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April 16, 2019 

Granbury ISD School Board

The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting on April 15, 2019. 

The board approved a resolution calling for the recession of voting entitlement system used by the Hood Central Appraisal District. The system implemented in 1988 allows for one vote per taxing entity.  The district resolution calls for voting proportional to property taxes imposed by each entity; this is consistent with Texas Tax Code and the method that most appraisal districts in the state use. 

Trustees also adopted a resolution allowing the school district to participate in civic events hosted by the chamber of commerce, service clubs, and other community organizations.  The resolution is necessary to declare the district’s participation a valid public purpose for the expenditure of district funds.  As of 2017, the GISD property tax levy comprises almost 63% of the total collected by HCAD. 

Board members approved an administrative recommendation to extend contracted programs and services through the Region 11 Education Service Center. The recommendation was to only continue with certain services rather than continue with bundled offerings. This change will save the district money and allow for partnerships with other region service centers that specialize in certain areas, according to assistant superintendent Ron Holmgreen. 

The board approved a Fiber Optic Network project totaling $120,000. This project with the Region 11 Education Service Center will include a 10 GB connection as well as build-out and service through April 2023.  The expenditure is the last purchased with 2013 bond proceeds, according to district technology director Amy Wood. 

Trustees adopted a resolution allowing for Individual Graduation Committees for former students who completed all classes and local requirements but did not pass all portions of the previous TAKS test.  The committees will be able to evaluate each individual student to determine awarding a high school diploma.  This involves approximately thirty students who entered high school before the 2011-12 school year. 

In personnel action, trustees approved staff appointments and received notification of several retirements and resignations effective at the end of the school year.  New administrators include:  Brian Caruthers, transportation director; Jeff Hastings, chief of safety and security; Amy Parker, support services director.  Trustees also renewed contracts for department and campus professional staff members. 

Additional reports to the board included: 

  • Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn discussed ongoing efforts in developing the G2025 strategic plan, an upcoming Breakfast with the Board event at Granbury Middle School, and completion of a roof project at Oak Woods School.
  • An overview of the Athletic/Community Education Department was provided by director Dwight Butler, who also introduced all high school head coaches.
  • New regulations for the Sick Leave Bank for district employees experiencing catastrophic illnesses was reviewed by human resources director Wes Jones.
  • Dobie Williams, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, presented financial and cash flow statements as well as a categorical expenses report for March 19. Williams also review a cooperative management fee report for fiscal year 2017-18.

The board approved minutes from the last regular meeting and a special meeting, budget amendments, and purchases and bids for:  instructional tools, professional books, and teaching aids, athletic and athletic trainer supplies and equipment; HVAC and refrigeration supplies and equipment.  Trustees also extended the depository contract with Plains Capital Bank for the 2019-21 biennium. 

Donations reported to the board included: $300 from the American Heart Association for supplies at STEAM Academy at Mambrino; $4,000 grant from the Society for Science & The Public for science supplies at Granbury High School; $9,081 from the Acton Elementary PTO for television screens, mounting hardware, and Chromebit sticks; $4,740 for donated outdoor fitness equipment at Oak Woods. 

The next regular school board meeting is Monday, May 20.  Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.