Carroll ISD Superintendent David Faltys has one expectation for the district in 2015: excellence.
“At Carroll ISD, you should expect excellence whether you’re riding the bus, whether you’re in the band program or in a fifth-grade math room,” he said. “We want all of our programs, all of our classrooms and all of our activities to be as excellent as possible.”
In an exclusive interview, Faltys spoke recently about what the Dragon community can expect from its district in 2015.
The superintendent raved about student success.
He praised how the district had seven students on commitments to play sports at the collegiate level on national signing day.
He also mentioned how this past school year, the district had more than 80 students with National Merit Scholar accolades, including a record 22 semifinalists.
“That number looks to possibly double this next year,” he said. “We've just got a lot of talented kids in the pipeline.”
He said the district has been more responsible financially. One example he shared was the district saving money on energy costs to put more money into classrooms.
“What we hope is our parents are going to be able to see us be more flexible for each and every child in the upcoming school year,” he said.
Faltys said he looks forward to the completion of the strategic plan that will help guide the district for 20 years. He said the plan recently was reviewed by a panel of 100 parents and community members. The next step will be to have the students review the plan before it is adopted at the end of spring.
“What does Carroll need to be over the next 20 years?” he said. “With our kindergarten students, what does it look like for them when they graduate?”
Faltys pinpointed three issues the district will face this year: math assessment and accountability, finances and maintaining excellence.
With math, he said the state has changed how it is assessed and how schools are rated. He said topics students once were expected to learn in one grade, they now are expected to learn in the grade below. Faltys said schools now are rated not only on an individual school year, but also are compared with previous years. That creates a cause for concern, he said.
Faltys said financing at the state level also is a concern. The district will have to maintain its high standards with more students and less funding.
Despite these challenges, Faltys said the district is poised for another year of accomplishment.
He said that success comes from the district’s community atmosphere from students, staff, faculty and parents.
“We have a lot of people committed to doing the absolute best thing they can for each and every child,” he said.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770