The district hired 157 professional employees this year. Many will staff its art, band, special education and CTE programs. The district hired another 47 employees, who will serve as aides and LVNs (37), clerks and secretaries (7), maintenance workers (2), and as a technology specialist (1).
WFISD staff members received a general 3 percent pay increase for the new school year. The first-year teacher pay rose to $43,000, and the teacher salary scale for all other teachers was adjusted upward.
WFISD begins the 2016-2017 school year with true middle schools, an educational arrangement that serves sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. McNiel Middle School, Barwise Middle School and Kirby Middle School will open this year with new sixth-grade wings.
This is the first year that WFISD students and their families enrolled online.
All start times at WFISD will remain the same when the doors swing wide on August 22, but school days will be lengthened slightly at each campus to meet a state mandate to build 75,600 minutes (instead of 180 student days) into the school calendar. WFISD will now conduct a 440-minute day.
One WFISD campus has a new name this fall. Booker T. Washington Elementary is the new name for the former Washington/Jackson Elementary School.
WFISD still has the lowest tax rate of seven peer districts. The WFISD tax rate of $1.23 compares favorably to Bryan ISD ($1.34), Burkburnett ($1.31), Burleson ($1.54), City View ($1.42), Crowley ($1.65), Decatur ($1.29) and Duncanville ($1.529).