GISD LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE EXPLORES FACILITY OPTIONS
October 26, 2021
A Granbury ISD Long Range Planning Committee explored facility options during its third meeting on October 25, 2021, in the Granbury High School auditorium.
GISD superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn presented multiple options for facility construction and alignment. One possibility includes a new elementary school for 700 students while providing a new classroom wing at Granbury High School to accommodate 400 students. A separate proposal centers on a new high school for 3,500 students with career and technical education as well as athletic components; that plan would lead to the conversion of the existing high school and middle schools into a junior high and elementary campuses.
Other projects include renovations at current elementary schools, a new Granbury Marine Corps JROTC/stadium press box facility, an aviation hangar and construction science facility, a transportation department remote hub, campus drive loops for traffic control, athletic facility renovations, and relocation and rebranding of STARS Accelerated High School.
Given student enrollment growth in the school district, the superintendent explained how each proposal would impact the longevity of current and proposed buildings before they reach capacity based on a demographer’s enrollment forecast.
Dr. Glenn also outlined several academic proposals:
full-day pre-kindergarten for all children
free dual credit and dual enrollment courses
gateway career and technical education courses in middle school
a district-wide reading and literacy initiative
parent choice for elementary campuses when space is available
Projects that could be accomplished through the district’s fund balance include school buses, technology, HVAC, roofs, and land for future school sites.
Other considerations discussed were proactive infrastructure, community use of GISD athletic fields and gyms, space for Weatherford College evening classes, possible swap of land/building with Hood Central Appraisal District, and space for the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center, Child Protective Services, and Rainbow Room.
Future speakers include Paul Thompson of the Huckabee architectural firm. The committee previously heard from Bob Templeton of Templeton Demographics, who has provided enrollment growth analysis to the school district in 2013 and semiannually since 2019, and Josh McLaughlin of BOK Financial Securities, who spoke on a review of the school district’s existing debt portfolio and provided a preliminary bond capacity analysis.
The LRPC follows the G2025 strategic plan, which school board trustees adopted in May 2019 to establish goals and objectives for the district.
Information regarding the LRPC, including the demographic presentation, is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/lrpc.