Wichita Falls ISD announces new rating from TEA

Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 10:48 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls ISD held its final board meeting before the start of the school year to discuss several topics.

From new buses to accountability ratings, Superintendent Dr. Donny Lee said it’s all a great platform to continue growing as a district.

Lee said he is overall happy with the “B” rating from the Texas Education Agency the district received and feels like it is something to build on. However, he feels as though there is always room for improvement.

“To get the accountability rating announcement that Wichita Falls ISD is a B is a big testament to the team and teachers that we got and they need a round of applause,” Lee said.

WFISD officials said its B rating from the TEA is in huge part to the dedication of their teachers.

The school board also announced the addition of six new buses.

“We’re getting five new buses and were getting a steam bus. And so we used an old bus, repurposed it,” Lee said, “We are going to be partnering with another vendor who’s going to be wrapping it. It’s going to be beautiful on the outside and the inside there’s going to be all types of activities the students can use and go on and do different science experiments and engineering experiments so we are excited about that so that’ll be the sixth bus.”

Lee is happy with the adjustments they’ve made and feels they will benefit the district.

“We don’t ever tear down a fence until we know why it’s up to begin with,” Lee said. “So we’re not making huge changes this year, we’ve made some adjustments to our team, we’re looking forward to making changes to our curriculum, but no huge changes early until we find out what’s going on.”

The WFISD school board is excited about the changes this upcoming school year, as well as the new superintendent.

“First of all, we’re looking forward to the students starting on Wednesday because, until they fill the halls with all the noise and excitement, it’s not really school until then,” Lee said.

Wichita Falls ISD’s first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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