School Board Meeting

By Alexandra Cannon, Groesbeck Journal

Dr. James Cowley led his first School Board Meeting as Superintendent Monday, February 19, and presented many agenda items to the board for discussion and action. All members were present with the exception of Aslone Foy and the meeting was called to order at 6:32 pm.

To begin the meeting, Dr. Cowley and the board recognized Mr. Ronnie Tatum, who has worked as a Custodian for GISD 30 years and is now retiring, speaking on the positive impact Tatum has had on students and staff in the district through his tenure.

“Over the years, I have really enjoyed working with, I call ‘em my babies. Every day that I step in that building I think about those kids, they really inspire me and make my day,” Tatum said. “A lot of those kids come up and talk to me about different things and I try to be a positive tool. My last day I broke down and cried, because 30 years, you don’t just walk off from that. I thank you with all of my heart.”

After presenting district information, Dr. Cowley introduced Bill Cook with investing firm Valley View Consulting, L.L.C.

“Our role is working with governmental entities to assist them in getting the maximum benefits on the funds that flow from the taxpayer to the district, from the time you get them til the time you spend them,” Cook said. “We make sure your investment policy is appropriate for the district. We’re non-discretionary which means we never have possession of the district’s funds, nor their assets, we’re strictly advisors who recommend courses of action to the superintendent and staff, then help them execute the transactions that are necessary to accue investments.”

After discussion between Cowley, Cook and the board, Randy Hunter moved to accept Cowley’s recommendation to accept the proposal and was seconded by Bill David Sadler, passing unanimously.

The newly appointed Assistant Superintendent, Diana Freeman presented the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for the 2016-2017 school year, encouraging anyone interested in looking through the report in more detail to access it through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website, the Groesbeck ISD website, or to come see her at her office in the Groesbeck High School building.

“You guys have been working on your accountability rating all year long, but I wanted to point out to you that the system for assigning those ratings is changing. I’m not sure how much you’ve been following this or reading about it, but I say trying to figure it out is a whole lot like trying to nail Jello to the wall, because we don’t have final information yet.”

Beginning August of 2018, districts across the state will move from the “Met Standard” system of accountability rating to an A-F letter grade letter rating. A report for the 2017-2018 school year showing the rating a district would have received under the new A-F accountability rating system will be available to each district in August.


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