Georgetown ISD on track to complete bond projects despite coronavirus concerns, officials say

Georgetown ISD bond projects remain on schedule as of March 23, district officials said. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD bond projects remain on schedule as of March 23, district officials said. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown ISD bond projects remain on schedule as of March 23, district officials said. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown ISD's bond projectsincluding the building of two new elementary schoolsremain on schedule amid coronavirus concerns, David Biesheuvel, the district's executive director of construction and development, told Community Impact Newspaper in a March 23 email.

"All construction projects are progressing as before with no interruptions or slow downs to date," Biesheuvel said. "At this time, there is no reason to believe the projects will be delayed."

In 2018, voters approved a $150.5 million bond package that included the construction of the new Wolf Ranch Elementary School located off of D.B. Wood Road south of Hwy. 29 and the Everett L. Williams Elementary School, located on Rockride Lane near the new Fairhaven housing development. Both schools are planned to open in the fall.

Bieshevuel said
all projects remain on schedule but added the district is watching coronavirus-related updates closely in the event some work slowdown does occur due to personnel or material delivery issues.

Biesheuvel added he has not seen any changes in pricing for the projects and
does not expect to.

Project contractors have taken some actions due to the coronavirus, including placing hand-washing stations at strategic locations on the job sites for all workers to use, contacting construction material suppliers to ensure there is no interruption in getting the supplies to the job sites when they are needed, and developing response action plans in the event anyone on the job site tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms to protect all personnel on the site, Biesheuvel said.

By 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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