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July 11, 2014

Walnut Bend ISD to offer new amenities

Gainesville — New technology, free school supplies and a free lunch and breakfast program await students attending Walnut Bend Independent School District (Walnut Bend ISD) this fall.

According to superintendent Matthew Davenport, the Walnut Bend ISD school board voted on new amenities for the school, which averages around 80 students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grades.

“We looked at the cost of school supplies and it was estimated at $25 per student,” Davenport said. “We had enough funds in our budget to cover the costs and offer these savings to our students and their families.”

“Nap mats and backpacks are not included,” he said.

“Also we qualify for a federal grant program in which all of our students get free breakfast and lunch,” he said.

With free school supplies and meals, parents of students attending Walnut Bend will have considerable savings this next year, Davenport said.

“I have had many parents call me and express first disbelief then gratitude for the amenities we will provide,” Davenport said.

New teaching tools will include $17,000 worth of new technology such as Internet based chromebooks for each student in fourth through eighth grade.

“We also are purchasing Samsung tables for each classroom for our students in PK through third grade.”

Davenport said that the upgrade on their systems has increased from 1.5 megabyte to 10 megabyte broadband capability.

“We have a teacher training for the new equipment coming up Aug. 4,” he said.

The 61 year old school building is also receiving some tender loving care this year with floating foundation repair; new carpet in the hall, auditorium and library; and sidewalk repair.

“It is an old building,” Davenport said. “But it would be cost prohibitive for our district to build a new school. “Even if we raised taxes, it would only net about $3,000.”

“A new building including a gymnasium would run about $3.2 million,” he said. “So we will make improvements as long as we can on this one and hopefully what we offer children in amenities and a great education will compensate.”

 Walnut Bend ISD is approximately 15 miles north east of Gainesville and is currently accepting new transfer students. It was rated by the Texas Education Agency as “Met Standard” for the 2012-13 school year.

“We welcome new students to our school,” Davenport said. “I know the name of every student here and we think of each child as our own.”

Families interested in transferring students to Walnut Bend are to contact the administration office at 665-5990.

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