Dear Carroll Community,
My husband and I moved our young family to Southlake 22 years ago for one reason: the quality of education provided by the teachers and schools in the Carroll Independent School District. Throughout their time in school, our children were blessed in so many ways, and they have now truly reaped the benefits of their superb K-12 education.
All of us who serve on the Carroll Education Foundation (CEF) board want to ensure that level of education continues. The work of our foundation can be tied to Texas’ school-finance program, nicknamed ‘Robin Hood’, which “recaptures” a percentage of your property tax dollars away from CISD. Currently, 32 percent of our locally generated revenues are sent to other, less-wealthy districts, leaving CISD with a huge gap to fill every year. That recapture totaled over $26 million this past school year.
With 84 percent of our annual budget funding teacher and staff costs, every dollar we lose to another district can impact the education we provide our students. But, instead of standing by and watching the funding gap translate into the loss of vital teachers, CEF has decided to act. We are redoubling our efforts and shifting our fundraising focus to help Carroll ISD continue to provide exceptional teachers for our children.
At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, we are formally launching our Teacher Fund Annual Campaign. Our initial goal is to fund one teacher on each of the 11 campuses across the district. We believe this is the largest area of impact and opportunity for CEF to align with the District’s needs. We want to help fund teachers whose positions the state of Texas does not require, but who we all believe are all necessary to deliver the high-quality education our children deserve.
We have several opportunities for you, your family, and your business to support our mission. Each opportunity also affords different benefits, depending upon the level of giving. The Superintendent’s Circle, our Club Charlie for new kindergarten families, or giving just a dollar a day are all important ways you can make a difference.
Please take some time to visit our website, learn more, and become a part of this important change. Walk beside us as we work to build a community united in providing private resources to ensure an exceptional education for all CISD students, now and for future generations.
Our community is a special place and deserves a school district and education foundation worthy of its passion for education, commitment to excellence, and capacity to give.
Board Chair, Carroll Education Foundation