The Graham Independent School District is gearing up for another school year, and that means district staff have been undergoing massive preparations and administering policy overhauls.

Before the 2014-15 school year gets started, the GISD school board approved the 2014-15 Student Code of Conduct, acceptable technology use, the Extracurricular Code of Conduct, the GISD Student Handbook and the 2014-15 Employee Handbook. Additionally, GISD extended its contract with Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls. 


This year, Graham High School see the addition of two new weighted courses for Graham High School — AP calculus BC and medical interventions. The medical interventions class will be a part of Texas' Project Lead The Way Network, a program that teaches engineering and biomedical sciences to students while encouraging creativity through project-based learning. 

New to the 2014-15 school year, GISD will begin an online student registration process through Family Access that replaces the packet students normally bring home at the beginning of the year. In the past, students were sent home with a packet of general forms requiring emergency contact information, allergies, addresses, phone numbers and a student handbook. Parents filled out the forms every year at the beginning of school and sent it back with their child. 

“Parents will be able to log in and digitally sign the forms, so they won't have a lot of signature sheets that you have to send back and it will replace all these packets,” said Jayne Beale, GISD technology director. “Therefore, redundant paperwork will be eliminated.”

Beale added that the online registration system will help bring more productivity to the GISD office staff.

“We're going to cut out a lot of time and energy that's spent on forms and paperwork, so they can get back and do their jobs in their front office,” Beale said.

Read more in Wednesday's Graham Leader.