Watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, and more, are now part of the lunches served to area children thru Weatherford ISD’s Healthy Kids summer feeding program thanks to a donation from the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetables program. Weatherford ISD learned late last week that we are the recipient of an additional $13,000 from this program, bringing the total donation from the DoD to $29,000 in free vegetables and fruit.
Alicia Hernandez, Director of Support Services for Weatherford ISD said, “We are so grateful to receive this donation of fruits and vegetables that will benefit our students by allowing us to add fresh fruits and vegetables in the meals served thru our Healthy Kids summer feeding program.”
This is the second year for WISD to offer free lunches to children 18 and under thru the Healthy Kids program. Over 5,200 meals have been served during the first three weeks.
Healthy Kids is administered by the Weatherford ISD Child Nutrition department in partnership with area churches including First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend, First Methodist Church in Weatherford, Grace First Presbyterian Church, New River Fellowship, and North Side Baptist Church.
Meals are served Monday – Friday from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm thru August 7th at the following locations:
Cherry Park, 302 West Lee Avenue
Curtis Elementary, 501 W. Russell Street
Lake Country Acres Pool, 100 Lois Circle
McGratton Park, 645 North Main Street
Seguin Elementary, 499 E. Eighth Street
Vine Street Park, 700 West Vine Street
For more information about Weatherford ISD’s Healthy Kids program, please contact the WISD Child Nutrition office at 817-598-2991.
We are filled with Roo Pride for Hannah Cleveland, WHS Class of 2015 graduate. Late last night we learned Hannah placed in the top 10 in Life Support Skills at the National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) conference and competition! Hannah’s journey to Nationals began when she earned second place in her category at the Texas HOSA competition. With that win, she became the first student in the history of HOSA at Weatherford High School to advance to the national competition. Congratulations to Hannah Cleveland and her teacher, Pat Hoffman! Hannah's parents are Buster and Lisa Cleveland. #WhyWISD
Jamie Dorsett was recently awarded The Tom DeBeauford Memorial Scholarship. This $400 scholarship is awarded annually by the Kiwanis Club of Weatherford to a deserving student of the Weatherford ISD Adult Education Program. The club established this scholarship in honor of Tom DeBeauford, a long time Kiwanis member who was a big proponent of vocational education and believed that education is the key to success. Students are nominated by their adult education teacher and chosen based on a number of factors which include class attendance, performance, cooperation, self-initiative and the pursuit of future plans.
Pictured (l to r) are Kiwanian Vice President Melinda Gibbins and scholarship recipient Jamie Dorsett (photo courtesy of Suzanne Nottingham, WISD Adult Ed.).
Weatherford ISD's Kids Unite summer camps are well underway for this summer but there's still plenty of time to take advantage of these fun-filled camps! Registration for remaining camps is underway and all activities are included for one low price. Call WISD Community Education at 817-598-2806 for camp schedules and registration information. Don't miss another minute of summer fun with our Kids Unite summer camps!
The Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees is one step closer to beginning the facility additions and improvements supported by the bond package approved by voters on May 9, 2015. At its regular meeting held on June 18, the school board unanimously approved hiring Pogue Construction as the district’s construction manager.
The school board created an Ad Hoc committee, consisting of Jeff Geyer (Chairman), Brian Catlin, and Dr. Joshua Tarbay, to review qualifications and bring forth a recommendation for Construction Manager At-Risk Services for the 2015 bond projects.
“The committee followed a well-defined process that led to the recommendation of Pogue Construction,” said Jeff Geyer, Committee Chair. “Pogue Construction has a long and successful history of building school facilities with a deep knowledge and understanding of how schools function. They have built over forty middle school campuses, exhibit ethical behavior, are financially stable, and have a focus on students. After extensive research and the feedback we received during the interview process, we believe Pogue is the right fit for Weatherford ISD.”
The school district received seven submissions following the Request for Qualifications for Construction Manager At-Risk Services. Applicants were required to submit their qualifications and cost proposals. The committee then evaluated each proposal based on the following evaluation criteria:
• Experience of the Construction Manager At-Risk
• Financial Strength
• Past Performance of the Construction Manager At-Risk Methodology
The committee thoroughly reviewed and discussed all applications, assigning point values to each of the evaluation criteria. The point system for each applicant was then used to identify companies for the interview process. A total of four companies were interviewed and scored, and after all scores for the RFQ and interviews were combined, Pogue Construction ranked highest.
Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, superintendent of schools, said, “The school board’s Ad Hoc Committee looked at several factors when considering the construction firm. They carefully examined schools and facilities built by Pogue Construction and were completely satisfied. As a check and balance, the district ensures all construction projects are completed according to Weatherford ISD standards by the Executive Director of Facilities.”
May 2015 Bond Package
The bond package addresses existing facility improvements, grade realignment, growth, and safety and security.
Proposition One, for $18.8 million, will touch every existing campus and includes improvements to comply with current codes and standards, increase safety and security, make schools more energy efficient and extend the life of each facility.
Proposition Two, totaling $49,500,000, will construct a brand new Hall Middle School at its existing site for grades 6-8, as well as provide a sixth grade classroom addition as well as other improvements at Tison Middle School.
Proposition Three, $6.6 million, includes the construction of controlled entrances to improve security at all existing campuses.
Weatherford ISD is committed to transparency with our community throughout the bond process. Information about the design and construction status of the May 2015 Bond Program will be posted on www.roobond.com .