During its regularly scheduled monthly briefing starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, the Board of Trustees will hear a report of the district’s Environmental Education Center, which is a 500-acre academic facility located in Seagoville.
The center provides professional development for teachers as well as field trips for students and events for families through its nature trails, 26,000-sq. ft. facility with interactive exhibits, 70-seat ecology theater, four science laboratories, live animals laboratory, working barn with a variety of livestock, and astronomical observatory. More than 30,000 students and families were served in through EEC programs and services during the 2022-2023 school year.
The board will also consider the renaming of Kennedy-Curry Middle School as well as taking possible action on authorizing, negotiating and entering into agreements with a recommended pool of vendors for psychiatric services for students districtwide.
The demand for mental health services has risen over the years, which has created a need for additional psychiatry services. The addition of the 13th Youth & Family Center in the Southern sector of Dallas will generate an increase in psychiatric care. The need for mental health services more than doubled in the 2022-2023 school year leading to an increase in psychiatry services for Dallas ISD students.