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District 4 Principals Earn High Recognition!

A message from Dallas ISD District 4 Trustee, Karla Garcia:

I am proud to announce that one of our District 4 principals was commended for her outstanding leadership!

Francine Taylor, principal at H. Grady Spruce High School received the 2019 Secondary Principal of the Year (POY) award.

Dallas ISD officials announced the 2019 POY winners during a special ceremony on Wednesday, December 11. She joins 2019 POY awardees Ida Escobedo and Nancy Bernardino, who won in the Elementary and Choice School categories respectively.

Taylor and five other District 4 principals were also commended as Master Principals. For the second year in a row, Dallas ISD recognized school leaders based on a measure on the campus growth, achievement and school climate. 

Fourteen elementary school principals, five secondary school principals and four choice school principals received awards. Among them, are:

  • Rubinna Sanchez – Julius Dorsey Elementary School
  • Julie Singleton – Central Elementary School
  • Damien Stovall – Edward Titche Elementary School
  • Gabbi Dickson – Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle School
  • Francine Taylor – H. Grady Spruce High School
  • Ruby Ramirez – School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to our students!

In other topics

The Transportation Department will be sharing new bus stop recommendations for choice school students who ride the bus. The recommendations are the results of several meetings and focus groups with parents. Your feedback will be needed and greatly appreciated in order to finalize the new bus stops for choice school students. You can find more information about these meetings and the recommendations at

Remember that schools will be closed for the Winter Break. There will be no classes starting Friday, Dec. 20. Students will resume classes on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Parent Conferences will take place as follows:

  • Monday, Jan. 13 – High School
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Middle School
  • Thursday, Jan. 16 – Elementary School

Application period for choice schools ends January 31. I encourage you, parents, to learn more about the specialty schools offered in Dallas ISD by visiting and choose the best school that fits the needs and interests of your child.

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