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April 19, 2016
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees met its regular monthly meeting on April 18, 2016, and approved a number of summer facility projects.
Facility work for the summer was proposed by campus principals and directors with projects totaling $840,846.82.  Funding is not covered by the 2013 bond initiative and would instead be paid for with district reserves.  Some of the work will be completed by district maintenance staff.
The projects include: installation and conversion of security cameras at the middle schools and the agricultural science complex; installation of floor tile or carpet removal and replacement in Brawner Intermediate School hallways, Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School classrooms, Acton Elementary School entry and cafeteria, and Roberson Elementary School hallways, entry, and restrooms; addition of flood lights and new fuel pumps and monitor at the transportation department; resurfacing and repairing the track at Granbury High School and AMS and GHS; resurfacing of middle school tennis courts; reconfiguration of the teachers lounge to provide for a conference room at AMS; expansion of the AES cafeteria; replacement of the AES roof; replacement of hand washing stations at Oak Woods School.
In personnel matters, the board extended term contracts for teachers and other instructional employees, approved appointments of two teachers and a speech language pathologist, and received notification of retirements and resignations.
The board adopted a resolution nominating superintendent Dr. James Largent for Superintendent of the Year in recognition of “his exemplary and visionary leadership toward improving student performance in our schools.”  The nomination will be forwarded the Region 11 Education Service Center for initial consideration in the Texas Association of School Boards program.
Trustees adopted Policy Update 104 recommendations for changes to local district policy recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards.  The policy areas cover homebound instruction, students who are homeless or in foster care, equal educational opportunities/discrimination and harassment, and admission and residency requirements.  District policy is available on the district website at
Reports made to the board included:
  • Dr. Largent reported that the high school building and renovation project is moving ahead on schedule with primary work scheduled to be complete in August for the start of the school year.  The repurposing of Crossland Ninth Grade Center to be the district’s new administration building is also moving ahead with bids expected to be accepted in May.  Work will begin in the summer once students have left for the summer, and district departments are expected to be consolidated in the current freshman campus later in the fall.
  • The superintendent also reviewed progress on the G2020 strategic plan. In particular, Dr. Largent noted effective use of Project Based Learning as an instructional model.  He also stated that the new mobile learning bus would be in communities over the summer break in conjunction with the Healthy Kids summer lunch program. The strategic plan and updates are available on the district website at
  • Dr. Largent also discussed exploring a new provision under state law allowing a school district to be designated as a “district of innovation,” which would provide for flexibility under a number of state educational requirements and other regulations.
  • Financial statements, cash flow and investment report, and a bond expenditure report for February 2016 were presented to the board by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.  He also presented a cooperative management fee report for Fiscal Year 2014-15.
Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting, budget amendments, and a bids for renewal of music, band, and choir related items and services.  Trustees approved contracts for technology programs and services with Region XI Education Service Center, and the board also approved changes to a contract vendor previously approved for furnishings in renovated classrooms and the new career and technical education center at Granbury High School.
Donations reported to the board included:  $2,755 from the GHS Band Boosters to fund additional expenses related to the new band trailer; $300 from the Pirate Golf Booster Club, $1,000 from the Lady Pirate Golf Booster Club, and $898 from the Pirate Baseball Booster Club to fund student travel.   
Trustees will next convene for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 9.  Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located next to the Administration Building at 600 W. Pearl Street.

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