The Leading Voice

Newsletter for Cedar Hill ISD Staff, Families & Community

Board of Trustees Approve 2020-21 School Calendar with Sept. 8 Start Date

The Cedar Hill Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 6-0 (Trustee Roberts-Finley was not present) to adjust the 2020-2021 academic calendar.

The first day of classes will be Tuesday, September 8.

The revised start will allow time for training all staff on our flex learning platform and sanitizing procedures; ensure all necessary technology resources are available to deliver flex learning properly as well as planning and preparation of instructional arrangements for a variety of possible scenarios.

In the coming weeks additional back to school information will be shared with families and our community. This is a fluid situation and our leadership staff and the Blueprint Task Force is working hard to address questions, provide resources and plan for we are able to safely open our campus doors.

Please visit for regular updates on our district's response and important information related to COVID-19; there you will also find a link to the preliminary reopening plan, "The Blueprint."

Dr. Gerald B. Hudson

Superintendent of Schools

Cedar Hill Independent School District

Returning Student Registration Postponed to August 17, 2020

Registration for the 2020-21 school year has started for new to district students and Pre-k scholars. Due to the change in the school calendar, returning student registration will start on August 17, 2020.

Registration for next year is 100% online. For more information, visit

The Blueprint - Plans for Reopening Cedar Hill ISD

Cedar Hill ISD has developed a 40+ page document that provides our community insight on how CHISD will safely reopen our buildings and welcome back our scholars and staff.

Despite the challenges with COVID-19, our district will continue to provide an excellent education which will include Traditional and Flex Learning environments.

You can view the complete document by visiting

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Board Approves Plan to Provide Chromebooks to Support Flex Learning

CHISD will provide a Chromebook for every scholar and teacher in the district.

This will achieve the district’s goal of one device per scholar (1:1) and to aid in instruction for Flex Learning. Schoology, the district’s Learning Management System (LMS) will house the district’s instructional materials and academic lessons.

CHISD will lease 3,345 Chromebooks for grades PK-5th, 4,845 Chromebooks for grades 6th-12th, and 450 Chromebooks for every teacher.

The total cost of the scholar and teacher Chromebooks with licenses is $1,885,891.50.

Carla Settle Named New CHISD Director of Business Services

Cedar Hill Independent School District is proud to announce the hiring of Carla Settle as the District’s new Director of Business Services.

“Ms. Settle is an excellent addition to the District’s Business Office,” CHISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson said. “As we navigate this unprecedented situation, Chief Financial Officer Gilberto Prado and I know just how important it is to have high quality individuals as Ms. Settle working for the District.”

Settle brings over 20 years of accounting experience. She first worked as a Certified Public Accountant and later utilized her skills in the non-profit/educational field, first for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock and then the Church of St. Michael in Farmington, Minnesota.

“I wanted to continue the legacy of a family of educators and lifelong learners,” Settle said. “Education is the great equalizer.”

A graduate of Texas Tech University (B.S. in Accounting and Minor in English Literature), Settle worked for her alma mater in Lubbock and later for the University of North Texas System.

She comes to CHISD from neighboring Grand Prairie ISD where she was the Finance Director. At GPISD, she implemented best business practices at both the district and campus levels, with a focus on digital methods and renewed campus connections through professional development for administrative staff.

Settle volunteers in her church in middle school and elementary education ministries. She also enjoys classical music, travel, reading, and supporting high school and NCAA Big 12 sports.

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Cedar Hill ISD to Launch Horns Up Half Hour Podcast

This Thursday July 23, CHISD will launch the “Horns Up Half Hour” podcast. The bi-monthly podcast will feature the voices and personalities of Cedar Hill ISD. Horns Up Half Hour is an informative and entertaining way to learn about new and relevant topics in Cedar Hill ISD. We hope that you will tune in to our first episode with Dr. Hudson has we talk through The Blueprint - Plans for Reopening CHISD. You can listen to the podcast on by accessing the link on The Longhorn Newsroom -

Help Us Choose A Name for the New Cedar Hill ISD Professional Development Center

As part of the Made for More Plan, the former Collegiate Academy and High School building will be turned into a district-wide professional development center at the start of the 2020-21 school year.

As a requirement of the Cedar Hill ISD Board of Trustees Operating Procedures: "In making its decision, the Board may accept nominations from individuals or a campus advisory team. The Board may also consider recommendations from the District Education Foundation. Nominations and recommendations shall be submitted in writing and shall include a brief statement with the following information:

a. Biographical sketch

b. Significant contribution made by the individual

c. A compelling statement as to why a school or facility should be named after

the person.

The Board may name a portion of a building, such as the library, auditorium,

gymnasium, or other special facility, to honor an outstanding individual, including

but not limited to:

a. A local resident

b. A state figure

c. A national or international figure

d. A former student

The CHISD administration is accepting submissions from community, staff and scholars for the name of the new district-wide professional development center. The District is accepting nominations until July 31, 2020.