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May 16, 2017
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting on May 15, 2017.
Board members voted to make Breathalyzer testing mandatory for Granbury High School students attending the annual school prom.  Last month, the board heard from students involved with T-MADD, a teen faction of Mothers Against Drunk Driving based at GHS, seeking to implement mandatory testing for this year’s event.  The students presented supporting information to advocate for the testing with the goal of encouraging a safe experience for all attendees.  As a result, there was voluntary testing of students at the recent GHS prom on April 29.
Board members signed on to a letter to Hood County Tax Assessor-Collector Teresa McCoy regarding McCoy's plan to collect property taxes for the county. The school board and administration believe this it is a duplication of work currently performed by the Hood County Appraisal District, will increase costs for the school district, and will create great confusion for local taxpayers getting separate bills from the county and HCAD.
The board took no action on a proposed contract with Right at School, a company that provides after-school programs and could potentially assume operations of the district’s Extended School Day Program.
Board members approved a bid by PlainsCapital Bank to serve as the school district’s bank depository for a two-year period beginning in September 2017.
Trustees adopted changes to local district policy to fine tune language regarding the calculation of grade point averages as well as additional clarifying wording on how to break potential ties between top students for the designation of valedictorian and salutatorian.
The board approved additional summer facility improvement projects:  security cameras at all elementary campuses, resurfacing of the transportation parking lot, painting at Baccus Elementary School and GHS athletic facilities, and replacement of letters on the Pirate Stadium press box.  The projects total about $220,519 with the bulk coming from bond funds for the security cameras and the remaining from district reserves.
In April, board members approved other  projects:  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; 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.  Previous projects approved by the board in March were:  roof and tile at Baccus; cafeteria sound systems for GHS and GMS.
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 professional employees currently on probationary contracts.
Other reports made to the board included:
  • Human resources director Wes Jones reported on results of employee participation in the Naturally Slim program, a wellness initiative to encourage healthy living and weight loss.
  • Director Dwight Butler provided an overview of the athletics and community education department.
  • Financial statements, cash flow and investment report, categorical expenses report, cooperative management fee report, and a bond expenditure report for April 2017 were presented to the board by assistant superintendent Dobie Williams.

Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting and budget amendments. Purchases approved include child nutrition equipment and student insurance.  Trustees also approved participation in the Region 10 Education Service Center Purchasing Cooperative for the 2017-18 school year.

Donations reported to the board included $756 from the Pirate Baseball booster club for student travel, $60 from the Pirate Golf booster club for post-district student travel.
Trustees will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 19.   Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.