Get money for your classroom

Get ready to apply for grants from the Dallas Retired Teachers Association. This fall, four Dallas ISD teachers will be awarded $750 each in grant money from the organization’s Classroom Assistance Grants. The grants are awarded to Dallas ISD teachers who, on a daily basis, demonstrate commitment to public education and students through the creation of programs, events, or other learning platforms.

The application period will be open Monday, Aug. 26, and close on Friday, Oct. 23. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Applicants may apply individually, as a group/team, or as a school. Those who apply as a group/team or as a school, should designate someone to lead the grant application process and serve as the contact person to receive any related correspondence from the Dallas Retired Teachers Association.

Classroom Assistance Grant Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be Dallas ISD school teachers for the 2024-2025 school year.
  • All applications must include a handwritten signature of the school principal expressing approval of the project.

How to apply:

Rosa L. Brooks

5335 Drane Drive

Dallas, TX 75209-5501

  • The application and required documents must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2024.

The Dallas Retired Teachers Association Grant Review Committee will review all grant applications. The four grant recipients will be announced on Nov. 15 via email. Recipients may be asked to participate in a survey or video after receiving the grant money. If you have any questions, contact Rosa Brooks at

How teamwork saved a life

It was a typical early morning at Dallas ISD’s Transportation Services depot. It was around 6 a.m. and everyone was preparing to start their routes, when James Jamison, a dedicated school bus driver, experienced a life-threatening heart attack. He was getting on his bus with his morning coffee when he suddenly felt ill and collapsed to the ground. The display of teamwork, quick thinking, and determination that followed saved his life.

Eboni Ellis was the first to notice Jamison collapse, she said. Without hesitation, she rushed towards him and immediately called dispatch to report the emergency. Tam Del Bosque, who was working in dispatch at the time, quickly dialed 911, providing the paramedics with a detailed description of the situation. Trained as a medical assistant, Del Bosque was able to relay crucial information effectively. She also grabbed the Automated External Defibrillator and rushed outside in case it was needed

“We are one big family, an atypical family, but we are a family. Everybody did their part when it mattered most,” Del Bosque said. With six years in the district and a lifetime of experience driving school buses, Del Bosque’s quick actions exemplified her deep commitment to her colleagues.

As Ellis knelt beside Jamison, Regina Jackson witnessed the scene and quickly joined to help. Jackson, a certified nurse aide for over 26 years, asked Ellis if she knew CPR. When Ellis indicated she did not, Jackson immediately began administering chest compressions. Normally out on her route at that time, Jackson had been waiting for a call from a parent, which happened to put her in the right place at the right time. 

“I was praying and asking God for strength to keep going and provide CPR to him and save his life,” Jackson said. Despite feeling exhausted and dizzy from the prolonged effort, she continued the lifesaving compressions.

Every moment felt agonizingly long for the team as they fought to save Jamison’s life. 

When Bibi Jordan, another bus driver, saw the commotion, she rushed over to help. Jordan had recently renewed her CPR certification and was ready to step in. She and Jackson took turns performing CPR for about eight to 10 minutes, ensuring that Jamison received uninterrupted care. 

“I am glad I was trained and able to keep a cool head,” Jordan said. “As I was giving CPR, I was praying and calling Jesus.”

Applying CPR for the first time, Jackson and Jordan fearlessly utilized their knowledge to save the life of one of their teammates. 

Jackson also administered a sternal rub to assess if Jamison would respond while the rest of the team continued with compressions. Despite their exhaustion, the team worked together seamlessly until the ambulance arrived.

Jamison was quickly taken to the hospital by paramedics, where he received the necessary medical attention. Thanks to the quick actions of his colleagues, he is making progress towards recovery and is getting ready to resume his job working with Dallas ISD students. 

Their combined efforts and quick actions ultimately saved his life, which, everyone agreed, highlights the extraordinary commitment and unity among the Dallas ISD transportation department team members. They also agreed that the event not only emphasized the importance of CPR training but also the profound impact of teamwork in times of crisis.


Stay cool this summer

The City of Dallas and other organizations offer cooling centers during the summer to help people stay cool. Dallas residents seeking temporary relief from the heat are encouraged to use any of the City of Dallas public facilities, such as recreation centers and libraries, which are accessible during regular business hours. These centers offer a safe and comfortable environment to stay cool, helping to minimize the use of home electricity during the hottest summer days. Extended Cooling Centers include DART locations.  

