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  • Bond Update - August 31, 2015

    Posted by JEFF MEADOR at 8/31/2015

    8/31/2015 Update

    Lots of updates for you today….
     
    GRANBURY HIGH SCHOOL RIBBON CUTTING SET FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
     
    Granbury ISD will hold a ribbon cutting for the completed portions of the GHS transformation on Friday, September 18 at 9:00 A.M. in front of the high school.
     
    Following a short ceremony with the Granbury Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Nin Hulett, there will be tours available of the new classrooms, cafeteria and coffee bar, library, and fine arts space.
     
    GHS TRANSFORMATION A HIT
     

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    GHS Construction

    New Coffee Bar

    Student Council Welcomes Families at GHS Preview

    Construction Continues on Career and Technical Education Center Addition

     
    The overall project is only about forty percent complete, but the additions and renovations are already a hit with students and parents.
     
    Several hundred students and parents attended a preview on August 20. The first week of school went well, although contractors continue working on the recently opened areas in addition to the fall projects.
     
    GISD HAS RECORD STUDENT ENROLLMENT
     
    As of the end of the first week of school, GISD enrollment hit 6,966 students. Over 120 students have joined the school district since the opening day, and enrollment is expected to continue to climb through the Labor Day holiday.
     
    The enrollment bump is primarily in the elementary schools, and the district is hiring a few extra teachers to comply with state class size requirements.
     
    The record was previously 6,905 students in August 2008.
     

    Granbury High School

                1,424

    Crossland Ninth Grade Center

                   505

    Acton Middle School

                   795

    Granbury Middle School

                   740

    Acton Elementary School

                   796

    Baccus Elementary School

                   540

    Brawner Intermediate School

                   398

    Mambrino School

                   594

    Oak Woods School

                   583

    Roberson Elementary School

                   556

    STARS Accelerated High School

                     35

    TOTAL

                6,966

     
    CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES…..
     
    Fall 2015 construction plans will continue 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 space in the lower grand hall for the Marine Corps JROTC program.
     
    Fall 2015
     
    SAVE THE DATE: 50 FELLAS FOODFEST ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
     
    The third annual 50 Fellas Foodfest will be Saturday, October 17 from 6:00-8:30 P.M. at the Granbury Reunion Grounds.
     
    Fifty teams of two men  each will prepare an appetizer, entree, or dessert of their choice and serve at the event in small 2 oz samples. Adult beverages, iced tea, and water will be served.  We will have music and a Silent Auction during the sampling event. Some of our cooks are Dr. Largent the GISD Superintendent, men from each school campus,  Mayor Nin Hulett, City Councilmen, and Businessmen in the community.  The foods will be judged by popular vote of those who attend the event.
     
    The GISD Education Foundation (GEF) is an all-volunteer and self-funded board. Contributions by the Board of Directors cover all the administrative costs of our board.  We are happy to report that 100% of every donation received will go towards Innovative teaching Grants, recognition of Academic Excellence, and Recognition of Teaching Excellence.  The GEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
     
    Last year’s event was a huge success. We raised a little over $60,000 and had over 600 people at the event. You will receive advertisement before and at the event with a sponsorship that is received by September 25th.
     
    Reserve tickets or download a sponsorship form at www.granburyisd.org/50fellas.
     
    CONTACTS: Kelly Garner and Stacy Mitchell – gef50fellasfoodfest@yahoo.com
     
    50 Fellas Foodfest
     
    FROM HOOD COUNTY: PROGRESS ON THE NEW YMCA
     
    Hood County YMCA executive director Lisa Gossard reports that the indoor pool has a floor and that walls should be up by Friday, September 4. Meanwhile, the gym walls continue to progress.
     

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  • Bond Update - August 13, 2015

    Posted by JEFF MEADOR at 8/13/2015
    GHS TRANSFORMATION FEATURED IN NATIONAL MAGAZINE
     
    District Administration  
     
    Transformation of Granbury High School was featured in the August 2015 issue of District Administration magazine.
     
    The magazine focused on new and improved school facilities, with GHS highlighted on the cover and feature article. A survey by the magazine gathered data from hundreds of school administrators throughout the country who are attempting to address aging or obsolete facilities.
     
    Construction at the high school began last November and will last through the summer of 2016. The Buford Thompson Company is the construction manager at-risk for all GISD bond projects and is working alongside the Huckabee architectural firm.
     
    The renovations and additions to the high school campus are part of the $84.9 million bond program approved by Granbury ISD voters in November 2013. Additions are for career and technical education, fine arts, ninth grade academic classrooms, and office area with a secure entry. The plan also includes building a robust technology infrastructure for model classrooms throughout the school district.
     
    “Renovations are not easy. There is no way to do all the work in the summer, so you just have to have work going on during the school year, which causes disruptions,” commented GISD superintendent Dr. James Largent in the article.  “We have had power outages, water leaks and other minor things that have caused confusion and interrupted our school day. But, the number of days affected has been minimal, we are working with a great construction company that is responsive to our needs, and I keep telling our staff and students, ‘Short-term pain equals long-term gain.’”
     
    The design features a collegiate look with Granbury stone to be used prominently to provide a consistent look throughout the exterior of the building with entry points clearly distinguished for parents and visitors. Inside, a commons area will be the focal point of the interior with the cafeteria, library, and coffee bar similar to a university student center.
     
    Academic departments will be grouped, with teachers having a common office area to meet individually with students, for tutoring, and for collaboration with their colleagues. Hallways will be streamlined to provide efficient corridors for student movement and supervision. In addition, CTE programs will be centralized in the back of the building with a separate secure entry as well as classrooms and labs designed specifically for those specialized programs.
     
    This August, the campus will open to students with a ninth grade addition that includes a new office area along with the new learning commons and cafeteria, realigned offices for assistant principals and counselors, new classroom space for special education programs, expanded space for fine arts programs, and renovated locker rooms and sports medicine areas in the field house and James Wann Sports Center. The front of the building features a new wayfinding trellis and courtyard area with a parent drop-off and pick-up lane that aligns with Pirate Drive. In addition, the school has new parking lots as well as a new area for the bus transportation hub and marching band practice grid.
     
    “Our staff and kids have been very patient and understanding and I can’t wait to see the look on their faces when we open the ‘new’ high school,” commented Largent.
     
    Fall 2015 construction plans will continue work on the career and technical education center addition, renovation of the auditorium and science classrooms, and realignment of space in the lower grand hall for the Marine Corps JROTC program.
     
    HIGH SCHOOL PROGRESS
     
     
    School is just around the corner, with students reporting for classes on Monday, August 24.  Contractors are working long days to get the building ready.
     
    SUMMER PROJECTS
     
     
    In addition to the bond program, the district has completed several projects at campuses over the summer.  These were not funded by bond proceeds.
     
    The work includes:  paved road around the back of the GISD Agricultural Science Complex, resurfaced tennis courts at Granbury High School, a new roof at Mambrino School, and reconfigured classroom space at Acton Elementary School (which divided space to make four classrooms in the area next to the pit).
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  • Bond Update - July 28, 2015

    Posted by JEFF MEADOR at 7/28/2015
    Read about all the great things going on in Granbury ISD.  See the 2015 brochure posted online at www.granburyisd.org/brochure.
     
     Granbury ISD
     
    New billboards are all up around town highlighting GISD and Pirate Nation, academics and extracurricular activities, and enrollment.
     
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