Applications Now Open for 2019-2020 District Committees

The Carroll School Board invites interested parents and taxpayers to volunteer their time and expertise on several Board Advisory Committees, including the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), the District Advisory Committee, Campus Site-Based Decision-Making Committees and more.

Completed applications must be returned to the Superintendent’s Office, 2400 N. Carroll Avenue, by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13. Submitting an application does not necessarily guarantee participation on a committee. Members of the SHAC must be accepted and voted into their positions by the Carroll School Board. The membership of some committees, like the District Advisory Committee and Campus Site-Based Committees, must comply with state law.

New this year is the opportunity to serve on a Campus Diversity Council. The District Diversity Council (DDC) is already set for the 2019-2020 school year, but campus level opportunities are still available at every Carroll ISD campus.

In addition to the committees mentioned above, the Board also operates an Audit Committee and a Budget & Finance Committee.

Click here for a copy of the 2019-2020 Board Committee Application.

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Seven reasons Bicentennial Park was voted 2019’s Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County.

The readers of Living Magazine recently voted Southlake’s Premiere Bicentennial Park, 2019’s Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County. Bicentennial Park is one of Southlake’s largest parks and is home to more than 17 features including The Marq Southlake.

Here are seven reasons why WE think Bicentennial Park is the Best Park in Northeast Tarrant County.

1. Bicentennial Park is home to the Southlake Tennis Center and brand new Club House. The Tennis Center is the largest public tennis facility in Northeast Tarrant County housing 19 lighted hard courts. The award-winning public tennis center will be opening two newly renovated enclosed courts. Be sure to take a break during tournaments in the lounge area, purchase equipment and clothing inside the clubhouse or fill up at the ice machine. The Southlake Tennis Center is open seven days a week and maintains a full schedule year-round with adult league play, a junior program for all ages and levels, private group lessons, and tournaments.

City of Southlake Tennis Center at Bicentennial Park

2. Bicentennial Park is home to our brand new facility The Marq Southlake, including Champions Club and Legends Hall. Legends Hall is home to the incredible Southlake Senior Center and if you’re planning on hosting an event then be sure to book the spectacular ballroom. Champions Club celebrated its grand opening in April 2019. Champions Club is open to the community through memberships providing services such as, fitness and performance classes, an indoor pool, a movie theater, and a variety of programs and athletics. Some of the facilities amenities include an indoor playroom for the kids, family and individual locker rooms and an indoor and outdoor turf facility. So, whether you’re indulging in a late afternoon workout or a movie night with the family The Marq is the place for you.

The Marq Southlake at Bicentennial Park

3. Bicentennial Park is home to the Zen and peaceful Liberty Gardens but also includes some of the greatest landscape in North Texas. Liberty Gardens provide everyone with the opportunity to relax and take a break from their busy schedules. Located on the east side of the park and only accessible by foot don’t miss out on the opportunity to bask in the warm Texas sun.

Liberty Gardens at Bicentennial Park

4. Bicentennial Park is home to the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field. One of the first of its kind, The Miracle League of Southlake was launched in the fall 2015 and served 152 young athletes on 12 teams. The League provides opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in America’s favorite pastime. The field is intended to provide opportunities to a greater number of children. The Miracle League is a unique facility that brings a smile to these incredible players and their families.

The Miracle League Field at Bicentennial Park ©

5. One of the communities favorite features would be the incredible playground located near the south entrance of the park. One unique quality of the park is that it’s completely gated and receives multiple safety checks a year. Bring the kids and sit with ease knowing that they are enjoying fresh air safely inside the gates. Of course, the park contains traditional amenities such as swings, slides and jungle gyms. More importantly, the park is home to the coveted mother dragon. If you haven’t, be sure to indulge in the safe and friendly atmosphere of the city’s premiere playground.

Playground at Bicentennial Park

6. Bicentennial Park has plenty of parking to accommodate those heavy traffic days conveniently located at the center of all of the parks features. The parking at Bicentennial Park gives you access to the park and fields from two directions.

Main Parking Lot at Bicentennial Park

7. Visitors have the opportunity to indulge in nature by taking advantage of the multi-use trails that stretch across Bicentennial Park. The Park covers 1,200 total park acres and six miles of Park Trails. Explore everything we have to offer by strolling past the coveted baseball fields, hear the laughter from the playground or take in the landscape. Whether you want to indulge in the Texas sun or you need to get your steps in, the trails at Bicentennial can help.

The Trails at Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park is one of the many great things about Southlake, TX. Bicentennial Park is spectacular and the city is continuously focused on providing world-class experiences. Let Bicentennial Park be the premier destination for lifelong memories. For more information click here to see our city featured in Living Magazine.

