The two newly elected members of the Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees were sworn in Tuesday night.
Somervell County Judge Danny Chambers gave the oath of office to Paul Phillips and Marilyn Phillips during the board’s regular monthly meeting at the GRISD Administration Building. Those two were the top vote-getters in the May 5 election to fill the expiring trustee places that had been held by Tom Lounsberry and Kevin Taylor.
Marilyn Phillips previously served for 16 years on the school board, while Paul Phillips is a newcomer.
They joined the other board members — Andy Snow, Brady Brown, Jason Dillard, Wade Busch and Kelley Snodgrass. All seven places on the board of trustees are at-large, and serve two-year terms.
The first official order of business for the new board lineup was nominating and electing the board’s president, vice president and secretary.
Brown nominated Snodgrass to another term as board president, Snow to repeat as secretary and Dillard as the vice president to replace Lounsberry.
After Snow’s nominations were seconded, the board voted unanimously (7-0) to accept the three for those officer positions.
Tommy Corcoran, assistant superintendent of operations for the GRISD, presented information on bids for purchase and installation of energy efficient LED light bulbs as a campus-wide lighting upgrade. The upgrade proposal did not include either the outdoor athletics fields, or the ag barn.
The winning bid among the three officially submitted for the upgrade was submitted by Extra Lighting Co. of Houston, for $383,793. The GRISD expects to get an estimated rebate of $27,000 through SCORE (Schools Conserving Resources), which would reduce the cost to $356,793.
Superintendent Wayne Rotan noted that the last lighting update for the entire campus was in 2010. He stated that the payback savings on the energy-efficient lighting would be “just a little over four years, by reduction of electronic consumption.”
The trustees voted to approve Extra Lighting’s bid by a 7-0 vote.
Earlier, the board recognized several Glen Rose High School students for their recent achievements.
The top 10 percent of the graduating class of 2018 were acknowledged. They included valedictorian Jordan Nabors and salutatorian Andrea Mendoza, along with Ashley Hang, Grace Hill, Savannah Culpepper, Emma Bozarth, Adriana Herrera, Payte Treadaway, Madison Roberson, Sydney Lozier, Allyson Andress, Emily Darby and Isela Delgado. The 127 graduating seniors will have their commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, June 1) at the high school auditorium.
Other GRHS students recognized with certificates of recognition were UIL state academic meet qualifiers Grace Hill, Amanda Mao, Payte Treadaway, Ashlynn Perry and Ashley Hang, along with state track and field qualifiers Drayden James and Ally Andress, plus Hill College cosmetology graduates Karli Nobles and Briley Bason.
The next board meeting is set for June 25. Just prior to the meeting, starting at 5 p.m., the trustees will have their first budget workshop for the coming budget year.