The Glen Rose School Board is gearing up for the new school year.

During a closed session at Monday night’s regular meeting, the board discussed the vacant math teacher position at the high school.

The position became open when Brenda Hancock resigned over the summer. Jami Lovelady was recommended to fill the vacancy. The board approved her application and she will begin teaching at the high school this fall. Lovelady is classified as a highly qualified teacher.

Holly Ordiway-Thiem was also hired as a Life Skills Aide for the Intermediate School.

The board also discussed renewing the employee attendance incentive. Superintendent Wayne Rotan said the plan was implemented in 2005 and provides a $500 bonus for employees based on attendance.

“Substitutes can’t take the place of our teachers,” Rotan said.

If GRISD employees maintain a 96 percent attendance rate, all employees will receive $500 in December. The school district will also buy back unused local sick days at the end of the second semester at certified substitute rate pay for all positions other than administrators.

Days missed due to jury duty, vacation, workshops, school related activities or an extended illness will not count towards the staff attendance percentage.

Rotan also updated the board on construction projects.

The metal roof at the elementary campus, which was torn off during a storm in April, should be repaired by the end of the week. New parking lots at the administration building and the elementary campus should be completed in about two weeks. The Junior High will have freshly painted hallways by the end of the week.

The board reviewed the Somervell Central Appraisal District (CAD) budget. GRISD will pay approximately 65 percent under the new budget, which means the school district will pay $108,659 more this year.

The board approved the budget.

The school board also awarded contracts to Lambert Oil Company for the purchase of gasoline, diesel, motor oil and regular anti-freeze; Taylor Oil Company for transmission fluid and chassis grease; and Bailey’s Fuel for gear lubricant and red anti-freeze.

Baxter Chemical and Janitorial of Stephenville was chosen to provide janitorial supplies to the district.

Judy Shipman, GRISD director of finance, presented and discussed a list of changes to insurance policies.

“Basically, we’re getting better coverage for less money this year,” Shipman said.

The board approved the renewal properties for property and general liability coverage with the Texas Association of Public Schools (TAPS) and the school professional legal liability and vehicle coverage with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

The board also approved a resolution to participate in the TASB Energy Cooperative. The cooperative will allow the district to pool purchasing power with other districts for diesel, gasoline and natural gas.

Last spring, the district used a similar program to lock in electricity rates for four years at under $.09 per kilowatt-hour.

The board voted to extend their contract with Richard Long of Valley View Consulting Services. Long serves as the district’s financial advisor. The two-year contract includes an annual $10,000 salary.

The board meeting schedule was adopted on July 21. Board policy states that the GRISD Board will convene on the fourth Monday of each month, however a few exceptions were made due to school holiday schedules.

Exceptions are as follows: Dec. 15, Jan. 19, March 30 and May 18.