Saturday, September 25, 2021

Say Hello to Your SROs!

The new school year has started, and our school resource officers have hit the ground running to make the 2021-2022 school year great! Since the 2013-2014 school year, an SRO has been assigned to every Carroll ISD school.

The City of Southlake Police Department partners with Carroll ISD to promote and ensure student safety. We are committed to providing a safe campus and environment for the community.

Our world class SROs have been recognized by the National Association of School Resource Officers, Texas Association of School Resource Officers and locally through Carroll ISD.

“We want to create meaningful relationships with the community. If you see us while we’re at school, say hello!” Sgt. Preston Logan said.

Along with providing enhanced security, our SROs are dedicated to making a positive impact by educating students about bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as bicycle safety. Our goal is to be a positive role model for your student through coaching and mentorship.

Learn more about our School Resource Officer Program on our website.

Carroll ISD Announces Assistant Principal Assignments

On August 6, 2021, Carroll ISD announced two assistant principal assignments beginning this school year. Christina Benhoff will serve as the assistant principal for Carroll Senior High School while Steven Silvia will serve as the assistant principal for Carroll High School. These new assignments were due to open positions with principal transitions this summer. Additionally, Benhoff and Silvia are known for their excellent leadership and support to students, parents and staff.

“We are excited to have our assistant principals serve in their new roles,” Gordon Butler, Assistant Superintendent of Student and Staff Services, said. “Both are known for their high energy and continuous pursuit of excellence, which is what CISD is all about.”

Prior to her new appointment, Benhoff was the assistant principal at Carroll High School and is excited to see former students who recently moved to the senior high. Benhoff has served at Carroll High School as assistant principal since 2018. In 2012, she joined the Dragon family as a math teacher and coach at Carroll Middle School and then became the assistant principal for Walnut Grove Elementary School in 2013. Then, she was appointed the assistant principal at Dawson Middle School in 2014 before joining Carroll High School. Benhoff has 14 years of education experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Missouri.

Silvia is leaving Durham Intermediate School where he served as an assistant principal. Due to his instructional and communication skills, Silva will serve as an asset to the Carroll High School leadership team. Silvia has been part of the Dragon family since 2010 where he started as a teacher and coach at Dawson Middle School. Then, in 2013, he was named the assistant principal at Durham Intermediate School. With his 14 years of education experience, Silvia earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and his master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Texas Arlington.

Get Ready for Back to School Traffic

School is about to be in session!

Over the last couple of weeks, the Southlake Mobility Team has been working diligently to ensure the safety of our students, staff and teachers.  So far, crosswalks signs have been installed at the intersection of Carroll Avenue and Continental Boulevard and school zone flasher testing is underway.

Several schools in the area have ongoing construction projects that could include lane closures and slower traffic.

Review the list below when you start planning your day:

Old Union Elementary Waterline work along with all the associated connections is taking place on campus without any work in the intersection. Streets and drainage cures are also onsite working to replace a concrete section at the roundabout.
Rockenbaugh Elementary CISD is reconfiguring the drop-off area and has added a turn lane from southbound Byron Nelson.
Dawson Middle School The N. White Chapel Boulevard widening will continue throughout the school year. Please continue to slow down in the project area and heed work zone warning signs.
Carroll Senior High Music Center Construction is taking place off S. Peytonville Avenue for the build out of the new music center. The turn lane from S. Peytonville to the northern driveway will remain closed.

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Southlake Mobility Team Prepares for Back to School with Zone Flasher Testing

Although schools may not open for in-person classes until the end of the month, the Southlake Mobility Team is working ahead to ensure that school zones are safe and ready for our young pedestrians.

Starting next week, crews will be testing school zone flashers in all school zones for Carroll ISD schools, Florence Elementary in Keller ISD and the Clariden School.

School zone speed limits can reduce the risk and severity of crashes for students in vehicles and walking to school. Testing ensures that all the devices are visible and are operating in conjunction with school arrival and dismissal times.

Since school will not be in session, citations will not be issued for motorists not heeding the school zone speed limit during the testing period. Tests will take place August 17 – 21.

Please note that for Carroll High School, the school zone speed limit may be displayed on signs only and without flashing beacons during the construction of the additional lanes on N. White Chapel Boulevard.

