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The WFISD school board decided to consider filling Rucker’s position

The Wichita Falls ISD School Board will discuss the coverage of trustee Mike Rucker’s position during a meeting at 6:00 pm Monday at the Education Center at 1104 Broad Street, according to the meeting agenda.

Rucker cited health concerns in a resignation letter filed on February 13 informing the district that he would be stepping down from representing District 2.

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The School Council will go behind closed doors to discuss his resignation and possible candidates for Seat 2 on the School Council. In open session, the trustees will consider accepting Rucker’s resignation.

The map of the five single-member constituencies for the school council is available on wfisd.net. And it shows up online with this story. Two managing directors also sit on the board.

In addition, the school board is expected to discuss WFISD Superintendent Dr. Donny Lee’s annual assessment, contract and compensation behind closed doors. So administrators need to consider possible actions regarding those items in open session.

Lee was hired as the new superintendent for WFISD in July. He was passionate about his new role and hoped to lead WFISD to a better place, believing his strengths would meet the district’s challenges.

He replaced former superintendent Mike Kuhrt, who stepped down in April of last year due to declining enrollment, a budget shortfall and proposed staff cuts.

On Monday, the administrators will also consider approving the purchase of eight buses. And the school board will recognize the Howmet Foundation for a $30,000 donation to WFISD’s Department of Engineering for Career and Technical Education.

Bucks bought state-of-the-art equipment, including a carbon-fiber 3D printer and robotic arms. The grant also enabled the purchase of a drone education package so students can begin learning the basics of drone applications.

Prior to the meeting, the school board will hold a 5:30 pm hearing on the latest WFISD annual report. The broad report is for the 2021-2022 school year.

The district is required to publish an annual review that includes the following:

  • The Texas Academic Performance Report
  • A report on violent or criminal incidents in WFISD
  • District financial information
  • Its accreditation status
  • Campus performance goals
  • Student performance in post-secondary institutions, such as vocational schools or colleges, during their first year of enrollment after high school graduation
  • WFISD’s progress as a district and each campus’ progress towards achieving goals

The annual report will be available on wfisd.net within two weeks of Monday’s hearing. Additionally, hard copies will be available at the Education Center downtown and on each campus.

Trish Choate, a corporate surveillance reporter for the Times Record News, covers education, the courts, breaking news and more. Contact Trish with news tips at [email protected]. Her Twitter handle is @Trishapedia.

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