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Waco Independent School District, Texas

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Waco Independent School District
McLennan County, Texas
Waco ISD logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Bonny Cain
Enrollment:15,329 students
Number of schools:25
Budget: $144.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Pat Atkins
Board members:7
Term length:3
Waco Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves parts of McLennan County. It is the 71st-largest school district in Texas, serving 15,329 students in 25 schools with an operating budget of $144.1 million.[1]

About the district

Waco Independent School District is located in McLennan County, Texas
Waco Independent School District is located in McLennan County, Texas. The county seat of McLennan County is Waco. The county's population was 234,906 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race McLennan County (%) Texas (%)
White 80.4 80.6
Black or African American 15.1 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.0
Asian 1.6 4.2
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.[3] 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.[4]

School board

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.[5]

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

See also: Waco Independent School District elections (2014)

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. [6]

—Waco Independent School District's website, (2011), [7]


The table below displays the budget for Waco Independent School District:[1]

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
2013-2014 $70,194,228 50% $3,266,772 2.3% $45,597,795 32.5% $15,790,222 11.3% $5,442,123 3.9% $140,291,140
2014-2015 $70,816,347 49.2% $3,316,135 2.3% $53,454,961 37.1% $15,759,320 10.9% $716,836 0.5% $144,063,599
Averages: $70,505,287.5 50% $3,291,453.5 2% $49,526,378 35% $15,774,771 11% $3,079,479.5 2% $142,177,369.5

Teacher salaries

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.[8]

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.[9]

District schools

Waco Independent School District operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Waco Independent School District Schools
School Name
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

Academic performance

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:[11]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 16,942 29,351 58 50
Student Progress 1,033 3,400 30 21
Closing Performance Gaps 839 1,500 56 50
Postsecondary Readiness 755.2 1,000 76 75

Contact information

Waco ISD logo.png
Waco School Board
501 Franklin Avenue
Waco, TX 76703
Phone: (254) 755-9475

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