Operation hours vary by location; please view the hours here: Dallas Public Library and Dallas Recreation Center.

Assistance for unsheltered individuals can be found through the Office of Homeless Solutions.

The Salvation Army also offers Cooling Stations in local facilities to assist as many people as possible who are in need of relief. 

Seniors can receive a free air conditioner window unit at community Missionary Baptist Church on June 22, register here

Heat Safety and Energy Savings Tips:

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very real dangers and are 100% preventable when taking precautions during the summer months, especially for the elderly, the very young, and those with chronic illnesses. If you know someone in your family or neighborhood that is vulnerable to heat-related illness, please check on them safely and often. Protect yourself, family members, and others from the effects of high heat and humidity by taking the following precautions. 

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages. 
  • Whether working or playing outdoors, find shade, wear sunscreen, and take lots of breaks.
  • Stay indoors, with air conditioning at 78 or higher if possible to conserve energy. Keeping blinds closed and using fans will also help conserve energy.
  • Cook with a microwave or slow cooker rather than the stove/oven to reduce heat and electrical use. 
  • Conserve energy by using large appliances in off peak hours or not at all. 

To learn more about summer weather preparedness, visit:

Participation in professional groups help enhance education

Shafarion Romashyn, a reading interventionist teacher at Anne Frank Elementary School, has been essential in shaping the future of education in Texas by participating in the committee for the development of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

Romashyn’s journey with Dallas ISD started eight years ago when she joined as a teacher. Throughout her career, she has acquired valuable teaching experience at different schools within the district, she said, with each experience contributing to her growth and understanding of the diverse needs of students. She said her dedication to her students and her belief in the power of education has been at the forefront of her teaching philosophy.

“I always wanted to become an educator as a child,” Romashyn said. “I was constantly teaching others and helping them learn academic skills.” 

Romashyn is actively involved in multiple committees, including The Educator Collective, a community that empowers educators through leadership development and professional growth. TEC organizes events and workshops to create connections among educators. As a member of the TEC community, this year Romashyn won the Teacher’s Choice Award.

“TEC is changing the way educators collaborate, and it is a game changer,” Romashyn said.

In addition to looking for opportunities to collaborate with other educators, last year Romashyn became a member of the STAAR test committee. Romashyn’s role in the STAAR test involved analyzing the field-test responses for a specific grade level or course and assigning scores or ratings. This has provided opportunities to engage in various assessment programs, such as the Pearson scoring test, where educators evaluate test scores across multiple assessments.  

Teacher participation in the STAAR test committee has a significant influence in the assessment of students, as they have firsthand understanding of students’ progress and evaluation through their daily work.

Romashyn’s mantra, “Growth over everything,” resonates in her work both inside and outside the classroom.

“So many times we look at data and goals and put a number to it. But if the number isn’t met then we think we have failed. But if you look at the overall growth it is always there.” she said.

Over the years, Romashyn has witnessed a significant change in the district’s approach to education with an increased focus on online learning and virtual teaching after COVID. This change has had a profound impact on how students are engaging in the classroom.

“Being a teacher is really rewarding, and the best part is seeing the growth of your students and knowing that you contributed to their success,” Romashyn said.

Staycation in Dallas

If you’re looking for options for a staycation this summer, Dallas has plenty of free or low-cost options for you to enjoy. From theater to museums to water parks and beautiful green spaces, there’s something for everyone. While you’re about and about, don’t forget to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the  sun’s rays by wearing sunblock, sunglasses, and hats.

Here are some of the many free or low-cost options of things to do in Dallas:

Culture Pass

One of the benefits of having a Dallas Public Library card is having access to entertainment venues, live concerts, museums, theater, and more for free. Some of those places include:  Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, Perot Museum of Science and Nature, the Majestic Theatre, House of Blues, Avant Chamber Ballet, Beckles Dance Company, Dallas Theater Center, and many more. Even if you don’t live in Dallas, but are a Dallas ISD team member, you can still get a Dallas Public Library card. The Dallas Public Library website offers instructions on how to reserve your tickets to events and/or venues at You can also watch this short tutorial to help you access your pass. 

