bar features a large selection of cocktails, wine and beer, according to the restaurant. Takeout and curbside dining also are available.
Due to pandemic precautions, buffet offerings will be brought to the diners’ table.
Hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30-11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
For more, call 210-721-7754 or visit www.en.bovinoschurrascaria.com.
J. Alexander’s to open steakhouse in La Cantera area
J. Alexander’s Holdings plans to debut a steakhouse, Redlands Grill, March 29 at 17422 Fiesta Texas Drive in La Cantera Heights.
Redlands Grill will also have seafood, sandwiches, entree salads, and a full bar featuring cocktails served with a signature sidecar.
There’s to be seating for nearly 280 guests in the 8,350-square-foot restaurant, company officials said.
Student-athletes sign letters of intent
Eleven area student-athletes signed a letter of intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 3, committing to continuing their sporting careers in college.
Five Boerne Champion High School students committed to play football at their collegiate destinations: Reed Cantrell, Stephen F. Austin; Landon Eades, Abilene Christian; Derek Ford, Tulsa; Ethan Laing, UTSA; and Elvis Strickland, Arkansas Tech.
Boerne Champion student Victor Santana committed to play baseball at Concordia, Nebraska.
Clark High School students Lauren Nylund will play soccer at Missouri Western, while teammate Breana Trevino will play soccer at Southwestern.
Boerne Champion’s Emily Luna will play softball at the University of Dallas.
Boerne Champion’s Foster Wilfong will take part in track & field and cross country at Furman.
Boerne Champion’s Molly Breuer will take part in track & field and cross country at Colorado-Colorado Springs).