GEF Board of Directors Meeting - October 8, 2020

GEF Meeting

October 8, 2020

Call to Order

Stacy called the meeting to order at 1:33- location was the Lecture Hall at Granbury High School in the CTE wing of the building.

Stacy called for a review of the minutes from the September 10 meeting.

  • Michael Ross made a motion to accept
  • Ronnie Hansen seconded the motion
  • Motion carried

Board members in attendance:  Stacy Mitchell, Suzanne Francis, Sara Galvan, Jeremy Glenn, Ronnie Hansen, Michelle Lucero, Blake Marion, Ruth Matheny, Nancy Peterson, and Michael Ross.  Via Zoom: Robert Doshier, Heidi Pippin, and Louise Willett.  Chelsea Thompson by phone conference.

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Jeremy Glenn reported that things continue to go well, and teachers continue doing a good job.

  • Covid cases continue to climb with over 45 cases total, 156 close contact, and 13 active cases.
  • Goal is for schools to stay open
  • Meetings continue by Zoom
  • District goal is to be normal after Christmas
  • Hope to no longer have virtual learners in Spring semester

This weekend is Homecoming versus Copperas Cove.  The game is sold out, and the Homecoming Court will be presented at half-time.

School Calendar will probably be changed after the next School Board meeting:

  • Building in more Covid days (14)
  • Five days added to Christmas break
  • School will end a week early
  • Professional Development for teachers will occur at the end of May
  • More time will be allowed for Summer School
    • Virtual learners are not doing well
    • Correlation between low income and failure rate (60%) with virtual learners
    • Child Advocacy Center reported that when schools closed in March child abuse cases rose, but when schools reopened in August case loads went down because no one was there to report cases

Graduation will be at Pirate Stadium again this year with added attention to details and security.

Thank-you to Jimmy Dawson for hosting this meeting so that GEF board could see some results of previous grants.

Treasury Report by Blake Marion

The July and August reports were presented; everyone had printed copies; no questions were submitted.

Taxes which were due in July of 2019 were not filed

  • Possible fine by the IRS, but it may be forgiven

Taxes for 2020

  • Accountant has completed the form

Blake received a called from First National Bank asking if we wanted to keep the account open

Motion to accept by Ronnie Hansen

Motion seconded by Michael Ross

Motion carried


GEF Grant Report by Nancy Peterson

Forty-four grants were received by the deadline Grant Committee will have at least ten days to read the grants, and it will meet on October 19 to vote on which grants to accept.

Prize Patrol is planned for November 17 with possible modifications of presentations due to Covid protocols. 

  • An anonymous donation for a climbing wall at Brawner Intermediate for $12,818 will be presented this year.

Motion to accept by Michelle Lucero

Seconded by Suzanne Francis

Motion carried


Development and Marketing Report by Holly Martin and Michelle Lucero

Due to cancellation of Fifty Fellows as the primary fund raiser for GEF, an online auction had been suggested.  However, it had been decided that there would not be an online auction.

  • Sponsors from 2019 will donate again in 2020

Committee is interested in receiving videos from teachers who have received grants and tell how the grants have impacted students.

  • “Testimonial Tuesdays” – weekly videos from teachers showing how the grants have helped students
  • Danielle Parsons, Director of Technology, will be asked for assistance.

Ronnie Hansen explained that Capital Plains Bank held an online auction which raised 20% more money that last year’s traditional auction.  A program was purchased for this auction, and he said it worked quite well.  Discussion of the possibility of an online auction for GEF resumed.



Gift Bags will be presented to all 950+ GISD employees on November 12 prior to the GEF Board meeting.

  • Chelsea Thompson reported that HEB will donate all the items for the gift bags
  • Volunteers are needed on November 10 to assemble the gift bags.

Becky Mauldin from United Way has offered to cooperate with GEF for a tailgating fundraiser before the football game on November 14.

  • Proceeds will be split 50/50
  • Food provided by Taco Casa

Motion to accept by Michael Ross.

Motion seconded by Ruth Matheny

Motion carried


Ribbon Cutting for The Anchor

Board Meeting adjourned to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Anchor School Store by the Granbury Chamber of Commerce

  • Mike Scott, President of the Chamber of Commerce, presented
  • Kylee Peterson explained the purpose and functions of the school store and the responsibilities of the students.
  • Each student spoke to the crowd and explained their role at the store and DECA
  • GEF Board members were presented a T-shirt which students printed using a machine received from a 2016 GEF grant.