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GISD Board Names Future Schools and Renovated Administration Building

The Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the district’s administration building and two future elementary schools at its November 12 meeting.

Over the last year, the building that first served as Georgetown High School and later Williams Elementary, has undergone renovations to become the new district administration building. The building features intentional spaces for professional learning and leadership development. District administrators will move into the space next month. The Board voted to rename that facility the Georgetown ISD Administration and Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning, honoring the legacy of longtime GISD supporter, Jerry Hammerlun.

“Jerry Hammerlun was passionate about public education and growing future leaders, and he was dedicated to this district. He was influential in the renovations to the new administration building,” Superintendent Fred Brent said. “He embodied everything we believe and everything we hold dear: that public education is the foundation of our community; that it is our responsibility to prepare students for their future; that developing leaders is vital to our success; that community engagement enhances educational experiences…so it only seems fitting that the new administration building be named in his honor.”

The GISD Administration and Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning is scheduled to be open for business on December 17.

In other business, the Board voted to name Elementary #10, located in the Wolf Ranch Subdivision, Wolf Ranch Elementary School. With funds from the 2015 bond, the district secured a school site for this purpose. The funds to build the school were authorized through the 2018 bond, which was approved by voters on November 6.

To honor the history of GISD, the Board approved moving the Williams name to Elementary #11, which will be located off Rockride Lane near the Fairhaven development. This new school will be known as Everett L. Williams Elementary School. Everett “Pop” Williams served as the high school principal in GISD for 19 years. The construction of this campus was also made possible by the 2018 bond election.

“Pop had a lovable personality with a true heart for kids, and naming a school in his honor did — and still does — seem appropriate,” Brent said. “We believe that the name Williams should continue to preside over a space that directly serves kids,” Brent said.

Construction of Wolf Ranch Elementary Elementary and Everett L. Williams Elementary is planned to begin in the spring of 2019. Both schools are expected to open in the fall of 2020.