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By Derik Moore
Recognitions and honors were the highlights of Thursday’s Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees meeting in the District Services Building.
Student leaders and their coaches were announced representing football, volleyball, Blue Belles, and band. Each participant also received a certificate from the Board.
“Recognizing our students and staff members are always the highlight of our Board meetings,” Weatherford ISD Board President Yale Young said. “We want them to realize their hard work is not being overlooked.”
Student leaders included: football – Reid Waller, coach; Carlos Perez; Tyler Weaver; and Kyle Wilson; volleyball – Kelly McCarter, coach; Ashley Reinert and Calen Bratcher; Blue Belles – Nika Carter, director; Shelby Carter; Natalie Mitchell; Rylee Durant; Michelle Dukeman; Shawna LeMottee; Sarah Chelade; Jordan Alton; and Lakota Klein; band – Joe Dolkos, director; Morgan Blankenship; Rebekah Marquardt; Jeff Limbocker; Jay McNew; Krystal Smith; and Jamie Turner.
Also, 11 Weatherford ISD teachers were recognized for earning their training certification from the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas (NJWPT) – the largest literacy project in the state.
These teachers included Tammy Leifeste, Wright Elementary; Katie Null, Curtis Elementary; April Porter, Crockett Elementary; Rebecca Skinner, Austin Elementary; Donna Stubblefield, Austin Elementary; Claudia Sutterfield, Martin Elementary; Angela Sweeney, Weatherford High School; Nicole Tolson, Crockett Elementary; Mika Weist, Hall Middle School; Kimberly Willoughby, Martin Elementary; and Holly Wagner, Crockett Elementary.
The goal of the NJWPT is to improve student writing by improving the teaching of writing with the following assumptions: (a) teachers of writing should also write; (b) writing is a mode of learning; (c) teachers teaching teachers accomplishes efficient curricular change; and (d) theory about and assessment of writing enhances classroom practices.
There are approximately 500 NJWPT/Abydos certified trainers in the state, and certifications extend for three years. Weatherford ISD’s newest certified trainers were trained by Weatherford High School ELA teachers Staci Tharp and Suzanne Maulsby.
In other action, Austin Elementary Principal Jenny Morris presented her campus report to the Board highlighting both student and staff accomplishments.
Morris said her campus was a Texas Education Agency “Exemplary” campus from the 2009-10 school year, and new programs have been put in place to help retain that status this school year.
“We have started a morning tutorial program called AIM which stands for ‘Alligators Inspired by Math,’” Morris said. “Other new programs at Austin Elementary include ‘Capturing Kids Hearts,’ and AFV [Austin Family Videos].”
Another area of emphasis Morris’ staff is focused on this school year is the TAKS Commended percentage levels.
“Our adopted qualifications for exemplary status include maintaining a safe environment, provide the best instructional practices, making data-driven decisions, let students know they are loved, and to have fun,” she added.
Following the campus report, Board members reviewed the District’s Leading Indicator Process (LIP) report, a Board Policy FB (Local) report, 2009-10 gifts and bequests report; WISD Athletic Booster Club summary financial report, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report, and Exit-Level TAKS results from both the April 2010 and July 2010 administrations.
Agenda items approved at Thursday’s meeting included:
- Consent agenda items (tax report for July 2010; comparison of revenues and expenditures to budget; investment reports; cash position by bank account; review and consider TEA expedited waiver; consider the expulsion of a Wright Elementary student; and consider the appointment of the Superintendent to serve on the Weatherford Economic Development Board of Trustees)
- Set TRE Election Canvass date for Sept. 20 at 4 p.m.
- Renewed one-year lease agreement with Texas Neighborhood Services (HEADSTART)
- Renewed one-year extension of lease agreement with Pecan Valley MHMR