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GISD SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES HEAR ACADEMIC ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT
January 26, 2021
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees heard a state academic accountability report during its regular monthly meeting on January 25, 2021.
Ron Holmgreen, assistant superintendent, reviewed data from the 2019-20 Texas Academic Performance Report issued by the Texas Education Agency. All districts and schools in the state were not rated due to a disaster declaration issued by the governor because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Districts will administer the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams this spring, but results will not count toward district and campus accountability this year. The district and campuses reports are available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/reports.
The district plans to hold reading academies for K-3 teachers and restorative practices training this summer. Intervention programs will continue for leveled literacy in grades K-8 and math foundational skills for all grades. Baccus Elementary is currently holding Saturday school for several students who need academic assistance. For Granbury High School, the district will target college, career, and military readiness through paying tuition and fees for dual credit and Advanced Placement courses, offering Texas Success Initiative assessments, and adding new OnRamps dual enrollment courses through the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, the technology department will distribute several new Chromebooks to campuses. Both Baccus and Granbury Middle School will continue targeted improvement plans through 2022.
Trustees approved a calendar for the 2021-22 school year. The calendar presented includes a start date of Tuesday, August 17, 2021, as well as a three-week Christmas Break between semesters. Spring Break is tentatively set for March 7-11, 2022, but could change to align with Tarleton State University. The last day of school will be Thursday, May 26, 2022, with graduation to follow on May 27 in Pirate Stadium.
Board members approved $838,600 for a renovation project at Brawner Elementary School to convert old middle school locker rooms and theater rooms into eight kindergarten classrooms. The project was delayed in Spring 2020 after tCOVID-19 caused high construction bids stemming from economic uncertainty. Work will begin February and is scheduled for completion prior to the start of the 2021-22 school year. Other projects at Baccus and STEAM Academy at Mambrino were tabled.
The board approved a contract with Templeton Demographics for ongoing services to continue analysis of student demographic and enrollment trends. The firm will update its prior report in the spring and fall to apply housing research and student attendance data to help the district with long-range facility planning as well as with attendance zones.
Regarding personnel, the board completed the formative evaluative for superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn. Board president Mark Jackson praised the superintendent’s leadership particularly while guiding the district through the pandemic. The board also approved appointments for campus professional staff and also reviewed notices of retirements and resignations.
The board extended Emergency Paid Sick Leave for employees impacted by COVID-19. Comparable leave previously was available through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), but those provisions expired on December 31, 2020. The board action continues the initiative by providing up to ten days of leave for staff members who test positive for COVID or are required to self-isolate due to exposure. Employees who have already exhausted all previous leave under the federal program will not be eligible for additional leave. The board action extends the leave option through the last day of instruction of this school year.
Trustees tabled action after reviewing options to broadcast or livestream future board meetings.
Reports to the board included:
- Glenn updated provided a Superintendent’s Report to the board.
- Dobie Williams, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, presented financial statements and cash flow reports for December 2020.
In other business, trustees approved minutes from the last regular meeting and budget amendments. Trustees approved regular pay for hourly employees due to bad weather causing a late start for a staff day on January 11. The board also designated Dr. Glenn, Dobie Williams, and Emmett Whitefield as district investment officers.
Donations to the district included: $10,000 from the Texas Airguard Maximum Effort for the Granbury Marine Corps JROTC program; $25,819.97 from Jon Brumley and Romney Carey for the GHS robotics team. At the meeting, the Hyde Law Firm presented $3,000 coming from a will and estate-planning program for district employees; the donation will go toward the GHS Pirate Band, GHS Drumline, and Granbury ISD Education Foundation.
Trustees next convene for the regular month meeting on Monday, February 22, 2021. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.