By Valerie Reddell
Woodville ISD trustees presented STAR awards to Kim Smith, a math teacher at Woodville High School, and Kara Harrington, who teaches seventh grade math at the middle school campus.
Amy Shumake also made the WISD list of honorees, but was unable to attend the Monday night meeting.
Trustees then held a public hearing on the district's Annual Performance Report for 2016-17.
Superintendent Glen Conner called trustees' attention to six or seven sections of the report.
He explained that a simplified version of the district's independent audit is included in the report.
In 2015-16 the district general fund had nearly $14 million in total revenue, yielding $10,216 per student. Local ad valorem taxes provide 47.29 percent of that; and 49.16 percent comes from the state. Local and intermediate fund generated $461,911 — 3.31 percent of the budget. WISD a quarter of 1 percent in federal funds.
The district earned the highest possible rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). Texas Education Agency says the system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes.
WISD ended the year with an unassigned fund balance of $1,494,742, or 11.7 percent of the total budgeted expenses.
Texas public school districts are required to keep a fund balance sufficient to handle district operations for a minimum of two months.
WISD's accountability rating for 2016 was "met standard" which is the highest rating currently assigned.
Criminal Incidents for 2016-2017
The report offers data for violent or criminal incidents that occur on WISD campuses.
The report shows there was no gang-related violence or assaults against teachers or staff during the reporting period. No firearms or weapons were confiscated and no vandalism or criminal mischief causing more than $200 in damage was reported against student property or teacher/staff property.
One incident was reported at the middle school that targeted school property.
The elementary and high school each reported one incident in which a student was assaulted.
Nine incidents at the high school involved the possession, sale or use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. One incident was reported at the middle school.
After graduation, 16 members of the Class of 2015 were enrolled in four-year public university in 2016. Six students had grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
Another 22 graduates in 2015 were attending two year public colleges, with eight of them earning a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Two students were at independent colleges or universities and 30 could not be found.
Monthly Financial reports
Cody Jarrott, assistant superintendent of finance, informed board members that ad valorem tax revenue had underperformed the prior year, but that line item caught back up with 2017 numbers in the first week of February.
"We are in a very good financial position at this time," Jarrott said. "Most taxes are collected so we expect to see [revenues and fund balances] drop down until taxes are collected in August."
The board approved an afternoon bus route that will deliver younger WISD students to two licensed day care centers in the city.
"We've been looking at what it takes to get that approved, and capture transportation mileage," Conner said.
The route has also been designated as "hazardous" to meet state and federal requirements for reimbursement for transportation within two miles of the campus.
Trustees approved the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.
Conner noted that it was similar to the current calendar. It is also aligned with other Tyler County districts.
Early resignation incentive
Trustee's approved a stipend bonus of $500 for teachers who notify the district that they will not be returning next year by March 30.
Conner said the early notification helps the district search for replacements. The stipend has been paid to retiring/resigning teachers for the past two years.