The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to apply for $2 million in grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide energy efficiency retrofits and air conditioning equipment for district facilities.
“This grant does not require any matching funds from GISD as it is the remaining ARRA monies,” Chief Financial Officer David Dworsky said. “The grant will allow the district to be able to replace critical high energy consuming A/C systems, chillers and inefficient HVAC controls.”
The school board voted to approve receiving as much as $50,000 in Public Independent School District Energy Efficiency Grant funds through the State Energy Conservation Office for energy efficiency upgrades or retrofits.
The grant also includes upgrades to air conditioning systems, as well as window treatments and tree planting.
The school board voted to extend the district's bank depository contract with Moody National Bank for an additional two years.
The contract will continue under the existing terms and conditions of the district's current contract with Moody National Bank.
The school board voted to extend a contract with Teachscape, Inc. for development of a performance-based evaluation system. The extension of the contract will total $69,000, with funding through a Teacher Incentive Fund grant.
The school board voted to adopt and implement a voluntary integration plan under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant.
The plan is part of the application process under the grant.
“The purpose of the grant is to help school districts to implement magnet schools that will promote high student academic achievement; promote diversity; reduce, eliminate, or prevent minority group isolation; and, promote a choice of curriculum delivery,” Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Annette Scott said.
All items were approved. All votes were unanimous with board members Norman Pappous and David O'Neal, Jr. absent. Beau Rawlins arrived later at the meeting and did not participate in some votes. Agenda