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August 13, 2015
District Administration  
Transformation of Granbury High School was featured in the August 2015 issue of District Administration magazine.
The magazine focused on new and improved school facilities, with GHS highlighted on the cover and feature article. A survey by the magazine gathered data from hundreds of school administrators throughout the country who are attempting to address aging or obsolete facilities.
Construction at the high school began last November and will last through the summer of 2016. The Buford Thompson Company is the construction manager at-risk for all GISD bond projects and is working alongside the Huckabee architectural firm.
The renovations and additions to the high school campus are part of the $84.9 million bond program approved by Granbury ISD voters in November 2013. Additions are for career and technical education, fine arts, ninth grade academic classrooms, and office area with a secure entry. The plan also includes building a robust technology infrastructure for model classrooms throughout the school district.
“Renovations are not easy. There is no way to do all the work in the summer, so you just have to have work going on during the school year, which causes disruptions,” commented GISD superintendent Dr. James Largent in the article.  “We have had power outages, water leaks and other minor things that have caused confusion and interrupted our school day. But, the number of days affected has been minimal, we are working with a great construction company that is responsive to our needs, and I keep telling our staff and students, ‘Short-term pain equals long-term gain.’”
The design features a collegiate look with Granbury stone to be used prominently to provide a consistent look throughout the exterior of the building with entry points 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.
This August, the campus will open to students with a ninth grade addition that includes a new office area along with the new learning commons and cafeteria, realigned offices for assistant principals and counselors, new classroom space for special education programs, expanded space for fine arts programs, and renovated locker rooms and sports medicine areas in the field house and James Wann Sports Center. The front of the building features a new wayfinding trellis and courtyard area with a parent drop-off and pick-up lane that aligns with Pirate Drive. In addition, the school has new parking lots as well as a new area for the bus transportation hub and marching band practice grid.
“Our staff and kids have been very patient and understanding and I can’t wait to see the look on their faces when we open the ‘new’ high school,” commented Largent.
Fall 2015 construction plans will continue work on the career and technical education center addition, renovation of the auditorium and science classrooms, and realignment of space in the lower grand hall for the Marine Corps JROTC program.
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