Weatherford Democrat

Top News

December 20, 2012

WISD trustees address school crowding

Three proposals offered as school board members begin reviews of the plans, costs

By SALLY SEXTON

ssexton@weatherforddemocrat.com

Several community members, as part of Weatherford ISD’s Citizens Facility Committee, along with board trustees, met Monday at Curtis Elementary to review findings by the committee in regards to meeting the needs of future growth within the district.

The Weatherford school board met in September to discuss future needs and form the committee, made up of around 40 citizens in the community.

Each committee member was divided into various groups, focusing on elementary capacity, technology needs, security and intermediate and high school grades.

“Our challenge was to meet the projected growth but not increase the expenses or additional land, staffing and utility and maintenance costs,” Joe Tison, head of one of the subcommittees, said.

Of the several suggestions thrown out regarding consolidation at the high school, one idea was to group grades nine through 12 at the current high school facility, with ninth graders attending the Ninth Grade Center on South Main. Grades 10 through 12 currently attend WHS. In addition, grades five and six would serve as an intermediate, and seven and eight together as a junior high.

“Some of the strengths we found was that combining those grades promotes unity, eliminates the competition between Hall [Middle School] and Tison [Middle School], you get a more concentrated pool of talent, it provides a smoother transition from one campus to another and it better utilizes the space at the NGC,” Tison said.

Tison added that by consolidating grades nine through 12 at one campus, it would support more efficient teaching, provide students with equal access to resources and eliminate travel from the Ninth Grade Center to the high school.

“One of the concerns would be that the pick-up and drop-off areas at the high school would be more congested,” Tison said.

Tison said his group’s recommendation to the board regarding a bond proposal for the projects would be to keep it simple.“We need to propose a bond focusing on what is necessary and consider having smaller bonds and planning the elections more frequently, as opposed to asking the public for big chunks at a time,” he said.

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results