Join Mayor Price in the Community Challenge for fitness

It’s time to gear up for the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge. The statewide competition pits Texas communities against one another to see which can demonstrate their commitment to healthier cities and a healthier state.

The It’s Time Texas Community Challenge is an easy and fun way for entire Texas communities to demonstrate their commitment to healthy living. The challenge is being brought to Fort Worth by FitWorth.

This year, Fort Worth has been challenged by Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere.

“Come on Fort Worth, let’s show Plano what we’re made of,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “We all know that a healthy community is more united, more productive and more prosperous.”

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Fort Worth Bike Sharing stations closed near Stock Show

At the request of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the Gendy and Lansford streets station for Fort Worth Bike Sharing will be closed Jan. 5-Feb. 4.

Nearby stations that will remain open for Stock Show visitors include the art museums, UNT Health Science Center, Museum Place and Crockett Row.

Across the Fort Worth Bike Sharing system, there are 46 stations and 350 bicycles.

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Carroll ISD Names Bond Builders Team

After receiving over 90 audition tapes, interviewing semi-finalists and making some very tough decisions, Carroll ISD is excited to announce the names of the students that will be representing the district as members of the Bond Builders Team.

The Bond Builders Program is an opportunity for talented students around the district to partner with Carroll ISD to tell the story of the various projects affiliated with the 2017 Carroll Bond that was passed by the Southlake community in May of 2017. These students will be featured in bond-related videos, newsletters and other forms of communications.

The members of the Bond Builders Team include:

Aliana Franco – Kindergarten – Old Union Elementary School
Blair Konopa – Kindergarten – Carroll Elementary School
Maxwell Ort – Kindergarten – Walnut Grove Elementary School
Millie Black – 1st Grade – Johnson Elementary School
Finnegan McDevitt – 1st Grade – Rockenbaugh Elementary School
Ava Watts – 2nd Grade – Walnut Grove Elementary School
Cate Hall – 3rd Grade – Rockenbaugh Elementary School
Django Hollingsworth – 3rd Grade – Johnson Elementary School
Will Walters – 3rd Grade – Old Union Elementary School
Lucy Lown – 4th Grade – Carroll Elementary School
Kimbyl Belnap – 5th Grade – Durham Intermediate School
Risha Kanukolanu – 5th Grade – Eubanks Intermediate School
Dillan DeLugo – 6th Grade – Durham Intermediate School
Safiy Islam – 6th Grade – Durham Intermediate School
Obed Shultz – 6th Grade – Eubanks Intermediate School
Jackson Dockal – 7th Grade – Carroll Middle School
Emma Le – 7th Grade – Dawson Middle School
Evan Watts – 7th Grade – Carroll Middle School
Dane DeLugo – 8th Grade – Carroll Middle School
Jetta Thompson – 8th Grade – Carroll Middle School
Grayson Vasquez – 9th Grade – Carroll High School
Libby Lester – 10th Grade – Carroll High School
Devan DeLugo –  11th Grade –  Carroll Senior High School

These students will be working with the district on various bond-related projects throughout the life of the 2017 Carroll Bond. With projects ranging from facility addition to the introduction of new technology, these students will not only be able to update the community on the construction or implementation progression but also tell the story of how the students benefit from these projects.

Here’s a short compilation at some of the audition tapes that were received:

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New city education initiative looks to improve literacy, reading proficiency of Fort Worth children

The City of Fort Worth has set an ambitious goal for improving literacy and academic performance for its youngest residents, taking steps to ensure that by the year 2025, 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders will be reading at or above grade level.

This 100×25 goal is only one component of the city’s new Education Initiative, which is led by Gleniece Robinson, former director of the Fort Worth Library. Her task is to coordinate the educational programs and activities of city departments in order to align them with the community’s larger educational goals like 100×25.


In 2016, the Mayor and City Council took part in a brainstorming workshop identifying nine strategic challenges and opportunities facing Fort Worth. One of these challenges was a focus on education and workforce development.

But once the Council’s priority on education was combined with statistics from Fort Worth ISD, the numbers were less than flattering: The reading levels of Fort Worth ISD third-graders were compared to those of other large Texas school districts, and results showed that only 33 percent of Fort Worth third-graders were reading at grade level. Locally, Dallas and Arlington fared slightly better at 36 percent each, and Austin managed 48 percent, although several DFW school districts show promise: 86 percent of Carroll ISD’s third-graders are reading at grade level, as are 70 percent of Aledo’s third graders.

Statewide, Texas can only boast that 44 percent of its third-graders are reading at grade level.

Part of Fort Worth’s Education Initiative will involve learning from other cities, both locally and across the country, to establish best practices and find ways to incorporate those practices into educational programming coming out of city departments.

“Fort Worth wants to lead the way in increasing in these numbers,” Robinson said. “We want other Texas cities to follow our example, and we want to learn what we can from other cities so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

And the city won’t be doing it alone, thanks to partnerships with multiple agencies who are coming together to help make an impact on the education of Fort Worth students, including Fort Worth ISD, the local business community and a variety of community nonprofit education providers and funders, like Read Fort Worth.

Additionally, this education initiative allows Fort Worth to join several of its fellow index cities like Jacksonville, Fla., Indianapolis and Denver that have all developed education initiatives of their own during the past 20 years.

One of the first goals the group plans to tackle is to focus on Fort Worth’s elementary schools where STAAR tests suggest improvement is required. Several of these schools, including Logan Elementary, Como Elementary and John T. White Elementary, have had a spot on the “improvement required” list for five years.

