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Young named new WHS principal; tax rate, accountability discussed by WISD board

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By Chris Edwards
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Terry YoungTerry YoungWOODVILLE – Woodville High School recently announced the hiring of Terry Young as new WHS principal.

Young, a native of Browndell, holds degrees from Angelina College, Sam Houston State University and Abilene Christian University.

According to a news release from WISD, “It is Young’s belief that some of the most important challenges of a school leader include the creation of a safe and collaborative school culture, fostering one’s leadership capacity and overall improvement of the student experience through exposure to impactful educational opportunities with real-world applications.”

Young has a variety of classroom and administrative experience. He has served in the education field for 26 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal and associate superintendent.

Board discusses tax rate, accountability figures

The Woodville ISD Board of Trustees voted to adopt a new tax rate and received preliminary district-wide accountability reports at its monthly meeting on Monday, July 23.

The Board voted to hold a public hearing to discuss the district’s proposed tax rate and proposed budget for the coming 2018-19 school year. The hearing was scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The proposed tax rate for the coming school year is 1.115%.

The WISD Board also voted to approve its GASB 54 resolution for the current fiscal year. The resolution, according to WISD head of finance Cody Jarrott, is mandatory to adopt for audit purposes and allows the Board of Trustees to commit and assign any amount of funds.

The Board also heard preliminary state accountability results from Karen Ford, the district’s director of federal programs and curriculum. Ford said that overall, the district has been moving forward. “Our scores have increased significantly,” she said. She noted there were gains at the Intermediate level, however, in comparison to other districts and by the state’s metrics there are still improvements to be made.

The preliminary figures show the district testing at 57% below the state average in the approaching index, while combined tests show the district at 76% below state and 86% below in the masters index. WISD will receive its score of A-F in August. Ford said that judging by the preliminary figures, the grade for WISD will likely be a C.

The topic of teacher turnover rates was addressed when the trustees discussed the test scores and ways to get the scores higher. Board member Richard Shaw, Jr., said “We’ve got to find a way to get this machine functioning instead of always changing the parts out.”

“What can we do?” Ford asked. “We are moving forward…we’ve got to be driven by the data given to us.”

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