— From Staff Reports
Weatherford ISD Board members heard of the numerous accomplishments achieved by the WHS Career and Technical students during the 2012-13 school year.
While WHS Director of Career and Technical Education John Allison presented his work systems review at Thursday’s board meeting, he couldn’t stop complimenting the 1,739 students who participated in the program.
“We have an amazing program with some amazing teachers,” Allison said.
Allison said approximately 240 students received at least one license or certification during the 2011-12 school year, and he looks for that number to increase in the near future.
Also, a continued increase in CTE enrollment has led to several new course offerings beginning next school year. These courses will include Commercial Photography, Forensic Science, Disaster Response, Corrections, Law Enforcement II, Robotics, Advanced Audio/Visual Technology, Fashion Marketing, Destinations: Careers in Digital Imagery, Professional Communications (Ninth Grade Center) and Horticulture Science (NGC).
Allison also talked about the importance of CTE students giving back to the community.
“Each year, various CTE programs participate in what we call Giving Back Community Service Activities,” he said. “We want our students to become a part of the Weatherford community.”
Community service activities by CTE students throughout the school year included:
• Junior Ambassadors – WHS Outstanding Club of the Year, Adopt-A-Highway Day, Christmas on the Square, Sweet on Business Luncheon.
• Animation – Center of Hope.
• DECA – Build-a-Bear for Corpus Christi Children’s Hospital.
• Cosmetology – Haircuts for Heaters (police department), Haircuts for Underprivileged (Curtis Elementary), haircuts (Senior Center) and hair styles (Special Programs Spring Dance).
• FFA – Fight Hunger (Feed the Children).
• FFA/HOSA – Salvation Army (Ring the Bell).
• NTHS – Keeneland Nursing/Rehab (Christmas decorations).
• HOSA – blood drive, health fair and volunteering at Manna Storehouse.
Allison, who has been with the district the past 11 years, is retiring at the end of the school year.
His dedication and service to the district was praised by each board member.
In other action, Crockett Elementary Principal Jessica Robert presented her campus report.
“Crockett has fully embraced the ‘Cross the Line’ philosophy,” Robert said, “and we have put the ‘Fun’ in The Fundamental 5.”
Crockett’s slogan is “One Team, One Dream, Crossing the Line.”
Robert also praised former Principal Debbie Braudaway (now the principal at Hall Middle School) for having led a campus that has been “Exemplary” for five consecutive years.
This year, Robert said a heavy emphasis was placed on second grade reading and writing.
“Our goal is to have all second grade students reading on grade level by the end of the school year,” she added.
Also, Robert talked about the district’s Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities. Crockett is one of two campuses within the district offering this program.
Richard Crosby, WISD executive director for Human Resources, provided enrollment projections and staffing information for 2013-14.
He said the district looks to hire an additional Health Science Technology teacher at the secondary level because of the increased enrollment and interest in that field.
At the elementary level, he said the district will be adding a new bilingual fifth grade class at Ikard Elementary.
The board Thursday approved PlainsCapital Bank to serve as the district’s depository for the next two fiscal years.The board accepted the retirements of Pam Freeman, Pass Coordinator (WHS); Lisa Lee, fifth grade teacher (Seguin Elementary); Lori Boswell, WISD director of accounting; John Paul Kechnie, WISD maintenance supervisor; Billy Martin, assistant principal at the Ninth Grade Center; and Barbara Pitt, Wright Elementary assistant principal.
The board accepted the resignations of Aaron Adair, health teacher/coach (Hall Middle School); Abbigail Blackbusn, kindergarten teacher (Curtis Elementary); Jaclyn Christian, kindergarten teacher (Curtis Elementary); Paul Gray, Social Studies teacher (WHS); Ashley Healey, Journalism teacher (WHS); Kristen Helton, Music teacher (Curtis Elementary); Erin Riley, fourth grade teacher (Wright Elementary); and Katherine Stovall, second grade teacher (Seguin Elementary).
The board also approved the hiring of new district accounting director Emmett Whitefield.