October 2023 Newsletter

October 2, 2023

Greetings, District 2! 

Happy fall! As the seasons change, so do the exciting happenings in our district. It’s been a busy month in our schools, and as such, here are a few highlights:

Dallas ISD District 2 Monthly Updates:

A District 2 Teacher was recently awarded the Service Above Self award, given by The Rotary Club of Dallas and honoring one of our many fantastic educators who demonstrate excellence by going the extra mile.

Dallas ISD offers choice: D Magazine published a great article highlighting the variety of programs and schools offered within Dallas ISD.

At the Career Institute North, an educator by way of an industry partner is teaching electrical technology and building student confidence and skills to prepare students for their next chapter.

D2 Bond Construction Updates:

Campus infrastructure upgrades funded by the proceeds from the 2020 Bond continue across the district. This month’s highlights include:

  • Preston Hollow: storm sewer work, fire alarm replacement, and security upgrades are in process with target completion in spring of 2024;
  • Geneva Heights, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin and Ben Milam: these ongoing projects continue;
  • Lipscomb and Dealey: currently in planning phase;
  • Kramer: City zoning approval was obtained last month; and
  • Longfellow Career Academy: groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 4th at 10am.

September Board Meeting Debrief:

This month, Dallas ISD had its regular board briefing and meeting. Highlighted below are a few of the most important items:

Academic Achievement Update: For the school year ending May 2023, significant progress was made both in closing achievement gaps, and relative to the state and other urban districts among our students in grades 3 through 8. While we still have more work to do to reach our 2025 board goals, kudos and thank you to our hardworking Dallas ISD educators for progress made.

Litigation Regarding A-F Accountability System: The Board voted unanimously to file a lawsuit against the TEA asking the state to provide a transition benchmark year instead of retroactively applying new standards midway through the school year. The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction on the timing of the changes.  It is not seeking to lower standards.

Superintendent Evaluation Committee: I have the honor of serving on this committee, which had its first meeting this month to review the tool and standards on which the Superintendent’s performance will be measured. Our drafted evaluation system is directly aligned to the rigorous academic goals the Board set for our school system and is focused on achieving our academic goals, as well as prioritizing critical areas like budget health, staff culture, and student culture. I believe this alignment supports our organizational health and ensures focus.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have thoughts, ideas, questions, concerns, or simply want to say hello!


Sarah Weinberg