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New Middle School Celebrates A Legacy Of Service


Ann Richards Middle School continues Dallas ISD bond program’s record of excellence

DALLAS — Dallas ISD officials, community leaders, students, and families gathered to celebrate the legacy of the late Gov. Ann Richards as they dedicated the new Ann Richards Middle School at 3831 N. Prairie Creek Rd.

            “A new school is a promise,” said Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership, Dr. Sylvia Reyna, who spoke at the dedication. “To the staff, it says we value you and want you to teach in a quality atmosphere. To the parents and community, it says we are committed to providing effective instruction so that every child can realize his or her dreams for the future. We thank the voters for the confidence they showed in Dallas ISD when they approved the bond program that created this new school.” Principal Tim Hise welcomed guests and the Ann Richards Middle School JROTC Color Guard, led by LTC Anita Roberts, presented the flags. City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings congratulated Dallas ISD for providing state-of-the-art schools that benefit the entire community and Trustee Bernadette Nutall thanked voters for their commitment to students as represented by their support for fourteen new schools built under the 2008 bond program. State Senator Royce West and former State Representative Harryette Ehrhardt shared remembrances of the late governor.

            The Ann Richards Middle School Bel Canto Choir, led by Director Raegan Grantham, performed When You Believe followed by a student presentation to Dan Richards, Ann Richard’s son. Richards spoke of his mother’s longstanding commitment to Texas education and how pleased she would have felt at having a middle school named in her honor.

            Ed Levine, executive director of Dallas ISD’s construction services, provided a project overview, and recognized PBK Architects who designed the school, AECOM who served as project manager and Satterfield & Pontikes, the general contractor.     

            The school’s Rangers Repertory performed a spoken word and dance piece, You Have to Believe. The band and choir closed out the celebration with a rendition of the school song.

            Throughout her lifetime, Texas Governor Ann Richards advocated equal rights for women and minorities. During her term as governor, she worked to improve Texas education, ensure a more effective and responsive government, and reform the Texas prison system. Across the state and country, she was known for her wit, political insight, and charisma.

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 will provide 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.