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BOND STEERING COMMITTEE TOURS HIGH SCHOOL

August 21, 2015
 
Bond Steering Committee  
 
Members of the Granbury ISD steering committee that developed the November 2013 bond proposal for had a chance to view progress on the construction at Granbury High School. The walk-through tour was held on August 21, 2015 – just three days before the start of the 2015-16 school year.
 
Attending along with superintendent Dr. James Largent were assistant superintendents Ron Holmgreen and Dobie Williams, facilities director Randy Leach, curriculum director Sharon Williams, technology director Amy Wood, GHS principal Jeremy Ross, school board president Mark Jackson, and school trustees Nancy Alana and Micky Shearon. Bond committee members participating were Gary Best, J.C. Campbell, Todd Garner, Bruce Lockwood, Kevin Myers, and Mike Scott. Others attending were Mayor Nin Hulett, Granbury ISD Education Foundation president Stacy Mitchell, GEF board member Kelly Garner, and former GHS theater director Phil Groeschel.
 
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. Attending the tour were BTC site manager Scott Barnes and Huckabee representatives Paul Thompson and Tami O’Neal.
 
The renovations and additions to the high school campus are part of the $84.9 million bond program approved by GISD voters in 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.
 
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.
 
Fall 2015 construction plans will continue work on the career and technical education center addition, renovation of the auditorium and science classrooms, realignment of space in the lower grand hall for the Marine Corps JROTC program, and construction of new locker room space for tennis, softball, and baseball teams.
  

 
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