Robert E. Lee ESL teacher Ashley Webb is presented to the school board as GISD teacher of the month by superintendent Jeffrey Brasher Monday.

The Gainesville Independent School Board (GISD) convened Monday for the February meeting at which Robert E. Lee Intermediate teacher Ashley Jones was named GISD teacher of the month.

Jones was nominated by Lee principle Dee Dosher who said that Jones’ innovative approach in teaching English second language students (ESL) has shown a positive increase in fourth grade reading from 8.45 percent to 43.48 percent during the last six weeks.

In other  GISD news, Heartland Park & Recreation’s  Mike Hill reported to the board regarding the continuing efforts by the contractor to complete the new baseball field at the high school.

Hill said that the weather has again caused some unforeseen delays but that he anticipates everything ready to go in two weeks.

“Gainesville will have a great facility that will serve the community for many years,” Hill said.

 ”Two 30 x 40 foot concrete pads on the north side on the concession stand and one on the south side are being poured this week, light poles are being placed, dugout roofs are being finished and the grass sod is being placed in the outfield,” he continued. “Infield red clay will be added to the infield and bases will be set soon.”

Hill said that the sod would need two weeks to root and the players should be kept off it during that time.

“This means a completion date of March 3 now,” said GISD board president Will Presson. “We are looking forward to the completion of this project.”

Hill also said that the new bus barn pad is done and once inspected it would be 20 days to construct the new bus building that will be located off Radio Road in Gainesville.

 Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Attorneys at Law reported that total collections from July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013 resulted in $269,456 in delinquent taxes representing an increase of 22.21 percent over the previous year.

A new contract with the Coca Cola Company was also approved.

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