Birdville ISD Honors School Board for Advocating for Children

Board of Trustees

School Board Recognition Month Gives Our Community a Chance to Say Thank You

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Birdville ISD will join the Texas Association of School Boards and other districts across the state to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas schoolchildren and public schools.

School board members tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children or undermines our public schools.

Board members serving Birdville are:

Richard Davis, Board president, was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2006. He is a 1974 graduate of Richland High School. Davis is the director of sales for Lift Aids, Inc.

Ralph Kunkel, Board vice president, was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2002. Kunkel is a 1978 graduate of Haltom High School. He has worked as an employee benefits consultant for more than 30 years.

Jack McCarty, Board secretary, was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2011. He attended Birdville schools and graduated from Richland High School in 1980. McCarty is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas and the chief operating officer for United Healthcare Student Resources.

Joe Tolbert, Board president, was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2006. He is an attorney with Brackett & Ellis, P.C.

Kelvin Dilks was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in May 2017. Dilks is a retired BISD teacher.

Whitney Harding was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in May 2017. She is a private investigator with Wallace Investigations.

Kris Drees joined the Board in 2018. He is senior pastor at Haltom Road Baptist Church.

“As parents or educators of current or former BISD students, these seven volunteers know the importance of a quality education. That is why they freely give of themselves to the Birdville family. Please take a moment and thank our school board members for caring about our children and giving so much to the Birdville family,” said Dr. Darrell Brown, BISD superintendent.

North Richland Middle School’s 2019 Science Fair


The North Richland Middle School (BISD’s STEM middle school), 2019 Science Fair highlighted research performed by students. The Fair displayed many of the participants’ work along with the Blue Ribbon winners. Those receiving a Blue Ribbon will advance to the regional science fair competition.

View pictures from the NRMS 2019 Science Fair (opens in a new window)

Hardeman Elementary fourth-graders travel to Austin on Field Trip

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Hardeman Elementary fourth-graders travel to Austin on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip

Fourth-graders from Birdville ISD’s Grace Hardeman Elementary traveled to Austin on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip December 19, 2018 to experience what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History. Students visited the Texas State Capitol and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

During the charter bus ride to Austin, students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their visit. In Austin the students visited the Texas State Capitol where their legislators, The Honorable Kelly Hancock, State Senator, District 9 and The Honorable Stephanie Klick, State Representative, District 91, have their office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers. At the Bullock Texas State History Museum students explored exhibits about Texas’s earliest inhabitants, the Texas Revolution, and events that created our Lone Star identity. The students’ visit to the museum concluded at the multi-sensory Texas Spirit Theater with the Star of Destiny where they saw and experienced the history of our great state including a gusher exploding from an East Texas oil derrick and the takeoff of Saturn V as seen from Mission Control at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Lacey Phillips, Discover Texas Field Trips Director. “Student activities during the Discover Texas Field Trip to Austin reinforce and supplement fourth grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) learning objectives with a focus on why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage.”

Education in Action’s Discover Texas Field Trips make it easy for teachers to take their third-, fourth-, or fifth-grade classrooms on organized, fun, and educational site-based learning experiences. Discover Texas Field Trip staff members handle all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

In addition to Discover Texas Field Trips to Abilene, Austin, San Antonio, Waco/Georgetown, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Education in Action also offers summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camps for outstanding 4th-8th graders. During the weeklong, overnight camps, participants experience significant Texas sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston with Texas educators and a focus on leadership.

Discover Texas Field Trips are presented by Education in Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved young people. For more information about Education in Action visit and

BISD’s Bond18 Sale

Birdville Independent School District

$154,630,000* Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2019

Denominations: Bonds will be sold in $5,000 increments

Ratings: AAA by S&P and Fitch based upon the Permanent School Fund Guarantee

Anticipated Sale Date*: Retail Offering: Monday, January 14, 2019 Institutional Offering: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Anticipated Settlement Date*: On or about February 7, 2019

Proposed Maturity Schedule*: Interest on the bonds will accrue from February 7, 2019, paying on every February 15th and August 15th beginning August 15th 2019. The bonds are scheduled to mature February 15th 2020 – 2044. The bonds will be subject to redemption prior to maturity at the option of the district.

Contact: For additional information, please contact your financial consultant.



Victor MedinaSenior Vice President, Branch Manager


FTN Financial Capital Markets 800.934.8960



Piper Jaffray & Co800.552.0614Pat Toutant

Wells Fargo Securities


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