WAXAHACHIE — During a hearing for public comment Monday evening in the Waxahachie ISD boardroom, Waxahachie ISD Chief Financial Officer Ryan Kahlden presented the results of a report on the district’s financial rating.
For the fourth consecutive year, the district has received the highest marks possible.
“The district received the rating of Superior by the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The rating was based on the 2015-2016 school year. Superior is the highest rating a district can get,” Kahlden said.
Kahlden noted the district received a "near perfect" score of 94 on the assessment's fifteen indicators. Some of the test criteria included student-to-teacher ratios, as well as timely payments to the teacher retirement system, Texas Workforce Commission and Internal Revenue Service. There was also an independent auditor's report that showed the district was free of any instances of a material weakness in internal controls.
“We are very pleased with this rating and thank our staff and Ryan for their efforts,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn said.
During the superintendent’s report, Glenn asked the trustees to consider a motion to approve high school attendance zones for Global High School to begin in the fall of 2018. The request specifically sought to establish an attendance zone for Waxahachie Global High School, so that Global High School students can compete in UIL events against schools similar in class size, Glenn explained.
He further stated, Global — with an enrollment of approximately 370 students — currently competes with schools the size of Waxahachie, Midlothian and Ennis High School. Glenn also said the proposed zoning does "not include any residential areas" and for the UIL to approve the redistricting, there must be a set boundary separate from other schools in the district.
The trustees approved the request with the hopes that UIL will accept the attendance zone for Global so the students can compete in academic competitions with 3A-or-smaller high schools. Global currently competes against teams from schools like Waxahachie, Midlothian and Ennis High Schools.
Glenn further added that just because the trustees approved the attendance zone, it does not mean the UIL will accept the proposal.
“The UIL needed our approval to consider the zone,” Glenn said.
The board also approved the completion of several construction projects.
Projects at Dunaway, Shackleford and Waxahachie High that included new HVAC and energy management systems, as well as a roof replacement at Wedgeworth Elementary and building renovations at Northside Elementary were all funded through the district's general fund.
Completed improvements ay Finley Junior High and Turner Early Learning Center were also approved. These improvements included a track and field upgrade and front entrance redesign at Finley, and campus renovations at Turner Early Learning Center. The 2015 Bond issuance funded these upgrades.
Other actions items approved by the trustees:
* Approved the temporary suspension of the mandated use of earned compensatory time before available paid state and local leave for the 2017-2018 school year. This applies to paraprofessionals employed by the district who receive comp time during professional developments seminars.
* Approved the listing of eligible charitable organizations list for contribution via payroll deductions.
* Approved action for an academic and technical dual credit agreement with Navarro College.