by Darby Kethan
Woodville ISD Board met Monday, August 10 for a called workshop and business meeting.
Superintendent Glen Conner provided the District Academic Performance Update regarding Accountability Ratings for the district in Academic Progress, (the school); Student Progress, (individual student performance); Closing the Gap, (between two largest sub groups of students as compared to other similarly sized ISDs; and Post Secondary Readiness, the ability of the ISD to provide classes to prepare students for further education. WISD was in the top ¼ percentile of schools graded as "recognized". Mentioned as receiving exceptional and receiving achievement were High and Middle Schools. Intermediate school (rankings include elementary grades as well) met standards in all four indices, with performance increases being an area indicating a need for improvement.
WISD is in the process of assessing existing facilities with regard to current and future needs. Board members will head committees consisting of teachers, parents and community members to collect input about what is needed, what needs renovating, what needs changing, and other concerns about the physical plant of WISD. Persons interested in serving on such committees are encouraged to contact Conner.
Repairs to the roof of the transportation building are completed along with custodial and maintenance work, including tree trimming is on schedule to be completed prior to school starting. The football facility is to be completed on schedule by August 26.
WISD coaches Carrell and Waldie presented information about summer and upcoming athletic programs and ideas for increasing participation in sports by more students. Carrel said summer sports activities averaged 20-25 girls per day, an increase of 50 percent from last summer. Thirty seven girls came out for volleyball, and games are already scheduled and in progress with tournaments starting August 15. Waldie reported a great summer workout program and cited the Woodville Athletics Booster Club for their help. They averaged 40 football boys with over 60 on one day and have 82 football players turned out.
A proposed athletic policy to encourage cross-training and participation by students in two or more sports was presented by Waldie. The goal of such policy would be to have athletes who typically play only one sport participate in training for other sports to avoid students being in "off" season during the part of the school year they are not actively playing a sport. This participation will enhance skills necessary for a individual's primary sport, such as basketball and baseball athletes benefit from cross country training, football athletes benefit from weight lifting, and enhance "school pride" as students will be keeping in better shape all year long resulting in better performances and personal and team development.
A discussion about school athletics practices and programs being in conflict with outside athletic programs was held. Problems with students missing school practices in order to attend outside practices and with parents wanting school coaches to adopt methods espoused by non-school programs have surfaced. Pride in belonging in school teams along with the commitment to participate in school athletic programs needs to be encouraged by all concerned with non-school programs adapting to school schedules and methods.
Cody Jarrott presented information about the WISD bids for surplus materials in which approximately $10,000 was collected. Additionally, the 2015-15 budget was approved. Jarrott received authority from the board to move money within his existing budget as needed with reports made to the board.
The 2015-16 WISD School year calendar changes proposed were passed, adding five early release days. This is to accommodate planning periods where teachers plan curriculum sequence and scope and coordinate TEKS plans. Students will attend half day, and teachers will remain for a work day.
State school funding information regarding the 2015-16 preliminary and proposed budget and tax rate was presented by Jarrott. Funding for the upcoming year is based on the value of property and minerals for the year prior to the current year, so it is a three year cycle, with changes in property and mineral values for the first year determining the third year state funding based on student population. The state money coming to the district changes because of adjustments to state property values; enrollment has declined at WISD, which mitigates any apparent shortfall in state funding.
A public hearing for discussion and approval of the WISD budget and tax rate is scheduled for Monday, August 31, at 6 p.m.