The Georgetown ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to name the newest GISD school George Wagner Middle School at its Sept. 19 meeting.
George Wagner is a Georgetown resident who has served as a mentor and volunteer for GISD since 1997 and has been involved with local nonprofit organizations, including Brookwood in Georgetown, HeadStart and the Boys & Girls club.
“[Wagner] has 18 years of mentoring experience, is currently mentoring four to five GISD students and also runs Junior University,” trustee Scott Alarcon said during the meeting. “Most [people]may not even know who this person is; he doesn’t do this with a lot of fanfare. He does this quietly, and all he is concerned with is helping kids in need.”
The board of trustees initially opened the naming process for Middle School No. 4, as it was previously known, to the public. But after receiving more than 80 original submissions, the board agreed upon naming the school after Wagner after a submission was entered by a student with whom he previously worked, GISD spokesperson Suzanne Marchman said.
Construction on the new middle school began in April after money from the 2015 bond was set aside to build the new school and address current and future student growth in the area, Marchman said.
The more than 170,000-square-foot George Wagner Middle School is expected to open for the 2017-18 school year. The site, next to Mitchell Elementary School on Rockride Lane, includes 10 tennis courts; an eight-lane, all-weather track; and football and soccer fields.