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  • Bond Update - March 10, 2016

    Posted by JEFF MEADOR at 3/10/2016 8:40:00 AM

    Several Granbury ISD construction projects are set to open when students return from Spring Break on March 21, 2016.

     

    AES Gym  

    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.

     

    Auditorium  

    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.

     

    Locker Rooms

     

    JROTC

     

    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.

     

    Technology  

    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.

     

    Leadership Granbury

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  • Bond Update - January 12, 2016

    Posted by JEFF MEADOR at 1/12/2016

    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.

    CTE

    Lecture Hall

    CTE

    Bistro

    Art

    Art

    CTE

    Commons Area

    CTE

    Welding

    CTE

    Automotive Technology

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  • Bond Update - January 5, 2016

    Posted by JEFF MEADOR at 1/5/2016

    Construction continues at Granbury High School as the 2015-16 school year begins its second semester. In addition to ongoing efforts on the exterior and areas opened back in August, work on the career and technical education center addition; renovation of the auditorium and science classrooms; construction of locker room space for baseball, softball, and tennis teams; and realignment of the lower grand hall for the Marine Corps JROTC program. Plans are also under development for the repurposing of Crossland Ninth Grade Center to be the new district administration complex.

     

    One part of the Fall construction that is close to completion is the new JROTC rifle range that will allow the school to host air rifle competitions. Pictured below are cadets in the new area on Monday afternoon.

     

    JROTC

     

    GRANBURY ISD ENROLLMENT SURPASSES 7,000 MARK

     
    Enrollment  
     
    Several new students following the Christmas Break have helped Granbury ISD exceed its historic enrollment figure as the second semester begins.
     
    As of January 5, 2016, 7,005 students are enrolled in the school district’s eleven campuses.
     
    Prior to the current school year, the previous enrollment record was 6,905 set on August 29, 2008.
     
    A net 165 additional students have registered since the first day of school, which was August 24. Enrollment was 6,840 on that date.
     
    Current district and campus enrollment numbers are:
     

    Granbury High School

                1,424

    Crossland Ninth Grade Center

                   509

    Acton Middle School

                   814

    Granbury Middle School

                   734

    Acton Elementary School

    810

    Baccus Elementary School

                   540

    Brawner Intermediate School

                   404

    Mambrino School

                   603

    Oak Woods School

                   569

    Roberson Elementary School

                   565

    STARS Accelerated High School

                     33

    TOTAL

                7,005

     
    “We are excited that more and more students and parents are choosing GISD,” commented superintendent Dr. James Largent. “We have a lot of positive things happening at all our campuses, and this rise in enrollment is testament to the hard work of our teachers and staff.”
     
    Higher enrollment has led to the hiring of some new teachers at elementary campuses in order to comply with state class size requirements.
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