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By Suzanne Bardwell

At Monday’s meeting, Assistant Superintendent Darryl Dans reported to GISD school board members the need for a policy update per the advice of a truancy judge to include a specified 3-day limit for note receipt for absentee students. 

One of the primary goals district wide is to reduce absenteeism and according to Dans, improving the policy’s wording would strengthen the district’s position in truancy court cases. The change was approved by the board unanimously.

The trustees also approved a $1,462,518.97 construction check to RLM at Monday’s board meeting. District Financial Director Susie Stephens reported that as of Dec. 31 there was a bond construction balance of $21,748,187.10. 

The board also voted unanimously to approve a change order related to the bond project to move designated monies from the GMS budget to the Weldon budget because of cost savings on materials and furniture that allowed greater refurbishing of the old Weldon Intermediate building that had not been budgeted. The cost savings and need for the change was explained to the board by Huckabee representative Craig Drone prior to the vote.

Superintendent Dr. J.P. Richardson also reported on gathering information and possible quotes for continued work on the football stadium and press box that could include improved lighting for community track use, improved security system installation in the concession stands and press box, and air conditioning updates for the press box.

The public hearing on GISD’s performance and rating on the 2015 Texas Academic Performance Report had no community members present. Dr. Julie Davis and campus principals, excepting the high school principal, reported on their progress in addressing goals to improve performance so far this school year. The high school principal will report at next month’s meeting.

Trustee Jeff Cook was not in attendance.