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Highland Park ISD has its finances in order, at least according to the Texas Education Agency, which gave the district a “superior” rating in the most recent Schools FIRST (which stands for Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas).
The highest possible rating reflects HPISD’s financial management and reporting system, and it was reached by analyzing staff and student data from the 2012-13 school year, as well as budget and financial data from the fiscal year ending in August 2013.
The financial accountability system was developed by the TEA in 2001, in response to Senate Bill 218. For you numbers gurus, you can examine the entire HPISD report here.
Highland Park easily won both the boys and girls team titles at the District 10-6A cross country meet on Tuesday at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco. Hope McLaughlin and Rico Lara claimed the individual gold medals.
In the girls race, HP won its 36th district championship — and its first in the new 6A classification — by placing six of its seven runners in the top eight overall. McLaughlin crossed the finish line in a time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds. Other top finishers for the Lady Scots included Emma Parker (third place, 21:01), Gabby Crank (fourth, 21:03), Anna Beecherl (fifth, 21:10), Becky Ketch (sixth, 21:10), and Olivia Aasheim (eighth, 21:27).
On the boys side, Lara’s time of 16:11 helped the Scots cruise to the team crown. He was followed by a slew of HP teammates, including Griffin Beitter (second place), Austin Roberts (fifth), Brooks Munn (seventh), Stanton Geyer (eighth), and Andrew Kliewer (ninth).
Nelson Bunker Hunt, the prominent Texas oilman with longtime ties to the Park Cities, has died at age 88 after a long illness.
Hunt was known for numerous business dealings and investments, including those in Thoroughbred racing. The Dallas Morning News has an extensive look at his life and accomplishments here.
The Highland Park boys and girls cross country teams will begin their first postseason at the Class 6A level on Tuesday at the District 10-6A meet at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco.
The girls race will start at 9 a.m. followed by the boys at 9:55 a.m. The Region II meet will be Nov. 1 at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, with the state meet slated for Nov. 8 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
The HP boys have been led all season by senior Rico Lara, while junior Hope McLaughlin paces the Lady Scots.
The Lee Park Conservancy will help to celebrate the upcoming 75th anniversary of Arlington Hall this week with Movies on the Lawn, featuring back-to-back nights of classic 1939 films in an outdoor setting.
The group will screen Gone With the Wind at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Both screenings will be preceded by a VIP reception at 6 p.m.
Admission is free, with beer and wine sold on-site, and food trucks selling other refreshments. You should probably bring lawn chairs or blankets, especially on Tuesday, since Gone With the Wind lasts almost four hours. And it’s worth it.
The Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society will hold its general membership meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at University Park United Methodist Church.
Silverado Community ambassador Beth Geniewicz will present a program entitled “Neurobics: Awaken Your Senses, Stimulate Your Brain.” You can find more information here.
While it was business as usual for the Highland Park defense on Friday night, the offense took a slightly different approach to yield the same results.
The Scots scored 34 unanswered points to rally past Lake Highlands 34-7 at Highlander Stadium for their 83rd consecutive home victory.
HP bounced back from a tough loss to Mesquite Horn last week, and remained a game behind the Jaguars for the District 10-6A lead with three games remaining.
Last week’s loss to Mesquite Horn severely dented Highland Park’s chances of winning a district title in their first season at the Class 6A level. But it didn’t do much to harm the Scots’ playoff chances.
HP sits in a three-way tie for second place in District 10-6A entering tonight’s matchup against Lake Highlands, another one of the current runners-up (North Mesquite is the other). The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Highlander Stadium.
It should provide a solid test for the Scots (5-1, 2-1) as they look to bounce back from the 42-27 loss to the Jaguars, who now control their destiny atop the standings.
With events that include names such as “water wars,” “cake walk,” and “can smash,” how can this weekend’s annual carnival at Hyer Elementary School not be fun for all ages?
The carnival has a “Stay Cool” theme this year, and will feature plenty of activities in addition to those listed above. There also will be plenty of rides and refreshments between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and of course, the community is invited.
That’s because William “Joe” Saunders, an SMU graduate and the director of the feature-length documentary, is the grandson of Mize, whose influence helped to shape a music scene during the 1940s and 1950s that made the central California city a companion to Nashville during its heyday.
The film will show on Friday night at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station as part of Dallas VideoFest, with Saunders in attendance to host a question-and-answer session afterward.
Saunders tracks the career of Mize, whose career started in Bakersfield along with such luminaries as Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.