Weatherford News

Trustees get first look at calendar

Every year in December, Weatherford ISD’s Nita Ellis presents the first draft of the upcoming school year calendar to the Board of Trustees.

On Thursday, the executive director of student services did just that - in this case presenting the 2015-16 calendar - to get feedback and answer any questions board members may have about the proposed beginning and ending dates, as well as everything in between.

Ellis once again explained the process of how the calendar is formed by stating that the WISD Calendar Committee receives input from parents, students and staff through surveys and uses those answers to prioritize preferences for holidays and breaks.

“There are 175 instructional days that are required and we cannot start before the fourth Monday in August as per the state so we do the best we can,” she explained.

In 2015, school is slated to start on Aug. 24 and the last day will be May 27, 2016, providing there are no bad weather days to make up. Also, there is a two-week Christmas/winter break (which includes three weekends), a Spring Break, as well as early release days prior to major holidays. Most all requests were honored except for a full week off at Thanksgiving, Ellis said.

Testing dates were not finalized by the state as of the draft presentation but Ellis said when the item is brought to the board for a vote in January that it will be known when those dates are.

Board president Paul Paschall asked Ellis to possibly review any holidays that were being observed by students on a Monday that may fall on another day of the week for parents such as bank or federal holidays so as to avoid a hardship on them possibly having to make arrangements for their children.

Also at the meeting, the board unanimously approved the invitation to bid for the sale of the property commonly known as the Greenwood Property, 3.662 acres of land on which is a church, community center, ESD No. 7, among other “unique” buildings.

Several community members were on hand and applauded the decision, which has been debated for several months.

Additionally, two new employees were welcomed to the district. Dr. Kathy Ray was named Deputy Superintendent and will begin in January as well as Danny Miller, who will become the Executive Director of School Operations.

Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902, Ext. 104

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