James Largent: Get involved with our schools

August 9, 2014

What a great time to be a Granbury Pirate! Over the past two years, we have been working hard to plan the future of GISD. With our G2020 strategic plan now in place, the successful passage of our bond issue and the advanced curriculum we continue to expand, students in GISD have more opportunities than ever before to have a well-rounded and world-class education that prepares them for life.

Our entire community should be proud that Granbury High School students will be attending one of the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation, as designated by the U.S. News and World Report. In November, our F1 in Schools engineering team will be one of two American squads representing the United States at the world competition in Abu Dhabi. We will also continue to be highly competitive in many academic, athletic, and career and technical education competitions.

This fall, we will be wrapping up safety and security upgrades at our elementary and middle school campuses. For Oak Woods parents, we ask for your patience as the construction at that campus will progress into the school year, due to the additional construction for a small addition to the front of the building. Around November, construction should begin at Granbury High School as we start the transformation of that campus. We look forward to the expanded curriculum and program opportunities these facilities will allow us to offer GISD students for many years to come.

As a heads up to GHS student and parents, please know that sometime, long-term gains require some short-term pain. Beginning around Thanksgiving of this year, we will have some parking and parent drop-off issues around the high school as we will be taking up existing parking areas for new construction and building new parking lots. The high school staff is going to do their very best to notify everyone of parking arrangements as we move through the year. But, I will tell you now that you can expect some backups in the parking lots, students will likely not have a reserved spot as they have in the past, and parking areas may change from month to month, depending on where we are in construction. Please know that we are aware of this issue and will do our very best to make it as painless as possible.

We do ask for your patience and understanding, and there will be times when we are all frustrated. I can assure you that when the project is complete, it will be well-worth the short-term frustration.

We also look forward to continue building positive partnerships with local businesses and community groups that are taking an interest in our students, our schools, and recognizing the role they can have in the many positive things going on in our school district.

I would urge everyone in Granbury to get involved with our schools, attend ballgames, concerts, theater productions and many other activities that showcase the tremendous talent we have in GISD. It is indeed an honor and pleasure for all of us at GISD to work with the nearly 7,000 children of Granbury and our surrounding areas.

Best wishes for another successful school year!

Dr. Jim Largent is the superintendent of Granbury ISD. If you have topics you would like for him to address in future columns, he can be reached at [email protected]

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