Trinity River Audubon Center

Located just 10 miles south of downtown Dallas, TRAC is a part of the City of Dallas-Trinity River Corridor Project. The center’s 120 acres sit on a former illegal dump site and are home to an array of birds and other wildlife. TRAC is offering free entry for everyone until Dec. 31, 2024. You are encouraged to reserve a ticket online prior to your visit. For more information, you can reach the staff via email at or by phone at 214-309-5801,

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden 

Dallas ISD team members can get a free ticket to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. If you’re needing a place to relax and connect with nature, this is the place for you. Show you Dallas ISD ID at the entrance. This offer is only valid for daytime admission and not valid for educational field trips or for paid educational programming. Parking fees apply. For more information, visit Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Swimming pools and aquatic centers

Looking for some relief from the summer heart? Some pool time might be the answer. From swimming classes for adults and children to water aerobics, the city’s public pools have something for everyone. To find the location nearest you, visit

Teen All Access Pass

Looking for some free programming for your teen this summer? Beginning July 1, Dallas Park and Recreation and partners have teamed up to offer up to 10,000 teens ages 13-17 free activities during the month. Visit any Dallas Recreation Center to sign up and receive your free All Access Pass. For more information, visit here

Fair Park 

  • Art in the Park: Get creative and learn new techniques with artist Karla Ceballos. All art supplies are provided free of charge. During her next class on June 29, attendees will learn to make a yarn bowl, weave a basket with cardboard and yarn, and make a circle loom weave. This program will take place at the Leonhardt Lagoon near the Band Shell. For a map of the campus, visit
  • Healing in My Hoops: Get ready to let loose, have fun, and experience the healing power of hula hooping. This in-person event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the  Leonhardt Lagoon by the Band Shell. 
  • Bird watching: Enjoy an hour-long birding walk around Leonhardt Lagoon at Fair Park. Participants will meet in front of the Fair Park Visitor Center. Free 

Klyde Warren Park

Located in downtown Dallas, Klyde Warren Park has free programming year round. There will be an Independence Day Celebration starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 

at the Pavilion and Great Lawn, located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway. For more information, visit here.

City of Dallas Cultural Centers

The city’s numerous cultural centers offer free exhibitions and performances. Check out each link for updates on upcoming events, such as concerts, exhibitions, and community workshops from art to dance. Pro tip: Sign up for their email newsletters to stay updated on upcoming events. 

Oak Cliff Cultural Center 

Bath House Cultural Center

South Dallas Cultural Center

 Latino Cultural Center

African American Museum

Located in Fair Park, the African American Museum is the only one in the southwest devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural, and historical materials.  It is located at 3536 Grand Ave. For more information, visit Free.

Dallas Museum of Art

General admission to the DMA is free. You can reserve your general admission and special exhibition tickets online in advance or onsite at the guest services desk. Visitors are encouraged to reserve tickets online in advance. If you are planning to see a special exhibition, tickets must be purchased after your free general admission ticket has been reserved. To reserve tickets, visit here.

Southern Skates

Do you enjoy roller skating to music? From adult skate nights to open skating, there’s something for everyone at Southern Skates. For prices, hours, and schedule, visit Southern Skates, TX – Official Website

Vitruvian Salsa Festival

If you are a dancer, or an aspiring dancer, the Vitruvian Salsa Festival is a great option. The free festival is happening from 6-10 p.m. the second Saturday of each month until September at Vitruvian Park. It  includes live music, salsa dance lessons, food trucks, and vendors. Vitruvian Park is located at 3966 Vitruvian Way. For more information visit here.

Motivating others is a talent

Having a co-worker who motivates you, has a positive attitude, and embodies the district’s Core 4 tenet of Friendly, leads to a work environment that is welcoming and positive. That’s how team members describe Ronnie “Joey” Elms, maintenance specialist and safety coordinator in the Maintenance and Facility Services Department’s Northeast Quadrant. 

“Joey is always keeping everybody in good spirits, but he’s also keeping everybody motivated,” said Brett Parmer, maintenance specialist. “He makes the job fun, and he does a lot of coordinating with the jobs and getting the people lined out where they need to be. You never hear any complaining from him and he’s just an all around good guy.” 

Parmer, who is the assistant safety coordinator, works closely with Elms. In fact, earlier this year, Elms was honored with the 2023 Golden Eagle Award at the Risk Management safety coordinator meeting. The award recognized outstanding commitment to safety within the safety coordinator program. Elms credited the hard work of his team and thanked the NE quad—that includes 60 to 70 people—for prioritizing safety. 

