Teacher Of The Year Luncheon

The annual Weatherford ISD Teacher of the Year luncheon was held yesterday. Representatives from each of the district’s 11 campuses were recognized and two were selected for top honors. Jeina Dunn of Mary Martin Elementary was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Corey Whitehead was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.

New Principal

Weatherford ISD Board members agreed to hire Ikard Assistant Principal Christy Burton as the school’s new principal following the retirement of current Ikard Principal Linda Starnes at the end of the school year.

Starnes has been with Weatherford ISD for the past 41 years.

Most area school districts have contested May elections

(As Reported By Weatherford Democrat)

From Staff Reports

With the close of filings on Friday, most area school districts will have contested races in the May 11 elections.

Weatherford ISD
The incumbents for the three board member seats whose terms are up in May – Place 3 Trustee Charlie Martinez, Place 4 Trustee Gail Wirtanen and Place 5 Trustee Charlie Martinez – have all filed for re-election.

Each have opponents. Jeromy Puckett filed to run in Place 4. Philip Newkirk and Randy Hynes are seeking the Place 3 seat, and Joshua Tarbay has filed to run for Place 5.

Weatherford ISD will also have a proposed $107.32 million bond package on the May ballot.

Millsap ISD
Two seats with expiring terms in May drew three candidates – incumbents Tommy Lucia and Jerry Walker and challenger Timothy Kukuk. The top two vote winners will win the seats.

Aledo ISD
Two seats are up for election this May on the AISD, and both incumbents – Place 4 Trustee Steve Bartley and Place 5 Trustee Bobby Rigues – have filed to retain their seats and are not opposed, negating the need for an election in that district

Springtown ISD
There are two contested races in SISD this May. Mike Ray has filed to keep his Place 1 seat, and has a challenger in Rusty Brawner. Place 3 incumbent Vicky Trichel also filed for re-election and a new three-year term, and will be up against challenger Jay Grubis.

Place 2 incumbent Keith Springfield filed for re-election and is uncontested.

Place 7, a two-year unexpired term, will be considered in a special May 11 election. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Kelly Mayo in July 2012. Al Garrett was appointed to fill the vacancy. No opponents have filed for Place 7 so far. Filing for a place on the special election ballot began Feb. 25 and runs through March 11. Candidate packets for the SISD can be picked up at the SISD Administration Office, 301 E. 5th St.

Weatherford College
Mac Smith has filed to run for Place 1, currently occupied by Jean Bryant. Bryant has not filed for re-election.
Place 2 holder Elain Carter has filed for re-election and will be challenged by two opponents, Don Allen and Dale Fleeger.

Seat-seeking candidates file as Friday deadline nears

(As Reported By Weatherford Democrat)

From Staff Reports

Friday is the deadline for persons interested in seeking a seat on one of the various city councils or public school districts with a May 11 election to file.

Because of a charter amendment the Weatherford City Council is not conducting an election this year. Here is a rundown of the filing activity and seats open this May for other boards and councils around the area:

Weatherford ISD
The incumbents for the three board member seats whose terms are up in May

Weatherford ISD Board calls $107.3 million bond election to address safety and security, population growth, capital improvements, technology

(As Reported By Weatherford Democrat)

By DERIK MOORE

WISD Director of Communications

Members of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call a $107.3 million bond election at a special-called meeting Friday in the District Services Building Boardroom.

The May 11 election is the first time that a Weatherford ISD bond proposal has been on a ballot since 1999.

“The district and community have grown significantly since the last bond election,” Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. “The proposed bond would address many issues in four critical areas including safety and security, building capacity, capital improvements, and technology.”

Dr. Hanks also said a facilities committee made up of a cross section of citizens from the community was formed last fall to validate many of these areas of concern.

“Several ideas and suggestions were generated from facilities committee members,” he added, “and the Board took those recommendations to heart before deciding to call for a bond election.”

In the area of safety and security, the bond proposal would call for the construction of secured vestibules for each of the District’s 11 campuses. In addition, security enhancements such as exterior lighting, perimeter fencing, an increased number of security cameras, and building access control systems are included in the proposal.
The technology piece of the proposed bond includes purchasing equipment that would better prepare students for 21st century classroom learning.

“Every classroom would have an interactive whiteboard (including digital projection unit), teacher workstation, teacher tablet, wireless internet access point, and a document camera,” Dr. Hanks added.

Early voting will be April 29 – May 7, campus satellite voting will be May 2 (at all 11 WISD campuses), and Election Day is May 11.

Additional information included in the bond proposal is listed below (by category):

Safety & Security
- Secured vestibules at all campuses
- Cameras/surveillance equipment
- Building access control system
- Fencing / site improvements (i.e., security lighting, building access control system)
- ADA accessibility upgrades
- Fire panel replacements

Capacity
- 3-of-7 elementary campuses currently over 100% capacity
- Bond would address capacity issues through 2023
- Add ninth grade wing to WHS campus (78,000 square feet)
- NGC becomes a middle school
- Hall and Tison become grades 5 & 6 campuses
- Elementary schools become PK-4 campuses
- Construct a Career Technology Education Center (66,425 square feet)

Capital Improvements
Capital Improvements: (examples: roofing, HVAC equipment):
- Security, technology and accessibility upgrades
- Construct additional cafeteria space (WHS, WMS)
- Relocate and expand ag barn facilities

Athletic upgrades to self-contained campus including:
- Gymnasium for ninth grade
- Additional locker rooms in Outback
- Wrestling
- All-weather track
- Lighted synthetic turf field
- Construct competition and practice baseball and softball facilities with restrooms, concession stand, and parking
- Construct eight-lane track with synthetic turf field, lights, field events
- Construct Road on WHS property connecting B.B. Fielder to main campus area

Technology
- Reconstructed and enhanced infrastructure
- Address electrical issues when adding multiple outlets in older classrooms
- All classrooms will receive:
- Digital interactive whiteboard (including digital projection unit)

- Teacher workstation
- Wireless Internet access point

See more on this story, included the projected financial impacts for property taxpayers, in Sunday’s Democrat.