Monday night the Woodward-Granger School Board gathered for their monthly public meeting to discuss various happenings within the district.


One of the first topics of discussion was that of the high schools graduation rate which was 100 percent for the second year in a row. Superintendent Brad Anderson addressed all in attendance about this great feat for the community as well as the district.


“That is something we are very proud of,” said Superintendent Brad Anderson. “We are trying to let everyone know that everyone has worked hard to contribute to that, not only the [students] but the teachers and those who push for this to happen.”


School Board Director Ashley Brandt also took this time to vocally appreciate all faculty and staff in attendance on the accomplishment.


One of the next “Hawk Highlights” on the agenda for Mondays meeting was that of the new building at Grandwood. Grandwood is a consortium school that is made up of about 26 different schools in the surrounding area and is for level three special education.


The board reported that construction for the new building is officially underway. Superintendent Anderson took this time to remind all in attendance that this building, once completed, will be a district-leased facility rather than a district-owned facility.


The projected time line for the construction of this new building has the completion date before or within the month of January 2019.


The middle school and high school buildings will also see some change in the near future as the board discussed several new and renovated additions to the buildings. Security cameras are being installed in several places including the main entrances and the parking lot.


The schools will also be adapting a new security card system in place of traditional keys for faculty and staff. The board discussed the benefits of these new additions and the ability to track when visitors come in and out of the buildings.


“This is all part of the master plan to try to make our schools that much safer,” Anderson said.


The construction should be completed by the third week of July.


Monday night’s meeting also happened to be the very last one for Board President Dr. Derek Petry. Petry officially announced his departure from Woodward at the conclusion of the meeting as well as his resignation from the board.


Petry expressed his thankfulness towards the community for the opportunity to serve on the school board for so long.


“I don’t think anyone truly understands what it takes to run a school or what’s involved until you sit on the other side of the table at these meetings,” Petry said. “It’s been very educational and it wasn’t anything I expected it to be… I wouldn’t have it any other way.”


The board has 30 days to act on the vacancy. The board moved to appoint a new member to take the place of Petry for the remainder of the term.