There are some local bright spots though, as several Fort Worth schools with an economically-disadvantaged population of students (such as Washington Heights, Manuel Jara, Hubbard Heights and five others) have at least 40 percent or more of their third-graders reading at grade level.

A plan takes shape

The city’s education initiative will target kids ages 5-9, filling a niche between other organizations’ Early Learning programs and out-of-school programs geared toward older children.

The initiative has a strong focus on literacy, a unique set of skills that include reading, writing, listening and speaking. While literacy intervention is a rigorous, intentional use of curriculum tailored to individual students, the initiative also plans to provide literacy enhancements and activities that can utilize volunteers, like reading buddies or storytime.

Once literacy best practices have been explored and finalized, Robinson will work with nine city departments to find ways to incorporate literacy into their educational programming. Some department programs, like Camp Fort Worth (run by the Park & Recreation and Neighborhood Services departments) and the Families Reading Together program (run by the Library) are already off to a good start, but Robinson hopes that additional trained staff, new learning strategies and access to culturally-relevant books will help make the literacy components of these programs more robust.

Get involved

A “think tank” of city employees has already been created to help organize initiative efforts, and an action plan for the city’s Education Initiative is expected by the end of July.

A community advisory committee will also be established, which will hold conversations with residents to assess how the public can best use the city’s educational programming and address any barriers to attendance.

“Education is a big passion of mine,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Education is central to all that we do — it lowers crime, it’s economic development and it really is community engagement.”

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New York Times Best-Selling Author Visits CISD Intermediate Campuses

The Eubanks and Durham Libraries welcomed New York Times Best-Selling author Stuart Gibbs to speak to their students about his career as an author and what motivates him to keep writing.

Gibbs is well known for his children’s book series titled Spy School. The stories feature an awkward middle school kid who knows what he wants to be when he grows up. Ben, the main character, is recruited to an undercover CIA academy for kids and begins the adventure of becoming a spy.

Gibbs spoke on how that idea came to him after viewing his first James Bond film at age seven, and how he immediately started writing stories about a middle school super agent. He knew at that age he wanted to be an author when he grew up. He encouraged the students to chase after any career they are interested in, even ideas as ‘crazy’ as becoming a kid super agent.

Students at both campuses were given time to ask questions and get their books autographed by Mr. Gibbs.

Stuart Gibbs currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and is working on the next books in both his Spy School series and Waste of Space series which are expected to be released in 2018. For more information about Mr. Stuart Gibbs, click here.

To see photos from both campus events, click here.


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Sales tax collections up in September, October

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in September totaled $13,958,731, up from September 2016 by $967,854, or 7.5 percent. Meanwhile, for October, net sales tax collections totaled $11,990,509, up $604.628, or 5.3 percent.

So far this fiscal year, sales tax collections are up 5 percent.

The city anticipates collecting $154,573,000 by fiscal year end.

Sales tax revenue represents about 22 percent of the city’s General Fund budget. This is the second largest revenue source, with property taxes being the largest.

For the Crime Control and Prevention District, sales tax revenue represents the largest revenue source.

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Southlake City Council to Consider Short Term Rentals Ordinance

At their January 16, 2018 meeting City Council will consider approving an ordinance, on first reading, to prohibit the operation of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) within Southlake. The City Council meeting will begin at 5:30 PM in Southlake Town Hall.

At a work session held on November 7, 2017, City Council instructed staff to prepare an ordinance for consideration to prohibit the operation of Short-Term Rental Properties in the City.

If City Council takes action on the proposed ordinance on January 16, there will be a second reading and public hearing currently scheduled for the February 6, 2018 meeting.

If you have any questions about the upcoming City Council meeting, please contact the Planning and Development Services department at (817) 748-8621. You can also visit the Short Term Rental webpage.

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet January 17

Supporting materials for the Board meeting will be provided on the Board Meetings Web page. Once the meeting has begun, streaming video of the proceedings will also be available.

Take notice that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, to consider and act on the following Agenda:


Call to Order
Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
Board Action Items and Board Business

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Orange Barrel Alert: Lane Closures at Kimball Ave, North of SH 26

Starting Monday, January 15, there will be inside lane closures on Kimball Avenue, north of State Highway 26.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s contractor will close down the inside lanes of Kimball Avenue near the railroad crossing, just north of State Highway 26, to install new paving and facilities in preparation of the installation of the new rails for the Tex Rail Project.

This configuration will leave the outside lanes, a single lane in each direction, open to traffic for the duration of Phase 1 of this project.  Phase 1 is anticipated to last until February 13.

Please contact Southlake Public Works with any questions at (817) 748-8098.

Map of Kimball Ave and SH 26 Closure


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Behind the Book: Lea Berman

Event date: January 26, 2018
Event Time: 01:00 PM – 11:59 PM
9015 Grand Ave
NRH Library
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Join us as we welcome Lea Berman, former Social Secretary to George W. and Laura Bush, to the NRH Library on Friday, January 26. Ms. Berman will visit to release a book she co-authored with Barack and Michelle Obama’s former Social Secretary, Jeremy Bernard, titled Treating People Well. This non-fiction book is a guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills, and offers an important fundamental message—everyone is important and everyone deserves to be treated well.

A ticketed reception will be held from Noon-12:45 p.m. and a free speaking event will take place at 1:00 p.m. A book signing will immediately follow. Please visit or call 817-427-6800 for more information.

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