The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 16, 2014

Westwood ISD board hears campus improvement plans

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PALESTINE —

 

“We want to have a strong foundation to better prepare students for today's job market,” Lock said. “We want to develop career paths while maintaining the college preparation and dual-credit program that provides a bridge from high school level to college. We want career paths that put the student at the at the top of the job market.”

 

Because schools have yet to receive a final plan for House Bill 5 changes, Lock said the idea at this point is to “keep it simple.”

 

“We want to build a solid foundation, and as they tell us more, then we will be able to adjust what we have in place,” Lock said.

 

Other items on the high school plan included quality professional development — especially in English and writing — with the possibility of adding another English teacher to the faculty to trim the number of students per class.

 

Lock said he wants to continue the commitment to hire highly qualified personnel and reduce the teacher turnover rate.

 

The campus holds a fish camp for incoming freshmen, as well as a Meet the Teacher night at the beginning of the school year. Lock said he would like to add a WHS showcase event so parents can see what pathways (class courses) students can choose from when starting their high school career.

 

Additionally, the high school plan included purchasing calculators (which the school recently was able to do) as well as continuing to provide tablets and software apps for education. Lock stressed the need for training on the tablets — not only for teachers but for the students as well.

 

Lock then discussed the importance of recognizing students on the “A” honor roll and mentioned that the campus holds a college workshop on financial aid and SAT/ACT preparation.

 

Other items that made the high school's improvement plan included maintaining budget expenses and pushing students to think at a higher level.

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