A Message from the Board of Trustees President

Message from the Board President

Dear BISD staff and community,

Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees would like to say thank you to the community and staff for their input and assistance in helping determine the profile of the next superintendent of BISD. Because of your thoughtful input, the Board was able to locate an individual who best reflects Birdville ISD.

On February 25, trustees hired Thompson & Horton LLP to assist in the search for a new superintendent. We knew the importance of having someone to lead the search who had a thorough understanding of our community. David Thompson and Dr. Mike Moses were the team selected, and they were instrumental in bringing the Board some of the best superintendent candidates from across the state and nation. I commend them for a job very well done.

I would be remiss if I did not thank my fellow board members. They have sacrificed a tremendous amount of personal time to make certain this was a successful superintendent search. Trustees do not receive any compensation for their work, and thus their extra efforts come at a great personal sacrifice. I am proud of the way they worked together to bring us to the point of unanimously selecting an individual we believe best meets the current and future needs of BISD. 

Dr. Gayle Stinson brings with her a tremendous knowledge and track record on education. Under her leadership, students and districts have been very successful. We believe, therefore, that she is the leader we need to move BISD forward in the days and years ahead.

I hope Dr. Stinson will begin full time in BISD on July 1. Beginning June 1, however, she will spend 1–2 days a week in the District. Until the transition is complete, the District remains in the capable hands of Dr. Darrell Brown and his team. The Board appreciates all they have done to continue smooth operations in BISD.

I am confident that Birdville ISD will take positive steps under the direction of Dr. Stinson as we continue the core business of obtaining the highest levels of student achievement.

Thank you for your support and encouragement during this time of transition. 

Jack McCarty
Board of Trustees

Board Approves Additional Incentive Pay for Staff

The Board approved a $500 employee incentive payment with the 2020–21 adopted budget in June. This payment will be paid in November 2020. At the Board’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24, administration recommended to the Board that an additional one-time payment be payable in February 2021.  

BISD’s board of trustees unanimously approved an additional one-time payment of $1,000 for all qualified full-time exempt employees and $500 for all full-time non-exempt (hourly) employees. One-half of the final approved amount will be provided to any qualified half-time employee based on their classification as exempt or non-exempt. This one-time payment is intended as a retention incentive to encourage employees to fulfill their commitment to the District. 

“Trustees wanted to provide an additional incentive payment to all employees later in the year thanking them for their dedication to the students of Birdville ISD during this pandemic,” stated Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown and Board President Jack McCarty. “This incentive payment will serve as a retention award for employees choosing to remain in Birdville ISD during the spring semester.” 

BISD Recognizes Board of Trustees

“School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be for every child,” said Dr. Darrell G. Brown. In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. They bear responsibility and oversight in Birdville for an annual budget of $240 million; more than 23,600 students, in grades pre-K to 12; more than 3,000 employees; and 33 campuses.

“Ensuring today’s students position themselves to excel with integrity in an ever-changing global society through innovation and responsive learning environments is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interests of our children,” said Brown.

“We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding, and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families,” said Brown. “These dedicated individuals deserve recognition and thanks for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the future,” he said.

The men and women serving BISD are:

  •  Joe Tolbert, Board president, was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2006. He is married to Heather and has three childrenHunter, Sloane and Sophie. Tolbert is an attorney with Brackett & Ellis, P.C.
  •  Richard Davis, Board vice president, was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2006. Davis is married to Brenda, a retired BISD teacher. Davis is a 1974 graduate of Richland High School. Davis is the director of sales for Lift Aids, Inc.
  • Ralph Kunkel, Board secretary, was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2002. He and his wife Sharon (a graduate of Richland High School) have two children—Laura and Andrew. Kunkel is a 1978 graduate of Haltom High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of North Texas. Kunkel has worked as an employee benefits consultant for more than 30 years.
  • Kelvin Dilks was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in May 2017. Dilks is a retired BISD teacher. He is a member of the Haltom City Lions Club; the Birdville Association of Retired School Personnel (BARSP,) where he is the third vice president; and is a director and actor with the Artisan Center Theatre.
  • Whitney Harding was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in May 2017. Harding is married to Michael and has two children, Casey and Callaway. She has been an active member of the BISD Education Foundation since 2011, and served as president from 2012–14. She is an Honorary Life Member of the Texas PTA. Harding is a private investigator with Wallace Investigations.
  • Jack McCarty was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2011. McCarty is married to Dana and has two children—Rebecca, a 2009 graduate of Birdville High, and Sara, a 2014 graduate of Birdville High. He attended Birdville schools and graduated from Richland High School in 1980, TCU in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and SMU in 1996 with an MBA. McCarty is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas and the chief operating officer for United Healthcare Student Resources.
  • Taylor Anderson was elected to the BISD Board of Trustees in 2016. Anderson is married to Nicole and has two children–Luke and Emma. He attended Birdville ISD schools and graduated from Richland High School in 2004. In 2008, he received a B.A. in political science from Texas Tech University and a J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2011. Anderson is an attorney for McAlister & Garcia.

“Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference. Please join us as we applaud these local volunteer leaders for helping our kids soar to success.”