New Trustees Sworn in at Waxahachie ISD Board Meeting

New Waxahachie ISD trustees Kim Kriegel, John Rodgers, and Melissa Starnater were sworn in at the board’s regular meeting on Monday, May 14.

“We are excited to welcome these three new members to the board,” said Dr. Jeremy Glenn, Waxahachie ISD Superintendent. “With their diverse experience and skills, we know they will come together with the rest of the board to continue to do great things for the students and staff of Waxahachie ISD.”

The board approved bids for the renovation of the current Billy Bates Center at Waxahachie High School, which will house Waxahachie High School of Choice/Challenge Academy, along with the district’s Curriculum and Instruction department and the Ellis County Teachers Credit Union, starting in August. In addition, the board discussed delivery methods and other construction details related to the new elementary school to be located in the North Grove subdivision.

A staffing plan for the 2018-2019 school year was presented to the trustees by Assistant Superintendent of Leadership and Academics Shelle Blaylock. The district is in very good shape heading into the 2018-2019 school year, with most positions on every campus currently filled, and a strong applicant pool to fill the remaining positions.

“We continue to see strong retention of our teaching staff and other campus and district-level professionals,” said Blaylock. “We know that means that our board and administrative team have done a great job of implementing policies that make Waxahachie ISD a great place to work. We are very confident that our remaining positions will be filled by the best of the best.”

The board accepted the retirement last night of Ora Frazier, current principal of Turner Prekindergarten Academy, who has been with the district for 30 years. Ms. Frazier has been instrumental in the success of the district’s pre-K program, and has worked very hard to implement the full-day pre-K program that was a vital part of the 2014 Long Range Planning Committee’s vision. Full-day pre-K will begin in August 2018.

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Continuing our tradition of “Excellence in Education,” the mission of the Waxahachie Independent School District is to develop, through a cooperative effort with the home and community, well-educated, responsible citizens who can excel in a complex world.