By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Gainesville ISD superintendent Jeffrey Brasher updated the GISD board of regents at Monday night’s board meeting regarding the improvements being made to the GISD campuses.
He noted that the driveways at the middle school are being reworked to better accommodate bus traffic and the cafeteria floors have been replaced with more renovations at the middle school to be made as time and money permits.
The baseball field is being lined as bases are installed. Fences will be going in soon around the perimeter of the field.
Brasher said that the Edison Elementary School playground equipment should be completely installed by the first day of school on Monday.
He also said the energy efficiency projects are just about complete and in great working order.
The 2013-2014 tax rate was set at $1.29 which has decreased over last year.
A continued memorandum of understanding agreement was again approved between the GISD and Callisburg ISD.
Also on the agenda was approval of the 2013 budget and the adoption of the 2013-2014 budget. After expenses of $21,529,467.50 in the budget for 2013, a fund balance of $779,781 was estimated. A fund balance of $839,851 was estimated for 2014.
The Student Code of Conduct for 2013-2014 was approved and the GISD teacher appraisal calendar was set for September 16 through May 13, 2014 with the following appraisers approved: April Waggoner, Tammy Fuhrmann, Glenn Fry, Sharon Norwood, Vance Wells, Dee Dosher, John Martin, Ted Beal, M.J. Mateo, Marvyn White, David Glancy, Melissa Hutchinson, Ridwan Williams and Kim Parsons for appeals process only.
Region XI contract summary report for additional services was approved at a cost of $84,083.59.
The billboard project involving the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC), GISD and the City of Gainesville was approved and costing was detailed. One of the two billboards will be used by the GISD school promoting GISD events and school information. The second billboard will be used by the GEDC and the City of Gainesville promoting the city. The only cost to the GISD will be to pay for the electricity powering the led lights which is estimated at $50 per month. Additional maintenance of the sign will also be an additional expense. The GEDC will pick up all other costs associated with the two new billboards.
The board also approved $325,000 to be allotted for the new transportation facility to maintain and house the school buses.
The facility will include a service area, an 8-ft security fence and camera surveillance. Further investigation of the ground preparation with the Heartland company will be addressed by Brasher.