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Breya Passmore is congratulated by the Goodrich ISD School Board and superintendent after being awarded the Terry scholarship.  PHOTO BY BRIAN BESCHBreya Passmore is congratulated by the Goodrich ISD School Board and superintendent after being awarded the Terry scholarship. PHOTO BY BRIAN BESCHBy Brian Besch
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April’s meeting of the Goodrich ISD school board began with student recognition of a Terry scholarship winner. Breya Passmore, a standout student and athlete is one of two winners of the prestigious scholarship at Goodrich this year.

For incoming college freshmen, the Terry Foundation provides full scholarships that are renewable for up to four years to Texas high school students. The students are selected from a highly competitive pool of incoming freshmen who have excelled in academics and demonstrated leadership.” 

“If you are a Terry scholar and accepted, you are part of an organization,” Goodrich superintendent Daniel Barton said. “Terry scholars know other Terry scholars. Her, along with Kaitltyn Pond — so we had two students out of the graduating class of 19 this year — actually got the Terry scholarship. It is very prestigious. For our little school to have two Terry scholars, you would think that everybody gets to do this — they don’t. I have run big high schools and I might have one every 10 years, so it is something really special and I am really proud of what they have done.”

Passmore said she will attend the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall.

On Thursday morning, the district submitted an Effective Schools Framework grant. Goodrich Finance Director Sarah Fulcher said the funds of $100,000 would go toward Region 6 and professional development.

“We’ve been working really hard with both of our principals,” Fulcher said. “Mr. Barton and I brainstormed and went through all kinds of stuff for the application. I have no idea when it will come back to us to see if we are approved or not. We are really excited about (the possibility of) getting that money to go into our school district and help with that framework.”

Barton said the focus of the funds would be allocated toward the elementary, where he said the need is most right now.

A tray washer was purchased by the district around two and a half years ago, however, the dispensers were never attached. The chemical dispensers are now working to help employees in the cafeteria.

The roof has been completed over the old gym dressing rooms for the cost of $4,200. Some painting will need to be completed to finish that project.

There is an active water leak by the elementary on the city side. The city has already been out to examine the problem, which Barton says has been a slow leak for some time.

The district is continuing to work on bids for doors with safety grant money that was procured. 

The board delegated hiring authority to the superintendent for April 1 through Aug. 31 so the district could offer contracts and hire teachers without a board meeting.

Board meetings in the summer months have been rescheduled to June 29 and July 27.

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