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February 23, 2016
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees heard an update on the 2013 bond construction and investment initiative during its regular monthly meeting on February 22, 2015.
Representatives of the Huckabee architectural firm presented a proposed layout for the repurposed Crossland Ninth Grade Center to be the district’s new administration building.  Most departments will be consolidated in the current freshman campus in order to provide efficiency for parents, employees, and other stakeholders.  Work is scheduled to begin on the $3 million project during the summer and be completed in the fall.
Superintendent Dr. James Largent reviewed an overview of the bond program.  The high school project has developed from contingency funds and other savings.  Dr. Largent discussed a plan to spend remaining dollars on the high school exterior, a new roof at the high school, and the new repurposed administration building.  The district would still have $2.2 million available after the completion of all current bond projects.
Board members approved amendments to the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the high school project.  The changes allow for $372,681 to provide stonework and paint on the veneer of existing portions of the building and $1,192,671 to re-roof the existing building.  Also regarding the bond program, trustees approved $2.06 million to purchase new furniture at the high school.  This means that all classrooms will receive new furniture once the bond is complete.
In personnel matters, the board extended contracts for district and campus administrators.  Board members also received notification of resigning and retiring employees.
Trustees approved a class size waiver to the Texas Education Agency for two third grade classes at Oak Woods School. The classes are just above the state maximum of 22 students, and enrollment may fluctuate over the next few weeks and could fall back to 22 or lower. District and campus administration will continue to monitor enrollment at all campuses.
The board reviewed budget assumptions and a general calendar for development of the 2016-17 budget.  Trustees will convene for a budget workshop on July 25 to review preliminary property appraisal data as well as other proposed revenues and expenditures.
Reports made to the board included:
  • Scott Barnes representing the Buford Thompson Company, the district’s construction manager, outlined progress on current bond construction progress for the high school, auditorium, locker rooms, and elementary gyms.  Work continues this spring, with several individual projects nearing completion.  Efforts will be in full force during the summer to get ready for the new school year.
  • Financial statements, cash flow and investment report, a report on categorical purchases between $50,000 and $100,000, and a bond expenditure report for January 2016 were presented to the board by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.
Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting, budget amendments, and a bid for the renewal of athletic and athletic trainer supplies, equipment, uniforms, and athletic clothing. Donations reported to the board included:  $809 from the Pirate Golf booster club for team travel.
Trustees will next convene for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 28.  Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located next to the Administration Building at 600 W. Pearl Street.

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