FBTX ~ The advent of Dallas County Promise being added to Turner and Smith High Schools in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, combined with the recent series of agreements between the City of Farmers Branch and the District, are setting the stage for a new era of cooperation between the local community and the growing school system. In May, JPMorgan Chase participated in an announcement at Brookhaven College where the banking corporation pledged $3 million towards Dallas County Promise - a program designed to send every graduating senior to college for free at nearly three dozen Dallas County high schools. In the coming year, Dallas County Promise will add 12 more schools to its roster including C-FB’s Newman Smith and R.L. Turner High Schools.
The first year of the program saw 96 percent of students at 31 area high schools sign a pledge to go to college. Additionally, in May, the City of Farmers Branch reached a series of agreements with C-FB leaders that will mean significant improvements within Farmers Branch and for Farmers Branch students in the coming year. Among them are:
- Demolition of the former Montgomery Elementary at the corner of Amber Lane and Heartside Place, making way for a new Fine Arts Academy at adjacent Blair Elementary.
- Improvements to the exterior, entryway and interior and addition of a STEM Academy at McLaughlin Strickland School.
- Demolition of the “Science Center” building at 2580 Valley View Lane, between Keenan Cemetery and the Rose Gardens.
- Relocation of electronic equipment from the C-FB Technology Learning Center or TLC, at the corner of Carrick Street and Denton Drive, to a new network operating center. The TLC currently is in the Farmers Branch DART Green Line Station area.
- Agreement to sell the TLC to the City to enhance development efforts in the Station area.
A longtime proponent of the local district, Farmers Branch Mayor Robert Dye said these new improvements highlight the District’s commitment to growth in Farmers Branch. “I think this demonstrates C-FB ISD’s commitment to Farmers Branch in a very real and tangible way,” he explained. “This is really the rightmessage at the right time. Farmers Branch is experiencing a time of unprecedented growth and development and we are very glad to be in sync with CFB leaders as we move forward.”