Board Notes: May 26, 2015

Two Garland ISD Trustees were sworn in during Tuesday night’s board meeting in the Harris Hill Administration Building.

Winning the May 9 election, new member Robert Selders Jr. took the place of outgoing Trustee Steve Knagg. Rick Lambert also kicked off his second three-year term after running unopposed May 9.

Naming its 2015-16 officers, the board chose Larry Glick to serve as president with Scott Luna assisting him as vice president. Linda Griffin and Rick Lambert received the secretary and assistant secretary nominations, respectively.

During informational presentations, GISD’s bond program management company, Jacobs, updated Trustees on recent progress. Watch the report to learn the status of two new district facilities, as well as renovations to high school softball and baseball fields.

Jacobs also showed the board its newly launched construction status website, which features a comprehensive schedule. Visit to see projected design, contracting and construction timelines for each campus. Project updates will be available once work gets underway, and Jacobs plans to host several community outreach events to inform the public about how they can get involved throughout the program.

Trustees voted to upgrade weight room flooring and equipment in all secondary schools after a presentation on current conditions. They also voted to replace existing chalkboards in the district with white boards and issued a resolution regarding Senate Bill 149, which allows students to graduate without passing all five End of Course exams.

Evidence of Excellence awards were given to Garland and North Garland high school students Tiye Moore and Uriel Granados for earning the prestigious Dell Scholar title, along with a $20,000 scholarship, laptop and educational support. Hillside Academy for Excellence’s speed-stacking team also received an Evidence of Excellence award for setting state and world records in addition to qualifying for the Junior Olympics. And, GISD’s Education Foundation recognized three secondary teachers with TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards—an honor that comes with a $10,000 prize.

For more board notes, view the archived video, chaptered by agenda items.

In other agenda items, Trustees: