Weatherford ISD Board members spent the majority of Thursday’s meeting listening to departmental work system reviews as well as approving items to help close out the 2010-11 school year.
Charlotte LaGrone, Weatherford ISD Director of Community Relations/Education Foundation, presented her work systems review that included parental involvement, volunteer hours, survey data, grant awards, the WHS Ex-Student Association, as well as innovations for the 2011-12 school year.
LaGrone said 93 percent of those parents who participated in the survey said they were satisfied with the District (up from 84 percent in 2009). Also, total hours donated by WISD volunteers reached an all-time high at 59,789 hours during the 2010-11 school year – which is equivalent to 41 paraprofessional positions. This number is up over 20,000 volunteer hours from 2008-09.
In the area of grants, LaGrone said the WISD Education Foundation presented $77,910 in grant awards for 2010-11, a number she is very pleased with as the nation continues to rebound from a troubled economy.
Weatherford ISD Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Tracy Ray also presented her departmental work systems review where she shared information about the 2010-11 school year.
Ray said that although the WISD Business Department had gone through many changes throughout the course of the school year, its fiscal responsibility has continued to remain strong.
She also mentioned the difficulty of trying to plan the District’s budget for the upcoming 2011-12 school year when the Texas Legislature is still ironing out state budget issues in its Special Session in Austin.
Philip O’Neal, WISD Executive Director of Athletics, was the final presenter of the evening and gave his departmental work systems review.
In athletics, O’Neal said the District had a Fort Worth Star-Telegram Female Athlete of the Year, several scholarship recipients, two district championships, five team advancing to the playoffs, 29 regional qualifiers, 29 First Team All-District selections, 178 Academic All-District selections, and 39 Academic All-State selections.
Other items included in the Superintendent’s Report included:
- Review the May 17 District Education Improvement Committee meeting report;
- Review the 2011 April TAKS Exit-Level Retest results; and
- Review Weatherford ISD Teacher Appraisal Plan (WISD has chosen to develop and use a locally-developed plan in lieu of the state appraisal system, an option provided for in Policy DNA (Legal). A pilot program will be used for the 2011-12 school year.
In other action, the Board approved the following agenda items:
- Consent Items (tax report for April 2011);
- Comparison of revenues and expenditures to budget;
- Investment reports;
- Cash position by bank account;
- 2010-11 budget amendments #9;
- Expulsion of Curtis Elementary student; and
- Application for federal funding under the No Child Left Behind Act
Items discussed and/or considered at Thursday’s Board meeting included:
- Consider local policy revisions recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Policy Service Update 90 on first reading (focuses largely on two key topics: STAAR program and various technology issues); and
- Consider revision to Policy CH (Local) on first reading (designates all district contracts, except contracts for the purchase of produce or vehicle fuel, valued at $50,000 or more in the aggregate for each 12-month period, shall be made by one of six methods providing the best value for the District)
Personnel: Retirements: Cynthia Thornell, CATE teacher
Resignations: Fabiola Ascencio, second grade bilingual teacher (Ikard); Sloane Becker, deaf education teacher (Hall); Cheryl Bullock, counselor (Bridge Academy); Kim Dixon, curriculum manager (Bowie Learning Center); Matthew Hamilton, science teacher/coach (WHS); Andrea Hampton, deaf education teacher (WHS); Kelly McCarter, PE teacher/coach (WHS); Erick Nance, fifth grade teacher (Wright); Amanda Siebman, PE teacher (Martin); and Amanda Traylor, fourth grade teacher (Crockett)
Employment: Amanda Burlison, culinary arts teacher (WHS); Kristen Helton, music teacher (Curtis); Andrea Porter, second grade bilingual teacher (Ikard); Jaime Reyes, math teacher/coach (Hall); Jodie Rhidenour, counselor (WHS); Austin Rose, theater teacher (NGC); and Belinda Witham, assistant drill team/dance teacher (NGC)
Weatherford's varsity baseball team had an amazing start to their season with a winning streak of 13-0 and in March it was ranked No. 13 in the nation. The team ended its 2011 season with a record of 29-5 overall and 9-3 in District 4-5A play and secured a second-place finish in district competition.
The Weatherford High School Kangaroo baseball team then advanced to the Bi-District Round of the State play-offs where it beat Odessa Permian High School in Snyder, Texas. The Roos then advanced to the Area round where they lost to El Paso Franklin in a best-of-three series.
Kevin Cornelius – All Academic District and State
Braeden Butler – District All Academic
Tyler Davis – District All Academic
Jacob Dorris – District All Academic
Zach Lade – All Academic District and State
Collin Sefcik – District All Academic
TJ Johnson – District All Academic
Alex Winburn – All Academic District and State
Jansen Hinkle – District All Academic
Cecil Rhodes – District All Academic
Grayson Huffman – District All Academic
Brock Riebe – District All Academic
Colton Peacock – District All Academic
Emily Seals – Stats
Spencer Smith - Stats
Terry Massey – WISD Head Coach of the Year
Assistant Coaches are Dustin Adams, Jason Lee, Brian Bilbrey, and Anthony Pascuzzi.
