The Grapeland ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 19, 2012, in the Grapeland High School Library. All members were present for this month’s meeting, which was called to order by board president Paul Oliver at 6:00 p.m.
Grapeland ISD Superintendent K.L. Groholski discussed the superintendent’s report with the board, which included the date for the next regular meeting (April 16, 2012); when the board members would like to attend the 2012 Summer Leadership Institute; the 2012–2013 budget workshop; and a few upcoming school events. Concerning school events, Groholski mentioned that the FFA would be involved and participating in the Houston County Fair on April 2–8, and that FFA members would be competing at Sam Houston State University on April 11.
The board then moved to approve update 93, and discussed how the update keeps students who are victims of bullying from being subjected to disciplinary action if they retaliate against the bully. Board members seemed to agree that this was a good thing, but that it may also put the district in a tough spot.
The board also approved the school calendar for the 2012–2013 academic year and a resolution concerning high-stakes standardized testing of Texas public schools. This resolution is representative of Grapeland ISD joining hundreds of other districts in the state of Texas in voicing their concerns over the amount and effectiveness of the standardized testing.
The board went into executive session at 6:24 p.m. When they returned, besides approving the consent agenda items, the board approved the letters of recommendation by administrators from each campus for teacher hires. Board member Russell Currie abstained in the vote to approve the recommendations for the elementary campus.
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