Poor attendance in Wichita Falls Independent School District schools in recent weeks has caused a $734,000 shortfall in revenue for the district.
WFISD Chief Financial Office Cindy Tatum told board members in a work session Tuesday that the district’s average daily attendance is down by 172 students, which created the funding shortage.
The district loses state funding for every day a student misses school.
In discussion, Tatum and board members agreed that children throughout the district had been sick frequently throughout the winter, causing the absences and corresponding dive in funding.
“If we don’t get attendance up, we’ll have to get savings from not rehiring,” Tatum said.
That won’t fully cover it, according to John Frossard, WFISD superintendent.
He told board members that he had been considering hiring a director position but now was thinking of reducing it to a less costly administrative position to cut costs in light of the attendance shortfall.
“We’re going to hope for the best and plan for the worst,” Frossard said.
It is not clear what director position Frossard wanted to fill or create, but WFISD is currently without a human resources director as it heads into its hiring season. Debbie Osborn retired Feb. 28.