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GISD SCHOOL BOARD SWEARS IN NEWLY ELECTED TRUSTEES

November 16, 2021 

The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees swore in newly elected school board members during its regular monthly meeting on November 15, 2021. 

The board began by canvassing results from the November general election.  Trustees approved the results, with newcomers Melanie Graft and Courtney Gore winning new terms for Places 3 and 4 respectively.  The two were elected to full three-year terms expiring in November 2024. 

   JOHNSON   HOOD   PARKER   SOMERVELL   TOTAL 
 PLACE 3   
 Susan Wood  3 1,586 13 7  1,609 27.3%
 Bret Deason  5 1,447 13 2 1,467 24.9%
 Melanie Graft  5 2,742 74 2 2,823 47.9%
 TOTAL  13 5,775 100 11 5,899  
 PLACE 4   
 Courtney Gore  4 2,673 75 4 2,756 47.9%
 Betsy Ross   1 510 17 3 531 9.2%
 Nancy Alana  9 2,450 4 4 2,467 42.9%
 TOTAL  14 5,633 96 11  5,754  

With two new trustees, the panel reorganized with the following new officers:  Barbara Townsend, president; Mike Moore, vice president; Dr. Barbara Herrington, secretary. 

Barbara Townsend
Barbara Townsend 
Mike Moore
Mike Moore 
Barbara Herrington
Barbara Herrington, Ed.D. 

During a public hearing, chief financial officer Emmett Whitefield stated that the school district passed requirements under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2019-20 school year. The program, which is a financial accountability system required by state law and maintained by the Texas Education Agency, ensures quality performance in the management of the financial resources by the state’s school districts. A copy of the report is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/business

Trustees cast votes for board member candidates of the Hood Central Appraisal District – Brooks Goodson, Mark Jackson, Eddie Rodriguez, Ron Sutton, and Brian Thomas.  The board took no action on voting for board members for the Johnson, Parker, and Somervell appraisal districts. 

Board members approved a change to the 2021-22 employee stipend schedule.  The addition will provide stipends for approximately 200 teachers, interventionists, and administrators attending rigorous reading academies outside of their regular duties.  A change in state law adopted in 2019 requires all K-3 teachers and principals to attend the academies. 

The board approved a new District of Innovation plan effective February 2022 through January 2027.  Included in the GISD designation continues the existing plan adopted in 2017 to waive some requirements of state law. Those items include flexibility in certification requirements for some teachers who demonstrate experience, education, and credentials for positions in: career and technical education; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics (STEAM) courses; foreign language courses; bilingual and dual language classes; and middle school electives.  Other areas in the innovation plan include flexibility for uniform school calendar dates, class size waivers and notices to parents, student discipline campus behavior coordinators, teacher/principal evaluations, probationary contracts, certified employee contract rights, and retire/rehire minimum salaries. 

The innovation plan is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/innovation

Also in personnel, trustees approved the appointment of new teachers at Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School.  The board also received notification of one staff transfer and one resignation effective at the end of the semester.  Trustees also granted a second request by an employee for catastrophic leave. 

Reports to the board included: 

  • Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn discussed a recent community Veterans Day ceremony held at the high school as well as the work of the Long Range Planning Committee. He also reported on the low number of COVID-19 cases among students and staff.
  • Transportation director Brian Caruthers reported on the department’s operations, including the daily routes as well as extracurricular trips. He explained current goals in maintaining and updating bus and white fleet vehicles. This would include moving from diesel to gasoline buses and replacing current underground fuel tanks to above-ground units.
  • Whitefield presented financial statements, cash flow reports, and a categorical expenses report for October 2021.

The board also approved minutes from the last regular meeting and budget amendments.  Purchases were approved for standard laptop purchases.  Trustees also reviewed Policy Update 118 recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards; the local policy changes will be considered at a future meeting. 

Donations reported to the board included: $6,545 from the Acton Elementary PTO for fifth graders to attend Camp Grady Spruce. 

Trustees next convene for the regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 13. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.