Stay up to date with all Southlake Mobility and follow ups on our Facebook page.

Join Southlake Youth Action Commission Today!

Are you a Freshman or Sophomore living in Southlake or attending CISD? Would you enjoy learning more about the City of Southlake, attending City events, and earning volunteer hours? Then you should fill out a SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet monthly, on the second Monday of each month at 4:15 p.m. at The Marq Southlake. SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2019.

What is SYAC?
The Southlake Youth Action Commission is a group aimed at teaching students more about their local government. Commission members will meet with each city department and learn about its role within the city as well as attend city events and participate in volunteer opportunities.

If you’re a student and you’d like to learn more about what government looks like at the local level, SYAC is a great opportunity. Apply to join today!

Learn more about SYAC and how to apply here.

For questions about the application process, please contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.

School Zone Speed Limits – What You Need to Know

School is back in session and so are new traffic rules. City Code requires that school zone speed limits be in effect for elementary schools 30 minutes before to 10 minutes after the start of school and 10 minutes before to 30 minutes after dismissal.

School zone speed limits are in place to reduce the risk and severity of potential crashes involving children walking or biking to school and among the relatively high number of vehicles present for arrival and dismissal.

In order to implement the code, new signs are being placed to reflect the new times. Check out the new school zone times below.


Johnson Elementary 7:10 – 7:50 a.m. 2:45 – 3:25 p.m.
Walnut Grove Elementary 7:10 – 7:50 a.m. 2:45 – 3:25 p.m.
Carroll Elementary 7:10 – 8:10 a.m. 1:50 – 3:25 p.m.
Old Union Elementary 7:10 – 8:10 a.m. 1:50 – 3:25 p.m.
Rockenbaugh Elementary 7:10 – 8:10 a.m. 1:50 – 3:25 p.m.


The dismissal speed restrictions are not changing as part of this update. The safety of the students is our top priority for school zones, so please slow down and put away your cell phone when you are driving. This update will go into effect by the first week of September.

Birthplace of Carroll Schools and the City of Southlake Turns 100

To celebrate the centennial of Carroll Hill School, the first school in our award-winning school district and the place where the City of Southlake was born, the Southlake Historical Society is presenting an exhibit from July 12-September 6 in the lobby of Town Hall and in the Southlake Public Library located at 1400 Main St. A free ice cream social and reception open to all will be 5-6:30 p.m. on July 28.

For years, the school was the centerpiece of the community; in 1917, Tarrant County consolidated one-room schools in now-Southlake into District No.99. Farmers and others in this poor, rural district (property values totaled $207,000) voted to raise their taxes to build a brick schoolhouse. In 1919, after World War I had ended, it was built. The school was named for B. Carroll, the Tarrant County Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Carroll Hill, the school built on a hill, was not fancy like schools in Grapevine and Bedford. It had three classrooms that held nine grades. “The original Carroll building … is as plain, sturdy and practical as the farmers who built it,” Mary Ann King, Carroll’s granddaughter, told Carroll ISD trustees in 2009 when it was feared the building would be torn down. “In this throwaway society, it is important to have an anchor to the past. It takes tangible things, something to touch, to remind us all of the history that has gone before.”

The school still stands, at 1055 N. Carroll Ave., north of Texas 114 and next to the former Carroll Intermediate School (now Southlake Baptist Church). There is a Texas historical marker out front. The school is not open to the public.

The exhibit will include pictures of students from 1919 into the 1960s, plus a special picture of 2019 Carroll graduates in front of the school. Drawings made with the input of women and men who attended Carroll Hill in the 1930s and ’40s will give a look at the school’s classrooms, stage and removable chalkboards. Visitors will also see pictures and history of the early days of Southlake, established in 1956.

Because of racial segregation, black and biracial students could not attend Carroll Hill. In 1920, local rancher Bob Jones had Walnut Grove School built for his grandchildren and neighbors’ children. The school closed in 1951 because most of its seven or so students were ready to enter junior high, for which they had to go to Fort Worth. Carroll ISD’s newest elementary school is named in honor of the one-room Walnut Grove School.

This being a school exhibit, there will be lots to learn. Learn which city was aiming to annex our area when local citizens voted at Carroll Hill School to incorporate into the town of Southlake. Learn lots of Carroll “firsts,” including which activity earned the district its first state championship (no, it wasn’t football — or any sport).

