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SCHOOL TRUSTEES TAKE PRELIMINARY ACTION ON FORMER ADMINISTRATION PROPERTY

March 28, 2017
 
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees took preliminary action on former administration complex property at its regular monthly meeting on March 27, 2017.
 
The board action followed hearing a feasibility study report on the highest and best use of the former administration facilities.
 
In June, school trustees approved a proposal from the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington to conduct the study for the district-owned properties at 600 W. Bridge Street and 210 N. Jones Street that currently house the administration annex, Boys and Girls Club of Hood County, and Weatherford College Education Center at Granbury.
 
The study took into consideration several factors: potential expansion of Weatherford College; move of GISD administration to the former Crossland Ninth Grade Center campus; historic nature of Decker Gym; potential conveyance to City of Granbury of open space and football field on north end of the property; reuse/repurpose of remaining school district buildings on property.
 
The six-month study was conducted by an interdisciplinary team of six members with background and skills in construction, valuation, architecture, and planning. In addition to the survey, the team conducted site visits and analysis, market analysis, and additional research.
 
The process included an extensive community survey as well as the convening of a steering committee that included community representatives as well as city, chamber, and college officials and the director of the Boys and Girls Club.
 
Trustees authorized superintendent Dr. James Largent to negotiate with Weatherford College on some of the properties – specifically its current site in the old two-story elementary school plus the old cafeteria known as the Bridge Street Conference Center.  The board further authorized the superintendent to sell or lease the old superintendent’s office (1935 red brick building) at 600 W. Pearl Street.  Board members will review any proposals before taking final action.
 
The full report is available at www.granburyisd.org/facilities under Facility Assessments and Demographic Studies.
 
Board members approved $800,000 in bond funds to purchase classroom furniture for elementary campuses.  The board also authorized the purchase of $300,000 in child nutrition program equipment.
 
Several summer facility improvement projects and corresponding budget amendments were also approved:  roof and tile at Baccus Elementary School; cafeteria sound systems for Granbury High School and Granbury Middle School.  Other improvements could be added to the list for work during the summer break.
 
Board members approved use of funds for the Instructional Materials Allotment to order classroom materials for languages other than English, career and technical education (CTE), statistics, algebraic reasoning, and special topics in social studies. The district will also be purchasing materials to meet the growth in any particular subject or grade level.
 
In other business, the board reviewed a list of employees who are retiring or resigning.  Also in personnel, board members extended contracts for district and campus administrators.
 
Other reports made to the board included:
  • Dr. Largent announced that he is nominating the school trustees for Honor Board program administered by the Texas Association of School Administrators.
  • Claudia Hurst, lead counselor at Granbury High School, and curriculum director Sharon William provided an overview of the district counseling program.
  • Financial statements, cash flow and investment report, categorical expenses report, and a bond expenditure report for February 2017 were presented to the board by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.
Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting, budget amendments, and the renewal of a bids for: athletic and athletic trainer supplies and equipment; instructional tools, professional books, teaching aids, supplies, and equipment.  The board cast ballots for the Region 11 Education Service Center board of directors and reviewed proposed changes in local district policy recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards; action will be taken at a future meeting.  Trustees also authorized participation in the Region 10 457(b) FICA Alternative Plan. 

Donations reported to the board included $3,027 from the Oak Woods PTO for a fourth grade field trip to Austin, $3,928 from Acton Elementary PTO for a fourth grade field trip to Austin, $1,573 from Wepay for GHS powerlifting team travel, and $300 from the Pirate Golf booster club for team travel.

Trustees will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 17.   Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.
 
 
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