Monday, March 20, 2023

A New Playground is Coming to Bob Jones Park Soccer Fields!

The City of Southlake’s 2030 Parks, Recreation & Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan includes design and installation of a new playground and shade structure at the Bob Jones Park soccer fields. After ten fun years of play, the current playground is closed. Demolition began on Monday, June 18, 2018 to begin the exciting makeover of the playground.

On December 12, 2017, the City Council approved the purchase of the playground equipment and pavilion with Play & Park Structures. The City was the recipient of the “Community Heroes” grant from Play & Park Structures in the amount of $110,000, which will offset the cost of playground equipment.

The new playground will feature dedicated play areas for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, separate bays of swings and several single play elements. There will be opportunities for kids to climb, swing, balance, spin and slide on the equipment. There will be fabric shade structures covering the three main play areas to provide a safe space for play in the shade. In addition to the new playground, a larger pavilion will be installed. The pavilion will be the perfect place to rent for your next party as it includes a great place to gather in the shade and features several new amenities.

Completion of the project is anticipated for late July. We appreciate your patience during this time and hope to see you out at the new playground soon. If you have any questions, please contact Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Click Here: Carroll ISD Launches New Campus Websites

When Carroll ISD students and staff returned from the winter break, the district unveiled an exciting new feature.

CISD launched new campus websites at all 11 schools for the spring semester. The new websites are more user-friendly with large photo galleries and pages are optimized for use on mobile devices.

As technology has evolved, the district is committed to moving with the needs of its users. This website, hosted by SchoolWires, offers new features for users including, Upcoming Events, Photo Galleries, School News and more.

Each campus homepage offers large high resolution photos and will regularly be updated to showcase our students and staff. The websites also feature mulitple icons for the most-clicked items, making options bold and easy to find.

The websites have a similar look and feel across all 11 campuses, allowing users a familiar experience moving to different sites.

Carroll ISD launched its new district website at the start of the school and slowly migrated the campuses for the spring semester launch. The campuses are still in the process of putting the final touches on the websites, after first moving the top priority pages.

The website is managed by the Carroll ISD Board & Community Relations Department and each campus manages its website. If you have any questions about the websites, contact 817-949-7080.

The following are the new links to the campus websites…

Carroll Elementary –

Johnson Elementary –

Old Union Elementary –

Rockenbaugh Elementary –

Walnut Grove Elementary –

Durham Intermediate –

Eubanks Intermediate –

Carroll Middle –

Dawson Middle –

Carroll High –

Carroll Senior High –

Carroll ISD –


Carroll ISD Launches New District Website

Carroll ISD is launching a new district website for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

The new site will offer parents, students and staff a more user-friendly experience on their personal computer and mobile devices. It’s the first redesign of the Carroll Dragon site ( in the past five years.

The district’s improved website launches Friday morning and includes a new design with larger feature photos, a cleaner type face and easier ways to find important information using icons and direct links.

* Reminder: Users should clear bookmarks, web browser history to the previous website and link to

All Carroll schools will make the transition to new sites during the fall semester, and will be ready for the launch of redesigned campus websites in January following the winter break.

Parents, students and staff can find their respective school on the district’s site by going on the home page and clicking on the green button at the top right side of the page that reads “CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL.” From there, it will open a page with the links to the 11 campuses.

“Please be patient with us during this transition as we aim to provide a new and improved website for our parents, students and staff,” said Rick Herrin, CISD’s Assistant Director for Communications. “Many of the heavily-trafficked pages will be part of the home photo slider in the middle of the district’s landing page. This will provide easy-to-find important information for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. The district will continue to move information, documents and pages over from the previous website”.

The new website will also provide a much-improved experience for mobile users.

“The new website is responsive to all devices and offers improved navigation,” Herrin added.


June 2016 New Biz List

Would you like to know about the new businesses in town? If so, you are going to want to subscribe to the Economic Development and Tourism New Biz List. The list not only gives you an update about recently opened businesses, but will also tell you what’s coming the next few months.

This list of new Southlake businesses is provided by the Southlake Department of Economic Development and Tourism to help these businesses succeed. You may also visit to find a list of all businesses.

Contact Denise in the Economic Development & Tourism Department at (817) 748-8039 to get your new business recognized!

Now Open

  • Bread Zeppelin: Bread Zeppelin recently opened in Southlake Corners at 260 N. Kimball Avenue, Suite 264. They serve elevated salads in either a bowl or a Zeppelin, which is a hollowed out baguette. (817) 251-1856
  • Chiloso Mexican Bistro: Chiloso Mexican Bistro recently opened in Kimball Oaks at 2251 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 140. Here you can build-your-own tacos, burritos, nachos or salads and then make your way down the line adding fresh ingredients to make it your own creation. (817) 488-7773


New This Year – Movies at The Marq

Grab your blankets, lawn chairs, family and friends for a family friendly night out at the Marq. Come and join the fun and enjoy our brand new 17 ft LED movie screen!

