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August 19, 2014

A team of local businesspeople and other community leaders, who are continuing to take a big role in shaping Granbury ISD career and technical education programs, heard a presentation on the upcoming transformation of Granbury High School during a meeting at the Lake Granbury Medical Center Senior Circle building on August 19, 2014.
The Business Education Success Team (BEST), which is coordinated with the help of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce, helps develop quality instructional partnerships with business and industry to successfully prepare students for the challenges of post-secondary education and a globally competitive workplace.
“Schools cannot accomplish their academic goals alone, and involving local business partners is critical to their growth and in preparing them for future success,” said the district’s CTE director Judy Gentry. “The BEST team allows schools and businesses to work together to develop activities to meet the needs of the school and impact workforce development in our community.”
Presenting the high school plans were Huckabee architects Tim McClure and Lance Melton, who provided the business group and teachers with an overview of the high school renovations with an emphasis on CTE programs. A copy of the presentation is available at
The transformation includes additions not only for CTE but also for fine arts, ninth grade academic classrooms, and an office area with a secure entry. The new facility will also boast a robust technology infrastructure for model classrooms, which will be featured throughout the school district.
The design features a collegiate look with Granbury stone used prominently to provide a consistent look throughout the exterior of the building. Entry points will be 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.
Current BEST team members are: Dan Ames, A&A Welding; Barry and Annette Beadle, Total Equipment and Service; Carrie Bellamy, Edward Jones; Matt Bufkin, First National Bank of Granbury; Ron Cullers, Ron Cullers Automotive; Roger Deeds, Hood County Sheriff; Mitch Galvan, Granbury Police Department; Todd Garner, Henson’s Lumber; Scott Haynes, Team Financial Strategies; Sylvia Hickey, Print One; April Kitching, Jerry Durant Toyota; Scott McCall, The Pet Hospital; Wayne McKethan, City of Granbury; Kevin Myers, Lake Granbury Medical Center; Brent Northcutt, Farmers Insurance; Tom Peregrino, Daffan Mechanical; Dr. David Russell, Weatherford College; Mike Scott, Granbury Chamber of Commerce; Vern Walker, Texas EMS; David Whitsitt, Luminant. 

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