Candidate: WISD alters grades, breaks laws
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE – Velma Wisdom is running for school board because the Waxahachie school district “alters grades and breaks” laws regarding the governing of employees.
She also said it’s difficult for parents to address the district about their problems.
“I can say that her allegations have been reported to
administration and they are currently being investigated,” said Nicole Mansell,
the WISD public relations director.
Max Simpson, the only incumbent running for re-election (Griggs DeHay opted not to seek re-election), wants to maintain a fiscally conservative approach to spending tax dollars. When first contacted, however, Simpson hung up the phone when asking this reporter which paper was contacting him.
Lorinda Yates, in her candidate questionnaire answers submitted by The Ellis County Press, said the school board needs a parent of young people on the board. Yates said she wants to continue with the direction of the district.
“Grievances and complaints go
unresolved and are allowed to fester to the point of ‘exploding,’” Wisdom said
in explaining her position on taking matters to the school board. “The only
problem is that teachers have a tendency to punish the kids that complain on
them by altering their grades or grading them harder than the rest of their
classmates to ‘teach them a lesson’ about questioning their teaching ability.”
Wisdom has also alleged the WISD of violating laws and regulations governing employees.
“WISD needs to get back on track and needs the community’s input,” she said. “In my recent dealings with WISD, accountability and integrity are issues that seem to be in need of attention…I have routinely been told that my sons are doing just fine that they are passing with a 70. I have three teenagers at Waxahachie High and I am sick and tired of hearing this. Any parent with a teenager knows that if you set the level at 70, that is precisely what they will rise to and go no further.”
Simpson, a retired educator and school administrator, said
the district is in good shape financially and the “building level
administration has never been better.”
“I feel my many years of service to public schools gives me the experience to help keep the direction of learning for our children going in the right direction.”