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.

  • February 20 Meeting

    Posted by Website Administrator on 2/22/2024

    2022-23 GISD Annual Report

    Chief Strategist Wes Vanicek shared the 2022-23 GISD Annual Report during a public meeting.


    The 2022-23 report shares information in 8 sections including academic and financial information.

    A notable highlight includes gains in academic performance on 2023 STAAR and End of Course (EOC) exams.

    • Average change in STAAR reading indicators grades 3-8 shows 2% increase

    • Average change in STAAR math indicators grades 3-8 shows 5% increase

    • EOC English performance indicators increased 9% 

    • EOC Math performance indicators increased 10%

    • EOC Science performance indicators increased 7%

    • EOC Social Studies performance indicators increased 6%

    • Average change in special education over all grades and all subjects shows 7% increase

    • Average change in English language learners over all grades and all subjects shows 4% increase

    The full Annual Report will be available next week on our Assessment & Feedback page.

    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 December. 

    Jack Frost Citizens are recognized by their peers for exemplifying service and good citizenship at school and in their community. Each month, Jack Frost citizens are selected by peer review for this honor. 

    East View Jack Frost recipients:

    Ryan Pullen and Roane Lion

    GHS Jack Frost recipients: 

    Charles Johnson and Lydia Steinly

    East View AVID Presentation

    Staff from East View High School, including Principal Alfonso Longoria, Associate Principal Heidi Kalla, teacher Christen Jonse and freshman Zariya Brooks presented on the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program at East View. 

    A grant from the GISD Education Foundation brought AVID to East View this year. The program aims to “close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society,” via its mission statement. 

    Data shows that:

    • 95% of AVID Texas seniors completed four-year college entrance requirements,

    • 81% applied to a four-year college,

    • and 100% graduated high school.

    You can find more data on AVID’s website

    Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on:

    • the least served students in the academic “middle”

    • students who want to go to college

    • students who have the willingness to work hard, but may require additional support

    East View AVID currently serves 60 students. Looking forward, the AVID Site Team hopes to:

    • recruit 60 students for 2024-25

    • retain 90% of current AVID students

    • train all staff on WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading), an AVID learning model that increases rigor in the classroom.

    AVID student Ziraya Brooks shared with the GISD Board, “AVID is a really fun experience for me. I plan on doing it all four years of high school because it is really helpful.”

    You can read more about East View AVID on our 

    District Improvement Plan Mid-Year Progress Update

    Strategist Wes Vanicek presented a District Improvement Plan (DIP) Mid-Year Update. 

    The GISD Board adopted the 2023-24 DIP goals and objectives in August of 2023 as part of the GISD Strategic Direction.

    The presentation highlighted progress in the Strategic Direction’s four priority areas: 

    • Area 1: Student Learning, Growth, and Progress

    • Area 2: Student and Staff Well-Being

    • Area 3: Staff Recruitment and Retention

    • Area 4: Community and Connectivity

    You can view the full presentation 

    Budget Update #2

    GISD Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Hanna presented a Budget Update, including a look at the forecasted budget for 2024-25.

    2024-25 budget priorities include:

    • Provide competitive teacher raises + increase all staff compensation

    • Opening 3 new campuses (San Gabriel ES, New Benold MS, Future Ready Center)

    • Planning for enrollment growth (4% enrollment increase projected)

    • Maintaining a sustainable fund balance

    2024-25 budget considerations include: 

    • Inflationary costs and no change to the basic allotment since 2019. 

      • If adjusted to inflation, Per Student Allotment would increase by $1,000, resulting in $13 million increase in district funding. 

      • For perspective, if Per Student Allotment increased by just $500, the district’s overall revenue would increase by $6 million.

    • Average Daily Attendance (ADA) is increasing, but still below Pre-COVID numbers

    • Unfunded mandates

      • HB 3: armed security officers

      • summer school + tutoring at each campus (no longer funded by ESSER)

    • SHARS (Student Health and Related Services) Medicaid reimbursement rates are threatened to be lowered, despite no change in the services we provide.

