park forestOne of the great things about a neighborhood school is the fact that the neighborhood it is in is often very much a part of the fabric of the school, and vice versa. That is definitely the case with our School + House entry for this week, Dallas ISD’s DeGolyer Elementary, which sits just about in the middle of the tight-knit neighborhood of Park Forest.

DeGoyler is a school that is walkable from just about any of the 200 homes in Park Forest, and because of that, the neighborhood is fiercely loyal to the school. And parental engagement is robust — whether it’s Dad’s Club or the PTA.

The school is no slouch academically, either, earning a firm B from the Texas Education Agency’s A-F ratings, meeting state standard with two distinctions.

And Park Forest — a neighborhood tucked between Forest Lane, Northaven Road, Marsh Lane, and Cromwell Drive — is a darling spot to raise a family, too. From the community pool (memberships available) to the robust crime watch to the wide variety of price points, there really is so much to recommend the neighborhood full of Midcentury Fox and Jacobs homes.  (more…)

Trendmaker

Trendmaker Homes named Bruce French vice president of land acquisition and development in its newest homebuilding division in Dallas-Fort Worth, the company announced.

Trendmaker is a member of the TRI Pointe Group family of regional homebuilders. French joined the company on May 6 and brings nearly four decades of experience to the job. (more…)

Dallas ISD

Outgoing Dallas ISD trustees Audrey Pinkerton, left, Lew Blackburn, right (photos courtesy Dallas ISD).

Dallas ISD leadership past and present, as well as community members, teachers, and principals,  gathered to fete outgoing district school board trustees Lew Blackburn and Audrey Pinkerton May 23.

Blackburn represented District 5 for 18 years before announcing he would not seek re-election this year. Pinkerton served District 7 for three years, and announced she would not seek re-election earlier this year as well. (more…)

Kleberg

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

It’s already one of the best schools in Dallas ISD, but Kleberg Elementary will be a STEAM — that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to the uninitiated — school next year, and we’ve found a house that can get a family in that school well before the end of summer.

Kleberg earned a B from the state A-F accountability rankings, but even more, the opportunities becoming a STEAM school will offer all the benefits of the STEAM track but will remain a neighborhood school — so no applications required.

And this home, located at 1910 Pin Oak Lane in the Wright Farms neighborhood, is a great home that, given its price point, is easily perfect for now, but also will be easy to update and make your own over time. (more…)

Jack Lowe

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

Four years ago, if we had told you that we were going to talk about Jack Lowe Elementary and laud it, you might have been taken aback. Nowadays, it’s more unusual not to talk about the amazing turnaround of the little school that could.

The school was ranked as one of the state’s 50 lowest performing schools four years ago, but this year, they’re not only an A rated school by the state, but they’re a nominee for a national Blue Ribbon.

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LakewoodDid you know one of the biggest Internet search terms in the area is “rental homes in Dallas?” True story. And when you drill down to some of the more desired areas — like Lakewood and Lakewood-adjacent neighborhoods — finding a great rental is, well, a real hunt.

So this week’s rental of the week might just satisfy the Lakewood-powered need for some, even if you have a school-aged child to think about. It’s a charming two-bedroom, one bath downstairs unit in Lakewood, located at 2619 Abrams Road.

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electionsThe cutoff to file to run for the Dallas city council, Dallas mayor, and Dallas ISD trustee seats open was 5 p.m. Feb. 15, and with 64 people total filing paperwork for the May elections, there are two things we can tell you for certain: Some races will likely resemble the Thunderdome, and you’ll be needing to head to the polls twice, because some of these races will undoubtedly land in a runoff.

So who’s running? We’re providing a list below. Bear in mind this list is in alphabetical order, not the order they will appear on the ballot, because that is done by drawing and will happen in a few days.

The mayoral race has drawn 12 candidates — real estate developer Mike Ablon, Oak Cliff businessman Albert Black, Dallas city council member Scott Griggs, State Rep. Eric Johnson, former Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, philanthropist Lynn McBee, civic leader Regina Montoya, Dallas resident, Heriberto Ortiz, Dallas resident Miguel Patino, environmentalist Stephen Smith, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, and former state representative Jason Villalba. Ortiz, Patino, and Smith’s petition signatures have not been qualified at press time.

And Jon gave us a sneak preview of the surprise filing of Laura Miller, who will challenge incumbent Jennifer Staubach Gates for the District 13 seat, we now know who the rest of the names on area ballots will be, too. Ready? Let’s jump. (more…)

charterA month after a proposed policy to partner with nonprofits to run certain Dallas ISD schools was taken off the agenda for the Dallas ISD board of trustees regular meeting in January, the matter will once again be brought before the board at its briefing Thursday.

Board briefings are held once a month, prior to the regular board meeting, and are an opportunity for the board to discuss and get up to speed on items that will likely appear on the regular board meeting agenda. It’s also the time they are briefed on district progress. Dallas ISD holds their board briefings at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays.

Although there had been several posts on Facebook and other social media sites insisting a special called meeting would be held at 9 a.m. Thursday to vote on the policy, ostensibly to hamper public comment, a call to Dallas ISD news and information director Robyn Harris revealed that the only meeting scheduled for that day was the board briefing, and that the policy was on the agenda for discussion.

An email to board president Edwin Flores to ascertain if a 9 a.m. meeting would be called went unanswered, but the likelihood of an early meeting to vote on something that is on the agenda to discuss at the board briefing (as well as on the agenda at the regular board meeting on Feb. 28) is doubtful.

At last month’s board meeting, the agenda originally indicated that trustees would discuss a policy that would set up the framework for the district to take advantage of a state law — SB 1882 —  that was passed in the last legislative session. That policy would permit the district to partner with specific nonprofits to run certain schools.

The law incentivized partnerships between school districts and charter schools by offering about $1,800 per student in additional funding for campuses that are in a partnership. It also was a third option for improvement required schools that were facing closure, and provided a bit of reprieve from that. (more…)