By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer
New school board officers Corey Hardin (Place 7) and Kent Sharp (Place 6) were sworn in by Judge Chris Cypert during the Gainesville Independent School District Board meeting Monday.
Also during the meeting the board elected officers for this year with Will Presson elected as president, Mike Schmitz elected vice-president and Penni Nichols elected secretary.
Special recognition was given to two GISD teacher’s of the month. Jamie Blumberg of Edison Elementary School and Melissa Hutchison of Gainesville High School.
Edison Elementary Principal Sharon Norwood said Blumberg helps her students prepare for the future.
“ Ms. Blumberg has high expectations of her students but helps them to gain the tools necessary to reach those expectations and does what ever it takes to help a student learn,” Norwood said.
Gainesville High School principal David Glancy nominated Melissa Hutchison of GHS as the secondary GISD teacher of the month.
“Ms Hutchison combines outstanding instructional ability with a high level of involvement in student and community activities,” he said. “Her patience, heard work and persistence has a strong positive effect on the overall school climate of GHS.”
During the executive session Hutchison was also promoted to assistant principal at GHS.
In addition to recognition of the two teachers, the board recognized The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cooke County by thanking them for their contributions to Gainesville youth.
Framed certificates for Media Honor Roll for 2013 were presented to Jim Perry of the Gainesville Daily Register and Dee Blanton of KGAF Radio who both sponsor coverage for all aspects of the GISD events.
Superintendent Jeffrey Brasher commented on the enrollment and attendance noting that since the last meeting attendance has improved but with the end of school year fast approaching, enrollment was down.
Action items in the meeting included approval of Cooke County Appraisal District to continue assessing and collecting school taxes for the county.
Other agenda items included improvements to area schools and offices.
The GISD accepted One Source Commercial Flooring’s bid of $57,160.36 to provide new flooring for Chalmers Elementary.
The company Kyocera will be upgrading several district copy machines.
The board noted that although Kyocera was not the lowest bid, their exceptional service earned them a five year contract to provide leasing equipment for the district at a total of $5607.60 per month.
The board approved the GISD to obtain bids for the demolition and abatement of the old Franklin school building which is currently being used by the GISD maintenance department.
A two year extension of the Interlocal Agreement with Property Casualty Alliance of Texas (PCAT) was approved.
The executive session consisted of approval and hiring of personnel for the 2013-2014 school year.