Georgetown ISD officials will take action on a new state law that allows Texas schools to hire chaplains as counselors at an upcoming meeting.

What you need to know

By voting at the Sept. 18 meeting, the GISD board of trustees will be in compliance with Senate Bill 763, which went into effect Sept. 1. GISD Director of Human Resources Sue Harrison said during a Sept. 5 workshop that district staff will recommend the district choose to continue its policy of accepting chaplains as volunteers in the district.

The backstory

Under SB 763, school districts are allowed to employ chaplains to perform the duties of school counselors. Texas school boards must take action regarding the law in a record vote, meaning each trustee is required to vote individually on the measure. SB 763 is one of several laws that went into effect Sept. 1 regarding schools.

What are the options?

Harrison said school districts can select from three courses of action regarding the bill:
  • Hire chaplains to perform the duties of a school counselor
  • Accept chaplains as volunteers
  • Reject any use of chaplains