By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – At its regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, Woodville ISD received its audit report for the previous fiscal year, which ended on Aug. 31, 2018.
Darla Belt Dear, of Belt, Harris and Pechacek, LLLP, presented the audit’s results and reported the district shows an unmodified opinion, the highest result possible, according to Dear. She said the district has done a “great job on keeping the fund balance up,” and in keeping within budget guidelines.
The total revenues for WISD for the reported fiscal year came in at just over $13 million with expenditures a little over $12 million and $662,996 left in the fund balance.
Dear, whose firm is number one in the state in the volume of governmental audits it handles, praised the district and business manager Cody Jarrott for the exemplary work committed toward the district’s finances. Of all the audits Dear’s firm covered during the year, she said WISD “has taken the prize” with its positive report. “You had the least amount of journal entries,” she said.
Finalized accountability ratings given
The Texas Academic Report from the Texas Education Agency for WISD is now finalized for the 2017-18 school year, and Superintendent Glen Conner reported that nothing had changed since the preliminary report that was given in the summer.
All of the WISD campuses were issued a “Met Standard” accountability rating, and overall, the district received a letter grade of C, with a C for overall student achievement; a B for school progress and a D in the closing the gaps domain.
Conner said a full performance report will be presented at the January meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Conner gave updates on the district-wide spate of renovations during his regular report to the board. He said the scheduling is ongoing and there have been meetings held on the projects. A lot of the work, he said, will be done after regular school hours. The Lufkin firm Goodwin-Lassiter was selected as engineers for the entire project, which includes replacing the high school’s roof, district-wide HVAC repairs and replacing and the implementation of LED lighting across the district.
Debate team members recognized
During the public comments portion of the meeting, three members of the WISD debate team were recognized for their efforts along with their coach Cathy D’Entremont. Drake Broom received a third place at regional competition and will compete at the State UIL finals in January alongside teammate Penny Brackin, who placed second at regionals. Wyatt Bell was a finalist and was recognized as a “super leader,” by D’Entremont. She added that her students have made her start at WISD easy.
At its December meeting, WISD trustees also approved the authorization for Jarrott to open a bank account at Citizens State Bank and an account with Texpool in order to hold tax maintenance note deposits.
Jarrott said that in selling tax maintenance notes, the district will receive $2.2 million, which will be wired to the Citizens account. Transferring the money to Texpool will result in a higher interest rate for the funds.