Bond Update from the Superintendent - October 22

Posted by Melinda Brasher on 10/22/2018

The board of trustees voted last Tuesday to move forward with a memorandum of understanding between the district and the YMCA to build a potential swim facility, a project that voters will see on the ballot when they head to the polls this month.

This agreement is important in planning next steps and informing you about the project so you can make an informed decision when you vote.

The MOU states that the district would pay for and build a swim facility, and the YMCA would build out additional portions of the facility for YMCA programming. Jointly used portions of the facility, including locker rooms and weight rooms, could be constructed and funded by both organizations.

This partnership is a win-win for both organizations. It would provide:

  • a climate-controlled competition-ready training center for the swim team, including locker rooms and spectator seating
  • an opportunity for all GISD elementary students to learn swim safety
  • a full recreation center and YMCA programming for the entire community

The full facility would be constructed on land owned by the district at the corner of Shell and Bellaire roads. The YMCA would assume responsibility for regular maintenance and operations of the facility, including staffing.

Since 1844, the YMCA has been offering community programming that helps people learn, grow and thrive.  Successful partnerships exist between the Y and other school districts for similar swim programming, and we are excited to come this far in our planning with them. 

Early voting has begun and runs through November 2 in Williamson County. Voters will have an opportunity to vote on this project, which is Proposition B for Georgetown ISD on the ballot, as well as Proposition A to accommodate for growth, safety and security, improvements and technology. You’ll find more information on all of these projects at www.georgetownisdbond.org, including many Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

I hope you exercise your right to vote. We are fortunate to live in a democratic society that affords us the opportunity to have a voice at the local, state and national level for the projects and people that impact our daily lives.

If you have additional questions about the bond, please consider joining us for one of two community presentations this week:

  • Tonight, October 22, at Purl Elementary at 6 p.m. (Spanish presentation) and
  • Tomorrow, October 23, at Ford Elementary at 6 p.m.

I will share details on all projects included in both propositions and answer your questions.

You can always send questions to use via Let’s Talk, and we’ll get you a prompt response as well.

This is an exciting time in Georgetown’s history as we experience record growth. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your superintendent.

Sincerely,

Fred
GISD Superintendent

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