Waxahachie ISD Excels, Calls for Elementary School Bond at No Tax Increase
Over the past five years, Waxahachie has seen extensive growth. According to Templeton Demographics, Waxahachie is now the 18th fastest-growing district in the DFW Metroplex. Since 2014, the district has added over 1,000 students, 200 employees, and almost $20 million to its annual budget. However, the community’s growth hasn’t slowed down the district’s tradition of excellence.
As Waxahachie ISD grows, the school board, administration, and staff are committed to being proactive. Trustees voted last night to call a May 2018 bond for one new elementary school that would alleviate the significant student growth the district is experiencing. In January 2018, the district had to request class size waivers from TEA for the first time in five years to accommodate the large elementary class sizes. The Board of Trustees has called for a $23 million bond to build the new elementary school, to be located in the North Grove neighborhood. Based on the growth of the tax base in the community, a $23 million bond would not raise school taxes for residents in Waxahachie ISD.
“As we grow it is important to our board that we keep class sizes low,” said Board President James Villarreal. “We understand that there is a direct correlation between student/teacher ratio and academic success. It is an indicator that we monitor closely, and that is why the Board of Trustees has decided to call for a bond now, rather than waiting for classrooms to become even more crowded.”
In 2017, Waxahachie ISD received 23 academic distinctions from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the most awarded to any district in Ellis County. Additionally, the district recently moved up to the number 9 spot in the Lone Star Cup rankings. The University Interscholastic League Lone Star Cup is awarded annually and honors the best overall academic, athletic, and fine arts districts in Texas.
“Waxahachie ISD continues to be recognized for outstanding teachers, students, and programs,” said Dr. Jeremy Glenn, Waxahachie ISD Superintendent. “Our success is in large part due to great partnerships with our parents and community.”
This spring the district will tackle rezoning in response to the increase in student enrollment. Waxahachie ISD administration, in partnership with parents, staff, and community members, has been reviewing feeder patterns for elementary and secondary campuses.
“District leadership has met with a variety of stakeholders for input in the process,” said Waxahachie ISD Deputy Superintendent Lee Auvenshine. “Our goal is to make this process as transparent and equitable as possible for our community.”
“The great things happening in our district are a testament to the hard work of our teachers and students,” said Dr. Jeremy Glenn. “We have worked hard to put systems in place that instill academic confidence in our schools and community.”
Waxahachie ISD has plans to open an early childhood academy with full-day Pre-K, a STEAM elementary, and new junior high school in August 2018. The district is also on schedule to complete its new $118 million high school this summer.
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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.