Board Briefs

  • June 15, 2020 Board Briefs

    Posted by Community Relations on 6/16/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Board Approves Budget for 2020-21

    The board’s adoption of the budget comes after approval of the 2020-21 compensation plan at last month’s meeting. The decision follows months of work including six board workshops held throughout the spring. 

    Priorities include maintaining support for programs, adding supports that directly impact classroom learning, maintaining small class sizes and adopting a budget that is sustainable for the long term.

    It’s too soon to fully understand the impact COVID will have on Georgetown ISD. To help mitigate the unknowns associated with the pandemic, the board created a Pandemic Stabilization Fund. This may be used to offset expenses if revenue projections fall short and/or for new expenses resulting from COVID impacts this fall. 

    The full budget is available on our website at www.georgetownisd.org/budget

    Dr. Brent Reports on Planning for Next School Year

    Acknowledging that the plan for next year is a question on everyone’s mind, Dr. Brent shared the steps being taken by the GISD leadership team to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. 

    Parameters for opening school in the fall of 2020 were expected to be outlined by the Texas Education Agency on Tuesday (June 16) and include options for online learning. Dr. Brent shared that these guidelines will play a large role in GISD’s plans. Additionally, a survey is being planned for release to families later this week to gather feedback on challenges presented by online learning in the spring, concerns for going back to school in the fall, and hopes for what learning will look like in 2020-21. That feedback will inform in-depth planning for safety, student assessment, online and in-person instruction, as well as technology services and availability. 

    Bond Projects Remain On Schedule

    Executive Director of Construction and Development David Biesheuval provided an update on 2018 bond projects to the board:

    • Completed projects include the installation of sound attenuation at the East View High School Gym, as well as the completion of the addition at Ford Elementary School.
    • Construction at the two new elementary schools, Williams and Wolf Ranch, continues. The front parking and drives have been paved at Wolf Ranch and flooring, lighting, and glass panel installation is in progress. At Williams, the first floor passed the city’s final overhead inspection. Landscaping, floor covering and painting, and installation of movable glass panels are in progress.

    Despite minor setbacks on material deliveries due to the COVID-19 crisis, all bond projects remain on schedule. Many other projects are in progress and nearing completion. For more information on 2018 bond projects including photos, please visit www.georgetownisd.org/2018Bond.

    Heather Stoner Announced as Director of Operations and Safety

    Read more about Heather and her new role in the announcement on our website here.

    NEXT BOARD MEETING 

    Monday, July 20

    7 p.m. at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership & Learning

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