WFISD New Facilities Plan

The Wichita Falls Independent School District superintendent is calling for architects, members of the school community and the public to help craft a new facilities plan.

Earlier this year, voters failed to pass a $125 million school bond proposal.

However, WFISD Superintendent Dr. John Frossard said this time around, he would like to give the community more input.  

Dr. Frossard told Newschannel 6, last time the Board of Trustees talked a lot about numbers. How much building a new school would cost? How many students would be able to attend? How many students per teacher? The bond proposed would have built two new high schools and an early college career & tech center.

Voters did not buy into the plan. Dr. Frossard believes whenever the board of trustees decides to put forth a new bond package, they must seriously see where the community stands.

"What we'd like to do is engage some architects sooner than later to have a series of community meetings,” said Dr. Frossard. “I think it's clear to me that we don't have an agreement with our school communities about what should be done."

He hopes these meetings will help the community work through a process to develop a plan that they will support. Dr. Frossard said one thing he noticed during town halls earlier this year was people focusing on other schools. He said,this time he would like each individual school community to determine what's best for them. 

The superintendent said, looking forward, he believes the toughest challenge for the Board of Trustees be crafting a new bond during the ongoing drought. However, he believes the board should still consider crafting a plan during the drought.

"I think the community knows we have facility needs,” said Dr. Frossard.  “We do recognize there is a drought and a water issue. Historically, this community has had a real close vote on school bond elections. So, we don't want to complicate that with the water issue."

Dr. Frossard said while the city is currently in a drought the district should still be pro-active. He went on to say, that once the drought is resolved the district should be ready to act. 

As far as what a bond would look like, the superintendent said, reflecting on the last bond package and response from voters, he believes the community wants to keep three centralized high schools  and add an early college career & tech center. Dr. Frossard said based on the community size and enrollment this year, it's large enough to support three high schools. 

The district has not released a timeline on when community meetings will take place.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6