Greiner Middle School forming advisory board

Greiner Middle School parent Rebecca Ordinario lives near Jesuit, but she drives her seventh-grader to school in Oak Cliff every day.

“Up here in North Dallas land, where I live, no one has heard of Greiner,” Ordinario says.

That’s a problem. Last year, DISD nearly closed Greiner’s Exploratory Arts Academy, which is known for its music program. Parents rallied to save it, but it is just funded. The academy’s budget includes teacher salaries and nothing else.

“There’s no budget for costumes, instruments … I don’t think the pianos have been tuned in years,” Ordinario says. “There’s just no money.”

Ordinario started thinking about how Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts is so successful. What is their “secret?” she wondered. So she met with the PTA president there and found that much of Booker T.’s fundraising and publicity is due to its advisory committee.

So Ordinario is putting together an advisory committee for Greiner. Goals for the committee are not in writing yet, but they will include fundraising, applying for grants, gaining publicity and securing public performances for Greiner Arts Academy students.

Two women have committed to serve on the board so far. One is an education lawyer who has experience with grant writing, and the other is Adrienne Jackson, a lawyer who is the wife of Sylvan|Thirty developer Brent Jackson.

Anyone interested in serving on the board should contact Ordinario: or 214.418.9043.

By the way, Ordinario’s son, Cameron, is the kid who last year was inspired to write the song “Please Save Greiner”:

By |2012-01-31T12:51:46-05:00January 31st, 2012|Dallas ISD, Education, Music, News, Nonprofits and Volunteers|6 Comments

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  1. Juan a Mexican February 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    I too am tired of the north and south mumbo jumbo.  I was just saying that “North Oak Cliff” would not start until the signs say north on them. For example, most streets “north” of Jefferson are on the North side, and “south of Jefferson are on the South side.  Oak Cliff is just Oak Cliff.  I don’t care about this north, south, east or west stuff.  Its a neighborhood trying to stay united not dividing it more.

  2. Rachel Stone February 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    North Oak Cliff is an unofficial designation. Oak Cliff as a whole is a very large area, and I recently have given in to writing north Oak Cliff when I feel it’s warranted for clarity or accuracy. Back in the ’90s, I had a friend who was born and raised in Oak Cliff, and she would get all red faced when people said North Oak Cliff. It’s just Oak Cliff, dammit, was her attitude. Anyway, I consider “north” Oak Cliff to be anything north of West Ledbetter. South of that is Red Bird, and then South Oak Cliff is east of 35 and south of Illinois. What say you, Juan A Mexican?

  3. Juan A Mexican February 6, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Oops “North Oak Cliff”

  4. Juan A Mexican February 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Technically doesn’t Oak Cliff start north of Jefferson?

  5. Juan A Mexican. February 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Why do we need to say it is in “North Oak Cliff?”
    This school is in Oak Cliff. We don’t need to sell it on it’s location, rather sell it for it’s accomplishments. It is a great school none the less.

  6. Daniel Alvarado February 2, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Indeed, Greiner is the dimond of North Oak Cliff.  As a school we out-rank all other middle schools of DISD, and usually run-away with first place in any competition.  I teach International Dance at Greiner.  Most of my students go on to the best hight schools of DISD.
    Daniel Alvarado

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