BSISD enrollment continues downward trend, officials say

Lyndel Moody
Staff Writer

A slow-down in the area’s oil and gas economy is still impacting enrollment at Big Spring Independent School District as latest figures show a continued downward trend.
According to figures released by Superintendent Chris Wigington, the district is down about 125 students from this time last year and 17 students from last month’s numbers. Student enrollment and attendance has an effect on the district funding from the state.
During the board of trustee meeting, board members heard several in-depth reports including the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), a state mandated document that is a compilation of data about a district’s academic and financial performance. The report breaks down statistics to district and campus level with comparisons to schools districts as a whole both statewide and in the region.
Also, district officials gave an overview of the Lead4ward program which is an approached to teaching the essential academic curriculum in the classroom. This is one of a series of reports over district programs given during the last several meetings.
“The reason I am having reports every month is because I want you to know the things we say we are doing, we are doing,” Wigington told board members. “That right there (Lead4ward) our teachers use it daily, they use it weekly. The thought that teaching is easy, you can look at that right now and see that it is not. Our teachers are working extremely hard as well as our curriculum department and principals and I want you to know what they are doing because I am proud of them.”
Trustees took on several other issues during the meeting.