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Goodrich ISD Hornet Facing LeftBy Brian Besch
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Goodrich ISD reviewed an academic performance report, grants, an election and honored its trustees at January’s school board meeting Thursday.

Schools have received the Texas Academic Performance Report that displays a range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year.

Grades in Goodrich were a bit lower than state average, yet performed well in a few subjects. The district graduated 11 students and had a 100% graduation rate.

Goodrich ISD had attendance rates at 95% and 93.7% over the past two years that were a bit better than the state and region average. The schools did not have a dropout.

Teachers have an average of 14 years’ experience, with an average of just over five years within Goodrich ISD.

The art program has created projects for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This is only the second year of the art program, and district representatives are encouraged by its early successes. 

“The kids worked hard, got the pieces that we needed, and took them up to Houston on Friday,” high school principal Aubrey Vaughan said. “Two students got best of show and two students got a gold ribbon and they are displayed in the hayloft gallery there at the Houston Rodeo. We are really excited about that.”

The district received a $609,000 grant that can be used to bring the schools up to compliance. Windows, fencing and doors can all be obtained through this grant. Recently released has been a second cycle of the grant. Business manager Sarah Fulcher said since the school will be up to compliance by that point, there are additional items available for purchase. Every district in the state that applies will receive the second cycle of the grant, whereas the first was competitive. Funds will be issued by size of school.

Goodrich superintendent Daniel Barton said the school buildings made it through the cold weather unscathed but experienced a power loss at the middle school. He commended the maintenance crew for their additional work in blowing out lines with an air compressor to prevent pipes from bursting. 

With funds from a grant, a decision has been made to put up windscreen on all newly installed fencing. A graphic that reads “Home of the Hornets” will face Highway 59. A few other graphics will be scattered on the windscreen across the campus.

The old gymnasium continues to have minor leaks. Both the roofing and solar companies are expected back out at the school this month to rectify the situation.

An election will be held May 4 to vote on two trustee positions. Position 3, which is held by assistant secretary Timothy Harrell and Position 4, held by vice president Rosalie Blackstock. Jan. 17 is the first day to apply for a spot on the ballot. Feb. 23 is the first day to cancel the election if it is unopposed.

Students throughout the school district made gifts for the board members in recognition of school board appreciation month.

“It is a thankless job,” Barton said. “I know I personally appreciate you all as a board. You are team players and we are all here for the same reason, and that is a blessing. You all have made a huge impact, I promise you, on this district. There is lots of progress being made.” 

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