Board Briefs

  • Board Briefs are monthly, high-level updates following regularly scheduled workshops and meetings of the GISD Board of Trustees. 

    Look for Board Briefs each month following regularly scheduled workshops and meetings of the board. These updates are designed to help keep you informed on important activities and decisions in the district.

    These briefs will be archived on our website so you can access them at any time. A video archive of GISD board meetings and workshops are also available on our website.

  • November 13 Meeting

    Posted by Website Administrator on 11/16/2023

    Jack Frost Recognitions

    Melinda Brasher, executive director of communications, recognized seniors from East View and Georgetown High School for being selected as Jack Frost Citizens for the month of November. 

    East View Jack Frost recipients:

    Raven Honshtein and Logan Niederhauser

    GHS Jack Frost recipients: 

    Ava Sieckmann and Micah Azuma-Hall

    Other Recognitions

    East View sophomore Jude Sparkmann was recognized for qualifying for the state cross country meet. 

    GHS Girls and Boys Cross Country teams were recognized for their performance at state. The girls finished 3rd in state and the boys finished 2nd in state, making this the most successful season in the program's history. 

    SPED Transition Coordinator Abbey Kelly and Bridges 18+ Coordinator Eden Guthrie were recognized for presenting on the GISD Bridges program at the National Division of Career
    Development and Transition Conference in Reno, Nevada. 

    Q3 2023 Demographics Report

    Bob Templeton with Zonda Demographics presented a 3rd Quarter 2023 Demographics Report.

    Georgetown ISD is projected to enroll 16,300 students in 2028/29 and more than 19,600 by 20323/34. Georgetown ISD has added more than 274 students just this fall. 

    To learn about how we are accommodating for growth, you can check on projects from the 2021 Bond, including a new elementary school, middle school and future ready center on our website at

    You can view the full demographic report on our website at

    Superintendent Report 

    Dr. Padavil reviewed the GISD Strategic Direction and its four priority areas:

    1. Student Learning, Growth, and Progress

    2. Student and Staff Well-Being

    3. Staff Recruitment and Retention

    4. Community and Connectivity

    You can review the district’s strategic direction and priority work at

    Dr. Padavil shared some highlights from the last couple of weeks, including:

    Dr. Padavil announced Amanda Johnson as the new Executive Director of Human Resources.

    November is American Education Week. Follow along on our social channels as we celebrate the administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members who make a difference in the lives of our students.

    Georgetown ISD recognizes
    Teachers of the Month from each campus and Staff Members of the Month (non instructional staff) from departments each month. Congratulations to the following Team Members whose commitment to our mission of inspiring and empowering every learner to lead, grow and serve is celebrated. 

    October Elementary Teachers of the Month
    Carver - Kamryn Walker
    Cooper - Katheryn Hamman
    Ford - Coach Megan Stevenson
    Frost - Jake Schmitt
    McCoy - Breg Dreibrodt
    Mitchell - Sarah Kellogg-Williams
    Purl - Kay Barth
    Village - Martha Mercadante
    Williams - Mabel Gallardo
    Wolf Ranch - Kathleen Kresl

    October Secondary Teachers of the Month
    Benold - Kristin Hendricks
    EVHS - Frances Porter
    Forbes - Coach Miguel Munoz
    GHS - Sarah Kuczek
    RHS - Jody Holtz
    Tippit - Magen Smith
    Wagner - Caroline Hermanns

    October Team Members of the Month

    Benold - Amanda Smith

    Carver - Rachel Albin

    Cooper - Brittany Henderson

    EVHS - Allison Hall

    Forbes - Marilyn Herd

    Ford - Natalie Saenz

    Frost - Kim St Clair

    GHS - Sheri Scott

    McCoy - Bethany Witten

    Mitchell - Olga Wilson

    Purl - Kim Ashby

    RHS - Jayme Jasso

    Tippit - Heidi Ence

    Village - Candy Hodge

    Wagner - Veronica De Chairez

    Williams - Jennifer Van Curan

    Wolf Ranch - Rocio Bacelis

    SpEd  - Lynne Hersom

    Technology - Daniel Tuttle

    Teaching & Learning - Amy Dedeyan

    Nutrition Services - Cheryl Endres

    Maintenance/Support Srvs -  Michael Andrews 

    Business Services - Patty Collins

    Transportation - Chris Peterson

    More information, including photos, are posted each month at

    Dr. Padavil recapped items from the
    November Board Workshop:

    • Attendance zones

    • Board training

    You can find board workshop recordings at

    Dr. Padavil shared progress he’s made toward his 90-day plan including:

    • Board Feedback

    • Staff Feedback

    • Connecting w/Community

    • Campus Visits (54)

    • Establishing Systemic Rhythm

    • Learning the Organization

    • Enlisting Key Stakeholders

    • Identifying Future Challenges

    • Articulating Purpose

    The Citizens Advisory Committee met for the second time on November 14. 80 individuals including parents, staff and community members represent all GISD campuses.


    There will be opportunities for the entire community to give feedback via a survey, which is expected to be sent out late this semester.

    GISD has three elementary campuses at or nearing capacity, two middle schools nearing capacity and one high school at capacity. The Citizens Advisory Committee will make important recommendations as we determine the best ways to accommodate for future growth. 

    You can view charges of the CAC and meeting dates on our website:

    Dr. Padavil shared a safety update. 

    • A School Safety Marshall position was posted on our website in October to support HB 3. The district team is in the process of finalizing interview committee membership and the training, screening, and vetting processes for hiring these new positions. 

    • October TEA Intruder Detection Audits resulted in no findings on our campuses. Dr. Padavil gave a nod to our campuses for keeping campus doors locked, secure, and monitored. 

    • GISD has partnered with nonprofit organizations to provide drug awareness presentations with an emphasis on fentanyl poisoning prevention and anti-vaping messages to students in grades 6-12. 


    Dr. Padavil shared a zoning update.


    • Two new campuses will open for the 2024-25 school year and seven campuses are at or nearing capacity as Georgetown remains the fastest-growing city in the nation.

    • A committee was formed, composed of district leaders, parents and principals at impacted campuses, charged with reviewing options and recommending attendance zones that consider student demographics and geography while allowing for minimal disruption to student cohorts over time.

    • The rezoning process will create attendance zones for San Gabriel Elementary School, located in Santa Rita Ranch, and the new Benold Middle School, located in Parmer Ranch, both of which are under construction now and planned for a late summer 2024 opening. 

    • GISD will host public meetings in late November and early December to share proposed rezoning options. 

    Consent Agenda

    The Board approved the following Consent Agenda Items

    A. Minutes of Previous Board Meetings
    B. Financial Report
    C. Budget Amendment No. 4
    D. Adoption of 2023 Tax Roll Resolution
    E. Resolution Authorizing Sale of Real Property
    F. Guaranteed Maximum Price of $4,155,500 for the Georgetown High School Ag Barn Project 

    The board took action to vote on five individuals to serve on the board of directors for the Williamson Central Appraisal District (WCAD).

    The elected directors will take office on January 1, 2024. 

    Important Upcoming Dates

    November 20-24 - Thanksgiving Break

    December 4 - Board Workshop

    December 9 - Preservation Georgetown + 100th Birthday Celebration of Hammerlun

    December 20 - Early Release/Start of Winter Break

    Next Board Meeting

    Monday, December 18
    7 p.m. at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning

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