By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Enrollment is up over last year across the Gainesville Independent School District (GISD) as reported by superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Brasher during the Monday ISD board meeting held at the GISD administration building.
“We have 105 more students than we had last year and as our numbers have increased, so has our dedication to provide the best support and education for GISD scholars,” Brash said. “Total enrollment currently is at 2828 students.”
“I am led to believe that the increase of students is a reflection of all the positive aspects about the GISD schools,” he said. “The faculty, staff, and administrative team have worked very hard to provide a safe and a first class education for our students. As we continue to provide a first class education I believe that our numbers will continue to increase.”
Regarding facility updates, Brasher said the Edison playground is about 60 percent complete with mulch for the ground area to be delivered at the end of the week.
He also said the Integral energy project including cost efficiency equipment for the school buildings is now going through final check lists and that the facilities are looking better every day.
Regarding sports updates, Brasher was excited about the Gainesville High School (GHS) football team’s winning start as well as the upcoming promising volleyball season.
Assistant superintendent Dr. Janice Mauldin updated the board on the GISD curriculum and instruction. Mauldin said that the GISD school district “Met Standards” as assessed by the Texas Education Agency this last year.
In comparison to other school districts, the GISD surpassed the required 50 percent passing requirement with 70 percent. GHS also received a “Distinction” by finishing in the top 25 percent of their comparison group.
Mauldin said, “We are creating an atmosphere to make positive change, not punitive, in order to increase student success. We are working to make all of our students college ready.”
Mauldin said that it was important to build relationships to determine how and why a student may be having difficulty in learning.
“Students have a voice and we need to hear from them,” she continued.
Mauldin also said that the administration is committed to building a team for collaborative learning which involves administrative meetings with principals, assistant principals and teacher leaders in order to provide for the success of all students.
GISD teacher of the month, Shannon McCuistion, was introduced to the school board by GHS principal David Glancy. McCuistion is the GHS Agriculture Science Teacher and FFA Advisor. She has increased the number of students taking agriculture-related classes from 45 to 155 students and has recently begun a floral design class.
Glancy said, “Whether it’s serving as a volunteer assistant softball coach, acting as a chaperone for Student Council during their week in San Angelo or helping counselors all week during schedule pick up, Ms. McCuistion’s servant leadership style is constantly on display.”
During the meeting, the board also approved continuation of the resolution recognizing the Cooke County 4-H organization eligible for extracurricular status consideration under Title 19, Texas Administrative Code Chapter 76.1.
The board approved the abatement of the Franklin Building due to public health concerns. The cost to remove the building including consulting fees is $158,200. The board had recently placed advertisements to sell the property as is without any interested parties coming forward. The abatement’s projected finish date is January 2014.
After touring the building, board member Mike Rosenberg said, “At first I was against tearing down this building but we must do what is best for our community. The building is a public health issue and I now agree that it must come down.”
District emergency plans were also detailed during the meeting with standard operating procedures specifically detailed for each school campus.