Though the unanimous vote to call for a $23 million bond to build an elementary school took center stage Monday night, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees had quite the busy agenda.

Among the significant items were human resource moves.

The board unanimously approved Northside assistant principal Kate Authier, 6-0, to lead Wilemon Elementary as its principal when the STEAM school opens for the 2018-19 school year.

Trustee Matt Authier, her husband, abstained from voting “due to obvious reasons,” which drew a smattering of laughter from those in attendance and on the board.

“I am humbled because I have the opportunity to recommend an outstanding principal to you,” said Lee Auvenshine, WISD Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and Legal Services. He also commended Kate for embracing of the STEAM program and teaching methods, which she put on display during the recently held and first-ever WISD STEM fair.

“She is a driven, called educator,” Auvenshine added.

According to her district profile, Kate began a career as an educator in 2009 in Grand Prairie before joining Waxahachie ISD in 2010 as a seventh and eighth-grade history teacher at Finley and Howard Junior High Schools. She received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees also unanimously approved (7-0) the hire of Erica Brown as a fourth-grade teacher at Clift Elementary and promoted Priscila Gaines from a high school aide to a full-time teacher at Howard Junior High School. The board also unanimously approved administration contracts across the district with no proposed terminations.

Auvenshine presented the trustees with an agenda item that called for a total of 50 new positions spread across the district with an anticipated budget impact between $1.6—2.2 million in salaries. He detailed the positions to include Wilemon (5.5), Coleman Junior High (8), Turner Early Education (12- 6 teachers, 6 aides), Child Nutrition (9.5), 11 new custodians, four central administration employees, and 10 contingency positions.

The proposal passed, 7-0.


Clyde Melick, WISD Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, presented several items to the board, which included a proposal to paint roughly 146,000 square feet inside schools around the district. The total cost is $213,465 and was unanimously approved.

The board also approved to utilize Ellis County Pct. 4 to repave the parking lot at the Waxahachie ISD Administration building at the cost of $37,531. The improvement will most likely take place over the summer.

The trustees then unanimously approved for $151,198 in cleaning services at the new high school. The services will include polishing, removing plastic covers and “going through there with a fine-toothed comb,” explained Melick. He also noted the total is almost $13,000 under what was initially budgeted.


Darlene Bailey with AXA spoke on behalf of a teacher-retention program. She stated the program helps to retain high-quality teachers in school districts and also allows employees to “retire with dignity.” The program also helps to continue employee education in regards to a retirement plan and “to retire the way that they want to retire, so that they are able to retire when they want to retire, as opposed to when they are able to.”

Glenn noted that surrounding districts are enrolled in the program and that it is, in essence, a matching program.

The agenda item was informational and did not require board action.

In other business,

The board received an updated on the plans for the 2018 summer move across the district, which will take place between May and August. The first move will be the Hancock Building. The board announced that all future meetings would be live streamed on YouTube. A link will be sent out before the meeting. The board unanimously approved the consent agenda. The board unanimously approved to call for a $23 million bond package to build a new elementary school.