Thursday, October 22, 2020

Become a Student Volunteer with SYAC

Are you a high school student 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 an SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet on the first Monday of each month at 4:15 p.m. at Southlake Town Hall.

SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2018. View and print the application.

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 City leaders 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 by visiting www.cityofsouthlake.com. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.

CISD Place 4 Board of Trustee Candidate Forum April 24

The Community Engagement Committee (CEC), in partnership with the Carroll Education Foundation (CEF), will host a SPIN (Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods) Town Hall Candidate Forum for Carroll Independent School District Board of Trustees Place 4 Candidates on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Marq Southlake, located at 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

The CEC is a City of Southlake Committee and a nonpartisan body dedicated to facilitating communication between residents and local government, typically through SPIN Town Hall Forums. The candidate forum is intended to provide an opportunity to familiarize residents with each of the Carroll ISD Board of Trustee Place 4 candidates and their platforms.

Candidates List

Program

The program will start with a meet and greet open house beginning at 6:00 p.m. During this time, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with candidates. Following the open house at 6:30 p.m., the forum will begin with each candidate providing an opening statement. Next, all candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to questions from the audience; the question and answer portion of the program will be moderated by a member of the CEC. Finally, all candidates will be asked to provide a closing statement

Important Dates

  • Monday, April 23, 2018, to Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Early voting by personal appearance at Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main Street.
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Election Day – Voting for board elections will be held at Carroll Senior High School, 1501 W. Southlake Blvd.

Additional election information can be found on the Carroll Independent School District website at www.SouthlakeCarroll.edu. For additional information about SPIN, please visit www.SouthlakeSPIN.org.

Parents, School Officials and Police Discuss School Safety Concerns at Recent SPARK Meeting

On March 29, the Southlake Police Department joined Carroll ISD officials and participated in the SPARK Community Panel on School Safety. More than 100 community members met at The Marq Southlake to be a part of the discussion.

Police Chief James Brandon and Superintendent Dr. David Faltys, along with School Resource Officers, school counselors, principals and other school officials were on hand to answer questions.

Chief Brandon called the night a great exchange of information. “It was an honor to be a part of the panel. I was especially appreciative of the thoughtful and engaging questions provided by the parents in attendance. While recent events in Parkland, Florida have created more questions about school safety, the Southlake Police Department School Resource Officers (SROs) are a dedicated to doing everything they can to achieve the highest standards of safety and security in every Carroll ISD school,” said Chief Brandon.

The night offered the opportunity for the Police Department to learn more about what concerns parents and what the department can do to support their efforts. The Southlake SRO program has been in place since 2005, and in 2013 expanded to include all Carroll ISD schools.

“These are dedicated police officers who make it a point every day to teach, mentor and protect. I believe we have a great team in place and parents should always feel free to reach out to me or their campus SRO if questions arise,” said Chief Brandon.

For more information on our the Southlake Police SRO program please go to CityofSouthlake.com/SouthlakeSROs

SRO infographic for MSN

Student Leaders Honored in Second Annual SKIL Awards Reception

The future never looked brighter than it did Wednesday, May 17, night at The MarqSouthlake. City leaders, Mayor Laura Hill, CISD trustees, parents and students involved in the SKIL (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership) program convened to celebrate the end of the program’s successful second year.

SKIL is a youth leadership program created in partnership between the City of Southlake, the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. The program’s mission is to enhance engagement with the city’s youth through education and leadership opportunities, or, in Mayor Hill’s words, “to give the kids a seat at the table.”

Before Mayor Hill took the stage to discuss the program and bestow accolades upon the SKIL participants, Daniel Cortez opened the evening with some remarks about the program.

Cortez, the program’s City staff liaison, spoke about how proud he was of this year’s SKIL group, which includes 20 juniors from Carroll Senior High School. After starting the program in October, the group visited various departments throughout the city, and also visited the capitol in Austin to learn about leadership at the state level.

The program’s second year culminated with a presentation to City Council on Tuesday night, followed by the awards reception on Tuesday. During the ceremony, Mayor Hill awarded each student with a plaque and a Certificate of Achievement. Carroll Senior High teacher Eddie Morman, Chamber President Mark Guilbert and CISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys also spoke about their pride in the program, but the Mayor wasn’t finished doling out awards to the crop of talented Dragons.

SKIL student Ganeev Kaur was awarded $2,500 for the college of her choice, and Kaur currently plans to study medicine after graduating from Carroll Senior High in 2018. Furthermore, Kaur will be interning in State Representative Giovanni Capriglione’s office this summer—just one example of the stellar work being done by the motivated students in the SKIL program.

Applications for next year’s SKIL group will open up in August, and next year’s group will have big shoes to fill. As Morman said, “There’s no doubt about it—these kids are the best of the best.”

Visit the City website to learn more about the SKIL program.

