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Waco Independent School District, Texas
|Waco Independent School District|
|McLennan County, Texas|
|Number of schools:||25|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Pat Atkins|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Waco ISD
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtMcLennan County, Texas. The county seat of McLennan County is Waco. The county's population was 234,906 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
McLennan County underperforms in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 21.8 percent of McLennan County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3 percent rate for the state of Texas. McLennan County had a median income of $41,589 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for McLennan County was 21.8 percent in 2010 compared to a 17.4 percent rate for the rest of the state.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||McLennan County (%)||Texas (%)|
|Black or African American||15.1||12.3|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1.1||1.0|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0.1||0.1|
|Two or More Races||1.7||1.7|
|Hispanic or Latino||24.4||38.2|
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The superintendent of Waco Independent School District is Bonny Cain, who was appointed to the position in 2011. She had previously served for 11 years as the superintendent of Pearland Independent School District. She has also been a longtime educator.
The Waco ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members, five of whom are elected by district and two at-large. They serve three year terms.
|Waco ISD Board of Trustees|
|Member||Role||District #||Term Ends|
|Pat Atkins||President||At-large Place 6||2015|
|Allen Sykes||Vice President||District 5||2016|
|Norman Manning||Secretary||District 1||2015|
|Cary DuPuy||Trustee||At-large Place 7||2017|
|Colbert Murphy||Trustee||District 2||2015|
|Larry Perez||Trustee||District 3||2017|
|Angela Tekell||Trustee||District 4||2016|
School board elections
Members of the Waco ISD Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Three seats were up for election on May 10, 2014, including one unfinished term in District 2. Board member Cary DuPuy was re-elected to his at-large seat, while newcomers Colbert Murphy and Larry Perez joined the board in Districts 2 and 3, respectively. Murphy's term ends in May 2015, along with two other seats. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2011:
As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. 
—Waco Independent School District's website, (2011), 
The table below displays the budget for Waco Independent School District:
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teachers in Waco Independent School District earn salaries based on steps, those of which do not necessarily equate with years of experience. At the low end, teachers start out making a salary of $42,000 and after step 27 earn $55,100.
Schools in Waco ISD
Waco Independent School District serves 15,329 students, as of 2011-2012 enrollment data. Waco Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Waco Independent School District operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Waco Independent School District Schools|
|Alta Vista Elementary School|
|Bell's Hill Elementary School|
|Brazos High School|
|Brook Avenue Elementary School|
|Cedar Ridge Elementary School|
|Cesar Chavez Middle School|
|Crestview Elementary School|
|Dean Highland Elementary School|
|G.W. Carver Middle School|
|Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy|
|Hillcrest Professional Development School|
|Indian Spring Middle School|
|J.H. Hines Elementary School|
|Kendrick Elementary School|
|Lake Air Montessori Magnet School|
|McLennan County Challenge Academy|
|Mountainview Elementary School|
|Parkdale Elementary School|
|Provident Heights Elementary School|
|South Waco Elementary School|
|Tennyson Middle School|
|University High School|
|Waco High School|
|West Avenue Elementary School|
|Wiley Opportunity Center|
The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:
- Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
- Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
- Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
- Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.
Waco Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 78 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||839||1,500||56||50|
- School board elections portal
- Waco Independent School District elections (2014)
- Texas school districts
- List of school districts in Texas
- Waco Independent School District, "Financial Transparency," accessed December 12, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: McLennan County," accessed April 8, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- WacoTrib.com, "Doing what can't be done: Q&A with new Waco ISD Superintendent Bonny Cain," March 20, 2011
- Waco Independent School District, "Meet the Board," accessed June 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Waco Independent School District, "Public Participation," May 26, 2011
- Waco Independent School District, "Teacher Pay Scale," accessed June 26, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- Waco Independent School District, "Home," accessed June 26, 2014 (dead link)
- Waco Independent School District, "Accountability Summary 2013," accessed June 24, 2014