Skip to main content

2013 Brings New Beginnings

Jan 08, 2013 10:28AM, Published by tina, Categories: In Print, City+School


David Faltys reads a book with preschoolers at the Southlake Public Library



CISD News with Dr. David Faltys, CISD Superintendent

The arrival of 2013 brings with it a lot of excitement and hope for our Dragon family. Nearly all of the projects in the 2009 Bond Program are nearing completion and we’ve moved our administrative operations into the old Carroll Middle School, which will, from this day forward, now be considered the new Carroll Administration Center. The building features a state-of-the art Board meeting room, offices for all CISD Administrators under one roof, a teacher training center and technology services for the district. 

This building holds a lot of historical significance and it seems fitting we moved into these halls at the same time that Jack D. Johnson received Southlake Style’s Community Impact Award. The contributions he made during his 28 years as superintendent here helped form a strong foundation of excellence for Dragons in this community. There will be a lobby area dedicated to the history of Carroll ISD to help us preserve in pictures those who made contributions during the early formative years for Carroll Independent School District. 

Across town at Durham Intermediate School, we are putting the final touches on the last of our school projects. At this campus we have relocated the front office, added a safety entrance, expanded the band hall and classroom areas for fifth and sixth graders and raised the ceiling on the library to introduce more natural lighting. The project is not quite finished, but will give the intermediate school a fresh, new look when complete.

The term New Beginnings keeps running through my mind. It started last month when I got to sit down and read a book with the preschoolers at the Southlake Public Library. As part of our year-long Once Upon A Dragon theme to encourage reading, creative writing and storytelling, Charlie the Dragon and I read, danced and sang holiday songs with area toddlers and their parents. What a fun morning we had as I read them my favorite book as a child, Giant John.

I couldn’t help but reflect on how these boys and girls were just getting started on their own educational journey. They sat listening so intently, asking me questions, sharing in my sound effects and clapping loudly when we reached my favorite parts of the story. It was a moment to reflect on New Beginnings and how important those first few years of learning are for children.

Like sponges, they soak up every new word and thought and picture. Books and songs open up a whole new world for these toddlers; little do they know what an important foundation their parents are laying for them by encouraging story time, visits to the library and use of their imaginations.

I cannot brag much, really - Charlie the Dragon was a huge hit with most of them. But as we sang and danced and listened to the children interact with puppets, I was encouraged by the future of DragonNation. I know that the work we do to ensure excellence for these little ones is important. Completing construction projects, supporting programs, aligning curriculum and fighting for public school funding are often how we spend our time, but it’s so these students can enjoy New Beginnings as Carroll Dragons with hope for a bright future.

I’m not big on new years resolutions, but I do enjoy standing on the cusp of a new year and wondering what the next 12 months will hold for our school district and community. I resolve to Protect The Tradition; to enjoy and celebrate New Beginnings and to maintain a strong foundation for our littlest Dragons who are just starting on this journey to excellence.

Dr. David Faltys serves as Superintendent of Carroll Independent School District, the largest 5A Exemplary district in the state of Texas.  He was named by the 2010 Region XI Superintendent of the Year after being nominated for the award by his local School Board.  David and his wife, Jennifer, have four children: Dave, Peyton, Kenton and Lauren.




cisd news carroll dragons dr david faltys


  • 2017 Mansfield Farmers Market

    06/24/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    In continuous operation since 2004, the Mansfield Farmers Market has experienced a renaissance in...


  • HillsideFIT: June Run Club

    06/24/2017
    08:00AM — 09:00AM

    Get geared up for summer with Hillside Village‘s HillsideFIT, a free fitness series taught by exp...


  • In honor of Elise Cerami, an avid swimmer who drowned during swim practice last June, Swim4Elise ...


  • Mulch Madness

    06/24/2017
    08:30AM — 11:30AM

    Mansfield Water Utilities offers FREE mulch to Mansfield residents. Proof of residency required. ...


  • Medallion Help-Create - School is Out!

    06/24/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Hip, hip, hooray! School is out for summer! Vetro is celebrating summer break with fire and flame...


  • Father's Appreciation

    06/24/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    BBQ - Disc Golf Cage - Football & Basketball Toss New enrollment at event will receive a waived ...


  • Brunch Time!

    06/24/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Watch our resident critters enjoy their Brunch every Saturday at 10am! Our arachnids and amphibia...


  • Dog Days at Athleta

    06/24/2017
    11:00AM — 03:00PM

    Athleta has teamed up with Operation Kindness! Looking for a forever best friend? Come meet the a...


  • Summer of Seventeen

    06/24/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Activities Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30 a.m. You must RSVP by 12:00 p.m. the day before by ...


  • Something Rotten

    06/24/2017
    06:30PM

    | Broadway’s hilarious new smash Something Rotten! tells the tale of two brothers, Nick and Nigel...


  • Me & My Monkey

    06/24/2017
    08:00PM — 09:30AM

    WHO: Me & My Monkey, "The Beatles" Tribute Band WHAT: MasterWorks Concert Series ...


  • The Grand Prairie Arts Council presents ALL SHOOK UP The story is all new, the hits are all E...


  • Dine For Dragons: June 27

    06/27/2017
    07:00AM — 12:00AM

    Eat in. Take out. Help fuel Carroll Education Foundation with every meal on June 27. Restaurants ...


  • In honor of Elise Cerami, an avid swimmer who drowned during swim practice last June, Swim4Elise ...


  • Summer Art Camps

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM

    All summer long, and during other school breaks, we will be holding half day camps and week long ...


  • Summer Art Camps

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM

    Throughout the year Art House provides art camps for ages 5-16. During school breaks, and through...


  • Yoga Around the World - Morning Session

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Journey around the world as we explore how yoga is practiced in various countries. This camp will...


  • Cooking Show Favorites Camp

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Ready, set, cook! Inspired by our favorite cooking shows, we’ll head to the Kitchen for a unique ...


  • Yoga Around the World - Afternoon Session

    06/27/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    Journey around the world as we explore how yoga is practiced in various countries. This camp will...


  • Urban Foodies Camp: Deep in the Heart

    06/27/2017
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Join us as we taste our way around the city and tour Southlake’s finest food vendors, restaurants...


  • In honor of Elise Cerami, an avid swimmer who drowned during swim practice last June, Swim4Elise ...


  • Summer Art Camps

    06/30/2017
    09:00AM

    Throughout the year Art House provides art camps for ages 5-16. During school breaks, and through...


  • Summer Art Camps

    06/30/2017
    09:00AM

    All summer long, and during other school breaks, we will be holding half day camps and week long ...


  • Athleta Girl Summer Camp - Dance Series

    06/30/2017
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    June's Athleta Girl Summer Camp Series wraps up with a dance class led by Miss Twister Dance Comp...


  • Cooking Show Favorites Camp

    06/30/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Ready, set, cook! Inspired by our favorite cooking shows, we’ll head to the Kitchen for a unique ...


  • Urban Foodies Camp: Deep in the Heart

    06/30/2017
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Join us as we taste our way around the city and tour Southlake’s finest food vendors, restaurants...


  • PARTY ON!

    06/30/2017
    07:00PM — 10:30PM

    Join us each Friday night for our weekly ballroom dance party! A great mix of ballroom, latin, c...


Read This Month's Digital Issue
Stay connected with us
Follow us on Instagram