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TRUSTEES APPROVE CHANGE IN CUSTODIAL SERVICE COMPANIES
May 22, 2018
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to change custodial services companies during its regular meeting on May 21, 2018.
With the board action, GISD will move to SSC Services for Education, a national company that focuses entirely on providing custodial services for schools and colleges. SSC currently provides services for Texas A&M University as well as for schools in Denton, Rockwall, Stephenville, Waco, and others. The agreement begins on September 1 and lasts for one calendar year with the option to renew for four additional one-year terms. Estimated first-year expenditures will be $1.724 million.
SSC was one of four companies responding to a bid request issued by the school district in April. Setting SSC apart from the others was its proposal to increase the number of day and night supervisors each responsible for two zones in the district, according to superintendent Dr. James Largent. SSC also committed to employ current custodians at the same wage or higher paid by the incumbent company as well as to cover transitional costs for medical insurance.
Since 2014, GISD has contracted the services with GCA Services Group, which recently merged with ABM. That contract expires on August 31.
During an earlier afternoon workshop, trustees discussed campus safety and security – including options to hire additional school resource officers and to implement a school marshal program. Providing input at the workshop were Hood County sheriff Roger Deeds, Granbury police chief Mitch Galvan, and former Texas School Safety Center director Dr. Victoria Calder.
In personnel, the board approved extension of staff currently on probationary contracts. Trustees also approved staff appointments and reviewed a list of employees retiring or resigning at the end of the school.
During the public comment period, one individual addressed the board regarding campus security.
Reports to the board included:
- An overview of the Athletic/Community Education Department was provided by director Dwight Butler, who also introduced all high school head coaches.
- Assistant superintendent Dobie Williams presented financial statements, cash flow and investment, and categorical expense reports for April 2018.
The board also approved minutes from the last regular meeting and several special meetings, budget amendments, and purchases and bids for music, band, choir supplies and equipment. Trustees also approved an interlocal agreement with the Region 8 Education Service Center for the TIPS Purchasing Cooperative.
Donations reported to the board included: $200 from First National Bank for Ag Day at Acton Elementary School; $521 from the AES PTO for a student trip to the Fort Worth Stock Show; $2,500 from the TIDES Foundation for art supplies at AES; and $776 from donation of materials and equipment for the outdoor learning center at Oak Woods School.
Trustees next convene for a regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 18. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.