Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Grayson County School Board Chair Carolyn Thomason, third from left, addresses the attendees of Thursday night's board meeting.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Grayson County School Board Chair Carolyn Thomason, third from left, addresses the attendees of Thursday night's board meeting.

The Grayson County School Board voted Thursday night to set the calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.

Following Thursday's vote, the first day of the 2019-2020 school year for students will be Wednesday, Aug. 7; Fall Break will be held from Oct. 7 through Oct. 11; Christmas Break will be held from Dec. 21 through Jan. 5; Spring Break will be held from April 6 through April 10; and, provided there are no snow days, the last day of school for students will be May 15, 2020.

Additionally, tentative make-up days for snow have been set aside for Feb. 17, 2020 and April 6-8, 2020.

The calendar was created by a committee consisting of community members and school district employees who were appointed by Superintendent Doug Robinson. This was the first year that school districts across the state were required to have a calendar committee, and, during the calendar planning, Grayson County Schools hosted two surveys to garner more community input regarding certain elements of the calendar.

There is limited flexibility in regards to changes that can be made to the schedule, but the district can decide when the first and last days of the school year should be, as well as when the fall, Christmas, and spring breaks should be held.

In other business:

*Grayson County Middle School Guidance Counselor Amber Phillips and Cougar Zone Coordinator Jessica Kiper presented a plaque to Missy Simonson, of Bel Brands USA, in recognition of Bel's total $3,500 in donations to GCMS programs.

According to Phillips, Bel made a $2,500 donation to the GCMS community mentorship program and an additional $1,000 donation to Cougar Zone, the latter of which is an after school program that offers tutoring, as well as clubs and activities to middle schoolers.

*The School Board approved paying $69,348.06 to ABC Supply Company, as well as payments of $31,558.14 and $39,313 to MRI, LLC for work completed on the re-roofing project at Lawler Elementary School. The board also approved paying $50,796 to American Roofing & Metal for work completed on the Wilkey Elementary School re-roofing project.

*The School Board elected its officers for 2019. Carolyn Thomason will serve as School Board Chair; Valeria Hayes-Hicks will serve as School Board Vice Chair; Robinson will serve as School Board Secretary; and Director of Finance Erin Embry will serve as School Board Treasurer.

*Thomason announced that Feb. 18 will be used as a make-up day for students. So far, three instructional days have been missed this year.

*The School Board authorized District Technology Coordinator Jerrod Graybeal and Embry to negotiate terms and fees to permit the Family Resource Center to accept online credit card and ACH payments for services.