WFISD Staffing Changes Bring Up Concerns with Parents

WICHITA FALLS, TX. -- This school year is wrapping up, but planning for next year is already underway.

WFISD officials are looking at ways to make schools run more efficiently.

Wichita Falls Independent School District superintendent Dr. John Frossard says they are not looking at program changes but moving staff to meet the needs of the district.

 "If you're understaffed you're gonna get more help if you're overstaffed you're going to have some people shifted or we are going to not replace them when they retire or resign,"said Frossard.

 Some local parents are concerned that moving staff will have a negative effect on students. 

Darlene Campbell has daughters in the school district and said," I'm all for teachers and their rights and backing them up one hundred percent but it's putting more on them too."

Dr. Frossard says the students shouldn't notice the changes because they will be in place before the new school year begins.

"If a particular school is very small and they need a half time art teacher and they have a neighboring school that needs a half time art teacher we're gonna share that art teacher," said Frossard.

Darlene Campbell is concerned that if teachers are switching around they may not be able to focus on the students.

She has watched her daughter struggle through school every year until now.

"I have seen her grade improve in math this year because she's also got art,"said Campbell.

She says fine arts classes have helped her daughter improve in every subject.

"If they were to take her art away she would lose that confidence, if she's really good at this it gives her the confidence to go into her next class," said Campbell.

Dr. Frossard says the district is doing what it can to make sure the changes only benefit students.

"I have the fine arts coordinator and the p.e. coordinator , I've asked them to meet with every principal and review their plan just to make sure that number one they are offering those programs but number two that we have some consistency around the district in terms of what they're offering, ' said Frossard.

Darlene hopes district officials find a balance that works best for everyone.

"When you see your child achieve at something , you don't want to see that taken away from them," says Campbell.

Dr. Frossard says the decision making process is in the preliminary stages and it will be up to each school's principal to decide what is best for their school.

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