GRANBURY ISD SCHOOL BOARD HEARS PROPOSAL FOR CONTRACTED CUSTODIAL SERVICES

April 15, 2014

The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting on April 14, 2014, and heard a presentation for possibly contracting custodial services.

The presentation from representatives of the GCA Services Group estimates that the company could operate the school district’s custodial services and provide savings of $125,000. The company currently provides service to 200 districts throughout the nation, including 23 in Texas with long-term relationships in Garland and Plano as well as area districts such as Cleburne, Crowley, Keene, and White Settlement.

All current district employees would be offered positions with GCA at the same pay rates and with comparable benefits. Any employee close to retirement under the Texas Teacher Retirement System would continue under GISD payroll and benefits.

School trustees will consider action on the GCA proposal at a future meeting. The board asked for additional information on personnel benefits available in order to ensure that employees will be taken care of if they transition from GISD to GCA.

A small increase in school lunch prices was necessary to conform to federal law. Trustees approved new charges beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The change only affects elementary lunch prices, which will increase by ten cents. The price increase will not affect students receiving free or reduced-priced meals. The current and new prices are below:

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Current Price

New Price
(Beginning in 2014-15 School Year)

Current Price

New Price
(Beginning in 2014-15 School Year)

Elementary Schools (PK-5)

$1.15

$1.15

$2.25

$2.35

Middle Schools (6-8)

$1.40

$1.40

$2.50

$2.50

High School and Crossland (9-12)

$1.65

$1.65

$2.65

$2.65

Adults

$1.90

$1.90

$3.25

$3.25

The board approved a change to the 2013-14 school calendar to make Thursday, May 29 a full school day and Friday, May 30 an early release day. The change was necessary for a waiver request to be submitted to the Texas Education Agency regarding missed instructional days due to bad weather and hazardous road conditions. School was closed on December 6 and 9-10 and again on February 11. The waiver would eliminate the need to make up more than two missed days. The request will be sent to TEA, but approval is not automatic.

In personnel action, the board extended probationary contracts for teachers and other professional employees for the 2014-15 school year. Several were moved to term contracts based on the recommendation of their supervisors. Board members also received notification of employees resigning and retiring. Trustees also approved the appointment of the assistant superintendent of finance and operations, head girls basketball coach/girls athletic coordinator, and two teachers for Mambrino School.

Other reports made to the board included:

  • Tim McClure of the Huckabee architectural firm discussed the bond projects. Plans for the controlled entry vestibules at elementary and middle schools are complete with construction scheduled for the summer. Subcontracting bids are currently being accepted for these projects. The architects also continue discussions as plans are under development for the high school transformation.
  • A report on proposed bus purchases under the 2013 bond program was outlined by transportation director Terry Slemmons: 2014 – 4 regular buses, 1 special education bus, and 2 activity buses; 2015 – 4 regular buses and 1 special education bus; 2016 – 3 regular buses. The activity buses would be used by extracurricular student groups with designed wraps by Granbury High School graphics students. In May, the board will review plans with and without the activity buses.
  • GHS principal Jeremy Ross discussed plans for band specialty instrument and percussion purchases under the bond program. With $400,000 in available bonds, Ross presented the recommendation for $258,000 in purchases at the high school and two middle schools for specific needs. The balance would be reserved based on storage needs as well as future instrument needs. Large student groups are projected in sixth and ninth grades for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The district will conduct a review of district policy in conjunction with Texas Association of School Boards in October, according to GISD superintendent Dr. James Largent. He also presented the TASB Policy Update 99 with proposed changes to local and legal district policy recommended by TASB. Trustees will consider adoption of the policy changes at a future meeting.
  • Largent reviewed ongoing implementation of the G2020 strategic plan. The goals, objective, and implementation documents are available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/2020.
  • The superintendent also discussed summer projects to be funded on proceeds from the sale of land to Hood County for the new county recreational facility The projects include playgrounds that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, school intercom systems, and new bleachers for the band at the football stadium.
  • Financial reports for February 2014, an investment report, and an interlocal management fee report were reviewed by executive director of finance Sharay Boynton.
Board members approved minutes from the last regular meeting, budget amendments, and bids and purchases for two special education buses and athletic supplies for fall sports. Trustees also continued participation in the Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Joint Fund and approved certification that the district’s instructional materials allotment conform with state curriculum guidelines under the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
 
Trustees will next convene for a special meeting to consider a guaranteed maximum price from the Buford Thompson Company for summer bond projects on Tuesday, April 29 at 12:00 P.M. The next regular monthly meeting will be Monday, May 19. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located next to the Administration Building at 600 W. Pearl Street.
 

 
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