- Wichita Falls ISD
- Community Insider Fall 2017
Keep up with a busy season of achievements
New Fiscal Year, New Salaries
WFISD began its new fiscal year Sept. 1. This year, each step to the Teacher Hiring Schedule rose by $200, and teachers received another $200 for salary increases. The rest of WFISD employees received a 1 percent pay raise.
WFISD enrollment is holding steady at around 14,150 students.
2015 Bond Projects Nearly Done
With the completion of the Career Education Center in August, the only remaining bond projects that remain from the $59.6 million school bond passed in May 2015 are second phase Safety and Security enhancements to existing schools.
Barwise Weight Room Funded
In mid-July, WFISD board members kept a promise to Barwise Middle School parents and students by funding a weight room at the school for $170,000. The metal building will be built by Gary Baker Construction; it will have no rest rooms. Mr. Baker estimated it will take 150 calendar days to build the facility after contracts are signed.
An Easy Way to Find Lost Money
Anyone who worked for WFISD for the past 25 years as a substitute teacher or as temp help during the summer may have racked up retirement money that they don’t know about or have lost track of. It will be easier to retrieve that money from a 457(b) Plan now that WFISD has adopted a different FICA Alternative Plan through TCG Administrators. For current participants, fees will be reduced. All inactive employees – some of your friends or family members, perhaps – will be contacted and given instructions on how to withdraw any funds they contributed while employed with WFISD.
Chartwells Takes Reins of WFISD Food Service
WFISD has transitioned this year to a new food service provider. Chartwells hired 62 of WFISD’s food service employees and had hired 49 others by August, with plans to hire more, according to Chartwells Regional Director Michael Leonard. The company is adding feeding sites at the high schools and at the Career Education Center. It will also provide a food truck and kiosks to add more options for students. Students can track what’s available – and all calorie counts – through an app called Nutrislice.
Fewer Class-Size Waivers Requested
Every year, enrollment fluctuations around the District prompt administrators to ask board members for class-size waivers for classes that exceed the 22:1 state requirement. This year, requests were made for 23 classrooms on seven campuses. That total is down from last year’s request for 33 waivers at eight campuses.
Fain Elementary Pursues Project-Based Learning with $20,000 Grant
Administrators at Fain Elementary received a $20,000 grant from the Priddy Foundation to take a new direction this year. The school will pursue project-based learning. The Fain staff has already received three days of implementation training by The Buck Institute for Education. This journey naturally integrates the arts into schools as students plan projects individually, by classroom, by school and eventually in collaboration with the community.
New Instruments – At Last
On July 17, board members approved the purchase of nearly $400,000 in Conn-Selmer and Yamaha instruments from Sam Gibbs Music. These new instruments will replace some instruments that are 30 years old. Schools will receive 216 instruments or pieces of equipment ranging in price from $37 for a bass drum cover to $4961 for a bassoon to $14,596 for a Seimer Paris Contra Alto to $25,693 for a Selmer Paris Contra Bass.