Georgetown ISD breaks ground on second elementary school

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Georgetown ISD’s second elementary school broke ground June 20.

Wolf Ranch Elementary School will be located off of D.B. Wood Road south of Hwy. 29 and will host 850 students.

“The importance of this type of neighborhood school has been a big value to our community,” GISD board of trustees President Scott Stribling said. “We’ve always been about neighborhood schools, [and] being able to walk to your campuses as an elementary kid is a priority.”

The ceremony is the second held within a week as the district broke ground on Everett L. Williams Elementary School on June 18.

Stribling, who has been on the board for six years, said the groundbreaking was his fifth.

“The growth we have in Georgetown is unprecedented,” Stribling said.

Once complete, Wolf Ranch will become the new home to students from Pickett Elementary School, located at 1100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Georgetown.

The project will cost $29.7 million and is funded through the 2018 bond voters approved in November.

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  1. Brian K Ortego

    Yes, Georgetown ISD has had a strong commitment to neighborhood schools, but with the construction of Wolf Ranch Elementary, the closure of Dell Pickett Elementary, a neighborhood school, will be the fourth neighborhood GISD school closed in recent years as a result of campus consolidation or replacement in a different neighborhood. The move by GISD to larger elementary schools that hold 850 or more students also means that less than fifty percent of students will likely be able to walk to their “neighborhood school”, as the attendance zone encompass a greater area.

    This is also true in Wolf Ranch where current development is a couple miles away across Hwy 29 West. Closing Pickett Elementary with a capacity of almost 500 students, rather than renovating it, is a huge loss for the parents and students living in the established working-class neighborhoods surrounding it for the last two decades. Arbitrarily closing a neighborhood school creates many negative impacts on families, including opportunities for parental involvement and a decline in property values.

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Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.
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