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GISD SCHOOL BOARD SWEARS IN NEWLY ELECTED TRUSTEES
November 16, 2020
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees swore in newly elected school board members during its regular monthly meeting on November 16, 2020.
The board began by canvassing results from the November general election. Trustees approved the results, with incumbents Mike Moore Dr. Barbara Herrington winning new term for Places 1 and 2 respectivelyfor full three-year terms expiring in November 2023. Newcomer Dr. Paula McDonald was previously declared the winner to fill the unexpired term for Place 7 expiring in November 2022; that special election was cancelled due to having only one candidate.
|Official Canvassed Results - Granbury ISD School Board Election|
The board also reorganized with re-election of the existing slate of officers: Mark Jackson, president; Barbara Townsend, vice president; Dr. Barbara Herrington, secretary.
Trustees adopted local policy changes to align with the District of Innovation designation and current practices to allow for flexibility in hiring personnel for elective courses at the middle school level. GISD has held the innovation designation since 2017 with some additional changes in 2018.
Board members approved paying off Series 2013 bonds with $1.759 million in excess debt service tax collections as well as debt service fund balance. The early payment of principal in February 2021 on these bonds will save local taxpayers approximately $238,111.25 in future interest costs. Recommending the “prepaying” of the bonds was BOK Financial Securities, the school district’s financial advisor.
In personnel, the board approved the appointment of a new automotive technology instructor at Granbury High School and reviewed the resignation of two professional employees.
Reports to the board included:
- Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn updated the board on measures taken to address COVID-19, including expanding mask requirements to include students in PK-3 in order to limit close contacts if those classes have an exposure.
- Board president Mark Jackson announced that all trustees previously in office either met or exceeded all state-required continuing education for team building, evaluating student academic performance and setting goals, and other training.
- Jimmy Dawson, director of career and technical education, reported that the district was moving forward with ways to expand and strengthen the CTE program for both high school and middle schools as well as in alignment with industry demand and workforce needs. A recent evaluation by Career & Technical Association of Texas found that GISD increased CTE student participation by 26%, that all programs of study have been updated to align with state requirements, and that each program will offer at least one certification. Dawson said that the district will working to establish technical dual credit offerings, to broaden student organization participation, and to expand the aviation program to include an introductory class, a course on ground school, and a practicum on flight training.
- Transportation operations were reviewed by director Brian Caruthers. He explained current goals in promoting safety, attracting and retaining bus drivers, maintaining and replacing the bus and white fleet vehicles, providing support for extracurricular and field trips. Caruthers discussed the aging fleet of vehicles, the need to offer competitive pay, as well as the challenges of distance in time in transporting students to centralized specialty programs. With COVID-19, department personnel are focused on masks and face coverings, hand sanitizing for students boarding buses, and sanitizing buses between bus routes.
- Dobie Williams, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, presented financial statements and cash flow reports for October 2020.
In other business, trustees approved minutes from the last regular meeting and a recent special meeting. The board also approved budget amendments as well as bids and purchases for: grounds and security supplies, equipment, and repair services; career and technical education supplies and equipment for agriculture, engineering, health science, floral design, and automotive technology courses. The board also renewed participation in the Region 10 Education Services Center’s Multi-Region Purchasing Cooperative for child nutrition purchases.
Donations to the district included: $3,500 from an anonymous donor to the Granbury Marine Corps JROTC rifle team; $2,000 from Arrow Feed and Seed to fund t-shirts for the Granbury FFA program; and $200 from Renew Home Exteriors for the JROTC program.
Trustees next convene for the regular month meeting on Monday, December 14. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.