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Dr. Cron: Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron (aka "Fergie") performs at Convocation (photo by DERIK MOORE).
Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron told staff members at Tuesday's Convocation that they were going to have to do more with less this school year because of a $3.2 million reduction in state funding (and an additional $1.2 million for 2012-13).
Dr. Cron said the theme of Tuesday's event was "hope," and she said to never give up.
Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 19, 20 and 21 - the state's annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
Weatherford ISD, in conjunction with its partner Durham School Services, will have water available on the buses during the first few days of the school year.
Those students having to wait inside the non-air conditioned buses while other campuses are releasing at the end of the day will either be escorted outside to a shady area or sent to the gymnasium.
Also, all Weatherford ISD special education buses are equipped with air conditioning.
Weatherford ISD Board Member Col. Kim Olson (Ret.)
Weatherford ISD Board Member Col. Kim Olson (Ret.) informed her cohorts and District administrators this evening that she would be leaving her seat on the Board effective Sept. 1.
Col. Olson said in her resignation letter that she and her husband, Kent, will be moving to Palo Pinto County to raise pecans on the family’s ranch. Weatherford ISD’s policy requires Trustees to reside within the school district.
“It has been an honor to serve the children, staff, and community of Weatherford ISD,” Col. Olson said. “The Board is a great team, and I am confident its members will continue focusing on what is best for students.”
By Derek Moore
It’s official. Weatherford ISD’s extracurricular activity fee has been canceled.
The decision to eliminate the fee-based program came Thursday evening after Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Tracy Ray assured Board members – as part of her 2011-12 preliminary budget report – that the District will have enough additional revenue to help offset the proposed $100,000 that the extracurricular fee was supposed to have generated.
“One of the main reasons the District will have a better-than-expected revenue for the 2011-12 school year is because of our students, employees, parents, partners, and community members,” Ray said. “They all stepped up to the plate and hit a home run when we needed it the most.”
Weatherford ISD administrators chose to forgo its annual tradition of hiring a motivational speaker for Tuesday’s convocation because they felt the money would be better served in the classroom.
The purpose of convocation is to help kick off the beginning of a new school year, but the District will be operating with $3.2 million less than it did last year because of state budget cuts.
“We want show our students, employees, parents, partners, and community members that we are good stewards of their taxpayer dollars,” Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron said. “We have to get used to operating with a reduced budget because next year we will lose an additional $1.2 million in state funding.”
So, who will step in and take the place of a motivational speaker?
Board hears options for hiring new superintendent
By DERIK MOORE
Weatherford ISD Director of Communications
Members of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees took their first step in what Board President Charlie Martinez said will be “their most difficult task of the year” when trying to determine how to replace Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron, who recently announced her retirement to be effective in December.
Monday’s Special Board Work Session was an information-only meeting where the District’s attorney and WISD’s Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations informed Board members their various options to consider when searching for Dr. Cron’s replacement.
Pictured (from left) are Jason Schroeder, Katherine Shalton, and Michelle Shows (courtesy photo).
On Sunday afternoon, June 5th at the Ninth Grade Center the Weatherford ISD offered adult education students an opportunity to walk across the stage and receive recognition for their achievement.
Dr. Cron, WISD Superintendent, spoke at the ceremony and commended the students for their accomplishment and urged them to continue to pursue their goals.
Weatherford ISD Board members spent the majority of Thursday’s meeting listening to departmental work system reviews as well as approving items to help close out the 2010-11 school year.
Charlotte LaGrone, Weatherford ISD Director of Community Relations/Education Foundation, presented her work systems review that included parental involvement, volunteer hours, survey data, grant awards, the WHS Ex-Student Association, as well as innovations for the 2011-12 school year.
WISD Employees Recognized: Pictured (from left) are Aileen Akbar, Pam Freeman, Amy Rankin, and WISD Board Secretary Gail Wirtanen (photo by DERIK MOORE).
Over the past three school years, Weatherford High School has seen an upward trend in the number of high school students who “complete” high school. In fact, these numbers have gone from “academically unacceptable to above 95 percent in all WHS student groups and our Completion 1 Rate is now at an Exemplary level.
The work of the WHS administrative team is complemented by staff members who have gone above and beyond to locate students who were not enrolled in school. In some cases, students had been “missing in action” for 2-3 years.