    Next steps include adopting a compensation plan in March that addresses staff compensation and moves GISD from the bottom ⅓  to the top ⅓ of Central Texas districts for teacher compensation.

    Superintendent Report 

    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

    Dr. Padavil recognized February as CTE Month, a time to raise awareness of the role that Career and Technical Education has in readying learners for college and career success. As we celebrate this month, we encourage you to share your own CTE stories with us on social media. Tag us @GeorgetownISD!

    Dr. Padavil recognized February as Black History Month, a time to 
    recognize the achievements, contributions and legacies of African Americans.

    Dr. Padavil thanked everyone who attended the 2024 State of the District. You can view photos from the event 

    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. 

    December Elementary Teachers of the Month

    Carver - Kayleigh Sedwick
    Cooper - Luis Garcia Dominguez
    Ford - Sean Casias
    Frost - Alex Nolan
    McCoy - Lauren Sturdivant
    Mitchell - Chandler Jackson
    Purl - Brenda Kapsa
    Village - Aileen Domann
    Williams - Alexis Bawcom
    Wolf Ranch - Marcy Wirth

    December Secondary Teachers of the Month
    Benold MS - Christy Farmer
    EVHS - Jason Jones
    Forbes MS - Justin DeFreitas
    GHS - Marcus (Jorge) Flores
    RHS - Perry Siegel
    Tippit MS - Kate Wilks
    Wagner MS - Christina LeCompte

    December Team Members of the Month

    Benold MS - Deb Kleen

    Carver ES - Rosario Solis

    Cooper ES - Andrea Montecinos

    EVHS - Jane Lowe

    Forbes MS - Samantha Ballard

    Ford ES - Breka McKinney

    Frost ES -Nicole Scruggs

    GAP - Josh Howard

    GHS - Kara Perry

    McCoy ES - Jenny Hidalgo

    Mitchell ES - Cher Encinia 

    Purl ES - Allyson Jones

    STEP - Elroy "Roy" Green

    Tippit MS - Cynthia Madrid

    Village ES - Stacy Ritchie

    Wagner MS - Laura Pirkle

    Williams ES - Minda Egbert

    Wolf Ranch ES - Karen Barr

    SpEd - Kady Hare

    Technology - Renee Hancock

    Teaching & Learning - Jordan Coetzee-Folks

    Nutrition Services - Debbie Harville

    Maintenance/Support Srvs - Rick Towe

    Transportation - Bill Homeyer

    Dyslexia/504 - Jennifer Krawczyk

    Custodial - Laura Munoz

    Federal Programs - Jaime Johnson

    Multilingual - Susan Zamarripa

    More information, including photos, are posted each month at

    On February 19, staff participated in the annual 
    GISD GROW, a conference-style learning day with a goal of voice, choice, and ownership of adult learning. You can view photos from the day here.

    The following hires were announced:

    • Tosha Vanmetre, Forbes Middle School Principal

    • Jarred Dorhauer, Village Elementary School Principal

    View the full announcement on our website

    At a special meeting on Feb. 12, the GISD Board unanimously approved an order calling for a $649,510,000 bond election to be held on the May 4, 2024 ballot.

    • The bond addresses district growth, aging facilities, safety, technology, fine arts and athletics. For more information about the bond, visit

    • Additionally, the community can learn more about the bond at one of four public information meetings. Find meeting dates on our website.

    Consent Agenda

    The Board approved the following Consent Agenda Items

    1. Minutes of Previous Board Meetings

    2. Financial Reports 

    3. Budget Amendment No. 7 

    4. Local Policy Update 122

    5. Resolution for Bad Weather Days on January 15-16, 2024 

    Important Upcoming Dates

    March 3 - Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run
    March 4 - Board Workshop
    March 11-15 - Spring Break
    March 25 - Bond Information Meeting

    Next Board Meeting

    Tuesday, March 19
    7 p.m. at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning

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