Mayor Laura Hill

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Welcome to the blog of Southlake's Mayor Laura Hill.  Here you will find where you can Meet the Mayor, as well as periodic postings about all things Southlake. For more information about Mayor Hill please visit her biography page.

 

 

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Sep 03

First Days of School

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 2:27 PM by Pilar Schank

First, let me say hello and I hope that everyone enjoyed their summer as much as we did. The past several months have been filled with momentous occasions for our family.  In May, I became your Mayor and just a few weeks later, I sent my youngest Dragon off to college at the University of Utah.  It is times like these that I am reminded of how much our family loves this city and how much growing up in Southlake has meant to my three children. Even though for the first time in years I missed all of the excitement of the first day of school here in Southlake, I look forward to continuing to ensure that our City remains a place where every child feels lucky to have grown up.

We are a city that prioritizes the safety of our children and schools, in addition to fostering a strong sense of community. In December we are scheduled to open the doors of Phase 1 of our new recreation center, The Marq Southlake.  In 2016, we will break ground on Phase 2 which you, the residents, overwhelmingly approved in May. I anticipate The Marq Southlake will soon become the center of our community, a hub of family activities and events that bring us together to enjoy quality time and make memories.  Mark your calendars for December when The Marq Southlake Phase 1 opens its doors in Bicentennial Park.  

This summer we also welcomed the promotion of James Brandon to Chief of Police.  James, works with Chief Michael Starr and their staffs to make safety a priority. Programs like SPARK, Students and Parents Against Risks to Kids, and the presence of School Resource Officers (SROs) in every Carroll school are successful because of the support from Southlake Departments of Public Safety.  I am grateful for their service and the knowledge that their daily efforts help keep our kids and our community out of harm’s way.

 Mayor Hill and Sophie Spurlock
Mayor Hill and Sophie Spurlock in the Mayor's Office


In June, I kicked off my term with a special young lady who is entering the first grade this year.  Sophie Spurlock recently served as Mayor for the Day. I think I had as much fun as she did; we enjoyed a tour of City Hall and the Council Chambers, including all of the “secret” back rooms. Mayor Sophie also enjoyed the view from the 4th floor balcony overlooking Town Square and we even got in some serious city planning over lunch in the “Mayor’s” office.  


I look forward to hosting many more events for our children in Town Hall and see endless opportunities to engage our kids in local government. Just so you are aware, we are currently putting together an amazing Home for the Holidays family package to benefit the Carroll Education Foundation.  Look for more information in the coming weeks that will give your child the opportunity to help light up Southlake Town Square for the holidays.

I’ll wrap up with some exciting information about a new project.  With the help of the Southlake Chamber, CISD, The Southlake Youth Action Committee, and the Community Engagement Committee and city staff we will be launching Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL) this school year.  SKIL will bring students together with Chamber businesses, civic leaders and engaged volunteers to make meaningful changes, solve problems, and build leadership skills. I want to give students the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way to make our community better.  After all, an investment in our children is an investment in our future.

As your children begin the new school year with an abundance of enthusiasm, I look forward to the new possibilities this school year brings for them and our entire community. I believe in Southlake and I am honored to serve as your Mayor.  

On behalf of the entire Southlake City Council, thank you for your support.