October 23, 2013

The Walnut Bend Independent School District board of trustees reviewed the FIRST report and plans for growth in enrollment during the Oct. 8 meeting, according to the unofficial minutes.  

Walnut Bend ISD Superintendent Matt Davenport reported that the district received a Superior Achievement rating for 2011-2012 for FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas).

According to Davenport, Walnut Bend ISD received the highest possible rating and also the highest score on all indicators.

Board members approved two first grade student transfers, increasing the student enrollment to 86 students. During the first six-weeks, the attendance rate was 98.1 percent, according to Davenport.

After the discussion about plans to increase student enrollment, Davenport was directed by the board to seek an architect and engineer to determine the life expectancy of the current building and to assess possible foundation issues.

Davenport told the board that air conditioning and technology repairs will be required in the near future.

The Walnut Bend Middle School cross-country runners competed in their final race of the inaugural season at Saint Jo Oct. 12. Brendan Mathews finished ninth, improving his personal best time by 40 seconds. Michigan Mercer finished twelfth, improving his best time by one minute and 20 seconds. Wendy Winstead finished eighth in the junior high girls division with her best time of the season.

The Walnut Bend Lady Pirates volleyball team participated in the Forestburg tournament Sept. 21, losing to Saint Jo. Since the tournament, the Lady Pirates had three straight wins improving their season record to 3-6. Their season will wrap up Oct. 26.