June 21, 2016 - Several Granbury ISD schools will begin the 2016-17 school year with new campus administrators.
June 20, 2016 - Robert Herrera, the principal of West Elementary School in White Settlement ISD, will be the new principal of Nettie Baccus Elementary School. The appointment was made by the Granbury ISD Board of Trustees during its regular meeting on June 20, 2016.
June 9, 2016 - Choir students from Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center excelled at the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on May 30, 2016, at the University of Texas at Austin.
June 8, 2016 - STARS Accelerated High School held spring graduation exercises on the evening of June 3, 2016, at Acton Middle School. Twenty-six students received high school diplomas during the ceremony.
June 2, 2016 - Scotty Pugh, head football coach for the Granbury Pirates, has accepted a position as head coach and athletic director with Orange Grove High School in the Corpus Christi area. The announcement was made on June 2, 2016.
May 31, 2016 - Speeches at Granbury High School graduation on May 27, 2016, included the valedictory address by Sarah Schloeman, salutatory address by Kaylee Keating, and senior response by class president Caleb Carnes. GHS principal Jeremy Ross closed the ceremony with congratulatory remarks.
May 25, 2016 - Fourth graders at Nettie Baccus Elementary School chose to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer with a project called Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Students set up their stand at Kroger grocery store on May 14, 2016.
May 24, 2016 - Robert Chancellor, a junior in the Granbury Marine Corps JROTC program, has been selected to attend the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy to be held on July 17-23, 2016, in the Washington D.C. area.
May 23, 2016 - Nine Granbury High School graduating seniors will be receiving college scholarships from teachers and staff at their former elementary schools.
May 6, 2016 - Pirates shut out Fort Worth South Hills 6-0 in baseball bi-district playoff on Friday night.
April 25-26, 2016 - Freshman golfer Jake Holbrook shot 75 (36-39) and birdied two holes to finish up the second day of the Class 5A state golf tourney at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Lost Pines on Tuesday. Holbrook's total score was 155 (80-75) for the two-day tournament.
April 18, 2016 - Beau Pritchard and Bryten Otting def. El Paso Riverside 6-1, 6-2 in opening boys doubles match at the Region I-5A tennis tournament in Lubbock on Monday. The boys later fell to top-seed Abilene Cooper 6-1, 6-2 in the tourney quarterfinals.
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.