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CISD Hosts Campus Curriculum Nights

Carroll ISD Campuses will be hosting their curriculum nights over the next few weeks. These events give parents the opportunity to visit their student’s classroom and learn a little more about the different areas their student will be studying this year.

Please note that the times for Curriculum Nights for Rockenbaugh Elementary have changed from what was originally announced. 

Elementary School Campuses – K-4th Grade

TIME CHANGE – Rockenbaugh Elementary – 817-949-4700 
August 29, 2019: PK – Kindergarten: 5:30 -6:30 p.m.
August 29, 2019: 1st – 2nd Grades: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
September 5, 2019: 3rd – 4th Grades: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Carroll Elementary – 817-949-4300
September 5: Curriculum Night for K, 1st & 2nd Grades  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
September 5: Curriculum Night for Preschool, 3rd & 4th Grades  6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Johnson Elementary – 817-949-4500
August 29: Curriculum Night for Kindergarten & 1st Grade  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
September 5: Curriculum Night for 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Old Union Elementary – 817-949-4600
August 29: Curriculum Night for Preschool, 3rd & 4th Grades 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
August 29: Curriculum Night for Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grades  6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Walnut Grove Elementary – 817-949-4400  
August 29: Curriculum Night for 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
September 5: Curriculum Night for Kindergarten and 1st Grade  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Intermediate School Campuses – 5th – 6th Grade

Durham Intermediate – 817-949-5300
September 3: Curriculum Night 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Eubanks Intermediate – 817-949-5200
September 3: Curriculum Night 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Middle School Campuses- 7th – 8th Grades

Carroll Middle – 817-949-5400 
August 28: Curriculum Night 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Dawson Middle – 817-949-5500
August 28: Curriculum Night, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Carroll High (Grades 9-10)
September 9: Curriculum Night, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Carroll Senior High (Grades 11-12)
September 10: Curriculum Night, 5:30 – 7 :00 p.m.

Special Programs
September 12: Parent Information and Student Fun Fair 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Rockenbaugh Elementary

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Proposed FY 2020 Budget Offers Largest Tax Rate Reduction in over 25 Years and Keeps the Promise to Continuously Improve Southlake

City Manager Shana Yelverton has filed the proposed FY 2020 Budget for City Council consideration.

FY 2020 Budget Accomplishments LargeThe proposed budget totals $104.8 million dollars. This includes a 3.7 cent tax rate reduction, the largest in more than 25 years. Southlake’s 20% homestead exemption offers homeowners an equivalent tax rate of .328 cents for the average valued Southlake home, or about a $148,000 taxable value reduction.

Chief Financial Officer Sharen Jackson presented the FY 2020 Budget Guiding Principles at the August 6, 2019, City Council meeting sharing the news of the tax rate reduction for the first time. “Each year when we’re in the process of developing the budget, homeowner tax relief is always in the forefront of our minds in thinking through how we can provide relief to our residents,” noted Jackson.

Since 2009, City Council has worked strategically to target meaningful tax relief for homeowners, and the 2020 budget is no different.

“One of the goals that this Council set a couple of years ago was to continually, year after year, look for ways to cut the taxes for our citizens,” Mayor Laura Hill commented during the meeting. “Understanding that appraisals are constantly an issue of them going up, so to have a new tax rate that’s below the effective rate, and still offer the 20% homestead exemption to our residents which really gives them an extra piece of pie as compared to our commercial properties, I think that’s really important. Our residents made a huge investment to raise their families here in our community.

It’s just outstanding. At the end of the day we’re living within our means and while we are a wealthy community we might say ‘Hey we make lots of money, let’s spend lots of money.’ We can do things big and better and fancy but at the end of the day the money belongs to the taxpayers and we learn to manage that money and still build an incredible community.”

Did You Know Reduced Property Tax Supported DebtReducing Debt

Debt reduction is once again a priority in the FY 2020 Budget. “Continuing our commitment to reducing debt is paramount when we are in the process of preparing the budget,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “We strive to pay cash for our general fund capital improvement projects, and this year is no different from previous years. 100% of those projects will be cash funded in FY 2020.”

The multi-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) identifies projects that will be undertaken in the upcoming five-year period, as well as projects beyond that timeframe. In FY 2020, the CIP includes funding for sidewalks as well as roadway projects across the City that are designed to help make travel within Southlake quicker and smoother.

“The City of Southlake installs and maintains miles and miles of sidewalks to provide our residents general connectivity,” notes Yelverton. “One of the CIP projects for FY 2020 is Citywide Pathway Improvements to add more sidewalks in Southlake. Not only will this add to connectivity it will also offer more safe routes to travel.”