“If there are any obstacles or problems in their way, they let me know so I can address it with the right department,” Elms said. For example, if a team member sees a fire extinguisher that’s broken, Elms will report it and make sure that it’s replaced immediately. 

According to Elms, the district has safety standards that he shares with his team so they know how to apply them to their work. 

Besides doing his safety coordinator role, Elms, who is a craftsman, works on projects with his team that may include carpentry and construction work on campuses and facilities. This can entail repairing a wall, laying out floor or renovating an auditorium or an office. 

Elms and his team members always stay busy. Part of his role includes being an expediter, which includes keeping tabs of all the inventory that’s in the shop in the NE quad. This also includes duties such as going out to a location and figuring out how much material and personnel will be needed for the job, as well as how many days should be scheduled to complete it. 

“You have something new everyday,” Elms said. “We might work on a floor for two or three days and then do a wall repair for a few days. So there’s always something different that goes on, but because of the camaraderie, we have a great time working together.” 

Elms describes himself as the spokesperson for his team as well as the motivator, and even the jokester, who keeps things going, making the work day a productive one. Being a leader is something he enjoys, he said. 

Elms believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect, he said. He lives by a bible verse: “I can do to all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and credits his faith as his motivation to uplift others in any space he is in. 

In his spare time at his East Texas home, from where he commutes on a daily basis, he stays active enjoying outdoor activities such as fishing, beautifying his yard, golfing, and spending time with his children. 

Don’t let the heat get you

Summers in Dallas can be brutally hot, but you can prepare to lessen the effects and stay healthy by following some tips.

Listen to local weather forecasts so you know when extreme heat is on the way. But don’t wait for an impending heat wave to take the following precautions:

  • Install weather stripping at doors and windows.
  • Install curtains or shades over windows that get direct sun. Outdoor awnings or louvers can very effectively keep heat out.
  • Keep temporary window reflectors on hand, such as cardboard sheets covered with aluminum foil. Installing these between windows and drapes will reflect heat back outside.
  • Make sure window air-conditioner units are fitted tightly and have clean filters. Make sure that ducts for central air conditioning are insulated, and have the unit maintained yearly to avoid unexpected breakdowns.
  • Be aware of neighbors who may need help during a heat wave, especially the elderly, pregnant people, young children, and people who are sick or homebound.

To prepare for heat waves and other emergencies, put together an emergency kit and a family communication plan. Check the contents of your kit frequently. Make sure you have everything you need in case of a power outage. Checklists and advice about coping with extreme heat are available at

If possible, get your roof insulated. Insulation prevents heat getting in during hot weather and prevents it from escaping in cold weather, so it’s a year round investment that can also keep your energy bills down.


Remember others. Never leave children, adults with disabilities, elderly people, or pets in a vehicle, not even for a minute. When the temperature outside is 80 degrees, the interior of your car can heat up to 99 degrees in just 10 minutes. According to the National Safety Council, 38 children die on average each year due to vehicular heatstroke.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Put ice cubes in your water bottle. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, and check your urine—if it’s darker or more yellow than usual, this may be a sign that you’re becoming dehydrated.

Eat small, frequent meals. It’s best to avoid hot, rich foods and consider cold foods like salads, leftovers, fruit, and sandwiches or wraps. If you do need to cook or heat something, try using a microwave so that it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Give children fruit juice-based ice pops to assist with hydration.

Slow down and take it easy. Reduce strenuous activities as much as you can, and take frequent breaks when you do have to work in the heat. Postpone outdoor activities and games, and take precautions when exercising outdoors in the heat. If possible limit outdoor activities to times of day when the temperatures are not as high. Be sure to stay hydrated and to take breaks from the heat, and remind children to do the same.

Stay inside. Avoid being outside when the sun is strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you need to be outdoors, try to schedule any exercise for early in the morning or early evening.

Circulate the air. Use portable electric fans to circulate the air. But don’t have them blow directly on you if it’s above 90 degrees, as this can contribute to dehydration. Use a water spray bottle or wet cloth to keep your skin damp. Take short, frequent cool showers or baths.

