Wimberley Independent School District students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators are very grateful to have received enthusiastic support from voters for our 2018 School Bond Package. Students will reap the rewards as early as the first day of school in the 2018-19 academic year. The $45.5 million in bonds will pay for new band instruments, robotic kits and 3D printers among other state-of-the art science equipment. We also will move forward with equipping Texan Stadium with Dark Sky Friendly Lights, a cost-saving measure and also an important conservation initiative in our community. We will begin construction on the much-anticipated agriculture barn—providing experiential learning for students interested in careers in agriculture and ranching. The barn will house animals and equipment, offering students the opportunity to learn how to care for them. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) will benefit from the barn and we will also invite the 4-H members to enjoy full-use of the new facility.
As we look toward the future and begin the early work of achieving our 2020 goals, we are moving forward with the largest project in the bond package—a new primary school. This 85,000-square-foot campus along with the 6,000-square-foot addition to Danforth Junior High School are slated to be fully functional by August 2020 in time for the 2020-21school year.
Building on Success
The future continues to look very bright at Wimberley ISD as our students and teachers work together to achieve big academic goals and create opportunities for success beyond the classroom. I’m excited to share these stellar WISD highlights:
- Full-day preschool has surged in attendance and we are continuing to promote and enhance this program—a crucial step for our youngest students as they begin their academic careers. The tuition-based preschool program is growing as parents seek the expertise of Scudder certified teachers for their young children. The bond package assures these students will benefit from both the expertise of our teaching staff and new classrooms, that offer the space and innovation for full-day instruction.
- The Wimberley High School Career & Technology Education (CTE) Building is bustling with activity. The 10,000-square-foot facility is offering our high school students unlimited opportunities in film-making, business marketing, engineering and health science education. The WHS CTE curriculum plan is reviewed and renewed every year 3 years to keep pace with career training and certifications that offer valuable segues into specific high-demand professions. In the 2018-19 school year, look for us to make major investments in three courses—Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician with certification in phlebotomy and Pharmaceutical Technician.
- Also blossoming and growing, is the Jacob’s Well Elementary extracurricular programs for our students in 2nd-5th grade. Step into JWE and you’ll see the fruits of the students’ labors with gardening, chess and science clubs extending the learning and fun beyond the classroom.
- At the Danforth Junior High Level and JWE, we can take great pride in preliminary STAAR scores for 8th grade and 5th grade students in reading and math. Students showed substantial academic increases and improvements.
We continue to be inspired by the unmatched expertise and commitment of our teachers. As we celebrate National Teachers Week, please join us in thanking our teachers and continuing to support them in their ever-important job of illuminating and molding the minds of our students.