Softball Recognitions: Members of the Lady Roos' varsity softball team were recognized at Thursday's Board meeting. Pictured (back from left) are Ty Comstock, District 5-4A Coach of the Year; Taylor Mathison, Academic All-District; Kelsey Horton, First Team All-District; Lauren Leach; and WISD Board Secretary Gail Wirtanen; (front) Lauren Pohl, District 4-5A Catcher, Honorable Mention District and State; Raeven Zammaron; and Chandler Spooner, District 4-5A Honorable Mention, Academic All-District and Academic All-State. Not pictured are Makayla Baeza, Jordan Wallace, Haleigh Lichti, Ashlyn Wren, Sadie Burt, Shelby Decker, Tyra Brunz, Alison Gillard, Elizabeth Konig, Abbey Cowan, Cheyenne Bone, Andrea Smith, Alicia Rich, and managers Shelby Baker and Sam Echols (photo by DERIK MOORE).
Weatherford's varsity softball team ended its regular season with a perfect 14-0 record in District 4-5A and advanced to the Bi-District playoffs where it beat Odessa High, 3-1. In the Area Round, the Lady Roos defeated El Paso Hanks, 5-0, to advance to the Regional Quarterfinals. There they played and beat Odessa Permian, 4-0. In the Regional Finals, the Lady Roos’ outstanding season came to an end after losing to Plano High School in a best-of-three series.
Makayla Baeza –1st Team All District; District All Academic
Chandler Spooner – District 4-5A Honorable Mention; All Academic District and State
Jordan Wallace – District 4-5A MVP; All Academic District and State
Lauren Pohl – District 4-5A Catcher; Honorable Mention District and State
Haleigh Lichti – 2nd Team All District; District All Academic
Ashlyn Wren – District 4-5A Honorable Mention
Sadie Burt – District All Academic
Tyra Brunz – District All Academic
Taylor Mathison – District All Academic
Alison Gillard – 2nd Team All District
Kelsey Horton – 1st Team All District
Alicia Rich – District All Academic
Managers- Shelby Baker, Sam Echols
Lady Roos Softball Coach and the District 4-5A Coach of the Year: Ty Comstock
Over the past three school years, Weatherford High School has seen an upward trend in the number of high school students who “complete” high school. In fact, these numbers have gone from “academically unacceptable to above 95 percent in all WHS student groups and our Completion 1 Rate is now at an Exemplary level.
The work of the WHS administrative team is complemented by staff members who have gone above and beyond to locate students who were not enrolled in school. In some cases, students had been “missing in action” for 2-3 years.
Amy Rankin has worked with Student Services and with the attendance clerks to locate students who have not re-enrolled in school following a withdrawal. She has found some students enrolled at other school districts under different ID numbers, names misspelled, etc. Amy knows and understands the science of PEIMS and is willing to share her expertise willingly and cheerfully. No longer is it “OK” for a student to be a “no show” in Weatherford ISD. Amy ensures that each withdrawal is coded perfectly so that all students can be appropriately accounted for.
Alma Nichols, the WHS attendance clerk, has also taken the initiative to locate students who are not enrolled in school. Alma is able to strike that delicate balance between upholding attendance rules and regulations and listening to our students and their parents. Using this attribute, she cleared at least 112 “no shows” from the WHS list during the first month of this school year.
Aileen Akbar, WHS parent liaison, understands the role education plays in the lives of the school’s English Language Learners. Her knowledge about how to navigate the public education system in Texas has led to countless conversations with students about the importance of finishing high school. One quick example: In September Aileen tracked down a student who needed to pass a section of the TAKS test. She continued conversations with the student even though the student was out of the country making sure the student was informed about the next TAKS session.
Pam Freeman, in particular, has a unique communication style that draws students and their parents to listen to her about the value of education. She knows enough people in the city to make connections until she locates dropouts on their jobs or “elsewhere” and, in some cases, she connects new mothers with needed daycare resources or with prospective employers. She is a kid magnet who can communicate the realities of life without an education in a way that they understand. Pam can – at any moment – tell you the number of students in the PASS program who are going to graduate. She is an unsung hero who has inspired students who are facing unusual challenges to come back to WHS and be a part of the PASS program.
Karmen Nichols is the General Manager of Olive Garden and is honored that her restaurant is being recognized by the District. The Olive Garden in Weatherford opened in 2008 and has been a great support for Austin Elementary and Hall Middle School. Is has partnered with these schools to provide free teacher lunches each spring and fall, and it also supported the students at Hall Middle School with their Pennies for Pasta donation drive.
The next regular-scheduled Board meeting is July 21 beginning at 7 p.m. in the District Services Building Board Room.