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GISD SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES APPROVE 2020-21 CALENDAR CHANGE

June 16, 2020 

Granbury ISD School Board

The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees approved changes to the 2020-21 school year during its regular monthly meeting on June 15, 2020. 

The amended calendar was necessary to address guidance from the Texas Education Agency, which advises all Texas school districts to build in additional instructional days and minutes in case of a campus or district closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The district did not make wholesale changes to the calendar, according to assistant superintendent Ron Holmgreen. Instead, the modifications include additional days at the beginning and one at the end. The school year still ends by the end of May 2021. 

The school year will now begin on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (instead of Tuesday, August 18).  In addition, many teacher professional development days (student holidays) were eliminated.  The calendar also removed all early release days, which means all school days will be for the full instructional time.  Spring Break was moved to March 8-12, 2021, to align with area universities.  The last day of school will be Thursday, May 27, 2021. 

 

Original 2020-21 Calendar

New 2020-21 Calendar

First Day of School

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Spring Break

March 15-19, 2021

March 8-12, 2021

Last Day of School

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Campuses will also be adding 10 minutes to the instructional day. Start and end times are: 

 

2019-20 Times

New 2020-21 Times

Elementary School (PK-5)

7:30am-3pm

7:25am – 3:05pm

Middle School (6-8)

8:36am-4:15pm

8:35am-4:15pm

Granbury High School (9-12)

8:55am-4:25pm

8:45am-4:25pm

If the additional days and instructional minutes are not needed to cover any possible closure, the district anticipates returning excess minutes and days to students and staff through modification of start and end times as well as adding student/teacher holidays into the calendar during the spring semester. 

The school calendar is available on the GISD website at www.granburyisd.org/calendar

Board members took no action on highway frontage property located at 371 Loop 567 at the entrance of Nettie Baccus Elementary School.  The district is negotiating for purchase of the small strip of land in order to install an electronic marquee to be visible from the road. 

The board waived tuition fees for GISD staff children attending full-day pre-kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year.  The small number of pre-registered children will not require the addition of personnel, and pre-kindergarten will still be offered at multiple campuses next school year, according to superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn. 

In personnel, trustees approved several professional staff appointments – including Michael Pickett as new assistant principal at Acton Middle School, Melissa Shipp as new assistant principal at Baccus Elementary School, and Lissa Oliver as new instructional specialist at Oak Woods School. Board members also completed an evaluation the superintendent. 

Other reports to the board included: 

  • Dr. Glenn stated that he would be contacting all GISD employees regarding the district’s intent to have in-person school beginning in August and that staff members would be encouraged to notify the district if they did not feel comfortable returning to work.
  • Curriculum director Sharon Williams reviewed the annual report for the Community Schools Health Advisory Council.
  • Dobie Williams, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, announced that refinancing of existing bond was completed in early June resulting in savings of $14.05 million to GISD taxpayers.  Given the market conditions to due to the COVID-19 pandemic, financial advisors reported that the savings is $2.8 million higher than originally estimated in February.
  • Some additional campus facility improvement projects will be completed with existing $5 million fund previously allocated by the board, according to Dobie Williams. The added projects include painting of two portable buildings at Acton Elementary School and replacement of athletic lockers at Granbury High School.
  • Dobie Williams reviewed COVID-19 expenditures under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund and presented financial statements, cash flow, investment, and categorical expenses reports for May 2020.

The board approved minutes from the last regular meeting and a special meeting as well as budget amendments.  Trustees approved renewal of online subscriptions, disposing or recycling of out-of-adoption instructional materials and technology, and a waiver to TEA regarding seventh grade diagnostic instrument.  The board also approved the call for a school trustee election for Places 1 and 2 in November 2020.  Board members also approved grant funding totaling $118,000 to improve video surveillance at school campuses.

Trustees next convene for the regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.