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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.
November 13 MeetingPosted 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
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 www.georgetownisd.org/bond.
You can view the full demographic report on our website at https://www.georgetownisd.org/demographicreport.
Dr. Padavil reviewed the GISD Strategic Direction and its four priority areas:
Student Learning, Growth, and Progress
Student and Staff Well-Being
Staff Recruitment and Retention
Community and Connectivity
You can review the district’s strategic direction and priority work at www.georgetownisd.org/strategicdirection.
Dr. Padavil shared some highlights from the last couple of weeks, including:
The East View Ag Barn, a project funded by the #2021GISDBond, is officially open.
Students at Purl ES learned about a variety of careers during Career Day.
Students in STEM are learning to design code to program robots.
Veterans Day celebrations happened throughout the district last week. See photos at https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN5xpH5w4nGFcg56WXJvj1xjMP3Ie6S-wBI1z92TX_2HLSCzNSXrSrbE-rB1gYcHQ?key=Y2I3cFRoZ1hLOU9heTF5VDc2NjRLTEtwbWhnTDZB
Forbes MS students celebrated Arbor Day in partnership with HEB and Texan by Nature, planting 14 trees in the outdoor learning space on campus.
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 www.georgetownisdnews.org/news/tag/TOTM
Dr. Padavil recapped items from the November Board Workshop:
You can find board workshop recordings at www.georgetownisd.org/board.
Dr. Padavil shared progress he’s made toward his 90-day plan including:
Campus Visits (54)
Establishing Systemic Rhythm
Learning the Organization
Enlisting Key Stakeholders
Identifying Future Challenges
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: www.georgetownisd.org/CAC.
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.
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.
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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