Workman selected for GISD board seat

mugGOODRICH -- The Goodrich Independent School District’s Board of Trustees appointed a new member and approved the implementation of the Texas Academic Intervention System (TAIS) during its meeting last week.

Heather Workman of Goodrich was appointed by the board during Thursday’s meeting to fill the trustee spot previously held by John Whitehouse. As the mother of three GISD students, Workman expects to bring her dedication to the district in order to better serve the community.

“I have a vision for the students here in our community to be offered the best education just like other districts with a bigger school system.” Workman told the Enterprise. “Both of my boys are dyslexic, so I have a passion to make sure that everybody has a learning opportunity no matter what.”

Workman stated she is looking forward to working alongside the other board members and administration staff in the coming months.

“I was so excited when they appointed me. I want to have the foundation and shared vision with [the board] to be able to work together and conquer things as a team.” said Workman.
Workman is married to Paul, her husband of 12 years. Both are parents to Goodrich elementary students, James and Jacob, and high school junior, Summer.

During the action agenda, the board approved the implementation of the Texas Academic Intervention System (TAIS) with targeted elements for the elementary and middle school campuses. The training system is utilized with districts and campuses that earn a rating of Improvement Required (IR) through the State Accountability System.

Although all three GISD campuses met state standards in 2016, records indicated a drop in performance at the elementary and middle school in spring of this year. Accountability reports for both campuses did not meet enough of the required performance indexes, which include student achievement, student growth, closing-the-gap and college readiness.

Areas of focus during professional development this year will include writing, reading, economically-disadvantaged and ESL. Targeted improvement plans are also being implemented for both campuses.

During business items, the board was presented with an initial proposal from PTI Construction to build a new school playground in exchange for a land property, valued at $22,873, owned by the district. The proposed agreement would include three construction options of Henderson-brand playground equipment. The board is expected to hear a full proposal at next month’s public meeting.

The board approved a waiver during the action agenda for missed days of instruction from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 and a reduction of minimum days of service, due to Hurricane Harvey.
A 2017-2018 budget amendment was also approved, which consisted of $43,383 in additional funds from the 2015 National School Lunch Program.