THE LARGER THE SCHOOL,
THE BIGGER THE PROBLEMS.
Estimated enrollment of the proposed school campus: 2,640 students
UIL Classification: 6A – The largest classification in the UIL
• LOWER ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
- As school size increases, academic achievement of many students decreases.
- Student-teacher ratios increase as school size increases.
Source: Texas Education Agency
• ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES SUFFER MOST
- As many as 65% of WFISD students are on the free and reduced lunch program.
- Studies show that, as school size increases, students learn less and have fewer academic gains if they are economically disadvantaged.
Source: WFISD 2013/14, Stewart, L. 2009
• MORE VIOLENCE & DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS
- more violent crime
- more vandalism
- more theft and larceny
- more physical fights/attacks
- more robberies
- more weapons incidents
- Teachers spend more time on classroom management and have more discipline problems.
Source: US Dept. of Education, Achilles, 1996
• LESS SPORTS & EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
- Under UIL rules, the merging of two high schools would force the WFISD to drop 1/3 of the UIL opportunities for students in athletic and academic programs.
- Larger schools produce a less positive social environment, less social integration, less participation, and less identity with the school.
Source: Gladden. 1998
• LOWER GRADUATION RATES
- Larger schools have lower graduation rates and higher drop-out rates.
- Large schools produce environments that induce students to exit school sooner by dropping out.
Source: Cotton, L. 1996, McGuire, 1989
• FEWER JOBS
- When you merge two high schools, fewer teachers and support staff are needed.
- Jobs that are not replaced are jobs that are lost.
• TRAFFIC & BUSING ISSUES
- Merging two high schools to a single location in the far southwest corner of Wichita Falls causes transportation cost, traffic congestion, and travel time to increase.
- Students need all the extra time they can get, especially those in single parent and lower income households.
A $125,000,000 Mistake
That Our Children Will Pay For
The WFISD Administration appointed a group of Wichita Falls community representatives (CFAT) and paid the MGT consulting firm $128,000 to research and recommend a positive solution for WFISD needs.
The WFISD School Board selected CFAT’s lowest scoring recommendation and modified it.
The WFISD School Board plan merges two high schools. Merging high schools mean school size increases. The research is indisputable: the larger the school, the lower the academic performance for most students.
Why is the school board’s plan even being considered if it doesn’t put education first?
CFAT’s top scoring recommendation and MGT’s recommendation to the WFISD School Board was to continue with a three high school system. School districts around the state and around the country are building smaller, not larger, schools. Smaller schools are proven to perform better in academics, safety, participation, graduations rates and much more.
We now have a $125,000,000 bond proposal that addresses WFISD Board’s “wants” versus our community’s “needs.”