“The calendar was selected through a process that included input from each WISD campus staff, the district improvement committee, and all campus principals,” stated Superintendent Tim Harkrider.
Prior to the beginning of the regular meeting, a public hearing was held concerning the Texas Academic Performance Report.
Dr. Lisa Severns, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, reported that Willis Independent School District and all campuses once again achieved the highest rating of “Met Standard” under the 2015 State Accountability System. A total of eight Academic Achievement Distinction Designations were awarded to five campuses, an increase of three designations and three campuses from the previous year.
Academic distinctions were awarded to:
- Lynn Lucas Middle School for Academic Achievement in Social Studies
- Parmley Elementary for Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA and Top 25% Student Progress
- CC Hardy Elementary for Academic Achievement in Science and Top 25% Student Progress
- Turner Elementary for Top 25% Student Progress
- Meador Elementary for Top 25% Student Progress and Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps
These designations are awarded based on achievement in comparison with a group of 40 other Texas schools with similar demographics. TEA did not award ratings or distinctions for elementary math this year.
Severns gave a review of each campus’ scores and detailed information on areas of progress from the 2014 reports. The entire report will be uploaded to the Willis ISD website and available under “Academics” and “Accountability Ratings”.
Caitlin Weeks of Meador Elementary was recognized as the Most Valuable Player for February. A detailed description of her efforts to involve students in the learning process can be found on the district website.
Trustees were also presented with the first Willis ISD Secondary and Elementary Students of the Month, Nicole Toth and Dalton DeFrance.
Dalton DeFrance of C.C. Hardy Elementary was recognized as a character driven, self-disciplined, dependable, responsible student that has a positive attitude and outlook on life.
Hardy Coach Tammy Schneider stated that Dalton “is willing to go the extra mile for his school, community, students and teachers. He does the right thing even when no one is looking.”
Willis High School Health Care Instructor Katrina King stated that Nicole Toth has a stellar academic record and will graduate this year with an associate degree from Lone Star College.
“Nicole also helps her classmates study and gives of her time with no expectation of receiving anything in return,” stated King. “She has a passion to serve others with humility and will be a tremendous asset to the medical community.”
“With our focus being on the young people of our community, we felt that it was fitting to begin this tradition of recognizing students who exemplify ideals that we seek to encourage,” stated Harkrider. “These students don’t have to be on the A Honor Roll but should demonstrate a diligent effort to succeed. Other criteria include exemplar character, excellent behavior, good citizenship and attendance.”
Other recognitions included school counselors who nurture well-rounded students, and the WHS football, volleyball and cross-country teams for their successes in the fall.
In other business, trustees voted to:
- Approve the 2016-2017 Program of Studies which adds several new classes at Willis High School including Money Matters, Touch System Data Entry and Business English, among others. Robotics and Design 2 was added at Brabham Middle School.
- Purchase five new buses to replace older vehicles.
- Purchase $30,000 of athletic uniforms for various sports.
- Approve the application for a low attendance day waiver for Brabham Middle School for Jan. 28, 2016.
- Approve expenditure of funds in excess of $25,000 for architectural and other services in connection with 2015 bond projects.
The next regular meeting of the Willis ISD Board of Trustees will be Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Cargill Education Support Center at 204 W. Rogers in Willis.