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March 29, 2016
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees met its regular monthly meeting on March 28, 2016.
Board members approved $1.675 million in 2013 bond funds to purchase classroom document cameras, projectors, computers, Chromebooks, carts, switches, access points (indoor and outdoor), and other equipment for all classrooms at Granbury High School.  Also in technology, the board approved a contract for Internet access services with Spectrum Business for July 2016 through June 2019.
Trustees approved an electronic bidding management solution with IonWave Technologies.  The program will allow GISD to accept purchasing bids online, which will benefit the district by receiving more and better bids for campus and district needs.  All vendors must currently submit paper submissions for applications and bids, which must be manually entered and tabulated by the business office.  IonWave previously won a competitive bid with the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and is available as a vendor through an interlocal agreement with the Educational Purchasing Cooperative of North Texas.  The board also adopted a resolution establishing criteria for accepting electronic bids or proposals.
In personnel matters, the board received notification of resigning and retiring employees.
Reports made to the board included:
  • Superintendent Dr. James Largent reported that a conflict has arisen with the Fort Worth Convention Center for graduation 2017, and the high school is exploring moving next year’s graduation to the new arena at Texas Christian University.
  • Dr. Largent discussed the Eagle’s Nest project, which is a non-profit organization that would partner with aviation and engineering classes in building a plane.  Several mentors including staff at the Granbury airport and retired pilots in the area will assist students with the year-long project.  The organization will pay for half of the kit with other money raised for partnering businesses, with only minimal cost to the school district.
  • An update for the Granbury Teachers Excellence Initiative, the district’s new teacher compensation program, was presented by Dr. Largent.  Currently 32% of eligible teachers are still involved in the program, with some teachers previously enrolled dropping out due to attendance.  The district is currently paying less in costs for substitute teachers compared to the same time last year.
  • The superintendent reviewed possible facility projects for the summer.  These projects are not covered by the 2013 bond initiative and would instead be paid for with district reserves.  Much of the work will be completed by district maintenance staff.  The proposals include automatic gate openers for the ag center, cabinet removal in middle school computer labs, expansion of the Acton Elementary School cafeteria, reconfiguration of the teachers lounge to provide for a conference room at Acton Middle School, replacement of hand washing stations at Oak Woods School, conversion of security cameras at the middle schools and the ag center, addition of flood lights at the transportation department, new fuel pumps and a monitor for transportation, replacement of the roof at AES, resurfacing and repairing the track at AMS and GHS, resurfacing of middle school tennis courts, and replacement of tile in hallways at Brawner Intermediate School at Roberson Elementary School.  The projects total $841,803 if all are completed, but the AES roof accounts for $311,700 with it being the old campus roof next on the district replacement schedule.
  • Dr. Largent outlined some cost-savings plans for the repurposing of Crossland Ninth Grade Center to be the district’s new administration building.  Most departments will be consolidated in the current freshman campus in order to provide efficiency for parents, employees, and other stakeholders.  Estimates indicated a cost of around $6 million, but architects have implemented some changes to bring the overall cost down to about $2.83 million minus some areas designated for alternate bids.  District maintenance staff will complete demolition of the building and other portions of the project.  Work is scheduled to begin during the summer and be completed in the fall.
  • Benchmark testing data was reviewed by assistant superintendent Ron Holmgreen. Student performance increased over the same period last year. The benchmarks are used to determine how students are doing prior to state exams, which begin at the end of March.
  • Financial statements, cash flow and investment report, a report on categorical purchases between $50,000 and $100,000, and a bond expenditure report for February 2016 were presented to the board by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.
Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting, budget amendments, and bids for:   renewal of HVAC and refrigeration supplies and equipment; instructional tools, professional books, teaching aids, supplies, and equipment.  The board also reviewed Policy Update 104 recommendations for changes to local district policy recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards.
Donations reported to the board included:  $2,903 from Oak Woods PTO for a student field trip; $2,608 from a Brawner school fundraiser for a student field trip; $1,836 from the First Christian Church for Brawner student field trips.
The board also approved instructional materials allotment aligned with state curriculum standards, reviewed candidates for the Region XI Education Service Center board of directors, adopted a resolution for the sale of a tax foreclosure property struck-off to the Parker County Appraisal District, and approved participation in an interlocal agreement with the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance.    
Trustees will next convene for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 18.  Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located next to the Administration Building at 600 W. Pearl Street.

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