Category: Schools

Clements Foundation gives $10 million to Highland Park Education Foundation


The historic fund will support HPISD teachers and honor the legacy of Governor Bill Clements.

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.

HPISD, Town Leaders Discuss Revised Design for Bradfield Elementary School


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


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.

Erick Johnson Award


Bobby B. Lyle received the 2018 J. Erik Jonson Ethics Award for his work as an engineer, community leader, business executive, philanthropist, and mentor.

The award is given to those who epitomize the spirit of moral leadership and public virtue.

Under the Moonlight Gala

Jill Cumnock, Cecilie Holman, Susan and David Rosenberg, Christine Cook, and Diane Fullingim. (Photo: Bret Redman)

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) hosted the “Under the Moonlight” Gala presented by LiquidAgents at The Pavilion at the Belo Mansion on April 7. The honorary chairs for this year’s benefit were Susan and David Rosenberg, while Christine Cook and Cecilie Holman co-chaired.

Highland Belles Service Officers Named


FROM LEFT: New officers Carmen Sarfatis, Alexandra Whitlock, Kennedi Feigl, Sarah Fielder, and Ava Jahant. (Courtesy photo)

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.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Donates More Than 1,000 Pairs of Underwear


Aaron Reynolds, Lindsay Marchant (librarian) and Chad Kersting (Good Shepherd Church Outreach representative)

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.