WFISD: No plans to cut Hirschi IB, special education staffing

Published: May. 4, 2022 at 2:47 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls ISD officials provided an update Wednesday on staffing and program cuts.

District officials confirmed there are no plans to discontinue the IB program at Hirschi High School, nor are there plans proposed regarding the employment status of campus level special education classroom teachers and aides.

During last Friday’s meeting, district officials said the board of trustees was able to identify $840,000 in savings with the reduction of district programs, along with $1,076,000 in savings by cutting department budgets.

Those cuts and program changes can be found here.

WFISD officials said those cuts are not enough to cover the $9 million deficit since 80 percent of the district’s overall budget is staff salaries. This means budgetary shortfalls will impact staffing decisions for the 2022-2023 academic year, district officials said in a Facebook post.

The district has seen an enrollment decrease of about 800 students. In Texas, public school districts receive funding based on the number of students enrolled.

During public comment on Wednesday, people were not afraid to voice their concerns. This includes Phillip Allery, a senior student who said he was speaking on behalf of the student body and teachers.

“We are hurt and we are confused, you guys have not given us any information. There’s a lot of speculation and rumors going around about what’s going on and I don’t believe that this is the correct course,” Allery said.

“I think that we owe our students great communication I think we owe them transparency in all we do. Young people typically are busy people and for them to take time out of their day to talk to me is very gratifying,” Debbie Dipprey, acting superintendent, said.

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