Wichita Falls Independent School District, Texas

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Wichita Falls Independent School District
Wichita Falls, Texas
Wichita Falls ISD logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. John Frossard
Enrollment:14,621 students
Number of schools:25
Budget: $125.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kevin Goldstein
Board members:7
Term length:4
Wichita Falls Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves Wichita Falls. It is the 79th-largest school district in Texas, serving 14,621 students in 25 schools with an operating budget of $125.6 million.[1]

About the district

Wichita Falls Independent School District is located in Wichita County, Texas
Wichita Falls Independent School District is located in Wichita County, Texas. The county seat of Wichita County is Wichita Falls. The county's population was 131,500 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

Wichita County underperforms in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment and median income but overperforms in terms of poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20.0% of Wichita County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3% rate for the state of Texas. Wichita County had a median income of $45,589 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Wichita County was 13.7% in 2010 compared to a 17.4% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Wichita County (%) Texas (%)
White 83.3 80.6
Black or African American 10.9 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.0
Asian 2.1 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 67.5 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]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Wichita Falls Independent School District is Dr. John Frossard. He holds a doctor of education degree in school administration from the University of Virginia. He has served in many positions in the education field, including superintendent in three public school districts; as chief academic officer, assistant superintendent for high schools, assistant superintendent and chief human resources officer.[4]

School board

The Wichita Falls ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members, two of whom at elected at-large and five of whom are elected by district. They serve four-year terms.[5]

Wichita Falls ISD Board of Trustees
Member Position Place # Term Ends
Kevin Goldstein President Place 3 2016
Trey Sralla Vice President Place 5 2016
Reginald Blow Trustee Place 2 2016
W.O. (Bill) Franklin Trustee At-Large 2018
Dale Harvey Trustee Place 4 2016
Bob Payton Trustee Place 1 2018
Elizabeth Yeager Trustee At-Large 2018

School board elections

See also: Wichita Falls Independent School District elections (2014)

Two members of the Wichita Falls ISD Board of Trustees are elected at-large and five members are elected by district. They serve four-year terms. Three seats were on the ballot on May 10, 2014 and four 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:

There are two methods available to persons to address the Board. The first is through the complaint or grievance procedures (See Policy DGBA Local, Policy FNG Local, and Policy GF Local). The second and more common method is through the open forum portion of a regular meeting. The following rules apply to the open forum:

1. Speakers must register prior to the Regular Board Meeting which begins at 6:00 p.m.

2. The Open Forum presentation is limited to a maximum audience time of 30 minutes, or not more than three minutes per speaker. No more than 10 individuals will be allowed to speak and the per person time will be prorated. If fewer that 6 individuals apply to address the Board, still only three minutes per speaker will be allotted. (Board Policy BE adopted July 19, 2010)

3. The Board President may recognize persons who sign up to address agenda items at the time when the agenda item is discussed by the Board or during the open forum portion of the meeting. However, the Board will not engage in dialogue with speakers during the Board meeting on items that are not part of the posted agenda.

4. Board President or two trustees may direct the Superintendent to review and respond to the request or concerns and report back to the Board through transmittal or at a designated meeting.

5. The Board President shall recognize Board members prior to any member asking clarifying questions or making statements to the Board. [6]

—Wichita Falls Independent School District's website, (2014), [7]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Wichita Falls 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
2012-2013 $76,349,474 60.8% $5,005,771 4% $34,817,157 27.7% $8,162,440 6.5% $1,256,188 1% $125,591,030
Averages: $76,349,474 61% $5,005,771 4% $34,817,157 28% $8,162,440 6% $1,256,188 1% $125,591,030

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Wichita Falls Independent School District earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The salary schedule accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The scale is set up using steps, those of which don't necessarily correlate with years of experience. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 36,897 61,297
MA 38,897 63,297
Doctorate 40,397 64,797

Schools in Wichita Falls ISD

Enrollment

Wichita Falls Independent School District serves 14,621 students. Wichita Falls Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[9]

District schools

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

Wichita Falls Independent School District Schools
School Name
Alamo Elementary School
Brook Village Early Childhood Center
Burgess Elementary School
Crockett Elementary School
Cunningham Elementary School
Fain Elementary School
Fowler Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Haynes Elementary School
Houston Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Lamar Elementary School
Milam Elementary School
Scotland Park Elementary School
Sheppard Elementary School
Southern Hills Elementary School
Washington Jackson Academy School
West Foundation Elementary School
Barwise Junior High School
Kirby Junior High School
McNiel Junior High School
Zundy Junior High School
Hirschi High School
Rider High School
Wichita Falls High School

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.

Wichita Falls Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 87 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 22,584 29,809 76 50
Student Progress 1,478 4,200 35 21
Closing Performance Gaps 645 1,000 65 50
Postsecondary Readiness 1,042.5 1,200 87 75

Issues

2014 bond proposal

In February 2014, the board approved a $125 million bond aimed at building a new high school ($64 million), building a Career and Technical Education Center potentially located at Wichita Falls High School ($24.2 million) and other renovations including those to Hirschi High School ($35 million). The new high school would hold 1,900 students from 10th grade through 12th grade. The bond would mean a $122 to $134 increase in taxes for a $100,000 home. Voters will decide the outcome, along with the election of three board members, on May 10, 2014. Residents will also vote on a $125 million bond proposal aimed at the construction of two schools and the renovation of a third.[12]

Contact information

Wichita Falls ISD logo.jpeg
Wichita Falls School Board
1104 Broad Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone: (940) 235-1000

See also

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