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January 26, 2012

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Retirement Meeting Information
Board of Trustees Meeting Summary
Trustees Approve Two Administrative Appointments
Deadline for Claiming Compensation
2012 Battle of the Books Winners
Upcoming Fine Arts Plays
Spring 2012
Adult Education Classes

Dates to Remember
National School
Counselors Week
This year's theme, School Counselors: Helping Students Be Brilliant
February 6-10

Staff Development/

Student Holiday*
February 20
(*possible inclement weather make-up)

Celebrate Texas Public
Schools Week
March 5-9


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Retirement Meeting Information 

Spring Seminar
Saturday, February 11
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
ESC Region XI

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Board of Trustees Meeting Summary


Trustees Approve Two Administrative Appointments

At their regular January meeting, the Birdville ISD Board of Trustees approved the appointments of Randy Sumrall to the position of executive director of technology information management systems, and George "Ged" Kates to the position of head football coach/athletic coordinator for Richland High School. Sumrall will replace Julie Wallace who retired from the district in November 2011, and Kates replaces Gene Wier who announced his resignation in December 2011.

Sumrall's career includes employment as executive director of technology/director of virtual schools in Coppell ISD from 1992-2004, chief technology officer for Judson ISD from 2004-06, and chief information officer for the Education Service Center Region 10 since 2006.

He received his bachelor's degree from North Texas State University in 1982 and his master's degree from the University of North Texas in 1992. He also holds a mid-management and superintendent certification.

Ged Kates, head football coach/government teacher at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, was hired as the head football coach and athletic coordinator for Richland High School. He brings with him 13 years of coaching experience.

Under his leadership at Arlington Heights, football teams posted a 19-4 record, including playoff appearances and wins the past two seasons. Prior to his position as head coach at Arlington Heights, he served as teacher/coach at Grand Prairie High School from 2004-08, Trinity High School from 2001-04, Richland High School from 2000-01, and Harwood Junior High School from 1999-2000.

Kates received his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 1999 and his master's degree from Texas Woman's University in 2005.

"We are excited to have these two fine leaders coming to Birdville ISD," Superintendent Darrell Brown said. "They bring to the district experience and success that will positively impact the district and students for many years."


Deadline for Claiming Compensation for Unused Leave Retirement is February 1


  • Submit notice of retirement to Personnel Services no later than February 1 of the school year they plan to retire;   
  • Be eligible for retirement under Teacher Retirement System of Texas; and   
  • Have been employed by the Birdville School District, with no break in service, for a minimum of five (5) years.

Questions regarding retirement should be directed to Lisa Vargas in Personnel Services at 5739.


2012 Battle of the Books Winners
Congratulations to BISD's 2012 Battle of the Books winners. They are:  North Ridge Elementary, first place; Walker Creek Elementary, second place; and Binion, Francisco, Porter and Snow Heights elementaries, third place. 
First Place-North Ridge Elementary


> Walker Creek Elementary, second place picture 


> Binion Elementary, third place picture 

> Francisco Elementary, third place picture 

> Porter Elementary, third place picture 

> Snow Heights Elementary, third place picture 


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Upcoming Fine Arts Events

09-22-11  BAEOP Fundraiser itemBirdville High School will present "Grease" Jan. 27-30 in the auditorium. Show times are: Jan. 27-28, 30 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. General admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Reserved seating is $14 in advance. There are no reserve sales at the door. For information, go to www.stagehawks.org.

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Haltom High School will present "Fiddler on the Roof" Jan. 28-31 in the auditorium. Show times are: Jan. 28, 30-31 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. General admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For ticket information, call 817-547-6126.

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Richland High School will present "All Shook Up" Feb. 2-6 in the auditorium. Show times are: Feb. 2-4, 6 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. For information, call 817-547-7058 or e-mail at jerry.ayers@birdvilleschools.net. All BISD personnel receive one free ticket with their BISD ID. 

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