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TRUSTEES APPROVE SURVEY ON SCHOOL SAFETY
April 17, 2018
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees agreed to issue a survey on school safety at its regular monthly meeting on April 16, 2018.
The survey will seek input from parents, students, employees, and community members on current safety measures in place at school campuses as well as evaluate support for other steps – including the creation of a school district police department, additional school resource officers from the Granbury Police Department and/or Hood County Sheriff’s Office, and a school marshal program.
Action on the forthcoming survey follows a meeting with school administrators and local law enforcement agencies to discuss the possible implementation of the marshal program, which could provide enhanced campus security and to protect students from armed intruders.
Texas state law allows public school districts to appoint some employees who hold a current concealed handgun license as school marshals. The licensing program through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requires marshals meet strict requirements, complete a mental health evaluation, and undergo extensive training totaling 80 hours on physical security, use of force and legal liability, firearms training, and law enforcement strategies and techniques. The identities of marshals are kept confidential, and the law allows appointments for one marshal per two hundred students.
In personnel, the board approved term contract extensions for campus professionals as well as staff appointments. Trustees also reviewed a list of employees retiring or resigning at the end of the school. Board president Nancy Alana announced that there was no action to be taken regarding the search for the next school superintendent, but she did say that the board would hold an upcoming special meeting to continue discussions.
During the public comment period, one individual addressed the board regarding campus security.
Reports to the board included:
- Seventh grade AVID ambassadors from Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School spoke about the importance of the program in helping them develop organization, leadership, communication, and study skills as well confidence as they prepare to enter high school and develop plans for college.
- Shannon Watts, a local pediatrician with Cook Children’s Hospital and a member of the Health Advisory Council, discussed the EpiPen4Schools® program, which helps improve access to epinephrine in the event a person experiences a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in the school setting.
- Granbury High School principal Jeremy Ross reported on the implementation of Breathalyzer testing for the upcoming school prom. The board adopted a policy making the screening mandatory for students to attend the school-sponsored event. Ross indicated that students were made aware of the policy when purchasing prom tickets and that the high school was coordinating with law enforcement and the Hood County Substance Abuse Council for the screening.
- Assistant superintendent Dobie Williams presented financial statements and cash flow and investment reports for March 2018.
The board also approved minutes from the last regular meeting, budget amendments, and service contracts with the Region 11 Education Service Center. Trustees also approved a recommendation for the school district to continue operating the Extended School Day Program. The board adopted local policy changes in Update 110 recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards; the only change reflected clarifying the election and terms of trustees. In addition, the board appointed trustee Mike Moore to serve as its representative on the Granbury ISD Education Foundation’s board of directors for the 2018-19 school year.
Donations reported to the board included: $800 from the Pecan Plantation EMS for Ambulance Stryker Cot and $6,000 from Lake Granbury Medical Center for four hospital beds (both for the career and technical education programs at Granbury High School); $750 from the Acton Middle School PTO to purchase uniform trash cans for hallways.
Trustees next convene for a special meeting on Monday, April 30 at 3:00 P.M. to discuss further the superintendent position. The next regular monthly meeting will be Monday, May 21. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.