SKIL Students Visit Austin

Earlier this week, the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (S.K.I.L.) met with state leaders in Austin for a day that was filled with learning about history, government and leadership at the highest levels in the State.

S.K.I.L. consists of 20 high school juniors selected at the beginning of each academic year. The mission of the program is to help foster the next generation of decision-makers through developmental exercises and information sessions. The current group of S.K.I.L.ed students has kept busy refining their leadership skills through monthly meetings, where topics such as safety and security and transportation are discussed, and activities such as the “Day of Internship.”

Representatives from the City and Carroll ISD joined the group for the trek to Austin, where our leaders of tomorrow had the opportunity to chat with state representative Giovanni Capriglione and Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.   Topics of conversation included governmental processes and the leadership skills necessary to make the state work.

Trips like these help the students encounter leadership perspectives at many different levels.  Prior to visiting the State Capitol, S.K.I.L. students had the opportunity to learn and work with Carroll ISD, the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Southlake.

For more information about S.K.I.L., visit this page.

 

 

Important Information for Upcoming Elections

Voting on Special Elections will be coming soon!

Although both the City of Southlake and Carroll ISD cancelled their General Elections due to the City Council and Trustee positions being unopposed, both entities are still holding special elections.

The City will hold an election to consider a proposition for:

“Whether the Southlake Crime Control and Prevention District should be continued for 20 years and the crime control and prevention district sales tax should be continued for 20 years.”

You can find more information on the City’s website by clicking here.

CISD will hold an election to consider a proposition for:

“The issuance of $208,000,000 of bonds by Carroll Independent School District for the construction, acquisition and equipment of school facilities in the District and the purchase of necessary sites for school facilities, including, but not limited to: classroom additions, capital improvements, maintenance, technology, safety and security, extra-curricular/co-curricular facilities and transportation vehicles, and levying the tax in payment thereof, including the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds.”

You can find more information on the CISD website by clicking here.

Early voting begins soon, on April 24. Southlake Tarrant County voters can vote early in Southlake Town Hall every day from April 24 to May 2 as shown below:

  • April 24 – 28: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • April 29: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • April 30: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • May 1 and 2: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

April 28-30 early voting dates overlap with Art in the Square. Come and enjoy Art in the Square and don’t forget to vote! If you wish to only vote, there is voter only, 20 minute parking available on Main Street in front of Ann Taylor.

Election Day, May 6 – Carroll Senior High School: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

Southlake Denton County voters can vote early at Roanoke Public Library, 308 South Walnut Street as listed below.

  • April 24 – 29: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  •  May 1 and 2: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Election Day, May 6 – Medlin Middle School, Trophy Club: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The City Secretary’s Office can help you with any questions at 817-748-8183.

City of Southlake and Carroll ISD: The Partnership that Pays

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.

 

Click on the plus signs for more information about the Partnership that Pays.

CISD Homecoming Parade Traffic Plan

The Southlake Police Department is making final preparations to the traffic and mobility plan for this year’s Carroll Independent School District’s Homecoming parade that will take place in Town Square on Wednesday, October 19.

If you’re planning to attend this year’s homecoming parade, you’ll want to take a moment to familiarize yourself with the traffic plan and map of Town Square that we have provided. The parade will begin in the 400 block of Grand Avenue West, between Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House and Barnes & Noble.

Police Officers, Citizens on Patrol (COPs), and Public Works teams will begin putting up barricades to block off streets in Town Square around 5:00 p.m. The parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m., followed by a pep rally at the end of the parade.

So, here’s what you need to know:

  • 5:00 p.m. – Barricades go up to block streets for the homecoming parade. (No through traffic will be allowed.)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Parade line up will begin. Parade staging area will be in the north parking lots of Town Square.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Parade begins.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Parade concludes.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Pep rally begins in front of Town Hall.
  • 8:00 p.m. – The homecoming event concludes.

At the conclusion of the parade, Public Works employees will begin taking down the barricades, except for the streets where the pep rally is being held.

Street Closures for the pep rally (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

  • State/Fountain: north and east intersection
  • Grand/Fountain: west side of intersection
  • State/Main: north and west intersection
  • Grand/Main: west side of intersection
  • Division: between state and north parking lot of Hilton Hotel

Once the homecoming parade and pep rally conclude, drivers will be able to travel through Town Square and exit onto Southlake’s main thoroughfares.

This homecoming event leads up to the Friday, Oct. 21 Homecoming Game, CISD vs. Byron Nelson, at 7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium. We hope to see you there! Go Dragons!

 

homecoming-parade-map

 

 

Southlake Youth Action Commission Accepting Applications

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 Wednesday of each month at 4:15PM at Southlake Town Hall.

SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2016.

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 by visiting www.cityofsouthlake.com. Questions about the application process, contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.