FWISD to Move Forward with Strategic Budgeting Process

The Fort Worth ISD School Board received an update on the district’s ESSER funds at its regular meeting on Feb. 27. ESSER funds are Covid-19 relief funds from the federal government that expire this year.

FWISD can use the funds in five categories: teacher support, rigorous instructional materials, creating more learning time, empowering parents, and addressing other priorities.

The district is currently focusing on the academic return on investment of these funds. FWISD will build its budget with strategic goals and priorities in mind.


Facilities updates

The FWISD school board approved moving forward with several facilities updates at its Feb. 27 meeting. 

First, the board approved installing new slip-resistant terrazzo floors in the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center’s entry-level restrooms. The district hosts many high-profile events at the facility, where the floors have deteriorated over time and require a high-quality, durable upgrade.

The project is expected to be completed well before the district hosts graduations at the center this spring.

Trustees also approved moving forward with part of the 2017 bond, which includes improvements at Dunbar High School. On Tuesday night, the board approved purchasing furniture and storage for the nurse’s and athletics offices.

The board approved architectural, engineering, and professional services for relocating Forest Oak 6th grade to Forest Oak Middle School to ensure continuity of services.


SHAC

The school board approved the purchase of the “Choosing the Best” health curriculum, following the recommendation of the School Health Advisory Council and in accordance with the Texas Education Code.

The curriculum is designed for the 6th-grade wellness course and the high school Health 1 course. Parents in Texas must opt-in for their students to participate in sex education. Active consent is required to participate in sex education. 

“Thank you to Dr. Ramsey and staff for ensuring Texas law was carefully and completely followed,” Trustee Anne Darr said. “And a huge thank you to the Sexual Health Advisory Committee also known as the SHAC for countless hours of meeting, reviewing the curriculum, responding to the community and focusing on what is best for the students.”