Thursday, January 21, 2021

Special Attendees at CMS Ribbon Cutting

Photo Courtesy Kenzie Monroe, CMSI Intern

Members of the Carroll ISD community attended a special event Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the new Carroll Middle School. The school is one of two campuses that opened this year in the Carroll Independent School District.

Principal Matt Miller welcomed dozens of guests to the campus with opening remarks about the facility and it’s impact on students and learning. School Board President Read Ballew, Superintendent Dr. David Faltys and John Haugen of Natex Architects also gave remarks about the new school. Trustees, Sue Armstrong, Craig Rothmeier, Erin Shoupp, John Thane and Sherri Williams attended the event.

Guests were treated to a performance by the CMS Men’s Choir. The actual ribbon cutting was an honor shared by the 2011 CMS Teacher of The Year Teri Weber and members of the Student Council. Representatives of the Southlake City Council and Mayor John Terrell also attended the event. Following the ceremony, guests were treated to refreshments provided by the Carroll ISD Child Nutrition Services Department. Members of the CMS Student Council were on hand to lead guests on guided tours of the campus.

The new Carroll Middle School replaces the old existing middle school originally built in the 1960’s. The campus is a two-story building filled with energy efficient features. Designers with Natex Architects created the facility using green strategies including abundance of natural light, geothermal heating and one of the largest solar arrays ever installed on the roof of a school building.

Carroll Middle School is located at 1800 East Kirkwood Boulevard on property that was once owned by the Harold Knight family. Mr. Knight, a longtime Southlake resident attended Wednesday’s ribbon cutting. Mr. Knight is the father of Linda (Knight) Behrends; who served as a school nurse in Carroll ISD and was the district’s first Homecoming Queen. Linda Behrends is also married to Ron Behrends, who recently retired from Carroll ISD after a 30+ year career as the district’s award-winning Band Director.

The new CMS and the district’s fifth elementary school, Walnut Grove Elementary were projects included in the district’s 2009 Bond