Movies will begin at 7:00 PM at the Aria Amphitheater located behind The Marq Southlake. Complimentary inflatables, crafts and popcorn will be provided for all guests. Food trucks will also be available to purchase additional food and drink items. Be sure to bring your own blanket or chair. Tents and tarps will not be permitted.

Thursday, June 16 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thursday, June 30 – Tomorrowland
Thursday, July 14 – Norm of the North
Thursday, July 28 – Avengers (Dress up as your favorite SuperHero!)

For more information please contact The Marq Southlake at (817) 748-8900 or visit

The City needs your help naming a new city park!

The City of Southlake is looking for help from it’s citizens to name a new city park that is currently being developed; an approximately 5-acre park located southwest of South Carroll Avenue and Winding Lake Boulevard – about one block south of the new Park Village center.

Interested? Click here for more information!

Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, May 1, 2015

Rendering of new city park - click here to download your form and submit your suggestion!

Rendering of new city park – click here to download your form and submit your suggestion!

District Welcomes Three New Assistant Principals

The beginning of a new school year also comes with new faces. Three Carroll ISD campuses welcome new assistant principals to their staff for the upcoming school year. Mary Grice, Steven Silvia, and Christina Benhoff are the new assistant principals at Eubanks Intermediate, Durham Intermediate, and Walnut Grove Elementary, respectively.

Joining the administration at Eubanks Intermediate is the new Assistant Principal Mary Grice.  She is not new to the Dragon family as she has spent the last nine years teaching fourth grade math and science at Old Union Elementary School. Grice grew up in Houston and attended Texas A&M as “a proud Aggie and football fan long before Johnny Football.” In her free time, Grice enjoys going to the movies, reading on her Kindle, running and coming home two her to Havanese dogs, Piper and Murphy.

“Parents, students, and educators together make a powerful team for student success,” Grice said.

She comes from a family of educators and truly feels that education is a calling to serve others. Her mom is a retired first grade teacher, her brother teaches high school English, and her sister-in-law teaches government and economics.  Growing up, Grice especially enjoyed math, science and dance classes. She has many fond memories of her time in the fifth and sixth grade, at the same age of the students she will soon be leading at Eubanks. From emceeing her fifth grade talent show to skipping recess every Friday to read to her mom’s first grade class, education has been influential in Grice’s life for many years.

Durham Intermediate’s administration team will also be joined by new Assistant Principal Steven Silvia. He spent the last three years in Carroll as a 7th grade history teacher and Dragon coach at Dawson Middle. Silvia grew up in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, but graduated from Richland High School in 1991, where he met his wife Jennifer. They have been married for 19 years and have two daughters, Reagan and Skylar, who attend Fort Worth Christian School. His wife Jennifer also serves as the Director of Communications at Fort Worth Christian. Silvia’s hobbies include working out and training, running in obstacle/mud runs with friends, and taking rides on his Harley.

“For me learning is fun, especially when I am able to share it with others,” Silvia said.

He said education is a foundational piece of life, being one of the first in his family to pursue higher education.

Silvia hopes to continue to “Protect the Tradition” in this new leadership opportunity in the Southlake community.

Christina Benhoff is the new Assistant Principal at Walnut Grove Elementary School. She is transitioning from Carroll Middle School where she taught 7th grade math and coached volleyball, basketball and track. Benhoff has lived and worked in many different places in the country before moving to Texas. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she also lived in Philadelphia, Pa. before moving to the St. Louis area where she finished her schooling. Benhoff graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. She enjoys reading, shopping, and anything sports related. She and her husband are big fans of the St. Louis Cardinals, and were even married on home plate at Busch Stadium.

“I am extremely excited to continue working in Carroll because I have had the opportunity to work in different school throughout the country and have never seen a community who is so involved in their child’s education,” Benhoff said. “The partnership between parents and schools are essential for a child’s success.”

Aldridge Named New Carroll Tennis Coach

Carroll ISD has hired Corey Aldridge as the new Dragon varsity tennis coach. Aldridge takes over the program after serving as an assistant at Carroll since 2005. Aldridge replaces Norm Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years as a tennis head coach and the past eight with the Dragons. The position oversees the boys’ and girls’ teams.

“We are very excited that Corey Aldridge will take over for Coach Norm Smith upon his retirement at the end of the school year,” Carroll Athletic Director Kevin Ozee said. “The hiring committee interviewed several highly-decorated tennis coaches and unanimously chose Corey to lead the program. Coach Smith has done a tremendous job mentoring Corey and it is always great when we can promote a long-time Dragon who knows our kids, our program, and our community. Corey’s enthusiasm, knowledge of tennis, and love for the Dragon Nation really came through during the interview process.”

Aldridge, 34, has worked alongside Smith the past eight years after teaching and coaching in Ennis ISD. During that time, the Dragons have produced multiple Class 5A state qualifiers, including two last spring. Aldridge has coached tennis since 1998 after graduating from Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.), where he was a member of the tennis program.

“I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity and am excited about the future of our program,” Aldridge said. “I’d like to thank CISD and the community of Southlake for allowing me be a part of this storied program.” 

Smith will officially retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.