The Georgetown ISD board of trustees voted to demolish the former Raye McCoy Elementary School on March 19.
The former McCoy Elementary School, located at 1313 Williams Drive, Georgetown, housed district administrative staff when the new McCoy school, located at 401 Bellaire Drive, Georgetown, was built with money from the 2010 bond election. The administrative staff moved to the newly renovated Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning on East University Avenue in December leaving the former school vacant.
The board approved the demolition, which will also include asbestos abatement, said David Biesheuvel, GISD executive director of Facilities and Construction.
The demolition was approved by the Georgetown Historic and Architectural Review Commission during its Feb. 11 meeting, Biesheuvel said. The total abatement and demolition will cost $290,800.
The property will be sold and returned to Georgetown tax rolls, GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said.
“We’re excited about the opportunity,” Brent said. “The McCoy site has served great value to the district for years, and now in this next step in the process for the facility we will be able to put that on the market and put it back on the tax rolls.”
In other business:
- The board also approved the authorization of Brent to close the contract on the purchase of a 15-acre tract of land in the northwest quadrant of GISD for a future elementary school through a certificate of resolution. During an October meeting, the board approved the start of feasibility studies on the land without commitment to purchasing the land. With this resolution, the superintendent will be able to close the deal without waiting a month for meeting minutes to be approved, Biesheuvel said.
- Georgetown High School will receive a new fence along the south property line. Biesheuvel said a vertical picket fence, which is harder to climb, will replace the current chain-link fence. The cost of the project is $127,500. Money for the project was approved by voters in the $150.5 million 2018 school bond for safety and security improvements.
- A+ Federal Credit Union donated $1,443.66 to Mitchell Middle School to pay for overdue school lunch balances. The giveaway is part of the company’s 70th anniversary celebration.
- The members of the boys and girls Georgetown High School swim team were recognized for their success at the state swim competition. The boys team was named the District 5A state champions, the first in school and district history. The swimmers also broke several records and were named district and regional champions.
- Districtwide building improvement projects continue as part of the 2018 bond voters approved in November. Several schools will receive new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as new roofs, Biesheuvel said. The projects will cost $11.9 million. The voters approved $19.5 million of the bond to be dedicated to repairing and replacing aging buildings.