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TRUSTEES EXTEND SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT, HEAR BOND REPORT

June 9, 2015
 
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees approved a contract extension for superintendent Dr. James Largent and heard a report on bond construction during its regular monthly meeting on June 8, 2015.
 
Dr. James Largent “Everyone sees the tremendous job that Dr. Largent has done with the physical improvement to our schools with the bond program. What they don’t see is the many efforts he makes behind the scenes to improve academics, staff development, and the overall student experience in GISD,” said board president Mark Jackson. “He continues to perform at a high level, and we want to give him the recognition he deserves.”
 
The board action followed trustees completing a summative evaluation of the district’s leader, whose three-year contract now extends through June 2018. All other terms of the superintendent’s existing contract remain unchanged but may be considered at an upcoming special meeting, according to Jackson.
 
In other personnel action, trustees approved three major appointments: Ron Holmgreen, assistant superintendent for administrative services; Jincy Ross, Brawner Intermediate School principal; Ginna Marks, STARS Accelerated High School/Behavior Transition Center principal. Other staff appointments were also approved, and the board received notification of employee retirements and resignations.
 
Scott Barnes, construction manager for the Buford-Thomas Company, reported on progress for the transformation of Granbury High School. Construction continues on the ninth grade addition set for completion in August. Classroom space will be utilized by upperclassmen during the 2015-16 school year while construction continues on other parts of the building. This area will also house campus administration offices.
 
Also underway is the renovation of fine arts area, locker room space in the gymnasiums and field house, the cafeteria, learning commons (library), and other offices. Demolition is underway in many parts of the building, and interior work will continue throughout the summer. Groundwork for the career and technical education center progresses, with this area set for completion in 2016.
 
Trustees called a regular election on Tuesday, November 3 for Places 3-4 for three-year terms on the school board. Board members also approved contracts with county elections administrators to conduct a joint election with municipalities and other local governmental entities. General information about the upcoming school board election is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/election.
 
Board members approved international travel for Granbury High School’s F1 in Schools team to compete in the world finals in Singapore. The students will travel September 13-16 for the contest.
 
The board approve a waiver request to the Texas Education Agency regarding low attendance on February 27, when schools had to close early due to inclement weather. The waiver application is necessary because attendance was at least ten percentage point below the overall average attendance rate for the district for the prior year.
 
A small 10-cent increase in school breakfast and lunch prices was necessary to conform to federal law. Trustees approved new charges beginning in the 2015-16 school year.  The price increase will not affect students receiving free or reduced-priced meals. The current and new prices are below:
 

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Current Price

New Price

(Beginning in 2015-16 School Year)

Current Price

New Price

(Beginning in 2015-16 School Year)

Elementary Schools (PK-5)

$1.15

$1.25

$2.35

$2.45

Middle Schools (6-8)

$1.40

$1.50

$2.50

$2.60

High School and Crossland (9-12)

$1.65

$1.75

$2.65

$2.75

 
Reports made to the board included:
 
  • GHS student council sponsor Dene’ Carter provided an overview of new visual kiosks to be placed in strategic points around the high school. The kiosks will be interactive and provide announcement of school activities. The devices are provided at no cost to the school but does include advertising that will be supervised by the student council.
  • Curriculum director Sharon Williams presented the annual report for the Community Schools Healthy Advisory Council.
  • Financial statements for April 2015, cash flow and investment report for April 2015, and a bond expenditure report for May 2015 were reviewed by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.
  • Williams presented an overview of the current budget and a preliminary look at next year’s budget to be considered during a summer workshop.
Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting and a recent special meeting, budget amendments, and bids and purchases for: insurance for student extra-curricular coverage, student voluntary coverage, and catastrophic coverage; instructional materials for math (9-12), social studies (K-12), and fine arts.
 
The board also extended an agreement with Granbury TV for exclusive broadcasting rights for district athletic events during the 2015-16 school year and approved participation in the Educational and Institutional Cooperative Services to assist with previously approved furniture expenditures for the 2013 bond program. Trustees also approved the replacement of the Mambrino School roof to be performed by DK Haney at an overall cost of $357,000.
 
Budget amendments included several donations: $250 from the Acton Middle School PTO for the school art department; $3,200 from the First Christian Church for CrossFit certification at Brawner Intermediate School; $5,000 from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation to sponsor the district’s employee recognition banquet.
 
Trustees will next meet for a special meeting on Monday, June 22. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located next to the Administration Building at 600 W. Pearl Street.
 

 
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