August Board Briefs
Board Briefs are monthly, high-level updates following regularly scheduled meetings of the GISD Board of Trustees.
Look for Board Briefs each month following the regularly scheduled meeting 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 is also available on our website.
Wolf Ranch and Williams Elementary Schools Completed, Other Bond Projects Continue
Just in time to kick off virtual learning and shortly before in-person classes begin for the 2020-21 school year, construction on GISD’s two new elementary schools is complete. Williams and Wolf Ranch Elementary Schools will welcome their first classes of Roadrunners and Pioneers in September.
Other projects still in progress include:
- Tippit athletic wing renovation and addition
- East View High School classroom renovations
- Georgetown High School secure walkway
- Performing Arts Center technical systems upgrades
- Districtwide security upgrades
Visit www.georgetownisd.org/2018Bond for project photos and detailed updates.
Dr. Brent Updates Board on Back-to-School Plans
During Dr. Brent’s Superintendent’s Update, he shared technology, safety and professional learning progress with the Board of Trustees. Technology distribution efforts began in the weeks before the first day of remote learning. More than 100 volunteers assisted the GISD technology department in distributing devices to families in need.
Dr. Brent also shared the work being done to create safe, clean spaces in GISD schools and facilities. He shared that throughout the summer, staff at the Eagle Innovation Center worked to create protective barriers that have been installed in common areas such as front offices and cafeterias. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations have been installed on buses, in hallways and classrooms. New signage throughout GISD schools and facilities remind everyone of safety practices, and student face masks and adjustable face shields are currently being distributed to campuses.
Finally, Dr. Brent updated the Board on the first-ever virtual Convocation held Aug. 11 and the professional learning that took place across the district during the same week.
Board Approves Adoption of Tax Rate, Tax Roll Resolution
The Board voted to adopt the 2020-21 tax roll and tax rate for the 2020-21 school year. Chief Financial Officer Pam Sanchez presented the tax appraisal roll as certified by the Williamson County Tax Assessor in the amount of $147,401,506. Additionally, the Board adopted the new tax rate of $1.3701. This tax rate consists of $0.9781 for maintenance and operating (M&O) expenses and $0.329 for debt services (I&S). Overall, the tax rate reduced 0.319 cents from last year.
Board Approves Purchase of Site for Future Elementary School
In continuation of GISD’s plans to accommodate for future growth, the Board authorized Dr. Brent to close on a contract to purchase an 18.28-acre tract of land in the southwest quadrant of the district for a future elementary school. This area was identified as an area of anticipated high growth in recent demographic studies.
NEXT BOARD MEETING
Monday, September 21
7 p.m. at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership & Learning