“We need to make them analyze things and really challenge them to to reach for a higher level of thinking,” Lock said.
WISD Director of Curriculum/Federal Programs Cindy Christian gave the district improvement plan report, which included providing staff development, increasing the number of highly qualified teachers from 99 to 100 percent, incorporating more writing for students at all campuses, doing more to recognize the staff and considering the implementation of a volunteer system.
During a discussion for preparations for the 2014-15 budget, WISD Superintendent Dr. Ed Lyman discussed how the possible influx of students to the district next year may affect the budget. Lyman is estimating that it could be possible to have 200 more students in the district by Christmas 2014 due to the job openings made available from Sanderson Farms.
In other business, the board:
• RECOGNIZED student representatives to the board: Jerry Gomez and Catherine Guillotte
• RECOGNIZED students and teachers of the month
• RECOGNIZED WISD's tennis teams
• HEARD recommendations from the Personnel Advisory Committee, which had met March 26. The committee offered several ideas and suggestions to improve the school district. The board of trustees were provided with a list of their suggestions. Many of the ideas involved enforcement of the school dress code for students.
• RATIFIED purchase of sewer easement from Exploration Products Co.
• APPROVED the agenda
• APPROVED the consent agenda which included minutes of the March 17 regular school board meeting; March Tax Report and Quarterly Financial Report; first reading and adoption of Policy Update 99; first reading of Graduation Policy EIF (Local); certification of instructional materials; and fund-raisers.
• CERTIFIED WISD Board of Trustees member Dr. Don Rice as a representative to the Education Service Center 7 Regional Advisory Committee.
Following closed session, the board approved hiring, accepting resignations and leave requests for professional and non-professional personnel. The names of those approved were not available as of press time.