The Blue Gym will be renamed for Shirley Rowe, who coached high school girls’ sports from 1953 to 1990. She was instrumental in securing benefits for girls’ athletics.
Board members reviewed five different designs for the signage and decided on one that will be made of aluminum and will cost $4,991. Corpus Christi Stampworks provided the estimate for the project. The sign will read, ‘Shirley Rowe Gymnasium,’ in Franklin Gothic Demi Condensed font.
Gregory-Portland Superintendent Dr. Paul Clore said the sign was more pronounced than the other options.
“We think it will be seen from Wildcat Drive a little more clearly,” he said.
Board President Randy Eulenfeld agreed.
“I like the larger font on it,” he said.
Board members expect the sign to be completed by Aug. 29, when the football team will play its first game in Portland. The signs lighting will not be finished by then, however.
“The company has assured us they can get this done before (Aug. 29), but they can’t do the lighting,” Clore said. “We can do that ourselves after the fact.”
In other business, board members reviewed changes to the district’s handbooks. The junior high will now allow students to utilize backpacks.
“We used to allow only drawstrings,” Principal Xavier Barrera said. “It was a matter of how much time are we going to spend on enforcing this, and there was really no reason not to allow backpacks.”
Elementary schools added a rule that prohibits students and staff from possessing electronic cigarettes or the vapor products used with them on school grounds.
High School Principal Barbara Cade said there will be a change to the school’s chemical abuser program.
“We used to send kids to a program in Corpus Christi, but that was quite an expense for the parents to put them through that,” she said. “Some kids can’t afford that. We will provide a program for the students.”
Parents who want to send their students to chemical abuse programs in Corpus Christi will still be allowed to do that.