Use sunscreen. Keep direct sun exposure to a minimum. Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or more. Use plenty of it, and reapply about every two hours, and after swimming or sweating. For infants under the age of 6 months, look for sunscreen with titanium, as regular sunscreens should not be used at that age. Whenever possible, wear a hat and stay in the shade. While swimming, children should wear sun protective swimwear such as a rash guard and swim cap. Refer to the American Cancer Society’s website for sunscreen and other sun protection advice, and remember that sunscreen alone is not enough to prevent sun damage. 

Know where you can go to cool down. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, consider spending the hottest part of the day in a mall, movie theater, library, swimming pool, or community facility. City of Dallas public facilities offer cooling centers. Some agencies may open designated cooling centers where people who lack air conditioning can find a respite from the heat. Contact your local 211 Service or your city information line for information on any designated cooling centers in your area.

Dress for the weather. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in light colors. Be sure to wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.

Check on your animals. Check frequently to make sure pets aren’t suffering from the heat and that they have plenty of water. Remember that paved, asphalt, sand, and cement surfaces get very hot, so go early in the morning or wait until the evening or go to a shaded or grassy area to exercise your dog.

Listen for updates. Listen to weather forecasts each day so you know what’s coming.

If you need help, the district’s Employee Assistance Program provides short-term counseling for you, your spouse/partner, and any dependent family members. Counseling sessions can assist with a wide range of concerns, including stress, anxiety, depression, grief, and more. And, as always, you can reach TELUS Health EAP 24/7 at 972-925-4000 Option 3. For additional questions, employees may contact the Human Capital Management Benefits Department at 972-925-4300, email, or click here for information on the Benefits Website.

Source: LifeWorks

Celebrating women in engineering

With schools such as Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs and Solar Preparatory School for Girls, which offers STEAM education, Dallas ISD is promoting numerous opportunities for young women to seek careers in engineering. 

Part of the intention of International Women’s Day in Engineering, which is on June 23, is to encourage girls to go into the engineering field in order to help fill the demand as job opportunities in this area continue to grow.

The global celebration of women engineers began in the U.K. in 2014 and has grown internationally each year to encourage government, education, corporate and other entities to join together to bring awareness to the need of women in the engineering field. 

Although still underrepresented, the number of women in engineering grew significantly from 1970 to 2020, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. The number of women engineers grew from 3% to 15% and all STEM fields in general saw an increase from 7% to 24%.

Dallas ISD’s STEM and STEAM schools help foster a love of science, technology, math and the arts in young people who enjoy finding solutions to real-world problems and challenges. 

Dallas ISD is also home to the largest STEM EXPO in Texas, where students explore, design, and create real-world STEM activities. The Dallas ISD STEM EXPO has over 100 hands-on exhibits and serves as the culmination event for district championships: Science & Engineering Fair, VEX, and First Robotics Competitions, Mathematics Video Game Challenge, Mathematics Bridge Building Competition, Health and Wellness Awareness, and the Tech Fest Digital Media Fair Competition.

Opportunities available to study engineering at Dallas ISD include campuses such as Dallas Environmental Science Academy (DESA), School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, J.P. Starks Math, Science, and Technology Vanguard and Science Academy, career and technical education programs in high schools, career institutes, P-TECH programs and NAF Academies in high schools. 

Here are a few ways you can do your part to celebrate and bring awareness to women in engineering.

  • Celebrate a women engineer that you know
  • Learn more about STEAM and STEM opportunities available at Dallas ISD
  • Invite women engineers to speak to students and team members about different opportunities in engineering

For more information about STEM and STEAM programs available through Dallas ISD, visit their respective department pages.

Central Core 4 Champions

Dallas ISD team members are guided by a culture rooted in four culture tenets—friendly, fast, focused, flexible. These culture tenets ensure that all team members work collaboratively with each other and with all other stakeholders for the success of students. While all team members embrace this culture on different levels, some are champions of the Core 4. 

This quarter, four of these champions in central administration will be recognized for their exemplary work in one of each of the four tenets. The recognition includes a gift bag with Core 4 memorabilia and use of the Core 4 Champion parking spot at the Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building. Meet the winners. 



Dane Beasley

Performance Management

Dane Beasley always provides fast service whether it be by email, phone, or other means. He normally responds the same day, and if not the same day, by the next morning. He efficiently and effectively accesses and analyzes policy, data and all other relevant information to provide accurate and timely responses to all stakeholders. He manages time effectively and prioritizes tasks efficiently to maintain the fastest possible service. He adjusts well as needed when unforeseen circumstances arise and communicates any possible delays due to those circumstances. He manages emails to teachers, leaders, and others to ensure they are aware of Cornerstone and other task deadlines, procedures, and information.