Also learn about Denton’s Annie Webb Blanton, who in 1918 was the first woman elected to statewide office (state Superintendent of Public Instruction) and whether Clyde Barrow attended Carroll Hill School.

The future of the old school is not yet known.


Artist: Courtney Fray-Dingemanse

Graphic design for the exhibit was done by Courtney Fray-Dingemanse of Grapevine, owner of the boutique marketing agency Fray Design Firm. She is a Grapevine Heritage Foundation board member.

Drawings were done by artist Karen Davidenko of Grapevine, who also teaches special education at Cannon Elementary School in Grapevine.

The exhibit is free and will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday -Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The exhibit is closed on Sundays, except for the reception from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 in Town Hall. The reception is open to the public.

Graphic Header – Artist, Karen Davidenko

Southlake Youth Action Commission Provided Update to City Council

Representatives from the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC) discussed group activities and accomplishments at the May 21 City Council meeting.

The student group that’s aimed at teaching students more about their local government, shared the report outlining their endeavors over the last year.

SYAC consists of seven members and seven alternate members enrolled in high school, who act as an advisory board to the City Council in all matters affecting youth programs and issues.  The intent of the committee is to bring youth-related issues to the City Council’s attention in addition to participating in community service projects.

Within the last year, SYAC members participated in a one-day internship where they worked alongside City staff and learned about City operations. The students covered topic areas such as the inner workings of City events from how they are organized to how volunteering works, to  DPS operations, from officer duties and training, to learning about environmental issues facing Southlake and how people are affected.

“The students in this program are very intuitive; they ask a lot of questions and are interested in how our City functions,” said City Staff Liaison Cassie Tucker, “Our youth play an important role in our communities, and SYAC is great youth leadership program that expands on the training and education of future leaders.”

To learn more about SYAC, visit the City’s website. If you would like to become a SYAC volunteer or learn more about the application process, please contact Cassie Tucker at 817-748-8036.

Student Leaders Honored in Fourth Annual SKIL Awards Reception

The City of Southlake along with CISD Trustees and members of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce came together on Thursday, May 9 at The Marq Southlake to honor the students involved in the SKIL (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership) program in the fourth Annual SKIL Awards Reception.

SKIL is a youth leadership program where students and adults can work together to make Southlake a better community by enhancing engagement with the City’s youth through educational and leadership opportunities. The program was created in partnership between the City, the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.

“I always had the vision for SKIL to be an opportunity for our community’s youth to have a seat at the table with our local leaders and help us solve our local challenges.  SKIL has given these young leaders a chance to learn how things work in our community, what it takes to get them done and how good choices can be made,” said Mayor Laura Hill, the founder of the SKIL program.

Over the last year, SKIL students have had the opportunity to spend a day on the job with area business leaders during the program’s Annual Day of Internship, where area businesses like The Barrows Firm, Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU), Highland Landscaping and many others gave students an inside perspective to their business operation. The students also got the opportunity to learn from leaders at TD Ameritrade, who became a partner in the SKIL program just this last year. The students learned about the inner workings of the financial services company and presented solutions to obstacles that were presented.

In addition to learning about businesses, municipal government and school district operations, the SKIL students paid a visit to the Texas State Capital, where they had a chance to meet Representative Giovanni Capriglione and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen about important matters affecting everyone in Texas and the importance of leadership in those matters.

“This program has become more comprehensive and illustrates all the different aspects that impact a community,” said City Staff Liaison, Daniel Cortez. “Not only do the students learn about what’s going on locally, but they get the chance to see how it fits into the larger picture with our state leadership.”

Since the program began in 2015, it has seen a phenomenal amount of support from the community and program volunteers. Each year, 20 high school Junior students are selected by Carroll Senior High School staff, which now makes a total of 80 students that have participated in the program.

As the latest 20 students of the SKIL program were honored at the May 9 reception, a scholarship was also awarded by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. The recipient was Zeena Mahmud, who demonstrated a high level of engagement in the program and willingness to lead in a variety of capacities. “I cannot put into words how thankful I am for the city of Southlake and what they have done and provided for us,” said Mahmud.

For more information about SKIL, please visit the City’s website.