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December 16 - Board BriefsPosted by Community Relations Team on 12/17/2019
Look for Board Briefs each month following the regularly scheduled meeting of the GISD Board of Trustees. These updates are designed to help keep you informed on important activities and decisions in the district.
These briefs will be archived on our Google Drive so you can access them at any time.
135-ACRES OF LAND PURCHASED TO ACCOMMODATE FUTURE GROWTH
A new parcel of land purchased in the western area of the school district yesterday will accommodate future growth, Superintendent Fred Brent, shared in his update to the board.
The 135-acre tract of land lies west of DB Wood Road and south of Lake Georgetown and Cedar Break Park Road. The southwest portion of the district is an area we’ve been watching for some time. Demographer reports, along with housing development in areas like Wolf Ranch and Water Oak, show we could need new schools in that area in the next 5-10 years. The land was purchased with funds from the 2018 Bond package and has the capacity to support an elementary, middle and high school site in the future.
In order to build new schools on the property, the district would need the support of taxpayers in future bonds to secure the needed funds.
You can view drone footage of the property on our YouTube channel.
BOARD APPROVES ADDITIONS TO COURSE CATALOG
Mathematics, career and technical education, fine arts, and electives were approved as additions to the 2020-2021 GISD course catalog. The district will gauge student interest in the following courses before exploring budget options:
- Mathematics: Independent Study in Math, Algebraic Reasoning
- CTE: Small Animal Management, Equine Science, Vet Med Apps/Ag Lab and Field Experience, Commercial Photography
- Fine Arts: Middle School Dance I
- Electives: Student Leadership
BOND 2018 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS CONTINUE
Executive Director of Construction and Development David Biesheuvel provided an update to the board on the progress of ongoing 2018 bond projects. Updates included the construction of Wolf Ranch and Williams elementary schools, the additions at Ford Elementary and East View High schools, and more.
For a complete look at construction updates for 2018 bond projects, visit www.georgetownisd.org/2018bond.
BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF NEW VIDEO SCOREBOARD FOR ATHLETIC COMPLEX
The board approved the purchase of a new video scoreboard display to replace the 11-year-old scoreboard at GISD’s athletic stadium complex.
The new video display will be mounted on the current scoreboard tower. It will offer new features, including an entirely electronic HD, 16:9 ratio video screen. This will allow for custom advertising, and most importantly, a reliable scoreboard for GISD athletic events. Upgrading the video display is an important step in maintaining a world-class athletic complex for GISD students and visitors.
The existing scoreboard display will be moved to the practice field, and the district aims to complete the installation of the new video scoreboard in time for the state soccer tournament next spring.
BOARD RECOGNIZES COMMUNITY BUSINESS PARTNERS, STUDENT SUCCESS
2019 Manufacturing Day
Nearly 100 students from Georgetown and East View high schools participated in the district’s annual Manufacturing Day, thanks to partnerships with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Alliance, City of Georgetown, Workforce Solutions and the local manufacturing industry.
The board recognized representatives from several companies for their role in Manufacturing Day, including: Airborn, Radiation Detection Company, Schunk Xycarb Technology, TASUS, TECO-Westinghouse, Chatsworth, STI and TX Speed and Performance.
Jack Frost Citizens of the Month
East View High School students Bryce Huck and Kaylin Vrabel, and Georgetown High School students Madeline Stribling and Luke Clark, were presented Jack Frost Citizens of the Month awards for the month of December. Named in honor of former superintendent Jack Frost, the award is presented to deserving high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding citizenship in and outside of school.
East View High School Cross Country
For the first time in East View High School history, the Varsity Boys Cross Country team took home the district championship. Team member Alvin Gusman advanced to the state tournament as an individual runner.
The EVHS Varsity Girls Cross Country team placed second, and qualified for the regional meet as the district runner-up team, later missing the state competition by one point. Senior Mia Rowe qualified for state as an individual runner. She is a two-time district cross country champion and four-time state cross country qualifier.
Georgetown High School Orchestra
Members of the Georgetown High School orchestra, along with director Barbara Hughston were recognized for their part in Chick-Fil-A’s “The Little Things” campaign and television commercial. Read more about the commercial and watch it here.
NEXT BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7 pm at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership & Learning