Category Archives: Coppell

CISD’s Brad Hunt Selected as a National ‘Superintendent to Watch’

Coppell ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt is one of the “2020 Superintendents to Watch” selected by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He is among only 24 district leaders in the nation and only three in Texas, who NSPRA chose for this recognition, because of how these superintendents use communication in innovative and effective ways. 

“It is an honor and privilege to receive this recognition  and be among this group of superintendents who prioritize strong communication with their communities,” Dr. Hunt said. “Transparent and interactive communication is essential to the work my team and I do each day, as we work to build authentic relationships and collective engagement with internal and external stakeholders through consistent communication in a variety of channels. 

According to NSPRA, “Superintendents to Watch” engage and inform their school communities with new communication technology tools combined with tried-and-true techniques.  Honorees have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and possess dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. For a complete list of “Superintendents to Watch,” visit www.nspra.org/superintendents-watch

Dr. Hunt’s effective and innovative communication tools include his weekly “Catch Up with Hunt” video messages to the CISD Community, his “Hobbies with Hunt” interactive videos with students during the district’s closure due to COVID-19, Facebook Live events to engage directly with the community in a two-way forum, consistent email messages to the community about district happenings and Interacting with staff, families and the community on social media. 

“Whether it’s expanding the lines of communication with our business community, leading the charge with the district’s strategic design to identify new core values, or reaching across our community to increase engagement, Dr. Hunt doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk,” said Kevin Nevels, chairman of the Board of the Coppell Chamber of Commerce and owner of Coppell Taekwondo Academy. “As the demographic make-up of CISD has changed, Dr. Hunt has been very intentional about making sure that all stakeholders and cohorts are represented and given a voice.”

Prior to the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees naming him the district’s superintendent in July 2017, Dr. Hunt served CISD for almost 30 years as a teacher at Coppell High School, assistant principal at Coppell Middle School West, Director of Human Resources, principal of Coppell High School and as the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services. Dr. Hunt has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of North Texas.

ITServe Alliance Dallas Chapter and U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW donates $9,000 check to Coppell ISD for hotspot internet connections for students

ITServe Alliance Dallas Chapter, through a connection with the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW, is donating $9,000 for hotspot internet connections for Coppell ISD students without reliable internet connections, as the district has approximately 70 percent of its students participating in distance learning for the first grading period.  This donation will provide approximately 25 hotspots for CISD students. 

The IT Alliance and U.S. India Chamber of Commerce want to ensure that those who need reliable internet access and service during distance learning have access.  They are donating these funds to CISD to help the district provide hotspots to those families who need it. 

The check presentation was Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 10am outside of the Coppell ISD Administration building. 

CISD Board Secretary Nichole Bentley earns Master Trustee designation

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Nichole Bentley

Coppell ISD Board Trustee Nichole Bentley has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of the Leadership TASB program, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

“Participating In this program has helped me grow and thrive as a leader and as a Trustee,” Bentley said. “I was able to learn from my Trustee peers across Texas, as well as gain an enhanced knowledge of how to continue to be an engaged advocate for public education in my district and beyond.”  

Trustee Bentley, who serves as the Board Secretary, joins CISD Trustees Leigh Walker, Tracy Fisher and Anthony Hill, as well as Board President Thom Hulme, as Master Trustees. CISD is one of only a few School Boards in Texas to have five Master Trustees. 

Bentley is the CEO of Prio Consulting, LLC, and the co-owner of Cruise Planners. She and her husband, Brett Schneider, have four children, all boys, who have graduated from Coppell High School and New Tech High @ Coppell. She was elected to the CISD School Board in 2018. 

She participated in a virtual graduation hosted by TASB Aug. 9-18. School board members in the 2019–20 Leadership TASB class gathered for their unique traveling tailgate graduation. At seven parking lots in seven different locations — Kingsville, Uvalde, Channelview, Cypress, Georgetown, Allen and Coppell, portions of the class of 36 participants met to receive their graduation honors.

Upon graduating, Leadership TASB participants joined the ranks of more than 900 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.The 2020 Leadership TASB class represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB. Leadership TASB is sponsored in part by H-E-B.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.43 million public school students. Learn more at www.tasb.org

Coppell ISD announces Lorie Squalls as new CMS North Principal 

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Squalls (Photo courtesy of CISD)

Coppell ISD announces that Lorie Squalls, current principal at Austin Elementary, is the new principal of Coppell Middle School North in the district.  

“I am thrilled to have Mrs. Squalls lead CMS North.  She is an experienced school leader who focuses on authentic relationships and collective engagement, which will serve her well in this new role,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt. 

Squalls has served as the principal at Austin Elementary for the last three years.  She also has extensive experience as an administrator in her 21 years in education, having served as a principal, assistant principal, curriculum coordinator, digital learning coordinator, and as a general and special education teacher.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of CMS North and will work diligently to support its educators, learners and families,” Squalls said. “I look forward to becoming part of the ‘village’ at North and working together at this outstanding school.” 

Squalls received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern and her Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Dallas Baptist University.  

She replaces former CMS North principal Dr. Greg Axelson, who was named the district’s Chief Operating Officer in May.

Brief guide of what’s been cancelled, postponed and what’s still going on

According to The Rambler Newspapers, here’s what’s cancelled, what’s been rescheduled and what’s still going on: