By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
The Gainesville Independent School District (GISD) received a nice surprise at the Monday meeting when a $17,615.75 rebate check from Entegral Solutions was presented to Dr. Jeffrey Brasher on behalf of the district from Mike Cothran, representative of Entegral Solutions.
The project was implemented over the summer as a district wide energy conservation and facility improvement plan.
“GISD is committed to working with companies that are committed to excellence and watching out for the best interest of our district,” Brasher said. “The rebate check was something above and beyond the contract to help maximize tax dollars for the citizens of GISD! Overall Entegral has helped GISD improve our energy efficiency by updating the antiquated HVAC units in the district. The rebate will certainly help offset the cost of the efficiency upgrades.”
Tracy Henry, fifth grade science teacher at Lee Intermediate was named teacher of the month during the meeting. Henry, in her 9th year with the GISD, has received this recognition once before.
“I am surprised and honored for this award again,” said Henry. “I love my kids and encourage them to explore the outdoor world.”
Currently Henry is working with North Central Texas College’s Dr. Lisa Bellows and grants coordinator Sara Flusche on field trips to Leper Lake where students are learning about flora, fauna and how to identify trails and tracks.
Brasher said that the GISD continues to grow with 26 more students over all.
He also reported that the baseball field is pending approval from city architects that will then report to the city that the field is ready to go. Once approved, the city will issue the proper permit and the field should be ready to go for spring baseball season.
Brasher also reported that fences are going up around the new bus barn and the facility should be established shortly.
GISD director of finance, Paula Garner, stated that Gainesville earned a “Superior Achievement” rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas in 2011-2012.
According to the TEA website, “the purpose of the financial accountability rating system (Texas Administrative Code Title 19, 109.1001) is to ensure that school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and achieve improved performance in the management of their financial resources. The system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to manage their financial resources better in order to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. The system will also disclose the quality of local management and decision-making processes that impact the allocation of financial resources in Texas public schools.”
A continued partnership with the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition was approved by the board with total invoiced amount of $1832 to be paid to the coalition.
Larry Partain was approved as a nominee for the Cooke County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
An agreement for lease of real property for outdoor advertising displays was approved as was a gift agreement between the GISD and the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation. The GEDC has offered to donate the costs for installation of outdoor advertising displays to be placed on GISD property through a lease agreement.
Schalk & Smith, certified public accountants were approved to continue the GISD annual financial audit.