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Special Session Paves the Way for New School Year

Special Session Paves the Way for New School Year

Student Code of Conduct approved; final budget presented

 

In a special session at 8 a.m. Monday, WFISD board members wasted no time in taking three important steps that will facilitate the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

 

2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct

 

In a 6-0 vote, board members approved the new 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct.

 

The new manual incorporates all legislative updates from the 85th Texas Legislature, according to Debby Patterson, executive director of school administration.

 

The Student Code of Conduct undergoes an annual review by The District Advisory Committee and then adoption by WFISD board members.

 

The manual spells out the District’s authority, jurisdiction and actions for a variety of disciplinary issues.

 

FNCA Local

 

The FNCA (LOCAL) policy was presented to board members for their information.

 

The recent policy update strikes language from the policy that disallows male students from wearing earrings.

 

 

Final Budget Draft for 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

 

Chief Financial Officer Tim Sherrod introduced board members to the final budget draft for the 2017-2018 General Operating, Food Service and Debt Service Funds.

 

Total revenue is listed in budget documents as $126,058,459.

 

General operating revenue of $108,816,958 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is slightly more than last year’s $108,504,349.

 

The Fund Balance for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is expected to be $21,504,863 at the conclusion of the year. On Sept. 1, 2017, the Fund Balance will sit at $23,176,009.

 

When Mr. Sherrod advised board members that there will probably be a separate item -- a capital improvements list -- that will be coming to them for their approval, board member Bill Franklin asked that Mr. Sherrod put all expenses into the budget so board members can see the totality of needs within the District, “not bringing items piecemeal to the Board,” he said.

 

Technology updates that were 18 years behind have been aggressively refreshed so that the District now is just seven years behind, said Mr. Franklin and Technology Director Shad McGaha. “We caught up pretty good,” said Mr. McGaha.

 

“I’d like to see those costs put in,” said Mr. Franklin.

 

Mr. Payton asked that the District research how to consolidate programs in the two old buildings to give the District an economy of scale.

 

Certified Applicant Pool

 

The District’s Certified Applicant Pool included the hiring of 19 new employees, 16 of them teachers. The hires bring 117 years of experience to WFISD.