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WFISD Athletes Recognized for Academic Achievements

WFISD Athletes Recognized for Academic Achievements

Hirschi math teacher also applauded for coaching math competitions

Academic achievements were the star of the evening Monday January 21 in the January school board meeting, where accolades were dished out for student athletes, school board members and for Hirschi High School math teacher/coach Anthony Newberry.

In a public hearing that preceded the 6 p.m. board meeting, Associate Superintendent Peter Griffiths presented to board members and the public the Texas Academic Performance Report, which highlights the many details of student achievement in WFISD for the 2017-2018 school year.

The role of school board members in the task of educating WFISD’s children was also acknowledged and appreciated at a 5 p.m. reception, held prior to the public hearing and board meeting. WFISD’s seven board members – Board President Elizabeth Yeager, Vice President Dale Harvey, Secretary Tom Bursey, Bob Payton, Mark Lukert, Katherine McGregor, and Mike Rucker – were thanked for “planting the seeds of success” in WFISD’s students.

Board President Elizabeth Yeager received special acknowledgement from the Texas Music Educators Association for her many years of behind-the-scenes support of WFISD’s fine arts programs.




Board members recognized Cross Country Academic All-State Student Athlete Nayeli Hurtado, a Wichita Falls High School student coached by Deborah Gonzales. She received the All-State honor from the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas. She was also named Academic All State Honorable Mention by the Texas High School Coaches Association. She had an overall grade point average of 94 or above for grades 9-11.

Hirschi football

Board members recognized Hirschi High School Football All-State Student Athletes who were coached by Danny Youngs. Students who received Honorable Mentions for Academic All-State were Nathan Downing, Ricky King and Andrew Ryan.

Board members recognized Associated Press All-State students Daimarqua Foster, who was 4A Offensive Player of the Year, and Jonny Taylor, who was 1st Team All-State Offensive Line.

Board members recognized All-State students Fred Fleeks, who achieved Honorable Mention Linebacker; Christian Hendricks, who achieved Honorable Mention Defensive Line, and Stavonte Vaughn for Honorable Mention Defensive Back.

Rider football

Board members recognized Rider High School Football All-State Student Athletes coached by Marc Bindel.

Rider students who received THSCA Academic All-State were Caleb FitzHenry (2nd Team), Dawson Hale (2nd Team), Anthony Groves (Honorable Mention), Justin Kuhn (Honorable Mention), Taikorean Phillips (Honorable Mention), Chad Roche (Honorable Mention), Jeremiah Rodriguez (Honorable Mention), and Joshua Rodriguez (Honorable Mention).

Rider students who received the Associated Press 5A All-State were Jack Hatch (Safety), Elijah Horton (Cornerback), Joshua Rodriguez (Linebacker), and Isaiah Wetzel (Defensive Line).

Wichita Falls High School football

Board members recognized Wichita Falls High School Football All-State Student Athletes coached by Grant Freeman.

Students who received Academic All-State were Gavin Hair (1st Team), Makkedah Brown (2nd Team), Noah Hart (2nd Team), Jimmy Tran (2nd Team) and Marcus Wilson (Honorable Mention).  

WFHS students who received AP All-State were Makkedah Brown (Honorable Mention) and Anthony Vargas (Honorable Mention).

UIL Sponsor Excellence Award

Board members recognized Hirschi High School math teacher Anthony Newberry, who received the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award.

The award was established in 1991 to recognized outstanding educators who help students develop and refine their skills and talents through UIL music, academic and athletic events. Only 15 educators from 1,400 high schools in Texas received this prestigious award.

Mr. Newberry is the Hirschi UIL coach for Number Sense, Mathematics, Calculator Applications and Computer Science. “He infects our students with a love of education,” said Hirschi High School Principal Doug Albus.

Texas Music Educators Association Award

WFISD Board members recognized Board President Elizabeth Yeager as a recipient of the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Administrator Award. The TMEA is an organization of more than 12,000 school music educators. Ms. Yeager was honored for her longtime efforts in support of district fine arts programs.

Audited Financial Report for Fiscal Year Ended August 31, 2018

In a 7-0 vote, board members approved the Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2018. The report was prepared by Weaver and Tidwell, L. L. P., Certified Public Accountants and Advisors. The report is legally required and due 150 days after the end of the fiscal year by Section 44.008 of the Texas Education Code.

WFISD received an unmodified opinion on its report.

Incentive Pay

In a 7-0 vote, board members approved the recommendation to continue its incentive pay for campus level professional staff who are on term or continuing contracts and submit an early notice of retirement or resignation by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019, for the end of the 2018-2019 contract year.

When a campus employee gives early notice of his or her resignation or retirement, it gives Human Resources employees an early start at finding the best possible replacement.

Incentive pay is $1,500 for retirement notices and $750 for resignation notices. Incentives apply only to campus level professional staff, such as teachers, librarians, counselors, speech therapists/SLPs, diagnosticians and registered nurses.

Human Resources Director Cyndy Kohl estimates that the impact to the 2019-2020 budget will be between $76,500 and $147,000, based on a 6-year average for the number of retirements/resignations and the 3-year average of actual budget costs paid by the district.

Human Resources Applicant Pool

In a 7-0 vote, board members approved the hiring of two new employees, one for Booker T. Washington Elementary and one for Wichita Falls High School.

Consent Agenda

In a 7-0 vote, board members approved the Consent Agenda, which included the following:

  • Resale bid of property located at 1215 Tulip Street
  • Financial reports as of Nov. 30, 2018
  • Band uniforms for Hirschi High School and Wichita Falls High School
  • RFP#19-08 E-Rate Category 1 & 2 Services: Data Transmission and Internal Connections
  • Designation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the standard for all incident management for WFISD
  • Adoption of the WFISD 2019-2020 school calendar
  • WFISD-Initiated Localized Update
  • Revision to 2018-2019 Student Code of Conduct
  • Minutes