WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Classes are officially over for Wichita Falls I.S.D. students.
Thursday was their last day of school and Superintendent Michael Kuhrt took time to talk with Newschannel 6 about highlights from the year, and changes coming in 2018-2019.
"I think it was a good school year for us," Superintendent Kuhrt said. "We accomplished so much. We have such a great team here and our community really came together."
He said the biggest highlight of the year was the opening of the Career Education Center.
"That was a big deal for us," he said. "That facility and the staff over there exceeded everybody's expectations. We've had lots of success this year. Athletic programs, fine arts programs, academic competitions students, you name it."
Despite it being a good year, Superintendent Kuhrt said there are challenges every year and this one was no different.
"We had some low-performing campuses that we weren't excited about for sure," Superintendent Kuhrt said. "But those campuses have really stepped up and worked really hard this year."
He thinks the biggest challenge is to continue to deal with poverty in the district and community.
"Poverty is so tough," Superintendent Kuhrt said. "And the constraints it puts on families and adverse childhood experiences. Those are so critical, and the mental health of children, those are the challenges we face on a daily basis. And our staff is really working hard to make those connections with the students. There's a saying 'they don't care how much you know until you know how much you care.' So we're really embracing that."
Changes can be expected when fall rolls around, and it stems from their latest strategic planning process.
"We had a 50 member business owner, parent, student, teacher, administrator, community member committee come together and we developed some temporary goals, some ideas, learner outcomes, and things like that we'd like to see happen," he said.
"I hope the students have a wonderful year," Superintendent Kuhrt added. "Take a break and take some time off. But at the same time, continue to learn."