May 20, 2008


The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on Monday, May 19, 2008, and approved the appointment of two principals to fill positions at Acton Middle School and Nettie Baccus Elementary School.  The two slots are open due to the Jimmy Dawsonretirement of the current campus leaders, Bobby Mabery and Nancy Alana. 


Jimmy Dawson will be the new principal at Acton Middle School.  He previously worked in Granbury ISD as the principal at Granbury Middle School from 2003 until 2007.  He began his educational career in 1993 as a teacher and coach in the Panhandle town of Borger, where he eventually became an assistant principal.  He later served as an elementary school principal in Plainview.


Beverly Huffman will lead Baccus Elementary School.  She is currently the principal of Meridian Elementary School, which is an exemplary campus that was recently recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.  Huffman previously worked in Granbury ISD as a curriculum coordinator for bilingual and at-risk students.  She began her career as a teacher in Glen Rose and Walnut Springs.
Beverly Huffman 

Trustees received a report on summer school programs.  Students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade will attend June 9-July 2, 2008, from 7:45 A.M. until 3:05 P.M.  Students in grades 6-8 will attend Granbury Middle School, while those in elementary and intermediate grades will be at Emma Roberson Elementary School.  Crossland Ninth Grade Center will hold an academy for incoming freshmen.  Granbury High School will hold two sessions from June 10, 2008, through July 18, 2008.  These classes will meet from 8:30-10:30 A.M. with a second session to follow from 10:45 A.M.-12:45 P.M.  Board members also approved the purchase of curriculum to be used in the summer program for kindergarten through 8th grade.  More information on summer school is available at


Board members approved an in-school GED program at STARS Academy, which is the district’s alternative academic high school.  While the school will continue to focus on assisting students with obtaining their high school diploma, the GED program will assist those students who are at risk of dropping out.  Only students meeting certain criteria will be eligible.


Financial and investment reports were reviewed by Executive Director of Finance Sharay Boynton.  In addition, Facilities Director Randy Leach updated the board about the progress of the new agriculture science complex.  Leach also stated that construction of canopies at elementary and intermediate campuses will begin in early June.


In other action, the board approved personnel appointments and received notification of retirements and resignations.  Also approved were minutes from the last regular meeting as well as budget amendments.  Purchases were approved for technology items, student insurance, computer and copy paper, physical education supplies, athletic trainer supplies, magazine and periodical services, ceramic and porcelain floor tile, food service equipment, and school supplies.

Barbara Herrington and Don Walton Take the Oath of Office 

The trustees authorized the Board President and Superintendent to proceed to mediation regarding a teaching contract.  The board members also retained an attorney for the mediation and proposed nonrenewal hearing.


At the conclusion of the meeting, the board canvassed the results of the May 10th trustee election.  President Jerry Campbell announced the results indicating that the following candidates won:  Place 1, Don Walton; Place 2, Barbara Herrington.  The two successful candidates received the oath of office to serve three-year terms.  Following the swearing in, the board elected a new slate of officers:  Charlie Cloud, president; Jerry Campbell, vice president; and Micky Shearon, secretary.  At left, trustees Herrington and Walton receive the oath office from Carola Bradley, Secretary to the Superintendent. 


Trustees will next meet on Monday, June 9, 2008.

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