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Gainesville school board to consider ownership of Bobby Gruhn Field
City and school system have shared the facility
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Gainesville School Board Meeting
When: 7 tonight
Where: Gainesville Board of Education, 508 Oak St., Gainesville
Contact: 770-536-5275

The Gainesville Board of Education is expected to approve ownership of Bobby Gruhn Field at its meeting tonight.

Gainesville City Parks and Recreation will then vote on the measure at its Tuesday meeting. The city and school system share the field and other facilities as part of their intergovernmental agreement, but when it became clear the school board used Bobby Gruhn Field more, the two entities decided a change was needed.

Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said board members Maria Calkins and Delores Diaz were instrumental in getting the field ownership switched over.

“Those are up for approval and I believe they will be,” Dyer said. “Then it’ll be a done deal.”

Also on the agenda is a new cognitive ability test for second graders in Gainesville schools. The test is designed to pre-emptively identify students who might be struggling in school. The board is also set to approve its balanced scorecard, which is essentially a report card on the school board.

Dyer said there will be a presentation about a U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The school system already had two schools in the program and three more — Fair Street International Baccalaureate World

School, Gainesville Exploration Academy and New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, will
 be added.

Additionally, board member Sammy Smith is set to propose a change in the board’s meeting time to 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

“He asked that we address it last year, but it never got put on the agenda,” Dyer said. “He has said that he’d like for the meetings to begin earlier because of staff members who need to be there and the meetings sometimes run late. Other board members might have difficulty getting to an earlier meeting though.”