July 16, 2014

The Walnut Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a budget amendment to buy new and update existing instructional technology during the July 8 meeting, according to the unofficial minutes.


The budget amendment of $56,500 will buy enough Chromebooks for each student in each classroom in grades fourth to eighth and buy five Samsung tablets for each classroom from pre-kindergarten to third grade.


The remainder of the budget amendment will pay for an increase in the amount of piers for the foundation repair, sidewalk repair and new carpet in the auditorium, library, and hallway.


Walnut Bend ISD Superintendent Matt Davenport reported that the district has a healthy fund balance and will receive payments from the state during July and August.


Davenport told board members that Walnut Bend ISD will buy all the school supplies needed for all students for the 2014-2015 school year. Students will only need to bring a back-pack and that pre-kindergarten students will also need a nap mat.


Davenport also told board members that all students will receive a free breakfast and lunch during the year because of a grant that the district received.


The 2014-2015 preliminary budget was reviewed and the board set a date for a public hearing.


The public hearing for the proposed tax rate and 2014-2015 budget will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Walnut Bend auditorium. The proposed tax rate is $1.04.


The board approved two resolutions – one that outlined the district’s hazardous bus routes and the other suspending portions of the district policy for 2014-2015.


According to unofficial minutes, the policy that will be suspended is about the promotion for fifth and eighth grade students. Typically, students in fifth and eighth grades must pass the STAAR mathematics and reading tests to be promoted. In 2015 for the students in grades third through eighth, the STAAR test will not have a scale score of passing or failing before the end of the school year, it will only have a raw score. Ant the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for the mathematics test will differ from past years.


Davenport reviewed the district’s 2013-2014 Student and Community Engagement Accountability and reported that the district received a Recognized rating. The board approved the Community Engagement Accountability and the Recognized rating.


Teachers will have training on the campus Aug. 4 to begin to learn about integrating technology into instruction.