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City of Jarrell
Jarrell City Hall
|Counties||Williamson County, Texas|
|• Total||2.82 sq mi (7.30 km2)|
|• Land||2.81 sq mi (7.26 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||653.12/sq mi (252.19/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Founded in 1909 by real estate developer O.D. Jarrell, along with E. C. Haeber, the town was settled at the intersection of an old stagecoach road and the Bartlett and Western Railway that was under construction. Soon after the railroad was completed, a saloon, two stores, a post office, and a bank were built. Because of the proximity of Jarrell to the railroad, the residents of nearby Corn Hill moved to the town. The city reached a population peak of 500 residents in 1914. The closing of the railway and the decline of the cotton industry, however, led to a long term recession. At one point, Jarrell had only 200 residents. After this low point, the city experienced a recovery that increased its population to 410 by 1990. Over 15 new businesses opened in Jarrell in 2009.
On May 27, 1997, the town suffered heavily from the destructive F5 Jarrell Tornado, which obliterated the Double Creek Estates subdivision, killing 27 people plus 300 cattle and horses.
In 2004, Sonterra West Master Plan Community began development adjacent to Jarrell, TX and located within the City’s ETJ. Sonterra West is a Municipal Utility District (MUD). A MUD is a special-purpose district or other governmental jurisdiction that provides public utilities (such as electricity, sewage treatment, waste collection/management, water, parks, recreation centers, pools, etc.) to district residents. Although adjacent to the city and very much part of Jarrell, the MUD and its development are governed by a MUD Manager/Board of Directors and not by the traditional Mayor/City Council bodies. Sonterra West has a population of well over 3,000. Couple this with the population of the City of Jarrell and you have thriving community.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Jarrell has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
- Jarrell from the Handbook of Texas Online
Jarrell is served by the Jarrell Independent School District. The district currently has two elementary, one middle school and one high school.
Between 2012 and 2019 student enrollment more than doubled. The district's middle school was built in 2014, but is undergoing an expansion in 2018–2019 to gain more classroom and science labs so that it can better accommodate the growing population of students. The high school is also being expanded including the addition of a performing arts center.
The current superintendent for the district is Dr. Toni M. Hicks. A native Texan, Dr. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. She began her educational career in El Paso ISD as an English as a Second Language teacher and then later as a middle school teacher in Leander ISD. While working as a full-time teacher, she completed a Master of Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
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