Carroll Superintendent David J. Faltys is one of three finalists for the Southlake Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Citizen of the Year Award. He was nominated by the seven members of the elected School Board and will be recognized along with Mayor John Terrell and Gateway Minister Robert Morris at the Southlake Chamber’s annual awards banquet Friday evening at the Southlake Hilton.
Faltys helped the district recover from low employee morale during a down economy, earning a high approval rating from teachers in the district, as well as parents. He guided CISD and the Southlake Community through a Long-Range Facility Planning process that ultimately resulted in passage of the largest bond election in school history. Most recently, he led Southlake citizens through a budget reduction process and advocated for our children and teachers in the face of unprecedented state funding losses. He has helped save thousands of local tax dollars through a $2 million solar energy grant for the new Carroll Middle School and incorporated green strategies into the district’s newest elementary design. His successful Balance the Budget proposal is drawing attention across Texas and the nation as public education funding comes under fire. But before Dr. Faltys was known for his budget plan, he held 32 public meetings with Southlake citizens to get local input and share the facts with them about their school’s financial situation. From home coffees to the Chamber’s State of the District luncheon, Dr. Faltys has taken his responsibility of leadership to heart, working to ensure the citizens of Southlake are informed and involved in their public schools.
“David is simply put, a Southlake dad,” the Board’s nomination stated. “Whether he’s attending a local dance recital, Dragon youth sports events, a Mom’s in Touch prayer meeting or a ribbon cutting for the opening of the new employee credit union, David Faltys is all about town, all about Southlake and all about the Dragon family. On top of the fact that he is personable and friendly, David genuinely cares about Southlake and the people who live here. He can often be seen tailgating at Dragon Stadium, attending city celebrations in Town Square or frequenting Southlake’s many restaurants with his family. He is respected by city leaders and regularly meets with members of the local PTOs and civic organizations.”
Faltys represents CISD and Southlake at state and national conferences, attends joint city-school meetings, participates in field day activities at a local campus, has joined Clifford the Big Red Dog at Barnes & Noble, emcees Southlake’s largest overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (Relay For Life) and raises funds to help support innovative teaching grants at the Foundation’s annual Culinary Celebration. He serves as an ex officio member of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, the Carroll Education Foundation, the Southlake Executive Forum and Southlake Kiwanis. He is an active member of the All-Pro Dad’s Club, participates in Southlake’s National Day of Prayer and supports Dragon youth sports with his son, Kenton, and Dana’s School of Dance with daughters, Peyton and Lauren.
Faltys and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Timarron with three of their four children. Son Dave, a 2008 graduate of Carroll Senior High School, is a post-graduate dental student in San Antonio. The Faltys’ are active members of White’s Chapel Methodist Church in Southlake and can be seen shopping, dining and playing in Southlake. Dr. Faltys was named Region XI Superintendent of the Year in 2010 and represents Carroll ISD and the Southlake community as a member of the prestigious Visioning Institute for the state’s leading superintendents. His district was named the Chamber’s 2006 Small Business of the Year and under Dr. Faltys’ leadership this year, CISD has earned an unprecedented number of state and national awards in academics, fine arts and athletic competitions. In fact, CISD on July 1 was named the 5A Lone Star Cup Winner in Texas.