Improved mobility and enhanced protection for those who live, work and visit Southlake are just some of the priorities for residents and Council. The proposed FY 2020 budget delivers on these priorities.

Did You Know SIF CIP FundingConnecting Southlake

FY 2020 mobility projects will continue with the City’s mission to keep connecting Southlake. Projects in the budget include the Zena Rucker Road Connector and improvements to some key intersections that will help alleviate ongoing traffic troubles.

“Getting drivers to where they need to be in the safest and most efficient way is always what we’re always striving for,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “Some of the projects in FY 2020 have already been underway for a while, but the new ones scheduled to start really help illustrate the vision of the 2030 Mobility Master Plan. It’s not always easy to clearly envision what the plans speak to, but we’ve already made some great progress on CIP projects and look forward to helping new ones become a reality.”

Protecting Southlake

While you typically think of the Police and Fire Departments when it comes to protecting the community, in Southlake we take a team approach. Building Codes are in place to safeguard those inside buildings, and up-to-date and maintained infrastructure helps ensure continuation of services.

The proposed budget takes all of that into account and includes allocations to ensure the highest quality protection for Southlake. Initiatives include system capacity improvements for Southlake sewers, upgraded technology and equipment for police officers and firefighters, ongoing funding for school safety and the School Resource Officer program, funding to replace a fire ladder truck and additional equipment for the Outdoor Warning Siren Notifications.

“Emergencies and disasters happen when we least expect them,” said Fire Chief Michael Starr. “Sometimes we’re lucky and we have a little bit of heads up that trouble is on the way. We can’t always prevent disasters from happening, but we can be prepared to deal with them. Having a plan is key. The safety initiatives in the proposed FY 2020 will help us continue to execute and fine-tune our plans.

You can learn more about the proposed FY 2020 budget by visiting

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Lady Dragon Volleyball Season is Underway

School just started today, but the Lady Dragon Volleyball team has been putting in work for the past few weeks to prepare for the long season ahead.

The Lady Dragons wrapped up the Northwest ISD tournament on Saturday, August 17 by earning the championship in the consolation bracket with a 2-0 victory over Hebron. This took the Lady Dragon’s early schedule record to an impressive 10-3 record.

Senior Annebelle Smith was named to the All-Tournament team for the NWISD Tournament.

Junior Natalie Glenn and Smith have already put up impressive stats through the early schedule. The pair lead the team with 140 and 103 kills, respectively. Sophomore Maybn Thomas leads the Lady Dragons in points off serves with 79. Defensively, the Dragons have been lead by Smith with 53 total blocks.

The Lady Dragons will take on Grapevine High School on Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 in the Carroll Senior High School gymnasium.

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What’s In the Annual Development Quarterly Report?

Every year the City of Southlake’s Planning and Development Services Department develops an Annual Development Report to present along with the City’s budget. The supporting documentation in the report covers the breakdown of how different types of revenue support the city’s functions. So what does it all mean? Let’s take a look.

The Fiscal Year 2019 reporting period is from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.  However, before the initial report is finalized, the Planning and Development Services Department publishes an update to the Annual Report at the end of each quarter to give a snapshot of city updates on development-related activities and the fees collected from those projects.

The data that goes into the report is gathered and put together throughout the year by multiple departments and divisions within the City. When the full report is published, it will mirror information highlighted with the City’s Fiscal Year 2019 Adopted Budget.

The reports consist of six main sections: Southlake At-A-Glance, Economic Overview, Understanding Development, Development Highlights, Valuation and Revenue.

When finalized, each section comes complete with graphs, charts and descriptions to provide supporting documentation for the data within the report.

Below is an overview of what each section includes:

Southlake At-A-Glance – In this section, residents and visitors can get a glimpse of Southlake’s public profile by reviewing the demographics for the population, graduation rate, sales tax rate and information about Carroll Independent School District (CISD).

Economic Overview – This section displays data pertaining to the real estate market, labor pool age, office and retail space overview, and other information that helps determine the state of the economy.

Understanding Development – This section shows a step-by-step overview of our development process and how to conduct development business in Southlake. It also displays an overview of our 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which includes master plan elements that provide a vision for Southlake’s future.

Development Highlights – This section includes the numbers of permits issued and the value of those permits from residential and commercial to sign and pool permits.

Valuation and Revenue – This section displays the amount of permit fees for each quarter.

These quarterly updates help city staff track land development and economic development-related numbers so that they can be included in the annual report. The FY 2019 Annual Development Report will be available on our website in January 2020.

To view the quarterly report, please visit our website.

