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GISD SCHOOL TRUSTEES HOLD MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
April 26, 2022
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting on April 25, 2022.
An overview of the school district’s full-day pre-kindergarten program was presented by Kellie Lambert, principal of Emma Roberson Early Learning Academy. The school currently has 325 students in both the program for 4-year olds as well as the Head Start preschool program for 3-year olds. Most students meet qualifying criteria established in state law, but children of district employees may attend with a tuition fee. The academy utilitizes Frog Street curriculum, which is approved and adopted through the Texas Education Agency, as well as experience-based classrooms. Lambert praised the students’ academic achievement, with 55% approaching reading and most developing vocabulary and math skills.
Trustees accepted the donation of 4.654 acres in the Acton area adjacent to land previously authorized for purchase for a potential new high school. The land gives the district access to James Road to the high school site located along Acton Highway and just south of the current Acton Middle School.
Board members approved the Construction Manager At-Risk option as the construction delivery method for 2022 bond projects contingent upon the approval of voters in the May 7 election. Should the bond initiatives pass, the district will invite qualified firms to submit qualifications for the construction of the new high school, stadium and athletic facilities, elementary school traffic improvements and renovations, and other projects.
The board approved a memorandum of understanding with Tarleton State University for the Texas Covid Acceleration Learning Support (TCLAS) Program, an initiative to provide mentor teachers to help prepare educator candidates seeking certification and future employment as a teacher. Through the TCLAS grant, the student teachers will be eligible for stipends to help them with living expenses while they complete year-long internships in GISD schools.
Trustees tabled action regarding policies and procedures for implementation of House Bill 547, which passed during the recent state legislative session to allow homeschooled students to participate in UIL extracurricular activities.
In personnel, trustees approved professional staff appointments, extended probationary contracts for district and campus professionals, and granted a second request for catastrophic leave.
Reports to the board included:
- Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn addressed concerns from those in support and opposed to the district’s recent library book review. The superintendent also listed a number of student and staff achievements.
- Chief financial officer Emmett Whitefield presented financial statements and cash flow reports for March 2022.
The board also approved past meeting minutes and budget amendments. Board members reviewed a model policy regarding library books recommended by TEA; the board will consider the policy, as well as pending recommendations from the Texas Associaiton of School Boards, at a future meeting.
Donations reported to the board included: $100 from the American Heart Association to Oak Woods School for the Kids Heart challenge; $500 from Granbury Optimist Club to the Junior Optimist Club for graduation cords; 42,484.36 from Lady Pirate Basketball boosters to cover travel costs; $1,080 from Robert Donald Bird to Lady Pirate Basketball; $50 from Bennett’s Camping Center to the GISD Customer Care/Superfan program.
Out-of-district travel requests included: an employee attending the Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired conference in St. Louis, Missouri; Granbury Marine Corps JROTC physical training team to attend competition in Little Rock, Arkansas in May; JROTC rifle team to attend competition in Camp Perry, Ohio in July; FCCLA students to attend National Leadership Conference competition in San Diego, California in June.
Trustees next convene for the regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 16. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.