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Three Schools Report: "Here's How We Will Improve"

Targeted Improvement Plans Presented

 

On Monday, October 17 a public hearing was held to outline the Targeted Improvement Plans for the three WFISD campuses identified as "Improvement Required" schools.

 

Principals Ann Pettit, Mark Davis and Troy Farris presented the plans for Burgess Elementary, Booker T. Washington Elementary and Kirby Middle School, respectively.

 

TEA requires that a Targeted Improvement Plan must be drafted for each Required Improvement campus to correct the previous year's student achievement deficiencies. The plans must be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval and then submitted to the Texas Education Agency for review and final acceptance.

 

Honoring Board Members

A reception was held prior to the regularly scheduled meeting to honor and recognize three retiring members of the Board of Trustees: Trey Sralla, Reginald Blow and Kevin Goldstein.

 

Mr. Sralla officially retired from the board in June and Rev. Blow's and Mr. Goldstein's terms will expire next month.

 

High Reliability School Level 1 Certification

Associate Superintendent Peter Griffiths recognized Southern Hills Elementary for achieving Level 1 Certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools.

 

Level 1 certification means the school has created a "safe and collaborative culture," which is the foundation for every level that follows.

 

Currently, nine WFISD campuses are undergoing the process of certification. Southern Hills Elementary was the first campus to complete the certification process.

 

District of Innovation

The Board of Trustees heard a presentation from a team of district administrators regarding the possibility of becoming a "District of Innovation."

 

Barwise Assistant Principals Shannon Cunningham and Stephanie Robles, Kirby Counselor Angie Spence, and Kirby teacher Larry Fox asked for the board's blessing on a resolution that would allow them to continue the research and development process for becoming a district of innovation.

 

The district of innovation concept, passed by the 84th Legislative Session in HB1842, gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas' open-enrollment charter schools.

 

Currently there are 35 districts in the state of Texas that are considered districts of innovation.

 

In a 7-0 vote, the Board of Trustees approved the resolution to continue looking into the possibility.

 

As required, a public hearing will be held to gather input from the community and answer questions about the process.

 

Nominations will also be accepted to form a team to help develop the district of innovation plan.

 

To read more about districts of innovation, click here.

 

Ad Valorem Taxes

Board members voted 7-0 to continue utilizing Wichita County for the collection of Wichita Falls ISD property taxes. Since 1993, the county has collected taxes at a rate of $1.00 per parcel. The rate has increased to $1.93 per parcel.

 

"I have come to peace with the agreement of $1.93," said Superintendent Mike Kuhrt. "I have spoken to Judge Gossom and we have agreed that in the future we will meet to discuss the increases and how the County settled on that amount."

 

The increased tax collection fee will be $85,000, which has been accounted for in the 2016-2017 budget that was adopted on August 24.

 

Sale of Alamo and Holland

The Board of Trustees approved the sale of Alamo Elementary School and Holland School, RFP #16-39.

 

Alamo Elementary will be sold to R.C. Graham, Inc. for $101,000 for the school building only. The Alamo gym will remain the property of WFISD.

 

Holland School will be sold to Gold Nugget Properties, L.L.C. in the amount of $11,100.

 

The funds for both sales will be deposited into the general fund balance.

 

Consent Agenda

Board members approved the consent agenda consisting of the following items: 2016-2017 Targeted Improvement Plans for Improvement Required Campuses, WFISD-Initiated Localized Update: Administrative Recommendations Affecting Local Policies and Minutes from August and September Board Meetings