February 15, 2017 - Granbury ISD will hold a ribbon cutting and reception for its remodeled administration building on Monday, February 20, 2017.
February 14, 2017 - Granbury High School band student Ian Cone performed with All-State ensembles to close the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) state conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on February 11, 2017.
February 14, 2017 - Granbury ISD technology director Amy Wood was honored by Abydos Learning International at its state conference held February 9-12, 2017, in San Antonio.
February 14, 2017 - Pirate Speech and Debate team members from Granbury High School are advancing to state competition in several areas, following a variety of contests during the 2016-17 school year.
February 14, 2017 - Granbury High School seniors Glenn Rodgers and Gabbie Nunn were honored as the Young Texan and the Young Tex-Anne for February 2017 by the Granbury Optimist Club. The two were recognized at the club breakfast on February 14, 2017.
February 13, 2017 - Granbury ISD students will have a holiday on Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of Presidents Day.
February 13, 2017 - Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School will dismiss classes early on Friday, February 17, 2017, in order to host a UIL academic meet.
February 9, 2017 - Granbury ISD career and technical education director Judy Gentry was the recipient of a top award at the Granbury Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Best of Business Awards Banquet on February 3, 2017, at the Granbury Resort Conference Center.
February 9, 2017 - Ten fifth graders from Brawner Intermediate School recently qualified for a regional history bee.
February 9, 2017 - Third graders at Brawner Intermediate School got a lesson in economics, business, and retail marketing and sales during a recent project on bracelet sales.
February 8, 2017 - Seventy-two Marine Corps JROTC students from Granbury High School ventured to Harlingen for a four-day exercise at the Marine Military Academy on January 22-26, 2017.
February 7, 2017 - Granbury High School swimmers Kaylee Brawner and Anthony Castillo along with a girls relay team are advancing to state after qualifying at the Region II-5A Swimming & Diving Championship held February 3-4, 2017, at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium
February 7, 2016 - Spencer Burnfield, a sixth grader at Acton Middle School, won the Area Spelling Bee held February 7, 2016.
February 6, 2017 - Granbury High School law and public safety students excelled at the team’s first-ever competition on February 3-4, 2017, at Grand Prairie High School. Five students are advancing to the state level in the contest sponsored by the Texas Public Service Association.
February 2, 2017 - Schools in Granbury ISD will dismiss classes early on Friday, February 10, 2017, which is the last day of the fourth six weeks grading period. Teachers and staff will have a workday/professional development following the student release.
February 1, 2017 - Parents of students at Acton Elementary School and Emma Roberson Elementary School are receiving notification about suspected cases of mumps at the schools. Principals are distributing the letter from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) to make parents aware of the situation. Granbury ISD officials are not aware that these cases are related to each other or to an earlier announced case at Granbury Middle School.
February 1, 2017 - Granbury High School football player Daniel Shelton announced his intention to continue his education and playing career with Howard Payne University on February 1, 2017, in the GHS Pirate Pavilion.
January 27, 2017 - Students from Granbury High School and Oak Woods School were recognized at the Granbury ISD school board meeting on January 23, 2017.
October 31, 2016 - Lady Pirate golfers won the Burleson Halloween Classic on Monday at Southern Oaks Golf Course. Alex White (87) was first individually; others on the 1st place squad were Courtney Gilley (102), Bree Dias (107), Abbey Griffin (108), and Logan Eagle (110). On a second team placing fourth overall were: Kaia Redus (108), Morgan Hansen (108), Grace Whidden (110), and Alexis Hansen (116).
October 28-29, 2016 - GHS Pirate golfers placed fourth and tenth in the Halloween in the Hill Country tournament this weekend at Horseshoe Bay. Jake Holbrook won first place individually (71-75=146); others on the 4th place team were: Dustin Anderson (74-77=151), Brannon McCabe (81-81=162), Jake Piland (89-91=180), and Will Warner (91-92=183) for a team score of 315-324=639. On the 10th place team, Ryan Ziegler led (80-88=168) with others being Canyon Winters (89-90=169), Karsten Harrison (88-88=176), Blake Brown (91-88=179), and Andrew Dunn (94-92=186).
October 24, 2016 - Lady Pirate golfers won second place in Division II and fourth overall at the Pink Out at Mansfield tournament on Monday at Walnut Creek Country Club. Trish Richards and Zoe Strickland led the squad at 100; others were Breanna Dias (112), McKenzie Gunter (113), and Mattie Allen (114).
October 21, 2016 - GHS team tennis fell to Mansfield Legacy 10-7 in area semifinal match on Friday morning at Burleson Centennial HS. Midlothian declined to play in optional 3rd place game.
October 18, 2016 - JV Lady Pirate Golf finished second at the Eaton Eagle Invitational on Tuesday in Haslet. Courtney Gilley led the girls with at 96, Alex White followed with a 99, Logan Eagle came in with a 102, Abbey Griffin had a 106, and Grace Whidden and Kaia Redus both shot a 117.
October 17, 2016 - GHS team tennis def. Mansfield Lake Ridge 10-4 in opening match of area playoffs on Monday in Granbury.
