Board Action Newsletter

Recap of the Nov. 16 CHISD Board Trustees Meeting

Three New Board Trustees Sworn In

Three Cedar Hill Independent School District Trustees who were elected earlier this month were sworn in at the CHISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday night.

The District welcomed new Trustees Ramona Ross-Bacon, Dr. Jeremiah Martin and Dr. Esther Denise-Roache Davis. The Trustees are all serving in elected office for the first time after emerging victorious in the November 3 elections. The elections were originally scheduled for May but postponed due to COVID-19.

“The Cedar Hill ISD Board of Trustees is grateful for the opportunity to welcome our new trustees,” CHISD Board President Cheryl Wesley said. “The community has expressed the utmost confidence in our newly-elected trustees, and we look forward to collaborating as we continue achieving scholar success.”

Trustee Ross-Bacon, who was elected to Place 3, is a retired US Navy Gulf War Combat Veteran and a chapter service officer of Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Ross-Bacon is an Educational Support Specialist who was actively involved as a Collegiate High School parent.

Trustee Roache-Davis was elected to Place 4. She is a former principal at Bray Elementary School. Originally from Florida, Roache-Davis earned her doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Nova Southeastern University.

Trustee Martin was elected to Place 5. He is the owner/general manager of the Prepared Place Funeral Home in Dallas and also owns/operates J. Martin Ministries in Cedar Hill. Martin is originally from Texarkana, Arkansas but has lived in Texas for the past six years.

Thank You Trustees Finley, Miller and Quildon

Cedar Hill Independent School District is grateful for the service of outgoing Trustees Angela Finley, Dawn Miller and Michael Quildon and wishes all three former Trustees the best in all of their future endeavors.

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Our HOOPLA Winners Have Been Chosen!

The Cedar Hill Independent School District was honored to present four educators with the inaugural HOOPLA Award (Honoring Our Outstanding Paras, Lead Educators and Administrators).

“We believe it is very important to acknowledge exceptional staff members, each quarter, for their efforts in going above and beyond, exhibiting excellent customer service and making significant contributions to Cedar Hill ISD beyond the scope of their assigned responsibilities,” Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson said.

Sandera Magee (English) and Josephine Parras-Padilla (Paraprofessional) of Cedar Hill High School, Collegiate Academy Science Teacher Heather Ivey and Lake Ridge Elementary Aide Mary Bradford were the first recipients of the award.

Cedar Hill High School Associate Principal Shanta Mackey is very proud of Magee and Parras-Padilla. “Ms. Magee is a leader who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way,” Mackey said. “For Ms. Parras-Padilla, servant leadership is all about making the goals clear and then rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever it takes to help people win.”

Ivey was nominated by Collegiate parent Jodi Davis, who credited Ivey with “going above and beyond during the virtual time and being proactive in making sure that scholars are aware of assignments and deadlines.”

Bradford was nominated by Lake ridge colleague Alison Stelter.

“She will come in on her days off and help distribute materials,” Stelter said.

Each winner will receive a pennant, and they will be recognized at the November 16 Board of Trustees Meeting, as well as the next We Are 1 Meeting. The Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation (CHEF) will present each winner with a $50 Visa gift card.

At Cedar Hill High School, Magee and Parras-Padilla received a surprise welcome during an energy-filled announcement that included performances from the Cedar Hill Cheerleaders and Marching Band.

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Cedar Hill ISD has a plan to shift the district’s early college high school designation from Collegiate High School to Cedar Hill High School. Collegiate would then become a magnet school.

The plan will not affect the current Early College Academy cohort, or the scholars currently enrolled in Cedar Hill Collegiate High School, but would affect incoming 9th graders at both campuses.

Here is the link to the Virtual Meeting

The meeting starts at 6pm on Tuesday November 17. Visit for more information.

National Parent Involvement Day

Cedar Hill ISD Will Recognize National Parent Involvement Day on Thursday, November 19.
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CHEF Announces Results of Longhorn Partner Campaign

During the month of October, the Cedar Hill Education Foundation held its annual Longhorn Partner campaign.

The campaign results are:

TOTAL Number of District Staff - 915

# of CHISD who joined the CHEF Longhorn Partner Program - 279

%of staff giving - 30.5%

Number of brand new donors - 91

Number of donors who increased giving levels 76

Highest Percentage of Participation:

High Pointe Elementary School

Highest Percentage of Increased Giving

Collegiate Prep Elementary

Highest Percentage of New Donors

Kim Lewis, Police Department & Warehouse

Campus Spotlight: Highlands Elementary School

The mission of Highlands Elementary School is to provide a quality education by educating every child, every day, whatever it takes. The vision is to have every child reading on or above grade level by third grade. Additionally, Highlands is home to the CHISD elementary bilingual program. Pre-K through fifth grade students who are native Spanish speakers learning English receive bilingual services. Additionally, students who live in the Highlands attendance zone receive Spanish enrichment through campus-wide activities.
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