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GISD SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES TAKE ACTION REGARDING WINTER STORM

February 23, 2021

Granbury ISD Board of Trustees

The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees took action on several items related to a winter storm during its regular monthly meeting on February 22, 2021.

Because of the winter storm with snow and ice as well as frigid temperatures leading to electrical and water outages, school was cancelled several days on February 11 and 16-19 while February 12 and 15 were planned student holidays.  Trustees approved the following measures:

  • A waiver to the Texas Education Agency for missed instructional days on February 16-19
  • Revisions to the 2020-21 school calendar extending the 4th grading period through February 26, changing the 5th grading period to March 1-April 16, and changing the 6th grading period to April 19-May 20
  • A resolution authorizing pay for hourly employees for time missed on February 11-12 and 15-19

With the TEA waiver, there will be no additional changes necessary for the school calendar.

Trustees approved a retention stipend for district staff who were employed with GISD on September 1, 2020.  Full-time employees will receive $1,000, while part-time employees will receive $500.  The stipend will be paid to staff continuing employment in August 2021 when employees return to work for the 2021-22 school year.  The board approved the payments in recognition that district employees did not receive a salary increase this school year because of fiscal uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Our trustees recognize it’s been a difficult year due to COVID-19 and truly appreciate all our teachers and staff,” commented GISD superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn.

Board members approved $58,175 for the purchase of a used airplane for the district career and technical education program.  The Cessna C-172F single-engine plane will be utilized in the expanding avation program of study at Granbury High School.

Regarding personnel, the board approved contract extensions for district and campus administrators. Board members also received notification of employees resigning or retiring at the end of the school year.

The board also held a workshop to have preliminary discussions on long-term facility needs to address campus improvements as well as enrollment growth.

Reports to the board included:

  • Dr. Glenn thanked district and campus administrators for responding to the recent weather-related shutdown and praised the maintenance and transportation staff for quickly evaluating facility and bus issues needed to be addressed for the reopening of campuses. The superintendent also discussed the cooperation between the district, city, and county not only on the weather event but also on a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Dr. Glenn reported that district staff would be working hard on the final months of the school year and preparing for upcoming state assessments and a robust summer school. He also stated that GISD@Home Virtual Instruction would end on February 26, and those remote students would be returning to in-person instruction.
  • Julie Rohleder, principal of Nettie Baccus Elementary School, announced that an enthusiastic group of over 50 students were attending Saturday school to focus on reading and math for the students in grades 3-5. The half-day program includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation and will continue through the end of March.  With the early success in providing extra assistance for the students, Rohleder hoped to extend the program through April.
  • Providing an overview of special education services was interim director Shelly Curtsinger, who shared data on numbers of students and staff, student disability categories, as well as instructional services and other resources. Curtsinger addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and adjustments to continue support for students and families. The department currently is undertaking a TEA self-evaluation.
  • Gifted and talented programming was reviewed by curriculum coordinator Becky Strain, who outlined multi-year implementation of a state plan. With an advisory council and the development of an improvement plan, full implementation will include additional teacher training as well as development of curriculum and a comprehensive program guide.
  • Dobie Williams, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, reported that student enrollment at the end of the first semester was 7,427 and was steady with the previous school year. Student attendance was slightly lower for the same time period at 93.24% compared to 95.13% the previous year.
  • Williams presented financial statements and cash flow reports for January 2021.

In other business, trustees approved minutes from the last regular meeting and a recent special meeting.  The board reviewed budget assumptions and a calendar for the 2021-22 budget and also approved engaging Snow Garrett Williams Certified Public Accountants to conduct the district audit for the 2020-21 school year.  Board members also reviewed policy recommendations from the Texas Association of School Boards in Policy Update 116 for consideration at a future meeting.

Trustees next convene for the regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 22, 2021.  Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.