GISD SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES MOVE TO SEMESTER FOR GRADES 9-12, HEARS ACADEMIC REPORTS

January 23, 2007
 
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation presented by campus leadership from Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center to move to a semester system for grades 9-12 beginning with the 2007-2008 school year. The move will replace the current trimester structure in place at both schools.
 
GHS Principal Marsha Grissom and CNGC Principal Lynn Pool stressed that the change was in the best interests of the students because it will add instructional time as well as allow classes to meet daily. Several logistical details regarding this move will be addressed now that the board issued its authorization.
 
Board members heard several academic reports:
  • GMS Principal Jimmy Dawson and AMS Principal Bobby Mabery led a presentation to highlight innovations regarding common scope and sequences, short-term common assessments, and instructional snapshots. The common scope and sequences allow for viable curriculum at all campuses so that comparisons can be made; this is particularly important if a student moves to a new school within the district. Through the utilization of common assessments, teachers can determine what techniques are working and if students are mastering subject materials. Instructional snapshots also improve learning by sharing of ideas and finding effective teaching practices.
  • A summary regarding high school allotment was delivered to the board by Curriculum Director Sharon Whitefield along with Mrs. Grissom and Mrs. Pool. The allotment provides funds to GISD in order to implement programs to promote college readiness, advanced academic courses, and high school completion and success initiatives. Mrs. Whitefield detailed several goals for the district in utilizing these funds. STARS Academy Principal Edwin Young also addressed the board about the allotment for that campus.
  • GHS Counselor Ann Schmidt provided an update on the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS).  The presentation included data on the high school completion and dropout rates for GISD in comparison to the state and other school districts in the Region 11 education service area. Mrs. Schmidt outlined strategies pursued by the district to prevent students from dropping out of school. She also listed methods to improve academic performance in order to prepare students for college and the workforce.

Facilities Director Randy Leach updated the board regarding the proposed baseball and agriculture facilities. He also discussed the placement of canopies at all elementary and intermediate campuses. Mr. Leach and the architects will be meeting this week to seek input from campus personnel on these projects. Plans will be submitted to the board at a future meeting.

The board authorized Board President Jerry Campbell and Superintendent William Harris to negotiate a contract for a prospective buyer of the school property at 205 E. Pearl Street (old Methodist church building on the square). The board will review the proposed contract at a future meeting.
 
Trustees called an election for May 12, 2007, for Places 5, 6, and 7 on the school board. A candidate workshop for those interested in serving on the district’s governing body will be held on Monday, February 19, 2007, at 6:00 P.M. in the GISD Board Meeting Room. Current board members received certificates of appreciation from Mr. Harris for their public service in conjunction with School Board Recognition Month.
 
Other reports to the board included the financial and investment summaries for November 2006 presented by Executive Director of Finance Sharay Boynton, who also provided a brief overview of the mineral rights leasing process. Mr. Harris discussed proposed changes to district policies provided by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), which will be considered by the board at the next regular meeting.