Birdville Independent School District, Texas

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Birdville Independent School District
Haltom City, Texas
Birdville Independent School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Darrel G. Brown
Graduation rate:87.4%[1]
Number of schools:33
Budget: $161.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Brad Greene
Board members:7
Term length:3
The Birdville Independent School District is a school district in Texas that served 24,119 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2] District schools serve students in Haltom City, Hurst, Richland Hills and Watauga. The district began with a single school called Birdville Academy opened in 1858. The term Birdville refers to Birdville Hill, the location of the district's first school.[3]

About the district

Birdville Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas
Birdville Independent School District is based in Haltom City, a city located in Tarrant County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Haltom City is home to 43,376 residents.[4] Birdville Independent School District is the 52nd-largest school district in Texas, serving 23,545 students during the 2010-11 school year.[5]


Haltom City underperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 12.9% of Haltom City residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.3% for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Haltom City was $44,011 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Haltom City was 17.9% compared to 17.4% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Haltom City (%) Texas (%)
White 66.5 70.4
Black or African American 4.2 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.7
Asian 8.1 3.8
Two or More Races 3.1 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 38.9 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[6]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 41.4 57.1
2008 43.7 55.4
2004 37.0 62.3
2000 36.7 60.7


The superintendent of Birdville Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Darren G. Brown. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2011. Brown previously served as the superintendent of Forney Independent School District in Texas from 2008 to 2011.[7]

School board

The Birdville Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each board member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[8]

Birdville Board of Trustees
Member Place Assumed Office Term Ends
Joe Tolbert 1 2006 2014
Dolores Webb 2 1990 2014
Brad Greene 3 2009 2015
Jack McCarty 4 2012 2015
Richard Davis 5 2006 2015
Ralph Kunkel 6 2004 2016
Cary Hancock 7 2010 2016

School board elections

See also: Birdville Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are up for election on May 10, 2014. Three seats will be up for election in May 2015 and two seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation at board meetings last updated in 2004:[9]

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

At regular meetings the Board shall allot up to 30 minutes to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board only in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting, either as an individual or representing a group, shall register on the audience participation roster provided by the Board and shall include name, address, telephone number, topic to be addressed, and an indication of whether or not the individual is representing a group of five or more persons present at the Board meeting.
  • The roster shall be available one and one-half hours prior to the time the Board is scheduled to reconvene in open meeting on the day of the regular Board meeting. Registration on the audience participation roster shall be closed five minutes prior to the Board reconvening in open meeting.
  • The Secretary of the Board or designee shall be responsible for obtaining and delivering the roster to the presiding officer prior to the Board reconvening in open meeting.
  • Participants shall be heard in the order recorded on the roster. Participants shall identify themselves and/or the group they represent prior to beginning the presentation.
  • This portion of the meeting is for delivery of information and to present views to the Board.
  • Personnel matters shall not be discussed during this portion of the meeting.
  • Items brought before the Board at this time may be placed on future agendas in accordance with previously adopted policies for agenda preparation.

Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.

Citizens attending Board meetings shall conduct themselves in an orderly manner and work within established meeting procedures, directed at all times by the presiding officer.

At no time will the Board allow personal attacks on the character of a Trustee, employee, or student.[10]


Birdville Independent School District publishes annual budgets on its website.[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2009-2010 $138,698,964 87.2% $5,946,027 3.7% $13,153,261 8.3% $676,555 0.4% $650,104 0.4% $159,124,911
2010-2011 $140,771,169 87.3% $5,930,799 3.7% $13,736,602 8.5% $459,140 0.3% $551,140 0.3% $161,184,014
Averages: $139,735,066.5 87% $5,938,413 4% $13,444,931.5 8% $567,847.5 0% $600,622 0% $160,154,462.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Birdville Independent School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 48,000 51,180 58,500
MA 49,500 52,680 60,000

Schools in Birdville Independent School District


The district's K-12 student enrollment increased from 23,545 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 24,119 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[5][1]

District schools

Birdville Independent School District operates 33 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Birdville Independent School District
Academy at C.F. Thomas
Academy at West Birdville
Alliene Mullendore Elementary School
Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning
Birdville Elementary School
Birdville High School
David E. Smith Elementary School
Foster Village Elementary School
Grace E. Hardeman Elementary School
Green Valley Elementary School
Haltom High School
Haltom Middle School
Holiday Heights Elementary School
Jack C. Binion Elementary School
John D. Spicer Elementary School
Major Cheney Elementary at South Birdville
North Oaks Middle School
North Richland Middle School
North Ridge Elementary School
North Ridge Middle School
O.H. Stowe Elementary School
Richland Elementary School
Richland High School
Richland Middle School
Shannon Learning Center
Smithfield Elementary School
Smithfield Middle School
Snow Heights Elementary School
Walker Creek Elementary School
Watauga Elementary School
Watauga Middle School
W.A. Porter Elementary School
W.T. Francisco Elementary School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Birdville Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 94% of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[14]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 40,830 50,603 81 50
Student Progress 1,687 4,800 35 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,141 1,500 76 55
Postsecondary Readiness 1,043.3 1,300 80 75

Contact information

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Birdville Independent School District
6125 E. Belknap St.
Haltom City, TX 76117
Phone: (817) 547-5700

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