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January 20, 2015
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting on January 19, 2015, and approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Granbury that will help with the construction of the forthcoming county facility for the Hood County YMCA.
The agreement will transfer a utility lift station on James Road to the city’s ownership. Transferring the lift station near Acton Middle School will allow the city to expand water and sewer lines to the YMCA site. School trustees previously sold ten acres of land for the recreational center in exchange for use of a competition pool available for the Granbury High School swim team. This further action will help facilitate construction of the YMCA.
Board members approved $1.5 million in funds from the 2013 bond initiative to fund technology infrastructure upgrades for elementary and middle school campuses as well as access points and switches for the new ninth grade wing at the high school. In related action, trustees awarded a bid to Charter Cable for fiber optic wide area network for July 2015-July 2020 to allow for 10GB per campus.
A representative of the accounting firm of Snow, Garrett & Company reviewed the audit report for the year ending August 31, 2014. The board approved the report, which offered an unqualified opinion – the highest available – regarding the district’s financial condition. A copy of the report is available on the school district’s website at
Trustees approved a mediation agreement with a student and parents regarding a confidential matter.
In personnel matters, the board completed the formative evaluation of superintendent Dr. James Largent. Board president Mark Jackson discussed the informal portion of the superintendent’s evaluation process; he said that board reviewed goals that are in line with the district’s strategic plan and that the board also was pleased with the superintendent’s job performance. Trustees also received notification of retirements and resignations.
Other reports made to the board included:
  • A brief bond construction overview was provided by Dr. Largent.
  • Dr. Largent presented an update on the current state legislative session. The superintendent discussed the pending school finance lawsuit as well as bills filed on topics such as pre-kindergarten, testing and accountability, and private school vouchers. Largent reiterated his opposition to the current high stakes “bubble tests.”
  • Financial, cash flow, and investment reports for November 2014 were reviewed by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.
  • Williams also presented a bond expenditure report for December 2014.
Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting, and budget amendments. The board also approved a waiver request to the Texas Education Agency for early dismissal and staff development days to assist teachers with the district’s project based learning initiative and for other instructional needs in English/language arts and math. In addition, trustees adopted local policy changes recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards.
Donations reported to the board included: $514 from the Lady Pirate Basketball Booster Club for student travel; $546 from the Girls Golf Booster Club for student travel; $962 from the U.S. Marine Corps for student travel; $3,600 from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation for a handicapped ramp for the GISD Outdoor Learning Center at Acton Middle School; $48,229 from GEF for grants to fund innovative teaching projects.
Trustees will next convene for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 16. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located next to the Administration Building at 600 W. Pearl Street.

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