By Brian Besch
The Goodrich school board used February’s regular meeting Thursday to approve the upcoming academic calendar, a student trip, and hear updates on academic and construction progress.
The 2022-23 academic calendar was approved. The original calendar from the current year was overlaid for the 22-23 calendar, with one change. An off day was included and will occur Oct. 17. To get the date, two early dismissals were changed. Spring break will fall on the same week as Livingston and Shepherd ISD.
There will be nine instructional days beyond what is required. Goodrich Superintendent Daniel Barton explained that if the school needed to be closed for Covid-19 a natural disaster, there is enough time built into the calendar that it will not need to be made up.
There will be a week off for Thanksgiving and two weeks in December. Memorial Day will also be a holiday.
Also approved by the board was a student trip to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2023. The trip will occur in June next year and is consistent with trips that have been taken for many years at Goodrich ISD. Similar educational tours have been taken to New York City.
Grades 6-12 are eligible for the trip. There is a minimum of 20 participants for the five-day tour. The cost is $125 per month for 18 months. Parents can opt into monthly payments or provide a lump sum.
Work on the school’s windows was approved last month for $230,000 with Williams Glass. Construction on the bathrooms for new partitions, sinks, commodes, flooring, mirrors and painted walls to make them touchless and ADA compliant was also approved in January for $215,000. Bathroom equipment has been ordered, as have the windows to complete that project on the school building. A marquee sign that will sit in front of the campus has been delayed, with a pole the wrong size that will need to be retrofitted by the company.
Tutorials have been ongoing for a couple of weeks and attendance is good, according to Goodrich ISD principals. The elementary averaging 15-20 students and secondary with 30-35 students. The tutorials are Tuesdays and Thursdays and students are said to be very involved.
Next month’s school board meeting will be changed from March 17 to March 24 so that it does not coincide with spring break.