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Dallas Examiner | 8/5/2013, 1:11 p.m.
The Dallas Examiner
A Zumbathon, benefiting the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas at Parkland Health and Hospital System, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fireside Recreation Center, 8601 Fireside Drive, Aug. 10. Proceeds will be used to purchase child safety seats that the IPC provides to families.
The IPC works with the community to reduce injuries and deaths from car crashes, burns, falls, child abuse and other injuries. One of its successful initiatives is a car seat inspection program offered free of charge to Dallas area residents.
Registration fee can be paid at the door. Space at the Zumbathon is limited to 200 participants.
For more information about the Zumbathon, call 214-791-2504. For more information about IPC, visit http://www.injurypreventioncenter.org.
The number of students who graduated from Dallas ISD in June 2013 reached its highest level in 31 years.
The district had 7,302 students earn diplomas in June, up 345 from 2012 and more than 1,600 graduates, despite a relatively stable enrollment, since 2007.
“More students graduating from school means more opportunities for each of them to be successful with their lives,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles.
In addition, the district’s four-year graduation rate rose for the fifth straight year. Figures released by the Texas Education Agency show that 81.3 percent of students in the Class of 2012 graduated in four years up 19 points from 62.5 percent in 2007. The completion rate rose for a fifth straight year to 88.8 percent, an increase of 15 points since 2007. The rise in graduation and completion rates corresponds with a similar decline in the percentage of Dallas students dropping out of school. The district’s dropout rate fell by more than half since 2007 from 25.8 percent to 10.8 percent. The decline in the dropout rate extends to every ethnic group in DISD.
African American students dropping out in the last five years has dropped 13.3 percent while the percentage of Hispanic students decreased 16.8 percent.
For more information, visit http://www.dallasisd.org.
The Dallas Independent School District is estimating its fund balance will reach an all-time high of approximately $275 million. Dallas ISD is in the process of closing its books for the 2013 fiscal year with an audit by Deloitte and Touche LLP.
“This is excellent news for Dallas ISD and for the taxpayers of the city,” Superintendent Mike Miles said.
The district’s financial team has garnered several awards for their outstanding work. The most recent was the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded by the Government of Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
Last week, State Rep. Marc Veasey, representing the newly created 33rd Congressional District, hosted a small business forum with Metroplex small business owners, local chambers and stakeholders to connect them with the resources that help small business owners on the path to becoming certified for set-aside and sole source contracts with federal agencies.