September 26, 2016 - Granbury High School counselors will hold an informational session on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, to provide graduating seniors and parents with information regarding college financial aid.
September 23, 2016 - Granbury ISD will be offering a boot camp for students preparing for the SAT college entrance exam and the PSAT. The seminar will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 8:45 A.M.-3:15 P.M. in the Bagby-McMahan Performing Arts Center at Granbury High School.
September 23, 2016 - The Granbury FFA is hosting its annual Dinner and Auction on Thursday, October 13, 2016, beginning at 6:30 P.M. in the Granbury High School cafeteria.
September 22, 2016 - A six-year old Granbury boy suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy has led Granbury Pirate football coaches to join the nationwide college football initiative Coach to Cure MD for the fifth year in a row. The cause will be featured during the Granbury-Crowley football game on Friday, September 30, 2016.
September 22, 2016 - Schools in Granbury ISD will dismiss classes early on Friday, September 30, 2016, which is the last day of the first six weeks grading period. Teachers and staff will have professional development following the student release.
September 20, 2016 Granbury High School students recently participated in the first step toward qualifying for the All-State Choirs. The TMEA Region 30 district auditions were held on September 17, 2016, at Keller High School.
September 20, 2016 - Granbury High School seniors Blake Steinmann and Payton Holmgreen were honored as the Young Texan and the Young Tex-Anne for September 2016 by the Granbury Optimist Club. The two were recognized at the club breakfast on September 20, 2016.
September 20, 2016 - The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees approved moving forward with a District of Innovation designation at its regular monthly meeting on September 19, 2016.
September 7, 2016 - The Granbury ISD Community Education Office is now offering a dynamic driver’s education program in addition to a traditional classroom program. The change is to provide a variety of options and flexibility for students and parents.
September 2, 2016 - The Granbury choir program is in store for a momentous school year, after an army of singers from Granbury High School performed for parents during a booster club kickoff held September 1, 2016, in the GHS Bagby-McMahan Performing Arts Center.
September 1, 2016 - Lady Pirate volleyball player Amber Strange recent hit team milestones by setting career kill and block records. She was honored prior to the Granbury-Stephenville matchup on August 30, 2016, in the James Wann Sports Center at Granbury High School.
August 31, 2016 - PlainsCapital Bank donated $10,000 to the Granbury ISD Education Foundation to be an Elite Chef sponsor and to help Granbury schoolchildren and teachers. The presentation was made during a GEF board meeting on August 25, 2016.
August 29, 2016 - The Marine Corps JROTC unit at Granbury High School has been named a Naval Honor School for the third year in a row. The announcement was made on August 24, 2016.
September 17, 2016 - GHS team tennis fell to Wichita Falls Rider 18-1 and Wichita Falls 10-5 in non-district games on Saturday.
September 15, 2016 - Subvarsity football: JV fell to Arlington Seguin 21-14, 9th Purple fell to Seguin 25-22, 9th Gold fell to Millsap 33-0.
September 9, 2016 - Lady Pirates def. Arlington Seguin (25-11, 25-9, 25-17) to win first district volleyball game on Friday night at the James Wann Sports Center. JV won (25-13, 25-13), 9th Purple won (27-25, 25-12), and 9th Gold won (25-10, 25-16) won.
September 8, 2016 - Subvarsity Football: JV Purple fell to Springtown 50-14, JV Gold fell to Stephenville 16-14, 9th Purple fell to Springtown 32-20, 9th Gold fell to Springtown 20-0, 9th White def. Cleburne 6-0
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.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM District Advisory Council Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM GMS - Hispanic Heritage Night
11:30 AM Early Dismissal (Grades K-5)
1:00 PM - 11:00 PM Early Dismissal (Grades 6-8)
1:15 PM Early Dismissal (Grades 9-12)
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Stowaways Dance Clinic @ GHS (Open to Girls in Grades K-8)
4:00 PM V Tennis at Cleburne (T)
5:00 PM GMS 7th Football vs. Brewer (H)
5:00 PM GMS 8th Football at Brewer (T)
8:00 AM 9th Boys Golf - Brock Kickoff
4:00 PM JV Tennis vs. Cleburne (H)
4:45 PM - 6:45 PM GHS Band - Rehearsal