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WFISD Board Finalizes Transportation Wage Increase, Joint Use Agreements, AP Capstone Program

WFISD Board Finalizes Transportation Wage Increase, Joint Use Agreements, AP Capstone Program

Unanimous votes lock in updates

 

WFISD board members cast unanimous votes Monday March 26 in the monthly board meeting to launch pay hikes for bus drivers and monitors, to update three joint use agreements and to introduce to the District’s students the AP Capstone Program, among other updates.

 

Board member Bill Franklin abstained from discussion or voting on the three lease and joint use agreements for the District’s athletic facilities with the Greater Wichita Falls Soccer Association, the Texoma Youth Sports Association, and the Sunrise Optimist Club.

 

Presentations

Rider High School Coach Cliff McGuire introduced student athletes who received All-State honors for basketball.

  • Michael Moser received THSCA and TABC Academic All-State
  • Jorge Vargas received THSCA and TABC Academic All-State
  • Austin Larson received TABC Academic All-State

 

Coach Oyvind Zahl introduced the following student athletes who received All-State honors for swimming from TISCA:

  • Hirschi’s Nate Simmons and Rachel Sweeney
  • Rider’s Abigail Hill, Brandon Malone, Matt Spears and Jacob Vincent
  • Wichita Falls High School’s Trinity Denson

Coach Zahl also introduced student athletes who received the NISCA All-America Award:

  • Rider’s Matt Spears and Jacob Vincent

Wichita Falls High School Coach Rob Woodard introduced to board members the Lady Coyotes soccer team, who received the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for their cumulative GPA for the 2016-2017 school year. To receive this award, the team had to have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. This is the 12th time the Lady Coyotes soccer team has achieved this honor.

At Hirschi High School, Rashad Green received All-State honors for basketball from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State Team. Also at Hirschi, Ezekiel Holmes received Academic All-State honors. The two athletes are coached by Donald Hedge.

 

Transportation Wage Increase for 2018-2019

 

In a 7-0 vote, board members approved the Consent Agenda, which included a wage increase to the Durham School Service contract. Bus monitors’ starting wage will increase from $9 per hour to $9.50 per hour. Bus drivers’ starting wage will increase from $11.40 per hour to $14 per hour.

 

The total cost of this increase to WFISD is estimated at $198,200.

 

Approval of the Consent Agenda also included approval of the District’s financial reports as of January 31, 2018, the awarding of RFP #18-10 for Grounds Maintenance Services to Perm-o-Green, and the adoption of innovative courses for the AP Captstone Program that will go into effect at Rider High School and  Wichita Falls High School.

 

Three Lease and Joint Use Agreements for Athletic Facilities

In three 6-0 votes, board members approved three renewal agreements between Wichita Falls ISD and local sports organizations for lease and joint use agreements for athletic facilities. Board member Bill Franklin abstained from the vote.

  • Board members approved the lease and joint use agreement for athletic facilities with the Greater Wichita Falls Soccer Association. The term is five years, ending Aug. 31, 2022. Chief Financial Officer Tim Sherrod noted that WFISD installed a separate water meter for Field E and will pay the City of Wichita Falls for that utility bill.
  • Board members approved the lease and joint use agreement for athletic facilities with the Texoma Youth Sports Association. The term is five years, ending Aug. 31, 2022.
  • Board members approved the lease and joint use agreement for athletic facilities with the Sunrise Optimist Club. The term is five years, ending August 31, 2022.

 

Intradistrict Transfers Policy FDB (Local)

 

In a 7-0 vote, board members updated Policy FDB (Local) to reflect the District’s changes to voluntary transfers of students within its elementary and secondary schools.

 

Now, all voluntary transfers of students in any grade from one school to another will require the student and his or her family to provide their own transportation when they choose a campus outside their attendance zone. The two exceptions: If students attend WFISD’s International Baccalaureate magnet program at either Kirby Middle School or Hirschi High School, they may continue to receive free busing.

 

With this vote, board members also changed the procedure for appealing the transfer. Families must now present their appeal in a written petition.

 

Human Resources Report

In a 7-0 vote, board members approved the hiring of one applicant who will be assigned to Sheppard Elementary School.