Board gears up for budget, tax rate discussion

Published: Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Weatherford ISD Board members continued to take care of timely business at Thursday’s regular-called meeting in the District Services Building Boardroom.

Following a Board workshop on Aug. 7, the Board agreed on Thursday to publish proposed tax rate information in the local newspaper as required by state law.

Weatherford ISD Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Tracy Ray said the published proposed tax rate would remain the same rate as last year’s rate of $1.40 ($1.17 Maintenance and Operations and $0.23 Interest and Sinking) per $100 of assessed valuation. Also, the public notice announced the public hearing date for discussion of the tax rate and budget for 2012-13 to be Aug. 23 beginning at 6 p.m.

“I feel very comfortable working with the proposed figures,” Ray said. “Of course, our goal always is to maintain a balanced budget.”

Ray also said the District’s fund balance is very close to reaching the District’s goal of maintaining three months reserve of operating expenses.

In other action, Weatherford ISD Director of Child Nutrition Jerolyn Goodman presented her annual work system review to the Board. She also explained some major changes recently passed down from the federal government as part of the Healthy Hunger-
Free Kids Act of 2010.

 

“The big changes that will take place this school year include lower sodium in food preparation and maximum allowances for meat and breads,” Goodman said. “We started revising our recipes last year and started cooking from scratch again.”
Goodman said Weatherford ISD offers three types of hot entrees plus one sandwich choice for lunch each day.

“This upcoming school year, we are going to have Chef Thomas Mcgrath help us with recipes as part of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative,” she added. “My goal is for all Weatherford ISD students to be healthy when they graduate so they can lead healthy lives.”

Other agenda items approved at Thursday’s meeting included:

- Consent Agenda Items (tax report for June 2012; comparison of revenues and expenditures to budget; investment report; cash position by bank account; general budget amendments #10; approval of Parker County 4-H as an extracurricular activity and three Parker County Extension Agents as adjunct faculty members; and PDAS appraisers for the 2012-13 school year)

- Revision to Board Policy FMG (Local) – Board of Trustees delegates Superintendent to approve out-of-state trip requests

- Agreement for the purchase of attendance credits

- Compensation and Benefits Plan for 2012-13 – Board agreed to pursue the possibility of including a one-time lump sum payment to staff members

- Personnel: Resignations – Miriam Braby, Foreign Language Teacher (NGC); Tiffany Lightfoot, Campus Nurse (Martin Elementary); Mica Rudd, Special Education Teacher (Curtis Elementary); Laura Winkler, Campus Nurse (Austin Elementary); and Thomas Winkler, History Teacher / Coach (WHS)

Employment – Dr. Holley Prescott, WHS Assistant Principal; Linda Allen, Special Education Teacher (Curtis Elementary); Jonathan Banks, History / Coach (WHS); Kristi Bradbury, Health Science Technology (WHS); Tia Cast, Fourth Grade Teacher (Curtis Elementary); Amanda Gleason, Fourth Grade Teacher (Curtis Elementary); Jeffrey Gmitro, Audio/Visual Production Teacher (WHS); Paul Gray, Social Studies Teacher (WHS); Elmi Martinez, Foreign Language Teacher (NGC); Chelsea Scoggin, Science Teacher (WHS); Tyler Spivey, English Teacher (WHS); and Jennifer Tolin, Campus Nurse (Austin Elementary)

- Recognitions: Community Education – The Weatherford ISD Adult Education Program received the Platinum Level Performance Award at the Texas LEARNS Summer Director’s Institute July 26 in Galveston. This award recognizes the program for exceptional performance in meeting all Federal Performance Measures during the previous year, submitting all required reports accurately and on time, and conforming to all fiscal expenditure requirements established by the state.

The WISD Adult Education Program serves approximately 350 adults each year providing instruction both in ESL and preparation for completing the General Educational Development certificate or GED. These classes are offered during the day and evening and are free of charge to the participants. In addition to the recognition from the state, the adult education program is most proud of the accomplishments of its students.  This year, a record number 67 students received GEDs, slightly surpassing the previous record of 62 set just last year. The Adult Education Program is funded completely by state and federal grant funds without expense to the District.

The program is part of the WISD Community Education Department led by Dr. Chip Evans - Director, Mr. Donnie McGowen-Adult Education Coordinator and Mrs. Suzanne Nottingham-TEAMS Specialist.

Center of Hope – For 15 years, the Parker County Center of Hope has been assisting families – providing them with food, financial assistance, and employment help. Today, the Center of Hope provides over 900 meals each month to assist their clients in need.

This July, the Center of Hope also provided assistance to Weatherford ISD. On the first day of Camp Roo – training for all WISD administrators, the Center of Hope and about 30 volunteers provided a poverty simulation exercise.

The Board recognized Linda Livingston and Paula Robinson for offering the District an opportunity to cross the line, to walk the mile, and to gain a deeper appreciation of the hardships some Weatherford ISD families endure.