WFISD school board plans to close Farris, Lamar and turn Haynes


Wichita Falls ISD administrators are expected to consider closing Lamar Elementary School and Farris Early Years Center for the 2023-2024 school year at a 6 p.m. school board meeting Monday at the Education Center.

They are also expected to consider related consolidation measures as part of a proposal to reduce costs and better use district resources next school year if approved.

WFISD’s draft plan would route Lamar and Farris students to other campuses, turn Haynes Northwest Academy into an early learning center, and change attendance areas for more than 10 elementary campuses, according to Monday’s schedule and information released at a special meeting on November 8.

If the school board approves the plan on Monday, the district will begin notifying parents of the changes very soon, WFISD communications manager Ashley Thomas said in an emailed statement.

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“We will also have a space on our neighborhood website where parents can find more information about attendance zone changes,” Thomas said.

“In addition, open days will be offered in late November and early December at campuses receiving additional students next year,” she said.

WFISD Superintendent Dr. Donny Lee and Associate Superintendent Dr. Peter Griffiths recommend that the school board approve the closures and consolidation measures.

Under the draft plan, Lamar students would attend Southern Hills and Booker T. Washington elementary schools. Students at Haynes, now an elementary campus, would go to Burgess Elementary School.

Lamar, Farris and Haynes are in low-income neighborhoods withminority populations.

If the school board approves consolidation and closures, changes to attendance areas including these schools are proposed for the following school year: • Burgess• Crockett• Cunningham• Fain• Fowler• Franklin• Jefferson• Milam• Scotland Park• Southern Hills• Booker T. Washington • Zundy

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Wichita Falls ISD Associate Superintendent Peter Griffiths speaks on an issue during a school board meeting at the WFISD Education Center on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Griffiths unveiled the proposed changes to attendance areas at a Nov. 8 meeting to brief administrators. Maps of them are available to view in this story on

Griffiths told administrators that changing attendance areas does not require their approval, but the changes will only occur if the school board passes the campus closure and consolidation measures.

Ahead of the next school board meeting, a hearing on how WFISD fared in the Texas Schools Financial Integrity Rating System is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Education Center at 1104 Broad Street.

Chief Financial Officer Leah Horton told administrators Nov. 8 that the district received 92 points out of 100, earning a top pass mark.

FIRST is the state’s financial accountability rating system for schools. according to the Texas Education Agency.


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