By CATHY MOUNCE

cathym@ntin.net

Register Staff Writer

Improvements to Gainesville schools were on the agenda during the Gainesville Independent School District (GISD) board meeting Monday including $52,083.28 taken out of fund balance for installation of new playground equipment at Edison Elementary.

Superintendent Jeffrey Brasher advised the board that a safety issue was one of the top reasons to replace the aging equipment.

Brasher said, “Some of the equipment is rusted and two of the slides are broken and can’t be used. The pea gravel ground cover will also need to be removed.”

Brasher continued by saying that the new equipment will also have a swing for designed for children who require wheel chair assistance. He advised that normal shelf life for the eight-year-old outdated equipment is five to seven years and the new equipment will be a viable addition for up to ten years. Heartland Park & Recreation, LLC  will be supplying labor and equipment for the project and the company plans to have the project completed before school begins this year.

Other planned renovations include new paint and flooring at Chalmers Elementary, concrete work at Gainesville Middle School and energy efficient improvements under the Entegral project.

Natural grass will be used on the new baseball field as estimated costs to use artificial turf were determined to be cost prohibitive.  The turf would have been $5.75 per sq. ft. for a total of $612.612.00.

A bid for possible asbestos abatement and demolition of the Franklin building was received from AOC Environmental.

Brasher reported that an academic achievement and class ranking committee consisting of teachers, parents and administrators met in June to discuss proposed changes to the local school policy affecting class ranking and academic achievement. The board was presented with a draft for review. The board asked Brasher to reconvene with the committee for further discussion of and to update the board at the July GISD meeting.

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