October 3, 2016 - Granbury High School boys golf team won the second annual Briggs Berry Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday at Pecan Plantation Country Club. Granbury Purple team composed of Dustin Anderson, Karsten Harrison, Brannon McCabe, Jake Holbrook, and Jake Piland shot 460 overall to win the first-place prize. Holbrook, a sophomore, was the top individual golfer after posting a score of 110 in the 27-hole competition. Teammate Brannon McCabe was second overall.
Several Granbury ISD construction projects are set to open when students return from Spring Break on March 21, 2016.
New gymnasiums will be ready at Acton Elementary School and Emma Roberson Elementary School, providing more equitable space for physical education classes. The attached additions also ensure improved security for those campuses. Acton’s gym is already open (pictured above are fifth graders at the opening), but the Roberson addition is taking longer because of demolition of an older facility. Once the gym is complete, the Roberson PTO will continue work on the parking lot expansion.
For Granbury High School, chief among projects is the long-anticipated reopening of the Bagby-McMahan Performing Arts Center. New seating has already been installed with major upgrades of the sound and lighting systems. Also open at the high school will be new locker rooms for baseball, softball, and tennis teams.
Other construction projects were recently completed over the winter and early spring. These include new chemistry labs and new space for the Marine Corps JROTC program. The cadets now have new classrooms, supply and uniform room, and a large competition rifle range.
Last fall, students returned to GHS with the new Crossland Academic Wing in the front of the building plus a completely renovated cafeteria and coffee bar, the Learning Commons (library), expanded space for fine arts programs, plus office and counseling space. Work continues on the career and technical education addition, and, during the summer, demolition and construction will progress in older parts of the building not previously renovated. When school begins in August, all principal work will be completed, and the high school will welcome both the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020 to make it a full 9-12 campus.
Controlled entries were complete at K-8 campuses during the fall of 2014, and the high school entry was made secure with the addition of the ninth grade academic wing.
Regarding technology, the investment in model classroom, technology devices, and infrastructure is ongoing. At K-8 campuses, classrooms have SMART Boards, projectors, document cameras, classroom audio, mounts and cables, and virtual desktop storage. More wireless access points have been added at these schools, and work on the high school will continue through the summer. A fiber optic wide area network to increase bandwidth at all campuses is complete.
SCHOOL BOARD PRESENTATION
At the February 22 school board meeting, representatives of the Huckabee architectural firm presented a proposed layout for the repurposed Crossland Ninth Grade Center to be the district’s new administration building. Most departments will be consolidated in the current freshman campus in order to provide efficiency for parents, employees, and other stakeholders. Work is scheduled to begin on the $3 million project during the summer and be completed in the fall.
Superintendent Dr. James Largent reviewed an overview of the bond program. The high school project has developed from contingency funds and other savings. Dr. Largent discussed a plan to spend remaining dollars on the high school exterior, a new roof at the high school, and the new repurposed administration building. The district would still have $2.2 million available after the completion of all current bond projects.
Board members approved amendments to the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the high school project. The changes allow for $372,681 to provide stonework and paint on the veneer of existing portions of the building and $1,192,671 to re-roof the existing building. Also regarding the bond program, trustees approved $2.06 million to purchase new furniture at the high school. This means that all classrooms will receive new furniture once the bond is complete.
Scott Barnes representing the Buford Thompson Company, the district’s construction manager, outlined progress on current bond construction progress for the high school, auditorium, locker rooms, and elementary gyms. Work continues this spring, with several individual projects nearing completion. Efforts will be in full force during the summer to get ready for the new school year.
The presentation is posted here.
LEADERSHIP GRANBURY TOUR
Dr. Largent and Scott Barnes, construction manager with the Buford-Thompson Company, discussed the 2013 bond initiative and current progress at the high school. That was followed by a summary of the school district’s career and technical education program offerings by director Judy Gentry. Group members toured new portions of the high school, include the Crossland Academic Wing, cafeteria and coffee bar area, and Learning Commons. The tour proceeded through the new career and technical education center, which is still under construction and should be complete in August. A stop in the reconfigured fine arts area was followed by a sneak peek into the Bagby-McMahan Performing Arts Center, which is currently undergoing upgrades for sound, lighting, and seating.
Work on the career and technical education center addition progresses at Granbury High School. The addition includes almost 100,000 square feet of new space for CTE programs like engineering, culinary arts (including a state-of-the art kitchen and bistro open to the public), health science, aviation, agricultural welding, and automotive technology. The new area will also house a lecture hall as well as space for other programs, including an expansive space for art as well as a new activity gym for the Stowaways dance and drill team. Work will continue on the addition through August.
5:00 PM School Board Meeting
7:15 PM JV Boys Soccer at Cleburne
8:00 AM JV Boys Golf - Buzzy Open
4:30 PM JV Tennis - Burleson Tournament
6:00 PM V Boys Soccer vs. Burleson (H)
7:45 PM V Girls Soccer vs. Burleson (H)
4:15 PM 9th Boys Soccer at Crowley (T)
6:00 PM V Boys Soccer at Crowley (T)
7:45 PM V Girls Soccer at Crowley (T)