GISD board hears academic, financial status

September 21, 2013

The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees heard state academic and financial accountability reports during its regular monthly meeting Monday.

In academics, Assistant Superintendent Carol Howard reported that the district and all campuses met the new state accountability standard. GISD students performed better than the region and state on three of the four areas, and three campuses – Granbury High School, Crossland Ninth Grade Center, and Mambrino – received distinction designations.

During a public hearing, Executive Director of Finance Sharay Boynton stated that the school district was recognized for superior achievement through the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2011-12 school year.

The program, which is a financial accountability system required by state law and maintained by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), ensures quality performance in the management of the financial resources by the state’s school districts. The superior rating received by GISD is the highest available under the system.

Trustees approved a class size waiver to the Texas Education Agency for a fourth-grade class at Acton Elementary School. The class is just above the state maximum of 22 students, and enrollment may fluctuate over the next few weeks and could fall back to 22 or lower. District and campus administration will continue to monitor enrollment at all campuses, school officials say.

Regarding personnel, board members approved an amendment to 2013-14 employee compensation plan for an extra duty pay stipend for an interventionist at Granbury High School. Also approved was the appointment of a new kindergarten teacher at Acton Elementary School.

Trustees also conducted a goal-setting session for Superintendent James Largent’s annual evaluation.

Trustees approved an order amending the call for the November 2013 bond election. The change reflects several school sites that will host early voting in evenings prior to the election as well as modifies early voting for Somervell County residents. Election information is available on the school website at

Reports made to the board included:

Largent reviewed continued implementation of the G2020 strategic planning initiative. The superintendent also outlined administrative guidelines on when the district will pay for student travel to non-UIL competitions in order to distinguish between invitational events and other competitions in which teams or students advance. Sponsors and other team leaders should also submit advance notice at the beginning of the school year for any possible travel. The district will not fund overnight travel for elementary students or international travel. Extenuating circumstances may be submitted for consideration.

The budgets for federal programs were reviewed by Curriculum Director Sharon Williams. The programs cover Title I, Title II, and Title III of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act as well as career and technical and special education programs.

Board members approved minutes from the last special meeting and several bids and purchases for general merchandize as well as automotive and truck parts. Also approved was continued participation in a workers compensation self-insurance program.

The board appointed trustee Barbara Herrington to represent GISD at the Texas Association of School Board’s Delegate Assembly.

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