Carroll ISD presents updates on legislative plans, ongoing projects and new initiatives

During its Dec. 17 meeting the Carroll ISD board of trustees discussed legislative priorities for the 86th legislative session, which begins Jan. 8. CISD administrators also presented updates related to its pilot, voluntary drug-testing program, a couple of 2017 bond program projects and the diversity council.

Legislative priorities

Several board trustees attended a Dec. 15 meeting with state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, during which Capriglione said public education and the school finance system will be a top issue of discussion this legislative session.

“[Capriglione] is extremely confident that school finance reform will take place in some way, shape or form,” CISD board member David Almand said. “He thinks it will be tied to [property] tax reform. There will be give and take on that, but [he] talked a lot about the pressure on elected officials to make changes.”

There were also discussions of how lawmakers should reallocate at least another $2 billion in the state budget for public education, Almand said.

District officials will mail out educational material to legislators to provide information about CISD as a school district. Board members plan to meet with local representatives to discuss public education issues at the end of February, said Julie Thannum, assistant superintendent for board and community relations.

Drug-testing program

CISD administrators put out a request soliciting proposals from vendors to provide drug-testing services for its voluntary, random drug-testing program designed for middle and high school students, and Compliance Consortium Corporation was chosen to provide these services, Superintendent for Student Services Janet McDade said. Policy for the program was approved by the board at the Dec. 3 meeting.

The next step would be to hold informational meetings for parents and students after the winter holidays, McDade said. The program will begin after the informational meetings, and parents can enroll their students at any time after its implementation, Thannum said.

Bond project updates

Construction for the new state-of-the-art music center at Carroll Senior High school will move forward in 2019, and the project is slated for completion in 2020, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Matt Miller said during a board presentation.

The high school also has ongoing work at its softball and baseball field complex, Miller said. The project is about a month behind schedule due to excessive rain in recent months, Miller said. Artificial turf and new dugouts have been installed and completed; however, restroom and concession facilities are not expected to be finished until mid-to-late February, Thannum said.

CISD officials also decided to amend the number of classroom additions to be installed at Johnson Elementary School to nine instead of eleven as previously approved in April.

Diversity council

CISD officials scheduled a special session board meeting for 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 to engage high school students in conversations about diversity at The Marq Southlake at 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake.

Although it will be open to the public, the meeting will primarily be for students to meet with CISD board members and have an open dialogue.

Additionally the school district is accepting applications from community members to participate on CISD’s district- and campus-level diversity councils until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. Council members will review and advise the school board on recommendations to improve cultural competence in the community.

The district has received approximately 100 applications as of Dec. 17, Thannum said.
By Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.


The restaurant's menu focuses on chicken wings and sandwiches. (Courtesy Hoots Wings)
Hooters offshoot to open in Fort Worth; Oishii Sushi coming to Plano and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

burger and fries
Johnny B's Burgers and Shakes permanently closes after serving Southlake since 2004

Johnny B's Burgers and Shakes, which opened in 2004 in Southlake, announced it has closed as of April 18.

I voted sticker
Early voting opens for races on May 1 ballot in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake

Contested races on the ballot include mayors for Grapevine and Southlake, two Grapevine City Council seats, two Soutlake City Council seats, two Colleyville City Council seats, two Grapevile-Colleyville ISD board of trustees seats and two Carroll ISD board of trustees seats.

hotel room
New Hilton Garden Inn opens in Grapevine as city's first tri-branded hotel

The new Hilton Garden Inn hotel will be adjacent to the current Courtyard by Marriott and the TowneSuites by Marriott near Bass Pro Court in Grapevine.

Jim's Pizza is relocating to Eldorado Parkway. (Community Impact staff)
Jim's Pizza relocating in McKinney; Lucy's Lot closes in Grapevine and more top DFW-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Spicy Fried Chicken Sando is one of several offerings on Fuku's menu. (Courtesy Fuku)
Fried chicken kitchen opens in Plano; The Heritage Table to reopen in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

climbing wall
Grapevine Summit Climbing Yoga to break ground on new facility

Summit Climbing Yoga and Fitness will break ground for a new facility on April 22 as the business marks 20 years in Grapevine.

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATE: ERCOT call for energy conservation ends April 13 without need for power outages

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.

construction zone
Tarrant County still deciding how to choose projects to include in upcoming transportation bond

April 16 is the deadline for Tarrant County municipalities to submit project ideas for the $400 million transportation bond measure that voters will consider in November.

vaccine administered
COVID-19 update: Tarrant County vaccine appointments canceled at last minute

Residents scheduled to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at AT&T Stadium April 13 received last-minute notice that their appointments were canceled, according to a Tarrant County briefing.