October 22, 2019
Granbury ISD News: GISD SCHOOL TRUSTEES HEAR REPORT ON EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY
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October 22, 2019
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees heard a report on the Emma Roberson Early Learning Academy during its regular monthly meeting on October 21, 2019.
Principal Kellie Lambert presented plans for the new early childhood academy, which will provide full-day pre-kindergarten at the Emma Roberson campus beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Lambert outlined the vision to implement experience-based learning that it structured and academic with high rigor. The campus will focus on expanding students’ vocabulary through the immersed environment that provides rich learning opportunities. Several staff members, administrators, and school trustees have visited Mansfield ISD’s Academy for Early Learners for ideas and strategies for implementation of the Granbury campus.
Huckabee architects presented plans for renovation of old locker rooms at Brawner Intermediate School for additional classrooms to accommodate grades K-5 next school year, a new gymnasium at Baccus Elementary School, and a makerspace library at the STEAM Academy at Mambrino.
The board approved dedicating $5 million in fund balance reserves for facility improvements. Many small projects are still being reviewed and will be presented to the board in the coming months.
The board approved a memorandum of understanding with Tarleton State University for the Distinguished High School Partnership Program. The memorandum stipulates that the top 25% of each graduating class from Granbury High School will receive automatic admittance to Tarleton. The university also will waive requirements for ACT or SAT scores as well as the admissions application fee. Also included are scholarship opportunities and other assistance for both students and staff pursuing degrees.
Trustees approved the district improvement plan as well as campus improvement plans for Acton Middle School, Baccus, Brawner, Granbury High School, and Granbury Middle School. Also approved were targeted improvement plans for both Baccus and GMS. Plans for other campuses were approved in September. Developed to follow the G2020 strategic plan and the District of Innovation plan, the plans include needs assessments and other required information for Title I federal funding.
During a public hearing, assistant superintendent for finance and operations Dobie Williams stated that the school district received a superior rating under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2017-18 school year. The program, which is a financial accountability system required by state law and maintained by the Texas Education Agency, ensures quality performance in the management of the financial resources by the state’s school districts. A copy of the report is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/budget.
Trustees approved a resolution regarding the review of the district investment policy. The board designated superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn, assistant superintendent Dobie Williams, and business manager Kathy Butler as investment officers, who undergo independent training to comply with state law and district policy.
In personnel, trustees approved the appointment of GHS teacher Danny Guidry to be assistant principal at that campus. Also approved was the appointment of a special education teacher at Brawner. The board also received notification of one resignation and approved one request for catastrophic leave.
Reports to the board included:
- Dr. Glenn reported that district was moving forward with a salary study with the Texas Association of School Boards. He also reviewed a recently launched demographic study by Templeton Demographics to evaluate population and housing trends as well as campus facility needs for the next several years. The superintendent also spoke about possibly debt reduction plans of existing district-held bonds recommended by BOK Financial.
- Board president Mark Jackson reviewed continued education hours for school trustees. All board members exceeded requirements in all of areas of training on the state education code, team-building and assessment, and assessed needs.
- Amy Wood, technology director, outlined implementation of Alertus, a new emergency notification software, that will allow campus staff to report and receive notifications about medical, safety, and weather alerts.
- Dobie Williams, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, presented financial statements, cash flow reports, and a categorical expenses report for August 2019.
The board also approved minutes from the last regular meeting and several special meetings, budget amendments, and purchases and bids for: general merchandise and consumables; charter bus services; and grounds supplies and equipment repair services.
Board members approved requests for out-of-state travel: high school traveling to New England and Canada during Spring Break 2020; Mambrino staff visiting the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.
Trustees next convene for the regular month meeting on Monday, November 18. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room located in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.
JEFF MEADOR, Director of Communications