Georgetown ISD and the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation, the nonprofit that raises money for the district, announced the launch of the Hammerlun Leadership Academy, a leadership accelerator, according to a March 25 news release.

The academy is open to any GISD employee who wants to grow and develop their leadership skills, the release said. The inaugural cohort will meet beginning in June for a 10-month period and have the opportunity to connect with leaders from outside the district while participating in activities relating to leadership behavior, goal setting and coaching, it said.

“In Georgetown ISD, we believe that the development of leaders is vital to the success of the district,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said. “Hammerlun Leadership Academy is designed to foster personal leadership development and growth in our staff across our district, regardless of position or title or goals or experiences.”

The academy is named after Jerry Hammerlun, a local business owner, council member and namesake of the district's headquarters on University Avenue. He died in 2017.

District employees with two years of experience in GISD are eligible for participation, the release said. Applications for the first cohort are now open and will close April 9.