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Ready For Back To School? written by RIKI MARKOWITZ

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August is National Back to School Month (yes, that’s a real thing), and no one is more ready to get back into classrooms than students. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you’re studying. Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) 2021 president Susan Horton agrees. “Our education program is off the charts,” she tells RealtyLine this month. Classes are fuller and the organization is experiencing record-breaking new memberships. ABoR also offers a virtual learning option at all levels, including continuing education classes, for anyone who’s not ready to get back to in-person learning. Parents are also looking forward to kids getting back to classrooms, too. Many K-12 students can hardly contain their excitement. For much of the year, school administrators in Texas have been working hard at getting schools and staff ready for students this fall. As of this moment, all districts surrounding Travis and Williamson Counties will open their doors the third week of August. But the particulars, from mask mandates to virtual learning options, are changing minute to minute, leaving everyone from kids and parents to teachers and administrators unsure about how the fall semester will look. Right now, here is where things stand. In the ongoing battle against Covid-19, Travis and Williamson counties moved back into the highest stages of risk-based guidelines. So parents and teachers are understandably concerned with how schools are going to keep everyone safe. That said, most families are pleased that schools are determined to open their doors for in-class instruction, while some families remain on the fence. For the latter, their decisions hinge on reversing Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order prohibiting face mask mandates in the state, which extends to schools.

Check out current opening plans for school districts in and around Travis and Williamson Counties.

Austin Independent School District (AISD) Classrooms are back in session on August 17. Recently, AISD announced that a virtual learning option will be available for K-6th graders. The reason it’s limited to this age group is because the vaccine has not yet been approved for kids under the age of 12. And since schools are not permitted to

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Be A Part of The Big Picture As we settle into the second half of the year and look toward back-to-school and fall routines, this is a great time to take stock of your goals and what you set out to accomplish at the beginning of year. Are you still on track for 2021 to be your best year yet?

SUSAN HORTON

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ABoR has several opportunities coming up this fall for you to tune up your leadership skills, expand your network and get ahead of upcoming industry shifts. Let’s dig in.

August 31: ThinkUp LIVE ABoR’s signature event, ThinkUp LIVE, is back and it’s better than ever. On August 31, industry professionals from all corners of the real estate industry will share expert insights on how you can build, lead, advocate, and change. First on the docket is CEO of Edge of Your Seat Consulting Inc. and Six Square, Pamela Benson Owens, with her take on leadership as an inside job. We’ll dive deeper into lead generation strategies with Josh Cadillac, managing member of Magna Venture Partners, as he talks about building credibility and trust to create life-long clients. Jeni Williams, deputy director of Government Affairs and Taylor Smith, senior policy advisor, will team up with NAR Vice President of Policy Advocacy Bryan Greene and Julia Parenteau, director of Public Policy and Staff Lobbyist at Texas

REALTORS®, to give a hot-off-the-presses advocacy update at the local, state and national level.

you! Be a part of this exciting volunteer opportunity that will both enhance your career and make a difference in our marketplace.

Finally, in the fast-moving and white-hot market Austin is experiencing, disruptions in the MLS drastically impact the efficiency and reliability of our marketplace. Deputy Director of MLS Services, Will Burnham, and MLS Compliance and Data Licensing Supervisor, Dré Dargin, will unpack upcoming MLS compliance changes and how we can create the accurate, efficient marketplace we all desire.

Stay tuned to ABoR.com for more information about our 2022 Volunteer Call.

September 20-22: Board of Directors Election The ABoR Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the association and ACTRIS MLS, representing more than 16,000 real estate professionals across Central Texas and beyond. ABoR and ACTRIS Board members directly shape the policies and programs that help REALTORS® succeed on their own terms, in the most robust MLS marketplace in the region.

Plus, catch live hot takes throughout the broadcast from ABoR Chief Executive Officer Emily Chenevert and Chief Marketing Officer Kelea Youngblood with the best takeaways from each session.

Annually, ABoR holds a member-wide election to fill open seats for the following year. Recently, our Vetting Committee announced eight nominees to fill the seven open positions on the 2022 Board of Directors. Now is your chance to choose who you want to represent you in shaping our association and our MLS.

It’s time to tune in and ThinkUp from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Register online at ABoR.com/ThinkUp.

September 15-October 15: 2022 Volunteer Call From September 15 through October 15, you can apply to serve on one of our 2022 Volunteer Groups. ABoR and ACTRIS now offer more opportunities than ever to be an ambassador for your industry and give back in a way that work with your skill set and your schedule.

Our 2022 Board of Directors election will take place September 20-22, with results announced no later than September 25. Mark these dates on your calendar and keep an eye on your inbox the week prior to elections for instructions on how you can cast your vote and make your voice heard. Learn more about the upcoming elections and meet the nominees at ABoR.com/Election.

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CHAD DURHAM

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MAX Awards Wrap Up On June 26, the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin held its annual Marketing & Advertising Excellence (MAX) Awards. The MAX Awards is the only local awards program to recognize the best in residential construction, development, sales achievement and marketing. More than 400 guests attended the elegant gala-themed Havana Nights at the new Marriott Austin Downtown.

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Hundreds of entries were received spanning six main categories in Branding/Marketing, Design, Urban Living, Custom Homes, Remodeling and Professional Achievement. All in all, 92 awards were presented including nine coveted Grand Max Awards for Home of the Year, Custom Home of the Year, Neighborhood of the Year, Masterplan Community of the Year, Associate Company of the Year, Developer of the Year, Volume Builder of the Year, Infill Builder of the Year and Custom Builder of the Year.

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Top producers in new home sales were also recognized including individual salespersons, sales managers, REALTORS, and mortgage and title companies. Winners were selected based on sales figures in bronze, silver, gold and platinum categories.

