The Highland Park Education Foundation (HPEF) announced Tuesday afternoon that it has received an unprecedented $10 million gift from Clements Foundation to establish the William P. Clements, Jr. Fund designated to meet the needs of teachers in the Highland Park Independent School District. The gift is the largest in the history of the Education Foundation and the district.
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.
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.
Meadows School Dean Sam Holland received the 2018 Music Teachers National Association Achievement Award for his work with the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, a New Jersey nonprofit he co-founded and led for the past 20 years.
The award, MTNA’s highest honor, is given in honor of significant and lasting contributions to the music teaching profession.
The Highland Park Board of Trustees will consider a policy change at its meeting this week that would allow teachers and professional staff to enroll their children in HPISD schools.
The board has been researching and discussing the idea since January and a summary report will be presented Tuesday.
The Highland Belles announced its 2018-2019 service officers during a recent end-of-year banquet celebrating another award-winning year.
Ava Jahant, is the new president; Sarah Fielder, vice president; Kennedi Feigl, secretary, Alexandra Whitlock, treasurer; and Carmen Sarfatis, chaplain.
Students at Good Shepherd Episcopal School did something pretty cool earlier this week.
They presented visiting author Aaron Reynolds with more than 1,000 pairs of underwear. The students collected the underwear in honor of Mr. Reynold's picture book Creepy Pair of Underwear, a well-loved sequel to his New York Times Bestseller Creepy Carrots.