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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 2/12/2014, 7:44 p.m.
During the Jan. 23 Dallas ISD board meeting, several teachers, schools and members of the Board of Trustees were honored ...

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During the Jan. 23 Dallas ISD board meeting, several teachers, schools and members of the Board of Trustees were honored for their work and contributions benefiting students and the district.

Board members were presented with framed art created by Dallas ISD students for Board Recognition Month. The Freedom Riders of the 2013 tour – which included students, chaperones and coordinators – were presented with the district’s first Martin Luther King Jr. award.

The following teachers were recognized by the board for earning a National Board Certification: Olubukola Olaloko from Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dr. Iheanacho Orabuchi from L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, Tiffanye Lockhart Oliver from Harrell Budd Elementary School, Rhonda Bliss from Arturo Salazar Elementary School and Ignacio Javier Fernandez-Castro from S.S. Conner Elementary School.

The certification is a rigorous process that assures the ability of the teacher to advance student education and equip students with the necessary tools to strive academically and socially.

The board also recognized the J.L. Long Middle School Site Based Decision Making Committee and Vince Murchison for their decision as a campus leadership advisory board. The committee is comprised of parents, faculty, staff and community members, and focuses on the school’s curriculum, campus improvement, parent and staff development and safety.


Last week, C-SPAN, the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network, stopped at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School during its bus tour to give students the chance to learn about the network’s role in educating the public about the U.S. political process.

The cable network is currently highlighting the series First Ladies: Influence and Image, which features the lives of first ladies from 44 administrations and examines their private lives and public roles while in the White House.

The students then tested their knowledge with quizzes after learning about C-SPAN and seeing a sneak peek from the series.

The bus also visited students at Townview Magnet Center.

For more information, visit http://www.cspan.org.


The Dallas Independent School District received two budget awards for the second straight year that signified the district’s commitment to sound financial practices.

Dallas ISD’s Budget Division received the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation from the Association of School Business Officials and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The district had to meet stringent criteria and adhere to the principles and standards of both organizations to receive the awards.

For more information, visit http://www.dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD, along with the Dallas County Community College District will host the bi-annual Las Llaves del Exito, Keys to Success, on Feb. 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Brookhaven Community College, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch.

The free fair is open to Dallas ISD 11th and 12th graders and their parents where they will receive information on how to prepare for college and to apply for financial aid as well as have the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.

Students will also receive assistance submitting college applications and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students must bring a copy of their parents’ 2013 income tax return, high school transcript and a copy of their college essay (required by the institution they plan to attend).