Bob Templeton presented the findings to the GISD board of trustees Jan. 20, acknowledging that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, growth will continue to break records in Georgetown and the Central Texas area.
“The housing market has not seen an impact at all [from the pandemic],” Templeton said. “In fact, the opposite is what has happened to the housing market as to what we were anticipating back in March.”
He added that the area housing market saw one of its best years in 2020.
The report found that GISD, which currently has about 11,836 students, can expect about 12,660 students in the fall including new students and the return of students who opted for homeschooling during the pandemic.
By fall 2030, student enrollment is expected to reach 18,614, an increase of 57.27% from 2020-21 student enrollment.
The report also found that the subdivisions with the highest number of vacant developed lots, or lots with streets and utilities in place but no homes, include Wolf Ranch, Santa Rita Ranch and Saddlecreek.
“The future lots are telling us where the growth is headed,” Templeton said.
Templeton added that as the trend of working remotely has increased greatly due to the pandemic, families are able to choose where they live based on other factors.
“It's going to be a function of the quality of the school district [and] the quality of life,” Templeton said. “Those areas that have both of those things working in their behalf are going to see a real surge in families with kids, and you've got that.”
GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said the citizen’s advisory committee, responsible for recommending whether the district should call a bond in November, will use the data provided when determining district needs.
Here is a breakdown of a few of the report’s key findings.