Staff report

Following a discussion on proposed changes to the Gainesville High School dress and grooming code, many parents present expected the board to consider whether or not to make the school a closed campus.

The GISD Board of Trustees met Monday night in the GHS cafeteria.

In business, the Board voted 6-0 to “take no action” on a proposal to close the GHS campus for lunch breaks. Superintendent Charles Luke said there is no room in the cafeteria (as the audience could see) for 800-plus students to eat, even at different intervals.

Board President Lisa Bellows said voting to take no action is an unusual practice, but it was done so that there would be no doubt the board refused to consider the issue.

A report on the dress code discussion appeared in Tuesday’s Register.

In other business, GISD Business Manager Cindy Tatum presented the draft budget. The document was prepared Friday and it increased from 19 million to 21 million.

Luke said much of the additional revenue comes from House Bill 1, which was intended to reform education finance in the state of Texas. A budget workshop is scheduled for Aug. 28.

The GISD is considering a $1.37 per $100 property valuation tax rate. He said that’s lower than the current rate of $1.50.

An analysis of the budget will appear in a future Register.

In other financial news, the price of breakfast and lunch at GISD schools would go up in 2006-07, by a nickel.

Bellows noted there has been no increase in the meal prices for at least the last five years.

In other business the Board voted 6-0 to:

• Approve the teacher evaluation calendar for 2006-07.

• Update and repeal several policies as requested by the Texas Association of School Boards.

• Grant the Cooke County Appraisal District’s request to use CCAD 2005 reserve funds to pay balance due for “pictometry” equipment.

In presentations, Dennis McNaughten, assistant superintendent, reviewed the school’s plan of “curriculum alignment” — i.e., arranging classroom learning objectives at various grades to line-up with upcoming grade levels.

McNaughten called the GISD’s structure a “traditional staircase model,” and noted that each grade builds upon the next. Curriculum alignment, he said, assures that students are prepared for the next grade in whatever grade they’re in currently.

In another presentation, Bill Brannum, architect for the new Gainesville High School project, reviewed the details of the new building. He said construction updates may be viewed on a special section of the district’s Web site.

Floor plans and exterior views of the proposed high school appeared in Sunday’s Register.

Brannum said the Board chose a site at the north end of the property, between FM 1306 and Interstate 35, directly underneath an existing power line. He said the location is ideal as samples have been taken of the soil, indicating a strong limestone foundation underneath and enough topsoil to build on with little groundwater.

The Board then met in executive session to evaluate Luke’s performance. No action was taken following executive session.

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