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January 29, 2014

Field contractors speak at GISD board meeting

Gainesville — Thoughts of spring and the call of “batter up” was envisioned at the Gainesville Independent School District (GISD) January board meeting Monday as contractors noted that completion of the new baseball and softball fields is just weeks away.

Mike Spencer, representing the building contractor Heartland, was on hand to update the board on the progress of the project.

Spencer said the project is scheduled for completion by Feb. 17, barring any unforeseen weather delays and or any further city requirements for completion.

“Gainesville will have a wonderful facility when it is completed,” Spencer said. “We had some unfortunate delays in the beginning based on misinformed assumptions but once we had the procedures ironed out, we were able to move forward with the design.”

Due to delays, the grass has not yet been seeded in the outfield.  Heartland is gathering costs together to lay sod on the field if deemed necessary due to the short time remaining for seed germination and growth.  Heartland is checking on the cost of sod.

Heartland is also working on the new bus barn facility for the GISD.

A new replacement bus, costing $88,198, was approved by the board for purchase and immediate use by the district from Longhorn Bus Sales of Houston.

GISD teacher of the month was Gainesville High School coach and math teacher, Keith Hall.

Gainesville High School principal David Glancy nominated Hall for the honor and said Hall expects his students to do their work on and off the field.

“He successfully holds his instructional duties as high as his coaching duties,” Glancy said. “He is held in high regard by the GHS faculty for his dedication inside the classroom.”

Board president Will Presson praised Hall for not only the 23 wins over the past two seasons but for efforts by the entire GHS math department to improve scores.

“Gainesville High School not only did well on the field, but thanks to all of our wonderful teachers in the GHS math department, our students tied other districts with the highest math scores.”  

In other board business, an election was ordered to be held on May 10, 2014 for the purpose of electing three trustees to the GISD board of trustees.

Place 1, 2, and 3 will be open and those interested in running must file by Jan. 29. Early voting begins April 28 through May 6.

Superintendent Jeff Brasher said that enrollment and attendance were down slightly with cold and flu season impacting attendance.

January was school board appreciation month and Brasher presented certificates to all board members thanking them for their service to the community. Current board members are Mike Rosenberg, place 1; Penni Nichols, place 2; Will Presson, place 3, Mike Schmitz, place 4; Doug Wade, place 5; Kent Sharp, place 6; and Corey Hardin, place 7.

“To be a good trustee, heart and hands are important,” Brasher said in thanking the board. “You have to have the heart to make a difference in serving the community and hands to make the service a reality.”

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