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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — During the Schools FIRST Public Hearing on Dec. 14, Superintendent Kurt Ashmore announced that Wellington ISD received an “A” for “Superior Achievement” for the 2019-2020 school year under the Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) financial accountability system.
“This is the state’s highest rating, demonstrating the outstanding quality of WISD’s financial management and reporting system,” Ashmore said.
The regular meeting of the WISD board followed the public hearing in the elementary cafeteria.
Vice-President Brad Bawcom called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. with a quorum present. Gene Pena offered the opening prayer. Others present were Lance Kane, Alison Strickland and Carly Ward.
School personnel present were Kurt Ashmore, Greg Proffitt, Jermaine Cantu, Edward Beck, Deidre Kane and Dian Souder.
Dillon Martinez addressed the board regarding the dress code in open forum.
A motion to adopt a resolution authorizing the Extension of Emergency Paid Sick Leave due to circumstances arising from COVID-19 and the expenditure of district funds carried unanimously.
Superintendent evaluation forms will be delivered to board members on Jan. 4 with the actual evaluation taking place during the Jan. 11 board meeting.
Ashmore informed the board that there will be no A-F Accountability rating for campuses or the district from the 2019-2020 school year since no tests were administered due to COVID-19. The A-F rating will also be postponed for the 20-21 school year but the STAAR tests will be given this year.
WISD received new CDC guidelines for those with positive test results, quarantine and close contact quarantine. Ashmore commended all three principals for making this first semester a success despite the pandemic. Each presented their report.
In his athletic director report, Coach Greg Proffitt mentioned Kyla Kane who won the 2A cross country championship. The Skyrockets concluded their season with a record of 13-1 as state semi-finalists. Proffitt shared the all-district honors.
“Basketball is in full swing, and we are taking it day-by-day with games due to the pandemic,” Proffitt said.
The next regular board meeting will be Jan. 11 at noon with Region 16 representatives arriving at 1 p.m. to conduct the Team of Eight training.