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  • Board Briefs are monthly, high-level updates following regularly scheduled meetings of the GISD Board of Trustees. 

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  • May 15

    Posted by Website Administrator on 5/18/2023

    Canvassing of May 6 Election Results

    • The board canvassed May 6 election results and Judge Evelyn McLean swore in Trustees.

    • Anthony Blankenship took Place 5 as Melanie Conner rolled off of the board.

    • Stephanie Blanck remains in Place 4 on the board.

    May Jack Frost Recognition 

    • May Jack Frost recipients from East View, Patrick Maxwell and Kaylee Moses, were recognized.

    • May Jack Frost recipients from GHS, Ella Wiley and Jordyn Grady, were recognized.

    East View, GHS and Richarte Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    • East View Valedictorian Ryan Nicholas Shellberg and Salutatorian Brooklynn Petty were recognized.

    • GHS Valedictorian Ava Harper and Salutatorian Mckenzie Bailey were recognized. 

    • Richarte Valedictorian Walid Azizi and Salutatorian Marwa Azizi – brother and sister – were recognized.

    East View Journalism

    • Journalism State and National qualifiers from East View were recognized. 

      • They received a Bronze Star Award for overall excellence in design, writing, and photography at the State competition.

    GHS Boys Golf 

    • GHS Boys golf has qualified for State and will compete May 22-23.

    East View Track State Qualifier

    • East View student Antonio Penawas recognized for finishing 7th in State and breaking his own school record this season.

    GHS Boys and Girls Track

    • Both the Boys and Girls track teams from GHS finished as District Champions and qualified to compete at State.

    GHS Tennis 

    •  Sisters Macey and Madison Strait were recognized  for qualifying for the State tennis tournament.

    GHS Girls Soccer 

    • GHS Girls Soccer was recognized for their historic season, finishing with a 25-1-4 record. 

    FFA Archery from GHS and East View

    • FFA Archery students from both GHS and EVHS Archery were recognized for qualifying for State. 

    GHS FFA Horse Judging 

    • This GHS Horse Judging team placed 2nd out of 38 teams at the Area XII contest and advanced to compete at State.


    State Solo and Ensemble from East View and GHS 

    • State Solo and Ensemble Students from East View Band, East View Choir, GHS Band, GHS Choir and GHS Orchestra have qualified to compete at the 2023 State Solo and Ensemble contest May 27 & May 29. 

    GHS Color Guard National Qualifiers

    • GHS Color guard finished the season as one of the top 25 color guards in the country!

    Safety Audit Information and Presentation of Report Finding

    • Heather Stoner presented a Safety Audit Information and Presentation of Report Finding to the #GISDBoard. 

      • Since October 2022, TEA/TxSSC has completed Intruder Detection Audits. 8 campus visits resulted in no findings of any kind during any phase of the audit

      • Additional updates to safety-related measures include:

        • Increased signage on exterior doors

        • Assigning teachers to monitor every exterior door

        • Collaboration with other schools to ensure similar monitoring of exterior doors

        • Safety AP meetings to discuss exterior doors

    From the Superintendent

    • Interim Superintendent Lindsay Harris shared a monthly update during the Superintendent’s Report. Highlights include:

      • A recap of the May board workshop: 

        • Budget Update

        • Compensation Plan Update

        • Policy Update 120

        • Strategic Direction Priority Objectives for School Year 2023-24

        • Planning and Timeline Discussion with Superintendent Search Firm

      • A look at the GISD Strategic Direction and its four priority areas:

        • Student Learning, Growth, and Progress

        • Student and Staff Well-Being

        • Staff Recruitment and Retention

        • Community and Connectivity

    • Harris congratulated our April Teachers of the Month. You can find the list on our website: 

    • There will be a number of opportunities for community members to share feedback regarding the Superintendent search. Visit for more details.

    • Harris congratulated our Teachers of the Year and Employees of the Year. You can find the list on our website:

    • Enrollment is now opening for new and returning students! Visit 

    • Harris encouraged families to visit our website for information about available summer programs including where to find free meals for students, information on summer campus, Jump Start and more: 

    Board Approval of the 2023-24 Compensation Plan

    The 2023-24 compensation plan gives a 3% General Pay Increase (GPI) for all employees 

    • This recommendation is in alignment with GISD’s strategic priority area for staff retention and recruitment.

    • Key takeaways:

    • The 3% increase brings the starting teacher salary to $54,450;

    • Increases the monthly employer contribution for staff enrolled in the district health plan

    • The minimum hourly wage increases to $15/hr;

    • Adds or increases stipends for teachers serving in select SPED roles 

    Upcoming Events

    May 26 - Last day of school/Early release for students 

    Graduation ceremonies: 

    May 18 - Bridges Graduation
    May 25 - Richarte Graduation
    May 26 - EVHS Graduation
    May 27 - GHS Graduation

    Next Board Meeting

    Monday, June 19
    7 p.m. at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning

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