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GISD LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY ENDORES PROGRAMS, FACILITIES PLAN

December 7, 2021 

The Granbury ISD Long Range Planning Committee unanimously endorsed an ambitious program and facility plan during its final meeting on December 6, 2021, at Granbury High School. 

By a vote of 78-0, all committee members voted in favor of a resolution to be presented to the Board of Trustees in January 2022. 

The resolution calls for a $394 million bond election that will include a new Granbury High School campus for 3,500 students with career and technical education as well as athletic components.  According to financial projections, the proposal would require a 20-cent property tax rate increase. 

For the last bond initiative in 2013, the district projected a 15-cent increase to fund $89.5 million in improvements.  After voter ratification that year, the bond sale only required a 12-cent increase in the district’s interesting and sinking rate. Through fiscal management and effective stewardship, the impact of the 2013 bond on the current tax rate is only 4 cents.  With increases in local property values, 1 cent provides substantially more funding than it did in 2013.

The plan would lead to the conversion of the existing GHS and middle schools into a junior high and elementary campuses respectively.  Baccus Elementary would become a second early learning academy for full-day pre-kindergarten.  Renovation of all current elementary schools would also be included. 

Also included are several program changes included in academic and other initiatives: 

  • investment in early childhood education for full-day pre-kindergarten for all students, smaller class sizes, and district-wide reading and literacy initiatives
  • parent choice among elementary campuses
  • free dual credit and dual enrollment classes for all high school students
  • expansion of career and technical education program for aviation, construction science, and Granbury Marine Corps JROTC
  • facilitation of a community youth sports program

The proposal also includes construction of a transportation hub on the eastern side of the district to relieve traffic congestion. Outside of any bond monies, the district would designate existing fund balance for the maintenance of current facilities, buses, and technology. 

Before voting, LRPC members reviewed the campus facility plan and resolution as well as the campus capacity forecast and current property tax rates. 

School board trustees will consider the resolution at the regular meeting on January 24, 2022.  In February, the board will consider authorizing a bond election for May 2022. 

Information regarding the LRPC, including the resolution, is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/lrpc.