He responds to TEI emails promptly and professionally. He receives regular requests for complicated data analysis that he promptly and accurately provides to stakeholders, including TEI, DTR. If the dashboard or other program is not functioning properly, he takes swift action to resolve it himself or collaborate with others to fix the issue and meet deadlines and provide resources to stakeholders. For example, he has created complex Power Queries to quickly analyze and sort data to provide administrators fast and reliable data regarding teacher evaluations and other data needs. He provides the TEI calendar and other resources quickly and ensures they are available on the district website. His work is essential and the fast support he provides to all stakeholders is a valuable asset to Dallas ISD. He exemplifies all 4 core values, and fast is one of his most outstanding qualities.



Bernard Johnson

Dallas Police Department

Sgt. Bernard Johnson is responsible for sector six with over 25 direct reports and schools he is to respond to daily. Johnson responds quickly to his troops, principals, school employees, parents and the communities that he serves. He always greets people and students he serves with professionalism and a smile. He is willing to take on any task. His hard work, dedication and willingness to give assistance to all who need it makes him a great example of the flexible tenet. Johnson has daily offense reports he has to review daily to complete an arrest or other assistance that might be needed. He responds to his schools and staff daily to assist and to ensure services are rendered.



Melita Carlton

Dyslexia Department

Melita Carlton serves as one of the four Dyslexia Services Supervisors, collaborating to support 191 Dyslexia Interventionists across the district. Melita always responds to my messages within a 24-hour period. If she doesn’t have an answer or a free moment to speak with me, she will respond with a message letting me know she will get me a response soon or call me in a free moment. In addition, she always refers to our policies with equitable responses.



Lupita “Lu” Guerra

School Leadership 

Lupita “Lu” Guerra is always one phone call or email away. Whenever I need something, I can always count on her to be prompt in her response and go above and beyond to ensure that I have a resolution. Most of the time, she responds on the same day, but always within 24 hours. She is the absolute best! Every interaction with her is a positive one. When I didn’t have an office manager, she provided support the entire time and each time she was patient and understanding. Once I hired an office manager, she came to the campus and met with her via Teams to provide support. She is the absolute best!

Bond program

The Dallas ISD 2020 Bond plays a crucial role in ensuring that district facilities are optimized to support and enhance student achievement. Throughout the 2023-2024 school year, various important initiatives have helped enhance educational environments districtwide.

“Reflecting on this school year, I’m incredibly proud of the unwavering dedication and hard work our team has demonstrated in advancing Dallas ISD’s 2020 Bond Program,” said Chief Construction Officer Brent Alfred.

The 2023-2024 bond funded 242 projects:

  • 78 new project designs
  • 47 new constructions
  • 42 project closures 
  • 28 new proposals
  • 24 facilities were completed
  • 4 were substantially completed
  • 19 projects in pre-design stages

Over half of the bond funds have been allocated towards construction, renovation, and modernization of various facilities. About one quarter of the funds have been allocated for connectivity and security upgrades. 

During the fall of 2023, Dallas ISD had several ground breaking ceremonies: 

  • Herbert Marcus Leadership Academy
  • George Peabody Elementary School 
  • Everette L. Degolyer Elementary School
  • Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy 
  • Hall Personalized Learning Academy 
  • Tom C. Gooch Elementary School 
  • Judge Louis A. Bedford Jr. Law Academy 
  • John Q. Adams Elementary School 
  • Charles A. Gill Elementary School 
  • Herbert Marcus Leadership Academy 
  • Thomas Jefferson High School

As bond projects continue, the focus remains on supporting the district’s educational goals through strategic investments in facilities and infrastructure. According to bond program leaders, through efficient resource management and a strong focus on quality and sustainability, the district is fully committed to creating academic environments that promote student success. 

“As we look ahead to the upcoming year, we are committed to maintaining this momentum and delivering new projects with the same level of excellence and zeal,” said Alfred. 

To learn more about the ongoing projects and future plans, you can visit the bond program website. Approximately 16 new facilities are included in the upcoming plan.

“Our goal is to ensure every school in our district benefits from bold, innovative, and generational facilities,” Alfred said. “The Construction Services and Bond Office departments will continue to build BIG for Dallas ISD.”