March 27, 2017 - Project Graduation recently received a big donation of $1,022 from Brent Northcutt Farmers Insurance and Financial Services – all made from free throws at Pirate and Lady Pirate basketball games during the 2016-17 season.
March 24, 2017 - The Granbury Lady Pirates competed in the Class 5A bi-district soccer playoff in a matchup versus Mansfield Legacy on March 23, 2017, at Aledo High School’s Bearcat Stadium.
March 21, 2017 - Granbury High School seniors Bronson Berryman and Dyllan Boykin were honored as the Young Texan and the Young Tex-Anne for March 2017 by the Granbury Optimist Club. The two were recognized at the club breakfast on March 21, 2017.
March 8, 2017 - Granbury High School band students competed in the UIL Region 30 solo and ensemble contest. The contest was held February 18, 2017, at Crowley High School.
March 6, 2017 - Granbury High School choir students earned medals at the UIL Region 30 solo and ensemble contest held February 25, 2017, at Aledo High School.
February 24, 2017 - Granbury ISD students from Granbury High School, Acton Middle School, and Granbury Middle School continued to excel with science projects at the 65th Fort Worth Regional Science Fair held February 19-20, 2017, at the University of Texas at Arlington.
February 22, 2017 - Granbury High School JROTC rifle team members excelled at the U.S. Marine Corps Service Championship held February 9-11, 2017, in Las Vegas. The cadets placed fourth to earn a national bid.
February 21, 2017 - Kaylee Brawner made her fourth straight appearance at the UIL Swimming & Diving State Meet at the University of Texas at Austin on February 17-18, 2016. This year, she was joined by Anthony Castillo and three relay team members – Kinsey Brawner, Raegan Brown, and Trisha Gryder.
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 - 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 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 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.
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.
8:00 AM V Boys Golf - Regional Preview
7:00 PM V Baseball at Cleburne (T)
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM GHS Project Graduation Bake Sale @ Walmart
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM JV Purple Girls Golf - District 9-5A Tournament
7:00 PM GHS Bands Pre-UIL Concert