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November 13, 2013

Westwood ISD board adopts open transfer policy


Westwood Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the second reading and adoption of the open transfer policy during the regular monthly meeting Monday at Westwood Junior High School.

The now-adopted policy will allow the district to accept out-of-district student candidates during special enrollment periods in the fall and in the spring.

In October, the board approved its first reading of the policy, which would allow non-resident transfers to the school district if the student meets certain guidelines in regards to grades, attendance, discipline and other criteria.

The policy was part of the consent agenda which was approved by the board Monday. Other items in the consent agenda included: minutes of the Oct. 14 regular meeting and public hearing; October tax report; fund-raisers; and first reading of Policy Update 98.

Update 98 brings the district in line with recent legislative changes in regards to elections, board meetings using video conferencing and online message board, school safety, confidential employee records, employee appraisals, curriculum, dual credit, admissions, compulsory attendance and discipline.

Also during the meeting, the board of trustees discussed the remodeling of the home the district purchased recently behind Westwood Elementary School.

The district plans to convert the home into special needs/behavior intervention classrooms. Currently, construction is on hold as the district is waiting on an asbestos report and expects to do an asbestos abatement on the home.

“We would like to make it into four classrooms,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Ed Lyman said during the meeting.

Architect Mark Strong and construction manager at-risk Brit Patterson prepared plans and bids for the meeting. However, the bids were higher than expected for the district. Strong and Patterson are expected to return with revised estimates for the December school board meeting.

The plans include four classrooms, a break room/serving area and restrooms. There was not air conditioning in the home, so the plan to remodel includes air conditioning, new plumbing and new electrical to bring it up to code, as well as new doors, insulation and windows, enclosing the garage and building ramps, etc. Because the building will be utilized for special needs students, American Disability Act requirements are necessary as well.

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