Georgetown ISD Voters Approve Proposition A for $150.5 million
Williamson County voters turned out in record numbers at the polls to cast their vote on two propositions that will impact Georgetown ISD students and staff for decades.
The result: 67.4% of voters approved Proposition A, which is aimed to address future growth, safety and security, and facility renovations. Proposition B, which would have funded a swim center, fell short with 49% of the vote.
“By overwhelmingly supporting Proposition A, the community has shown tremendous trust in the district and a clear commitment to our students by investing in their future,” Superintendent Fred Brent said.
Major components of Proposition A include:
Two new elementary schools in Georgetown’s fast-growing southeast quadrant
An expansion at Ford Elementary to allow for continued enrollment in that attendance zone
Additional safety features at all campuses
Funds to purchase land and design facilities for future growth
New school buses to meet the demands of increased enrollment
Updated technology for staff and students
Updated HVAC, building roofing and athletic fields
New elementary schools were designed with funds from the 2015 bond, and construction could begin as early at March 2019 with planned openings in the fall of 2020. This will alleviate overcrowding at Carver and Mitchell elementary schools in the southeast part of the city while adding capacity to the Pickett zone.
“Bond elections are big local decisions that impact student learning and property owners. We take this vote seriously,” Brent said. “We believe in being transparent in the bond process and remain committed to keeping the community informed as we move forward.”
Voters were not as favorable of the $15.5 million proposition B that would have funded the design and construction of a swim center in partnership with the YMCA of Williamson County.
“We knew this proposition had mixed support from the beginning, and the voters exercised their right to say no to this,” Brent said. “This provides an opportunity to continue the discussion and determine a project that the community would feel more comfortable supporting in the future.”