Balch Springs Welcomes New Middle School
Balch Springs Middle School dedication recognizes community, Dallas ISD partnership
DALLAS — Dallas ISD officials joined Balch Springs’ community leaders and residents to dedicate the new Balch Springs Middle School at 710 Cheyenne Road in Dallas.
Principal Clarita Rivera opened the event and thanked the audience for attending followed by the presentation of the flags by the Balch Springs Middle School Leadership Cadet Corps, led by Director and First Sergeant Carolyn Suazo, and the school’s band, directed by Maria Chadwell, sang God Bless America.
Dallas ISD District 4 Trustee Nancy Bingham shared the board’s excitement for the new school followed by Superintendent of Schools Mike Miles who thanked the community for its support of the bond program that funded 14 new schools. The Balch Springs Middle School Women’s Chorale, led by Director Holly Owen, performed, and art students and their teacher Carlos Pagan presented a sculpture specially created by the students in honor of the dedication. Balch Springs Mayor Dr. Carrie Gordon praised the new school and the city-district partnership that created it. The Balch Springs Middle School drama and dance teams performed a joint number led by Directors Amy Van Horn and Michelle Goltzman.
Larry Zerby, Director of Design for Dallas ISD’s Construction Services Department, described major features of the new school and recognized GSR Andrade, the project’s architect, AECOM, the project manager, and Ratcliff, the general contractor.
Built at a cost of $28.8 million dollars, the new 199,246-square-foot middle school features 63 classrooms with a capacity to serve 1,250 students in grades six through eight. Balch Springs Middle School is the fifth of six new schools that opened in August 2012 to be dedicated this school year.
In May 2008, Dallas voters supported a $1.35 billion bond program, paving the way for the district to build eight elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools, and construct 177 new classrooms on 13 existing campuses. In addition, the bond program is in the process of providing roughly $521 million to renovate more than 200 schools, add 19 new science labs at six secondary schools and updates to 16 school kitchens and 22 lunchrooms. Information on the allocation of bond funds can be found at http://www.dallasisd.org/bond2008.