Curriculum Scramble

Curriculum Scramble

The Wichita Falls Independent School District has about 150 teachers working furiously to develop a new curriculum for grades K through 12 before the upcoming school year begins.

"Our goal is to have at least the first grading period done. In most cases we will be able to complete the first semester and you know, a few of our teachers and councils will be able to go into the second semester," said Carol Marlar, Director of Instructional Services for the W.F.I.S.D.

The remaining curriculum would be developed during the first semester with a combination of time with substitutes during the school day, time spent after school, and then some work on Saturdays.

"Mostly it's our master teachers but we do have some younger teachers who maybe don't have as much experience but do have a lot that they can contribute," said Marlar.

Paying teachers during the summer has cost the district over 67 thousand dollars so far. But, Superintendent Dr. John Frossard said the district is willing to spend as much money as it takes.

Marlar said the W.F.I.S.D. has looked at other districts models for ideas. "We have definitely looked at other districts, contacted other districts, talked to other districts about their curriculum and what their doing," said Marlar.

The W.F.I.S.D. is forced to do this now, after CSCOPE officials shockingly announced they were removing all lesson plans from their website and will not be producing future lessons.

When asked how she thinks the community and parents will respond to the new curriculum, Marlar said, "the curriculum will be readily available to them. There will be a lot of parent resources that are available for parents to use on the district website, and you know that's certainly helpful. So, I think the community will be supportive."

School officials will be working to create a score card that will keep parents and the community up to date on their progress. That information will be posted on the school district's website when it becomes available.

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel Six.