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A special congratulations to Sijo Vadakkan of Trinity Texas Realty for winning the REALTOR of the Year Award three years running! As REALTORS, entering the Top Producers or REALTOR of the

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great opportunity to be recognized for your hard work and personal achievement. Keep spring for entry details of the 2022 MAX Awards. Take a moment to view a complete list of 2021 MAX Award

SANTA RITA RANCH MAX AWARDS WINNER: Best Radio Ad; Best 30-6 second commercial; Best Billboard; Best Community Amenity; Best Website, Community; and Developer of the eY ar.

Next up for the HBA is the new Fall Fun & Games Fest on Thursday, Sept. 23, taking place at the brand new Q2 Stadium! Members and non-members are invited to join us for food truck fare, beer, wine and cocktails. There will be opportunities to compete in large yard games like cornhole, giant Connect 4, Jenga and more. This event will be a great time to have a blast while mixing and mingling with other professionals in the industry. Visit HBAaustin.com for more details and registration.


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Tuttle Named Next Association Executive The Williamson County Association of REALTORS® is announcing that its Board of Directors has chosen Reginia Tuttle as the association’s next Association Executive. Tuttle will succeed Bryan Hutchinson, the former AE/CEO effective immediately. We are thrilled to welcome Tuttle to WCREALTORS and are ready to embark on a new chapter with her. Tuttle is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas Woman’s

KRISTON WOOD

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University. She is also a graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and holds a REALTOR® Association Certified Executive Designation. Tuttle comes to WCREALTORS with over 25 years of real estate experience including Association Management, Budget/Financial Planning, Operations Management and Stra-

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Though Tuttle holds numerous industry recognitions, she states that she is most proud of her ability to grow an organization and take it to the next level. She is honored to be given the opportunity to serve WCREALTORS’ 2,000+members. Aside from her professional work. Tuttle loves to travel, go on adventures, ride motorcycles and sample fine wine. She is looking forward to exploring everything that the Hill Country has to offer. She and her husband are celebrating 20 years of marriage and her daughter is currently starting her second year of law school. Tuttle is proud to call Williamson County her new home, and we are delighted to welcome her aboard at WCREALTORS.

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pass a mask mandate, this population of unvaccinated students is more vulnerable to the highly contagious Delta variant. When AISD announced they would be offering a virtual learning option, the board said that they might not be able to accommodate every student who wants it. AISD officials didn’t announce the virtual option until now because they weren’t sure if the district could afford it, according to Claire McInerny, an education reporter with KUT. While funds were allocated to districts under the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress, McInerny says that schools need more. “The federal government is giving school districts money to help with COVID-19 relief, but it is not enough to fund virtual learning in addition to all of the other issues that came up from the pandemic, such as needing to support students who have fallen behind and upgrading HVAC systems in school buildings.” At the end of July, AISD sent a survey to parents asking if they want school staff to make sure children wear a mask. Almost 22,000 responses came in. Some 39 percent answered yes; but 44 percent said yes to an indoor-only mask policy. For parents of elementary-school aged students, 45 percent of respondents want staff to enforce a mask policy.

Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) Round Rock schools open their doors on August 18. Earlier in the summer, the board announced that kids could enroll in a virtual learning curriculum. Round Rock ISD says they plan to remain flexible, will adjust to and enforce prevention measures “to the extent possible and allowable under Texas law,” and will continue following local health authorities and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). On elementary and middle school campuses, parents are not permitted to escort kids into school. And administrators are planning to stagger dismissal times to limit the number of students and staff moving around indoors at the same time.

Pflugerville Independent School District (PFISD) Pflugerville students are returning to classrooms on August 12. The district strongly encourages unvaccinated students and staff to follow CDC mask guidelines and to wear a mask when in the vicinity of non-family members. Parents won’t be permitted to bring students into the building and staggered dismissal times will be implemented. Kids will be socially distanced in classrooms as much as instructionally possible, according to PFISD.

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Hays CISD will open doors to students and staff on August 19. After a conference call between the school district and TEA, Hays CSID’s chief communication officer, Tim Savoy, wrote to parents that schools are moving forward without a mask mandate and at this time, they don’t anticipate changing the policy.

Georgetown independent School District (GISD) On August 19, Georgetown schools will be back in session. According to Superintendent Fred Brent, GISD will not be offering a virtual learning program. In a memo to families, he said the decision was based on a variety of factors, including students’ emotional needs and the fact that remote learning reduces the school’s funding qualifications. Administrators said that based on school attendance last spring — when Travis County moved down to Stage 3 health-risk guidelines for the first time since November 2020 — 85 percent of students supported in-person learning. In recent weeks, parents were given a chance to provide feedback on the district’s back to school plan. If any changes are made, GISD will announce them in the coming days. With only a few more days to go before kids are back on campus, some Texans are still hoping Abbott reverses his ban on mask mandates for K-12 public schools. One group of parents launched a petition on July 31 addressed to the governor and TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, an Abbott appointee. It urges the lawmaker and school administrator to “[give] schools the autonomy to determine their own policies for masking.” In nine days, the petition collected more than 22,000 signatures. The day it was filed, some of the largest school districts in Texas went against the governor and announced a K-12 mask mandate. The fight could end up in front of a judge. Undoubtedly, there are some reservations regarding going back to school, no matter your age or field of study. But, again, everyone is thrilled for life to get back to normal. Jazz Lough, a REALTOR and broker at Austin Real Estate Experts, says she’s thankful that her daughter will experience her senior year of high school actually in school. “And my son will finally get to step foot into high school going to his classes for the first time as a sophomore.” Lough admits that right now she has a lot to balance. “It’s going to be an adjustment not only personally, but professionally. [And clients] are seeing that things are moving toward some sort of normalcy, too. We’re all ready for things to settle before school starts.”

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