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SCHOOL TRUSTEES HOLDS MONTHLY MEETING
April 18, 2017
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting on April 17, 2017.
The board agreed to a telemedicine partnership with Cook Children’s Physician Network to provide visits with a pediatric nurse practitioner or pediatric doctor if a child is sick or needs medical attention that can be diagnosed and treated through the program. Visits would be coordinated with campus nurses during school hours, and parents would have the option to conference in by phone or video during the visit.
“Parents will opt in if they want to be part of the program,” commented superintendent Dr. James Largent. “I think it is a win-win for us and gives our parents another option for health care when their child has a minor ailment or sickness. Parents could potentially deal with sickness without having to take off work or take the child out of school.”
Hospital officials say that the program, which has been piloted in the Keller school district, would not replace the need for a primary care physician. The program would include co-pays, and the hospital indicates that it would assist students on Medicaid or without medical insurance.
It is expected that signups for the 2017-18 school year could be completed with the school district’s online registration process, when parents update student information and complete necessary paperwork through Skyward Family Access. Cook personnel are also planning to attend back-to-school events to help parents if they choose to participate.
The board heard from students involved with T-MADD, a teen faction of Mothers Against Drunk Driving based at Granbury High School, seeking to implement mandatory Breathalyzer testing at the upcoming prom. The students presented supporting information to advocate for the testing with the goal of encouraging a safe experience for all attendees. Dr. Largent cited legal concerns about implementing a requirement so close to the event, but the superintendent stated that the school could make the testing available on a voluntary basis this year to determine use at future proms. Largent also said that conducting the testing on a trial basis could allow school officials to determine length of time necessary to complete and other logistical considerations. Information will be communicated to GHS parents about the initiative.
Regarding old administration property, trustees approved a tentative property transfer agreement with Weatherford College for its current site in the old two-story elementary school plus the old cafeteria known as the Bridge Street Conference Center and one other adjacent building. The college expects to make improvements to those facilities and utilize the other buildings for science labs and a welding program.
The board further agreed to lease the old superintendent’s office (1935 red brick building) and board meeting room at 600 W. Pearl Street to the Forward Training Center of Hood County. The nonprofit organization – previously known as the Christian Women’s Job Corps – offers a variety of educational opportunities for men and women in the community to further their skills, goals, and career through life skills classes, job training, GED evening classes, and computer training.
Trustees adopted changes to local district policy recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards in Update 107. Other policy changes were approved to implement the District of Innovation designation that became effective on February 1 for a five-year period.
Board members approved several summer facility improvement projects: security cameras at elementary campuses; carpet squares in the Granbury Middle School lecture hall; bleachers outside the Granbury Marine Corps JROTC rifle range; resurfacing and painting the Granbury High School auditorium stage floor; replacement of wash stations at Baccus Elementary School; an additional conference room at GMS; additional restroom lighting at Baccus; installation of restroom partitions at Acton Elementary School; installation of sink in GHS theater arts classroom; refinishing of small gym floors at both Acton Middle School and GMS; repair and refinish gym floor in administration building. The projects total about $225,000 with the bulk coming from bond funds for the security cameras and the remaining from district reserves.
Previous projects approved by the board in March were: roof and tile at Baccus; cafeteria sound systems for GHS and GMS.
The board also voted to dispose of surplus furniture and equipment through a contracted auction service, which will handle all logistics and advertising to maximize the school district’s receipts.
In other business, the board approved staff appointments and reviewed a list of employees who are retiring or resigning. Also in personnel, board members extended contracts for non-probationary teachers, diagnosticians, counselors, speech language pathologists, librarians, nurses, and other employees. The board also made a change to the 2016-17 stipend schedule for the high school band’s color guard instructor.
Other reports made to the board included:
- Dr. Largent briefly addressed the current status of bills under consideration by the Texas Legislature.
- Financial statements, cash flow and investment report, categorical expenses report, and a bond expenditure report for March 2017 were presented to the board by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.
Donations reported to the board included $3,774 from the Mambrino PTO for student travel, $200 from the Pirate Golf booster club for team travel, $130 from the Lady Pirate Golf booster club for team travel, and $11,580 for a propane mower from the City of Granbury through the Hood County Clean Air Coalition.
Trustees will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 15. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.
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