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Georgetown ISD Board Calls for November Bond Election

The Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Wednesday to place a $166 million bond package on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The package includes two proposals, designed to address growth, safety and security, technology, and repairs to existing building infrastructure and would not require an increase in the tax rate.

The basis for the proposals was the result of a recommendation from the Citizens’ Advisory Committee that studied current facilities and facility assessments, demographic reports and enrollment projections, financial information, educational programs, and immediate and future needs of the district.

“Our belief is that community engagement enhances the experience of students. I'm proud of the willingness of the 70+-member CAC committee to serve and secure the instructional future of our students,” Superintendent Fred Brent said. “They spent the last 7 months thoroughly reviewing facility and equipment needs across the district, surveying our community and made an impressive presentation to the board.”

According to a recent demographic study, the district is anticipated to grow by 2,300 students over the next 5 years. At the elementary level, Carver is expected to be over capacity by 2019 and Ford Elementary will reach its max by 2020. Growth projections also show that both Tippit and Benold middle schools are expected to be over capacity within three years.

Two propositions are being presented. The first proposition totals $150.5 million and includes the following major components:

Accommodating for growth

  • 2 new elementary schools and the expansion of Ford Elementary
  • Land acquisition for future facilities
  • Buses

Safety and Security

  • Electronic access controls for exterior campus doors
  • Security cameras and radios
  • Construct an enclosed walkway from Georgetown High School (GHS) to the GHS Annex

Renovations / Infrastructure

  • Replace aging roofs, heating and A/C systems
  • Renovate lighting and sound system at the Performing Arts Center
  • Middle School / High School Athletics—middle school field turf and track; East View High School (EVHS) field house addition, practice field and softball field; GHS baseball field and ADA compliant baseball stands
  • Technology infrastructure, WiFi access points, district network equipment

Classroom Experience

  • Furniture and equipment
  • Student and staff technology/devices
  • Classroom display technology
  • Flexible learning spaces at Forbes Middle School and EVHS

A second proposition totaling $15.5 million includes:

  • Construction of a swim facility 

“I’m pleased that the board took action to plan for a bright future in Georgetown ISD,” Board President Scott Stribling said. “As the city grows, so does our enrollment. Our students deserve safe and functional facilities to learn and grow. And it’s important to note that this bond proposal can be done without an increase to our current tax rate.”

Over the last six years, GISD has saved taxpayers more than $23.39 million in interest through prudent debt management and sound financial practices. And just last month, the district once again received a Superior “A” rating in the state’s financial rating system.

Citizens can learn more about the propositions during community presentations this fall. The district will update its calendar as presentations are scheduled.

Georgetown ISD residents will have the opportunity to vote on the bond referendum during Early Voting, Oct. 22-Nov. 2, and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9. For more information, visit the Williamson County Elections webpage at http://www.wilco.org/Departments/Elections/Voter-Registration