GRISD board keeps officers, honors top-ranked graduates

Mark Wilson
Among those recognized during Monday night's Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees meeting were the top 10 scholastically ranked students in the Class of 2017. They included (from left) Cameron Rush, Joel Sims, Hannah Andrews, Wendy Lin (in front), Seth Love, Kaley Shaw (in front), Matt Willis, Brittany Rosentreter and Cassi Niedziela. Sophie Bozarth was unable to attend. The board members are on the back row.

The Glen Rose Independent School Board of Trustees on Monday night honored the top 10 high school graduates of 2017, and voted to keep the same officers for the new three-year term.

Jason Dillard and Kelley Snodgrass, who were reelected to the board in the May 6 election, took the oath of office, sworn in by County Judge Danny Chambers. The third trustee whose term was expiring and was also reelected, Andy Snow, was unable to attend the meeting, will be sworn in at a later date.

The six board members were in attendance — Tom Lounsberry, Kevin Taylor, Brady Brown and Wade Busch — voted to keep the same officers for the new term. That means that Snodgrass remains the board president, Lounsberry vice president and Snow secretary.

Superintendent Wayne Rotan delivered some potentially good news during the meeting concerning financing and the recapture numbers that have been threatening to wreak havoc on the local school budget.

Rotan said the Legislature may be on the verge of changes in its so-called Robin Hood financing structure through ASATR — Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction. ASATR is currently scheduled to be repealed effective Sept. 1, 2017, according to the Texas School Coalition website.

Rotan said any final action that may be taken by the Legislature will have to happen soon, but he sounded optimistic on how the GRISD may be impacted.

Kimberly McDonald, who ran in the election, organized a march from the Glen Rose High School football stadium to the GRISD Administration Building just before the start of Monday’s meeting to promote the addition of soccer as a high school sport.

McDonald made a presentation to the board in which she turned over a petition that she said contained the signatures of 150 high school students expressing interest in playing soccer next year.

“I guarantee you, if you put soccer in our schools, our schools are going to grow,” McDonald said.

McDonald’s notes given to the trustees state that she was part of a group that started soccer in Glen Rose 25 years ago at the youth level, involving as many as 225 participants each year.

The notes also point out that Glen Rose is one of only two high schools in the district that do not field soccer teams.

The GRHS students with the top 10 highest grade-point averages, plus the academic all-state students, were introduced and congratulated by the board.

The valedictorian is Cassi Niedziela and the salutatorian is Matt Willis. The third-ranked graduating senior is Brittany Rosentretter. Next are Kaley Shaw, Seth Love, Sophie Bozarth, Wendy Lin, Hannah Andrews, Joel Sims and Cameron Rush.

Also, GRHS junior Ally Andress, received recognition as a recent winner of the Class 4A girls state high jump championship.