Weatherford Democrat

June 26, 2013

WISD board hears about AP, dual credit courses

Weatherford Democrat

— Members of the Weatherford ISD school board last week received an update on Advanced Placement and Dual Credit opportunities provided by the high school.

Weatherford High School Principal Lynn Pool and Associate Principal Kristy Dowd provided a combined report on Weatherford High School and the WHS Ninth Grade Center.

Pool said the high school is focused on its Advanced Placement program and is working to grow its dual credit partnership with Weatherford College.

“Dual credit courses allow students to receive both high school and college credit,” she added.

WHS students participating in the dual credit program only have to pay in-district tuition fees to Weatherford College for the course they enroll in. Upon successful completion of the course, both high school and college credit are earned.

Advanced Placement courses prepare high school students for the rigors of college and students may earn college credit based upon their corresponding AP exam score.

“About 23 percent of our students are graduating with at least one qualifying score from AP exams,” Pool said.

“The test is really the dessert at the end of the meal. If the students are successful, they are going to earn college credit.”

WHS teachers Nicole Comstock and Staci Tharp serve as AP exam graders at the national level.

“In one week this summer, Mrs. Tharp told me she graded 1,850 essays,” Pool said. “I am proud to have them on our staff. Ultimately, our students benefit from the experience these teachers gain as AP exam graders.”

Pool also said Weatherford High School’s AP qualifying exam scores are above average when compared to the national average.

In other action, the board approved:

• Submitting an application for federal funding under the No Child Left Behind Act.

• Expulsion of one Hall Middle School student and two WHS students.

• Draft of the 2013-18 WISD Strategic Plan.

• Lunch meal pricing equity increase for 2013-14 (25-cent increase for adult meals)

• One-year lease agreement with Texas Neighborhood Services.

• School Health Advisory Council annual report.

• Mandatory closure of administrative offices for the week of June 30-July 4 and “early release” days for 2013-14.

• Interlocal fiber agreement with the City of Weatherford (cost savings over a traditional T1 phone line connection is in excess of 40 percent and the fiber connection is hundreds of times faster than a traditional copper connection).

• Personnel: Kelli Maikell (teacher, Birdville ISD) Ikard Elementary Assistant principal; Erin Griffin (teacher, Aledo ISD), Ninth Grade Center assistant principal; Lyle Lackey (teacher/coach, Mansfield ISD), WHS assistant principal; Jaclyn Lisle (Martin Elementary Counselor, WISD), Martin Elementary assistant principal.

Media Honor Roll

Six members of the Weatherford media were named to the 2013 Texas Association of School Board’s Media Honor Roll for their fair and balanced reporting of Weatherford ISD news.

Melissa Winn (Weatherford Telegram), Sally Sexton and Greg Webb (Weatherford Democrat), Randy Keck (The Community News) and Brent Baker and Dave Cowley (89.5 KYQX-FM) are among 380 Texas newspapers, radio and television stations, and online publications to be honored by their local school districts.

In order to be selected for the Media Honor Roll, these individuals must get to know the Superintendent, the Board President, and the District’s mission and goals; they must report school news in a fair and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about WISD schools; visit the schools; and maintain a policy of no surprises by sharing information with school officials.

Next meeting

The next regular-scheduled WISD Board meeting is July 18 beginning at 7 p.m. in the District Services Building boardroom.