Written by Staff
The Irving ISD Board of Trustees is seeking applicants to fill the vacant District 6 seat on the board. To be considered for the volunteer position, interested candidates must live in District 6 of Irving ISD and submit a completed application by noon on Oct. 30.
The specific duties of the Board of Trustees include:
To be legally responsible for the education of the students in the District.
To make school district policy decisions regarding Irving ISD's operation.
To provide tax monies for maintenance and operation of the schools.
To submit bond issues to the residents of the District.
To govern local school matters, subject to limitations imposed by state and federal laws.
To hire the superintendent as its chief administrator and executive officer.
An opening for the District 6 seat became available when an elected trustee resigned from the board on Aug. 5. At the Sep. 16 board meeting, the Irving ISD Board of Trustees approved its plan to appoint someone to fill the vacant position.
For more information, visit www.irvingisd.net/BoardApplication.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:55
Written by Staff
Teaching students to be prepared, Firefighters Jason Reid and Javier Castaneda spent two weeks teaching every 6th grade student in the City of Irving the proper use a fire extinguisher. The 6th grade is an important year, because it is the first year students use science labs. Both the Irving School district and the Irving Fire Department want these students to have as much safety training as possible prior to participating in science labs.
This year, eight middle schools were visited and 2,210 students were taught the fire safety class. This included calling 911, recognizing the type of fire and which fire extinguisher to use, use of the schools fire blanket and finally a hands-on test of the skills they learned.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:54
Written by Staff
Sep. 21, 1p.m. to 10 p.m.
50-4-50 is a great way to support some of Irving’s non-profit organizations. Start the afternoon off with a golf package that includes a round of golf at the Las Colinas Country Club and a replay certificate to come and play another day. Also included, is entry into the Casino Night. Not a golfer? Just come to the Casino night for all your casino favorites, including a poker tournament.
Jesse Lynch Jazz 101
Sep. 24, 7:30 p.m.
A virtuosic tour of America’s greatest art form, this “jazz through ages” performance, features the Jesse Lynch Trio, who leads audiences on a journey through the evolution and history of jazz through music and multi-media. Presented by the Entertainment Series of Irving. Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center. $35-$85. For more information call 972-252-ARTS.
Walkabout for Autism
Sep. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Come to Coppell’s Andy Brown Park East for the run, face-painting, photo boots, crafts or games, and know you’re supporting a great cause! The Walkabout benefits the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children, a charitable nonprofit dedicated to empowering families of children with autism and developmental disabilities. All funds raised will be utilized to continue to provide programs and services to these members of the community for little to no cost.
Trinity Trash Bash
Sep. 28, 9 a.m. to Noon
Keep Irving Beautiful is hosting the 22nd Annual Trinity Trash Bash at the T.W. Richardson Grove Park. Lunch will be provided, and there will be music and prize drawings. Call at 972-721-2175, for more information.
"Mini Book Sale"
Sep. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Friends of the Irving Public Library are sponsoring a sale of slightly used children’s, adult, fiction, non-fiction, and paperback books at the West Irving Library. All proceeds go to the Library.
Museum Day Live!
Sep. 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Irving Heritage House opens its doors, free of charge, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors at participating museums and cultural institutions. Tickets are available to download at HYPERLINK "http://smithsonian.com/museumday%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank"Smithsonian.com/museumday. Call 972-252-3838, for more information.
Plaza Music Series: Worldly Latin Rock
Sep. 28, 7p.m. to 9 p.m.
Gather your family and friends, pack your picnic baskets and chairs, and join the City of Coppell for a concert in Coppell’s Town Center Plaza! Bubba Hernandez brings his fresh, alternative-world music characterized by delectable danceable compositions, provocative vocals, and hip motivating grooves. As always Kona Ice snow cones will be on site, cash only please, and free popcorn courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department!
Neighborhood reminder: door-to-door solicitors
Residents are reminded to use caution when approached by door-to-door solicitors in your neighborhood. Solicitors are required to obtain a permit from the City of Irving and should be able to produce identification and permit information when asked. Homeowners should never invite solicitors into their home. Do not be lured by monetary offers to participate in their program. Call the Irving Police at 972-273-1010 if you are approached by unpermitted solicitors.
Don’t fall for home repair scams
The Irving Police Department would like to warn residents of a recent scam that has been used twice, to burglarize homes in Irving. The suspects contact residents at their home and tell them that they work for a tree trimming company and are scheduled to trim their neighbor’s trees. In order to do so, they will need access into their backyard. They ask the resident to accompany them into their backyard in order to discuss what they will be doing. Once in the backyard, the suspects use hand-held radios to communicate with another suspect. The suspects keep the homeowners distracted long enough to allow the other suspect time to enter their home and steal property. When the suspects leave and the resident goes back inside, they notice that property has been stolen.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:54
Written by Phil Cerroni
AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium) may just be the best thing to happen to sports in North Texas. True, we have the Mavericks and the Stars, but nothing says ‘Sexy Sports Town’ like a monstrous steel and glass superstructure glowering at Ranger’s Ballpark from across the parking lot.
Why this bold statement about AT&T Stadium? Because after seven years of waiting and preparation pitch, the NCAA Final Four will take place in Arlington, TX in April, 2014.
North Texas last hosted the Final Four in 1986. True, we have the Cotton Bowl, but since Jerry Jones built his new stadium in 2009, the area has seen an uptick in high profile sporting events as AT&T Stadium has garnered a reputation as one of the premiere sports venues in the southwest, if not in the entire country.
The venue welcomed Super Bowl XLV in 2011, as well as NCAA Basketball’s Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in 2013. In 2015, the stadium will make history as the site of the first College Football National Championship game.
“Obviously the region has …a great infrastructure – the hotel industry, airport and now with AT&T Stadium, American Airlines Center...I think the best days for North Texas (are ahead). As regards to a national sporting events thing, I think we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. I think as we go into the next decade this area will continue to attract the biggest and best sporting events.” said AT&T Cotton Bowl’s CEO, Rick Baker, at the North Texas Commission’s Annual Member Luncheon at the Irving Convention Center on Sep. 13.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:53
Written by Stephen Fielder
Irving ISD has given Griggs and Associates, a group that specializes in assisting school districts find a new superintendent, the task of gathering citizen input in the process of choosing Irving ISD's next chief administrator. Monday, September 16, Dr. Debbie Tribble convened an open forum in the cafeteria at Nimitz High School to gather views on what sort of person the next superintendent should be. With only seven residents in attendance, the gathering was small. Nevertheless, for nearly an hour, they provided a focused and passionate vision of the kind of leader they want for the district.
Dr. Tribble, a former assistant superintendent at Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, opened the meeting with three questions. (1) Do you want someone with a doctorate? (2) Do you want someone who is currently a superintendent, or could this person be an assistant or deputy superintendent? (3) Would you accept someone from a smaller school district, or do you believe they should have large school district experience? (Irving ISD has roughly 34,000 students.)
Regarding the question of whether the candidate should be required to have a doctorate, the responses were mixed. Some felt that prior success and experience could meet the requirement. To the question of whether the candidate should already be a superintendent rather than an assistant superintendent or deputy superintendent, the response was also mixed. When asked if a person from a smaller district would be acceptable, the answer seemed to clearly be that it might be acceptable if the difference in size was not too great.
Evelyn Sample, who recently retired after working in the district for 33 years, expressed her concern about a new superintendent who did not have experience in a large district.
“If they come without that exposure, they don’t know how to deal with it when they first get here. If you start out behind the game, then you have a hard time catching up. They need to have something pretty close in proximity to what they would be coming to.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:52