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SCHOOL TRUSTEES HEAR REPORT ON GHS CONSTRUCTION

March 24, 2015
 
GHS Construction  
 
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees heard a report on bond construction at Granbury High School during its regular monthly meeting on March 23, 2015.
 
Scott Barnes, construction manager for the Buford Thompson Company, reported that construction was going well despite weather delays from recent snow days and rain. Subcontractors are about two weeks behind on the new ninth grade wing but had adjusted the construction schedule to meet August 2015 occupancy. Steel work is underway to allow for the second floor construction to commence.
 
Work is nearly complete on the new southwest parking lot at the corner of Pearl Street and Howard Clemmons Road; this lot will host bus transportation and the marching band grid. Also under construction is the new career and technical education center at the rear of the building as well as locker rooms in the field house, Pirate Gym, and James Wann Sports Center.
 
Also regarding bond expenditures, trustees approved a $1.2 million expenditure to fund furnishings at the high school:  the new ninth grade wing (including student desks and chairs, presentation stations for classroom, and bookshelves); new teacher areas including desks, chairs, work tables, and conference area; cafeteria chairs and tables; coffee bar; office spaces and reception areas in the new ninth grade wing; and the new learning commons area (library). The new furniture is all research-based and will meet student and teacher needs utilizing new technology.
 
Superintendent Dr. James Largent stated that the furniture expenditure would be the first of several phases under the 2013 bond program. Future projects will cover the new career and technical education center as well as existing areas of the high school.
 
The board approved a waiver request to be submitted to the Texas Education Agency regarding missed instructional days due to bad weather and hazardous road conditions. School was closed on February 23-24 and again on March 5. School will now be held on designated makeup days Friday, April 3 and Monday, June 1. The waiver would eliminate the need to make up the third missed day. The request will be sent to TEA, but approval is not automatic.
 
Trustees also adopted a resolution to compensate non-exempt employees for the third day that the district was closed due to hazardous road conditions. Two of the days will be made up on dates designated in the school calendar (noted above).
 
In personnel matters, the board received notification of the retirements of six employees at the end of the school year.
 
Reports made to the board included:
  • Dr. Largent announced that, at the request of GISD, state representative Jim Keffer filed House Bill 3970 providing flexibility to school districts that have instructional time that exceeds the minimum required by the state. These schools would be allowed to cancel school for up to ten days annually for bad weather without waivers and built-in bad weather makeup days. Districts must notify TEA of any school closing. Students will benefit by more instructional time, Largent said.  GISD schools already exceed the state minium.
  • Board secretary Dr. Barbara Herrington announced that all trustees have met their required continuing education hours.
  • Financial statements for January 2015, cash flow and investment report for January 2015, bond expenditure report for February 2015, and a cooperative management fee report for fiscal year 2013-14 were reviewed by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.
Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting, budget amendments, and bids for athletic trainer supplies and equipment and grounds equipment and repair services. Also approved was the instructional materials allotment for all subject areas and grade levels. The board also adopted new local policies resulting from a policy review session held with district and campus administrators last October.
 
The board also extended the depository contract with First Financial Bank for the 2015-17 biennium and set meeting dates through June 2016.
 
Donations reported to the board included $340 from the tennis booster club for team travel and a $500 grant from the Meadows Foundation to Crossland Ninth Grade Center.
 
Trustees will next convene for their regular monthly meeting and compensation workshop on Monday, April 20. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located next to the Administration Building at 600 W. Pearl Street.
 

 
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