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OBA: Upcoming Roadwork on 10 Bar Trail from N. Peytonville to Glen Clove

Contractors from Reynolds Asphalt Co. will be on-site to repair the road surface on 10 Bar Trail from N. Peytonville to Glen Court starting Monday, August 26, 2019, to Tuesday, August 27, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

One lane of traffic will remain open during the repairs. Flaggers will be on-site to direct traffic during construction.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

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OBA: Upcoming Roadwork on Ginger Court

Contractors from Reynolds Asphalt Co. will be on conducting roadwork at Ginger Court starting Wednesday, August 28, 2019, until Friday, August 30, 2019, weather permitting.

Crews will be onsite from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to repair the road surface Ginger Court from 1709/ W. Southlake Boulevard to end of the street. One lane of traffic will remain open during these repairs. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

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CMS Wind Ensemble Invited to National Festival

Congratulations to the Carroll Middle School Wind Ensemble for being selected as a 2020 Music for All National Festival performing group! As one of only twelve middle schools in the entire country to be invited, CMS will be performing on this national stage during Spring Break 2020 in Indianapolis!!

The invitation to perform at this festival is extended only to middle school band programs who have met a high performance standard, which was evaluated via recorded submission at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Even though it will be this year’s Wind Ensemble that will represent the CMS Band program at the festival in March, the opportunity wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous contribution from last year’s 8th grade class – thank you so much for your consistent leadership and musicianship throughout the 2018-2019 school year! The CMS Band staff couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by all of our young musicians to make this opportunity a reality. We would also like to extend our never-ending appreciation to our band parents and families for their incredible support of the CMS Band program.

Here is a little information about the Music for All National Festival:

“Middle school ensembles attending the Music for All National Festival can expect an exhilarating and educationally rewarding experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in a master class with a noted professional performer on their instrument and also have the opportunity to listen to other middle school and high school bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles from all over the nation. Ensembles are evaluated in a non-competitive environment. Each receives a post-concert clinic, a student social, special opening session and Gala Awards Banquet for the middle school participants.”

For more information about the National Festival, you can click here.

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Get your Preschooler busy with our Fall 2019 Programs!

Our preschool programs are designed to help young children develop their gross and fine motor skills, learn something new and have fun with friends in a safe and supportive environment.

Whether your little one loves sports or music, science or superheros, we’ve got the perfect program for you! You can register for all of the following programs through our online portal. If you would like more information, please call Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

Skyhawks Mini-Hawk
Multi-Sport Clinics

Our Multi-sport clinics are designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. For this program we combine 2-3 sports into one fun-filled class.
Dates: September 4 – October 23
Age 3–4
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Champions Club Courts

Learn more and register

 SuperTots Soccer

This age division of SoccerTots concentrates on building core soccer skills and personal focus while introducing an element of light competition.

Session 1: September 6 – October 25
Age 3–4
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Champions Club Fieldhouse

Learn more and register

Mini Huddle

This program will introduce children ages 4-5 to the game of football by teaching the basic fundamentals of the sport.

September 10 – October 3
Session I:
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Session II:
5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Champions Club Fieldhouse
Age: 4 – 5

Learn more and register

Intro to MusicMakers

Journey into the world of music-making as your child discovers their singing voice while exploring a variety of instruments including shakers, sticks, drums, bells, tambourines and much more!

Thursday, September 12–Nov 14
9:00 a.m.  – 9:45 a.m.
Champions Club Hall of Fame 1
Age: 18 mos – 4

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Superhero Training Academy

It’s a bird, it’s a plane—it’s our next superheroin-training! Join us for a morning full of fun and excitement as we make our own superhero costumes, practice our superhero skills and protect Southlake from evildoers.

Friday, September 27
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Champions Club Hall of Fame 1-3
Age: 3 – 5

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Mini Dribblers

This program will introduce children ages 4-5 to the game of basketball by teaching the basic fundamentals of the sport.

October 5 – November 7
Session I:
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Session II:
5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Champions Club Courts

Age: 4 – 5

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Silly Science

Eureka! It’s time to discover wacky ways to perform ooey-gooey, wonderfully colorful, and sky-high erupting science experiments. Our science experiments include kid-safe, colorful, and exciting science. Come dressed as a scientist ready to begin experimenting with Silly Science!

Friday, October 25
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Champions Club Hall of Fame 1-3
Age: 3 – 5

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Santa’s Little Helpers

Santa’s needs some extra special help making presents this year! Come make a special gift to give to someone close to your heart, listen to a holiday story, play some Christmas games and make new friends!

Saturday, December 14
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Champions Club Hall of Fame 1-3

Age: 3 – 5

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