Concealed carry approved by WISD Board

At Monday night’s meeting of the Weatherford ISD School Board, several safety measures were approved, including a concealed carry program for staff.

Regarding the concealed carry program:

· Staff participation in this program is voluntary

· Individuals will undergo a thorough screening process including a psychological review, fingerprinting, background check, and administrative approval

· There is an extensive training component and annual training requirement

· Individuals selected will remain anonymous

· The Defender Program does not allow any citizen with a License to Carry the right to carry a concealed weapon on Weatherford ISD property

· In addition to the concealed carry feature of the Defender Program, this adoption also provides:

o Classroom safes that will contain a safety vest, pepper spray, and a trauma kit.

o Trauma and intruder training for all staff.

o One Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, two Intervention Counselors, and an Intervention Teacher to support students’ social and emotional needs as a preventive measure.

o A School Safety Coordinator who will be specifically focused on safety plans and processes for the District.

o Training for students including safety drills and a “See Something; Say Something” training on situational awareness.

o The implementation of a district-wide character education program.

Weatherford ISD administration will create a timeline for the implementation of the concealed carry program; however, details of the Defender Program will not be disclosed to ensure the confidentiality of this safety measure.

Hospital CEO leaves for Granbury

Weatherford’s hospital will be looking for a new CEO. David Orcutt, who has served as the CEO of Medical City Weatherford/Weatherford Regional Medical Center since 2013, is going back to Lake Granbury Medical Center.

Orcutt was the CEO in Granbury for seven years before coming to Weatherford and maintained his home in Hood County.

During his time in Weatherford, Orcutt oversaw a $60 million renovation project.

Local elections

In the municipal elections Saturday, two Weatherford incumbents were defeated.

Jeff Ford will join the Weatherford ISD school board, after defeating board president Jeff Guyer 969 to 813 votes, or 55% to 45%. Brian Catlin ran unopposed.

The Weatherford City Council will also have a new member—Curtis Tucker defeated incumbent Dale Fleeger 61% to 39% for place 3.

Mineral Wells will have a new mayor. After Mayor Mike Allen decided not to run, Christopher Perricone won a very close race. Perricone finished the election just 27 votes ahead of Mayor Pro Tem Tammy Underwood.

Ward 1 incumbent Jerrel Tomlin defeated Terri Glidewell with 62 percent.

Ward 3 went to Beth Henary Watson with 69 percent.

The $5.9 million Peaster ISD bond passed overwhelmingly, with 76% voting yes. The bond will pay for HVAC and mechanical upgrades, renovate the cafeteria, add seating to the track stadium for football, and other improvements.

WC names Dr. Tod Farmer lone finalist for president

The Weatherford College Board of Trustees voted Thursday to name Dr. Tod Farmer as the lone finalist for college president.

After a mandated 21-day waiting period, the board is scheduled to vote to formally hire Farmer on Friday, May 4.

Farmer currently serves as chief of staff to Tarleton State University President Dr. Dominic Dottavio. He manages the operations of the Office of the President and coordinates legal and policy issues with the Texas A&M University System as well as with state agencies and organizations.

He also brings experience from the K-12 arena, having spent 10 years with the Springtown Independent School District in positions ranging from director of student services and associate director of instructional technology to high school principal and fifth grade teacher.

Farmer is a Weatherford High School and Weatherford College graduate and is believed to be the first WC graduate to be selected as the college’s president.

Farmer’s wife of 21 years, Kathleen, is also a Weatherford College graduate. The Aledo native teaches third grade at Stuard Elementary School in the Aledo ISD.