Kelli Weldon

Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events and transportation, she is an education reporter focusing on Austin ISD. Kelli is a native of Lake Charles, La.

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Local restaurant Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza renovated by expanding its patio space in April.

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IMPACT ROUNDUP: Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza expands space

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is renovating and Radio Coffee & Beer is coming soon to the Southwest Austin area. more »

Apr 15, 2014 Southwest Austin

The Austin ISD board of trustees named Paul Cruz as interim superintendent at an April 15 board meeting.

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Paul Cruz named interim superintendent of Austin ISD

At its April 15 meeting, the Austin ISD board of trustees named its Chief Schools Officer Paul Cruz interim superintendent and approved a request for proposals for a firm to help with a search for a permanent superintendent. more »

Apr 15, 2014 Austin Metro (1 Comments)

At a briefing before the Austin ISD board of trustees meeting Feb. 24, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen tells local media that she supports three-year contracts for professional employees.

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Update: Carstarphen accepts Atlanta job, Austin ISD board to discuss superintendent search at April 15 meeting

At a special Austin ISD board of trustees meeting April 15, the board will discuss its plans in the event that Superintendent Meria Carstarphen leaves the district to lead Atlanta Public Schools. more »

Apr 14, 2014 Austin Metro

Barbecue, live music at Strange Brew raise funds for diabetes nonprofit

An event April 12 featuring barbecue, live music and prizes at local venue Strange Brew will benefit the Family Diabetes Resource Center of Texas. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Southwest Austin

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At the SXSWedu Education Expo on March 4, students get a closer look at some of the resources available for classrooms.

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SXSWedu 2014 wraps up March 6

The SXSWedu Conference and Festival began March 3 in Austin and is expected to attract more than 6,000 K–12 teachers, administrators, professors, education entrepreneurs and other attendees to Austin. more »

Mar 6, 2014 SXSW

Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics; Meria Carstarphen, Austin ISD superintendent; David Yeager, assistant professor with the University of Texas; and author Rosalind Wiseman participated in a SXSWedu panel March 4 on social and emotional learning strategies.

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Austin ISD superintendent speaks on SXSWedu panel on social, emotional learning

Meeting high-stakes accountability standards cannot be a school district's sole focus, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen told SXSWedu attendees March 4 as part of a panel discussion entitled “Social and Emotional Learning Can Change the World.” more »

Mar 4, 2014 SXSW Education

In a Future15 session at SXSWedu on March 4, Adam Klaybor with Montessori Records Xpress delivers a presentation to educators.

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Bringing Montessori method to public education a focus in SXSWedu session

During a SXSWedu presentation March 4, Adam Klaybor with Montessori Records Xpress—maker of an online record-keeping system for Montessori educators—talked about incorporating the Montessori method into public education. more »

Mar 4, 2014 SXSW Education

A SXSWedu panel on community school strategies March 3 featured Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Allen Weeks, executive director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth; and Darlene Kamine, executive director of the Community Learning Center Institute in Cincinnati.

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Austin Voices leader talks about 'community school' strategy at SXSWedu

Strategies to save schools at risk of closure should involve talking with teachers and community members to get their input, Allen Weeks, executive director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth, said in a SXSWedu panel. more »

Mar 3, 2014 SXSW Education

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Displays of fresh produce greet shoppers as they enter the new South Lamar Boulevard location.

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Wheatsville Food Co-op

At Wheatsville Food Co-op’s new South Lamar Boulevard location, the retail food cooperative offers a variety of options—from a hot-foods bar and deli to a mix of bulk and packaged ingredients consumers can purchase to make their own meals at home. more »

Dec 18, 2013 Southwest Austin

General Manager Lexie Godfrey (left) oversees daily operations at Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina, which is owned by Eddie Bernal (right).

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Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina

Eddie Bernal, owner of Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina, has come a long way since he was 16 and working at Red Lobster. more »

Sep 26, 2013 Southwest Austin

Operating partner Charles Milligan oversees Doc's Backyard, which opened in 2007 in Sunset Valley.

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Doc’s Backyard

With a menu described as “good old American flair” and a few Tex-Mex options, Doc’s Backyard is getting ready for some changes, Operating Partner Charles Milligan said. more »

Mar 28, 2013 Southwest Austin

Strange Brew expanded in 2012.

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Strange Brew Austin Coffee

Strange Brew Austin Coffee grew significantly in 2012. more »

Jan 31, 2013 Southwest Austin