Bilhartz Elementary School

Writing Success Stories One Student at a Time

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Principal Message

  • Welcome to the school year!

    It is with great honor and excitement that I introduce myself, Valerie Harris, as the Principal at Bilhartz Elementary School. I am humbled and most appreciative of the opportunity presented to me to be a member of this educational family.  As the campus principal my goal is to ensure the success of each student and the school, by providing the best instructional and extracurricular opportunities as possible.

    I am committed to ensuring that the needs and interests of students help shape instruction. Most importantly, an excellent education is not possible without the great collaboration of students, parents, and staff. As the instructional leader of our elementary school, I enthusiastically embrace the task of continuing to ensure that students are prepared with the necessary tools to be productive and responsible citizens as they write the next chapter of their educational lives.


    İBienvenidos al año escolar!

    Soy Valeria Harris. Estoy muy contenta y emocionada de presentarme ante ustedes como la directora de la Escuela Primaria Bilhartz. Con mucha humildad, valoro la oportunidad que se me ha presentado de ser un miembro de esta familia educacional. Como la directora de esta escuela mi meta es asegurarme del éxito de cada estudiante y de la escuela, proveyendo las mejores oportunidades extracurriculares posibles.

    Es mi compromiso asegurarme que las necesidades e intereses de los estudiantes ayuden a guiar la enseñanza. Lo más importante, una educación excelente, no es possible sin la gran colaboración de estudiantes, padres y maestros (as). Como el líder instruccional de nuestra escuela primaria, con mucho entusiasmo acepto la tarea de continuar garantizando que nuestros estudiantes estén preparados con las herramientas necesarias para ser ciudadanos productivos y responsables mientras ellos escriben el siguiente capítulo de sus vidas educacionales.


    Valerie Nelms-Harris
    James R. Bilhartz Elementary

School Information

  • Campus Administrators

    Valerie Nelms Harris

    Valerie Nelms-Harris
    , Principal
    Elsa Deason, Secretary
    Yanelley Rodriguez-Lopez, Assistant Principal

    School Address
    6700 Wandt Dr
    Dallas 75236
    p. 972-708-6600
    f. 972-708-6666

    School Colors
    Burgundy, gold and black

    School Mascot

    Pre-K-Fourth Grade

    School Hours
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Mission and Vision

  • Bilhartz Elementary School Mission:
    The mission of Duncanville ISD is to provide each student with the necessary skills to achieve lifelong success and contribute to a global society.

    Vision: DISD – Writing success stories, one student at a time.
    Theme: Higher Learning for All

School History

  • James R. Bilhartz, Jr. Elementary opened in 2003.  The school was named for James R. Bilhartz, Jr., former board member and founder of Duncanville Education Foundation.  The school serves grades PK-4.

    Jim Bilhartz, Jr

    Following the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, Jim Bilhartz returned to the Duncanville community to begin the JRB Oil & Gas Company and to raise his family.

    Operating an efficient and financially successful business motivated Mr. Bilhartz to seek a position on the Board of Trustees to offer his skills in fiscal management and organizational improvement. Also a strong advocate of parents and children, he wanted to assert the need for community involvement in public schools. His outstanding leadership on the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees resulted in his serving two consecutive terms as president while fulfilling his second three-year term as a Trustee. He was relentless in his quest for parental input regarding local issues, and maintained an open door to the community he represented.

     His overwhelming success on the Board of Trustees was due in no small part to his convictions regarding public education and civic responsibility. He has been involved in multiple capacities within the city of Duncanville and in Dallas County as a business leader, engineer, and entrepreneur. A philanthropist at heart, Mr. Bilhartz also saw the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation through its infancy in 1996 to its current status as a thriving source of alternate funding for Duncanville schools, serving as a founder and past president. Jim and Mary Bilhartz were honored at the Champions Black Tie and Boots Ball in February 2002 for their collective leadership in bringing the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation to fruition and for their contributions to the Duncanville community.

     Mr. Bilhartz retired from the Board of Trustees in 1999. His contributions to the district and the Duncanville community are born of his desire to see a renewed commitment to academic success and to foster positive relationships between schools and the parents they serve. The rewards of his efforts are more evident each day as the district has become a contender in the arena of public education.

    Mascot:  Bulldogs
    Colors:  Burgundy, gold, and black