HPISD, Town Leaders Discuss Revised Design for Bradfield Elementary School

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This drawing by Stantec architect Jonathan Aldis incorporates some of the changes, which emerged from a peer review of the Bradfield Elementary School design.

A proposed redesign for Bradfield Elementary School, developed during a peer review process with a classical architect from Houston, would cost an additional $754,000 to build, according to Highland Park ISD. That's $354,000 more than district leaders are willing to spend.

Instead, the district will seek approval for design changes costing $399,000 more. The plan keeps a much-discussed colonnade in front of the entry courtyard and forgoes changes to a tower, but modifies window designs throughout the school and incorporates quatrefoils and more brick into the design.


HPISD Officials Answer Questions Regarding Enrollment Policy Change

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Highland Park ISD is discussing opening enrollment to allow children of faculty to attend its schools.
The board has been researching and discussing the idea since January, and if approved, the policy would slowly phase in.

The draft policy would allow non-resident, full-time professional contracted employees – including teachers, librarians, counselors, and professional staff – to apply for their child to transfer into HPISD schools.
The board heard a presentation on May 15 regarding the enrollment idea and will vote on the policy on June 12.

Below are some questions surrounding the policy as officials begin the initial planning process.


Crime Report May 14 – 20

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: POPPING TAGS

One shopper must have been browsing with champagne taste on a soda pop budget just before noon May 18 at Scout & Mollys at Snider Plaza. According to a police report, the shopper tried on several clothing items in the dressing room, paid for three, and then left the location – taking with them $560-worth of unpaid for merchandise.


Series of Water Main Breaks Damage Snider Plaza Businesses

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Three water main breaks early Tuesday morning in University Park have resulted in the temporary closure of Milton Avenue east of Hursey Street and travel south of the fountain in Snider Plaza, said Steve Mace, the city's director of communications and marketing.

A fourth break in the 3400 block of Milton Avenue occurred Tuesday afternoon as crews were beginning to lay asphalt, Mace said. The cracks, he said, are due to aging infrastructure and expansion and contraction of soil near the water mains.


Goff’s Serving Up Hamburgers Again Near SMU

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Two years after the fire, this iconic eatery opens on Mockingbird Lane. (Photo: Brian Kendall)

The nearly 80 firefighters on-hand could do little to extinguish the stubborn grease fire that claimed the 92-year-old building that housed Goff’s Hamburgers in August 2016. A demolition crew arrived the following day, and the iconic establishment was suddenly reduced to ash and a blackened foundation.

Less than two years later, Goff’s has proven resilient, opening its doors once again to hungry SMU students and Park Cities residents.


Center for BrainHealth Gets New Chairman

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Ka Cotter and Debbie Francis together at The Brain: An Owner’s Guide Lecture series in February. (Courtesy photo)

A changing of the guard has taken place at the Center for BrainHealth.

Highland Park philanthropist Debbie Francis has stepped down as chairman of the 90-person board to focus on fundraising for the brain research institute.


Highland Park Library Closed This Weekend

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In observance of Memorial Day, offices for the town of Highland Park will be closed Monday and the Highland Park Library will be closed the whole weekend, reopening on Tuesday.

There will be no disruption of service in the sanitation schedule.