With a long history and shared values, the City of Southlake and Carroll Independent School District (CISD) have developed a unique partnership that benefits both parties and strengthens the community as a whole. A shared commitment to excellence has inspired a relationship of integrity and teamwork that serves as a driving force for innovation in Southlake – and has resulted in joint programs, events, and a safer environment for residents and visitors.
Visually represented by the annual Carroll Senior High School homecoming parade in Southlake Town Square, home to Town Hall and its many municipal offices, the partnership between the City and CISD stretches far beyond the obvious. From 10 miles of shared fiber network technology to 100,000 page views on MySouthlakeNews.com – an online source for City, CISD, business, and community happenings – the combined dedication to improving the community makes many things possible.
“Southlake City Council and the CISD Board of Trustees continuously work together for strong public policy,” stated Southlake City Manager Shana Yelverton. “This committed partnership results in positive outcomes for both parties and strengthens community ties.”
Both entities work together in numerous ways, with the value of excellence at the heart of all endeavors, including safety measures. Ensuring the safety of residents is a strategic focus area for the City of Southlake that also benefits CISD. With $1 million dollars funded annually for 11 officers, the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program ensures a safer classroom setting for students and teachers, and allows for crime prevention measures and student development.
Among other measures, the Southlake Office of Emergency Management (OEM) seeks to build, sustain, and improve the capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters that may affect the community, including the school district. Emergency preparedness demonstrations, inspections, ride-outs, exercises, and testing are all examples of how Southlake emergency management makes efforts to enhance public readiness for hazardous situations.
Other valuable programs focused on safety are also targeted towards Southlake youth. Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids (SPARK) seek to share information and advocate for public policy to combat underage drinking, drugs, and internet risks. Additionally, Distracted Driving Education and improved school zone traffic measures, such as the inclusion of traffic signals and crosswalks, are further measures that contribute to the well-being of Southlake residents.
The City of Southlake and CISD are also committed to enhancing student leadership and developing the next generation of community leaders. Through a program in partnership with the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL) seeks to facilitate opportunities for advanced engagement by the city’s youth, creating a student and adult alliance for better government and a better Southlake.
“Because of a shared value of excellence, CISD and the City are able to leverage the strengths of one another. The City has invested $2,281,307 in district and joint-use facilities, which has physically created a state-of-the-art education environment for many generations to come. With a unified community, our children have the opportunity to learn, grow and continue the Southlake tradition of excellence,” stated Dr. David Faltys, the superintendent for Carroll Independent School District.