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August 19

Good evening, Pirates.

School is back in session and what a wonderful week we had to begin our new year in Crandall ISD. Exciting times span our district as we embrace its growth and dive head-first into what will be a year of firsts in many ways:

  • We are fast approaching the 6,000-student mark, ending this week at 5,820. Less than one year ago we featured our 5,000th student, Zuri Paniagua. Look for another story soon as we move into our next millennium of enrollment.
  • Crandall Middle School opened the doors of its new 193,000-square foot location Day 1 as 950 students descended upon the campus in Heartland. A ribbon cutting will take place in the next few months. We will share the date and hope you can join us.
  • We have gone back to the future a bit in Food Services. Last year, meals were free to all. This year, federal guidelines have changed and everyone is again required to qualify for free and reduced meals. See if you qualify here.
  • Our law enforcement presence continues growing at campuses. Four of our eight schools have a CISD Police Officer on campus all day, which reduced the number of traveling officers. Each campus should have a full-time officer within the next few months, two at Crandall High.
  • New safety measures include three Campus Security Monitors working between the high school and middle school. This addition—coupled with intensified security drills throughout last year and an active-shooter exercise in July—goes a long way in helping our CHS students feel safe, as seen this week on Channel 8 news.

And to top it all off, Pirate Football gets underway next Friday as we host Forney at 7 p.m. What better way to ring in a new year than with our CHS band, cheer and drill teams all making noise for our boys in black and gold?

Welcome back, Pirates. We are going to have a great year.

Pirates forever,

Dr. Wendy Eldredge
CISD Superintendent