WFISD's Community Facilities Action Team Tours Modern Facilities in the Metroplex

- Jack E. Singley Academy is a stand alone Career Technology Center in the Irving Independent School District. The high school takes pride in being recognized as one of the best high schools in the country.

Wichita Falls Independent School District Community Facilities Action Team, or CFAT, toured the school on Thursday.

WFISD Superintendent Dr. John Frossard says he wanted to show the group what facilities and programs other nearby districts had to offer its students as they work on a bond proposal recommendation.

Dr. Frossard says, "It's not just a matter of I want to build something shiny and new. Our students are competing for jobs against these students and others." He says it's important for the Wichita Falls community to be aware of what's out there.

In addition, Dr. Frossard says the goal is for CFAT members to determine if they can incorporate some of these ideas.

"I think it's good to see what they have, borrow their best ideas and try and do it at a cost our taxpayers are comfortable with and can afford," Dr. Frossard says.

However, some CFAT members do not believe Wichita Falls residents would see a Singley type facility in Wichita Falls as a traditional high school.

CFAT Chairman Kerry Maroney says while voters may not approve of a Singley type facility, he says hands-on learning opportunities like its culinary arts program could benefit WFISD students.

"I think when you look at the programs, it appears to be a successful campus and maybe something that would fit in Wichita Falls," Maroney says.

He adds, "I think the kids that come out of this type of facilities, I think they have a leg up on going to work. They get exposed to these areas that they probably won't get exposed to in a traditional high school."

CFAT members also toured Byron Nelson High School.  They will make their bond proposal recommendations to the school board on Feb. 11.

The school board will modify or accept the bond proposal recommendation at the end of February for a bond election in May.

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