class of Leadership Granbury toured Granbury ISD schools during an
education-themed day on March 2, 2017.
organization participants heard presentations about the school district’s G2020
strategic plan and recent submission to be a District of Innovation for
flexibility under a number of provisions in state education law. Other information included the 2013 bond
program – which included a major investment in facilities and technology – as well
as Project Based Learning, the budget, and tax rate.
At Acton Middle School,
principal Jimmy Dawson discussed the campus recently receiving the Texas
Schools to Watch designation. He also
reviewed the school’s AMS Day of Service last November, when students converged
on the community to assist with charitable organizations and other groups. Dawson and instructional specialist Mindy
Badgett spoke on Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a new
district initiative that provides academic and leadership support for students
entering rigorous coursework that prepares them for a pathway to university
studies. Teacher Jeremy Scott and students outlined the GISD Outdoor Learning
Center, with a tour following led by assistant principal John Dafoe.
The group then traveled to
Oak Woods School, where principal Donnie Cody presented information on campus
security methods through controlled entry vestibules. Fifth grade science teacher Traci Logsdon and
instructional technology coordinator Jodie McClintock demonstrated equipment
and student use of technology available in model classrooms.
Participants enjoyed a lunch prepared
by culinary students taught by Allison Allen and Brianne Langdon in the new
Granbury High School bistro. That was
followed by a walk-through of the new career and technical education center by director
Judy Gentry, who discussed many of the program offerings including engineering,
business, law enforcement, health science, welding, automotive technology, and
aviation. A tour of the rest of the
transformed high school included a visit with Lt. Col. Scott Casey about the
Marine Corps JROTC area and rifle range.
presentations also included an update on academics from Granbury High School
principal Jeremy Ross, assistant principal Tammy Clark, and lead counselor
Claudia Hurst, an overview of the Granbury ISD Education Foundation by GEF
president Stacy Mitchell, and a demonstration by school resource officer Jeff
Hastings and Ben the Drug Dog.
program creates an awareness of community resources and needs, enhances
leadership skills, and helps identify future leaders. The course consists of eight full-day
sessions that offer learning opportunities and challenge participants to become
actively involved in building a better tomorrow for Granbury.
above is the Leadership Granbury group at the GISD Outdoor Learning Center at