Georgetown ISD board calls $381M bond election for November

Early voting for the Nov. 2 election will be Oct. 18-29. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Early voting for the Nov. 2 election will be Oct. 18-29. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Early voting for the Nov. 2 election will be Oct. 18-29. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Georgetown ISD voters will decide this November whether to approve a $381 million bond that includes five propositions intended to meet the growth needs of the district.

The $381 million bond includes projects such as construction for three new schools, more buses, a swim center and renovating the performing arts center.

On Aug. 11, the board of trustees approved ordering the Nov. 2 election in a unanimous vote.

The bond includes five propositions:

  • Proposition A: Construct two new elementary schools; construct a new middle school; build a career and technical education/future-ready complex; construct an agriculture barns at East View and Georgetown High School, acquire land design for future facilities; roof replacement, and buses and maintenance vehicles

  • Proposition B: Acquire computing devices for student and staff, educational technology equipment, data center equipment and technology infrastructure

  • Proposition C: Renovate the Klett Performing Arts Center

  • Proposition D: Construct a district wide swim facility

  • Proposition E: Resurface tennis courts and renovate Georgetown High School Tennis Complex

The two proposed elementary schools would be located in the southeast and southwest areas of the district to help accommodate for expected growth, according to an Aug. 11 news release.

Recent demographic studies show the district is anticipated to grow by 2,400 students over the next five years and nearly 6,000 students by 2031, said the release.

The expected cost of each proposition is:

  • Proposition A: $333,420,000

  • Proposition B: $16,500,000

  • Proposition C: $7,300,000

  • Proposition D: $23,600,000

  • Proposition E: $850,000

If passed, the five propositions are expected to have a tax increase of up to $0.026 per $100 valuation, which would have an $84 affect annually for the average GISD resident.

Early voting for the Nov. 2 election will be Oct. 18-29.

GISD called the election following a series of workshops and meetings following the recommendations from a Citizen's Advisory Committee that had been meeting and discussing the bond since February.

"I am thankful to the more than 60 community members who served on our CAC and I am proud of their work," Superintendent Fred Brent said in the release. "They spent the last six months throughly reviewing facility and equipment needs across the district as well as the results of a community survey and made an impressive presentation to the board."
By Fernanda Figueroa

Reporter, Georgetown

Fernanda joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2021 after graduating from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a second major in political science. Fernanda covers education, local government, non profits and business for the city of Georgetown. Prior to CI, Fernanda worked as a reporter for The Rider, UTRGV's weekly student newspaper and served as a media relations intern for UTRGV Athletics.


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