After months of evaluating district needs, the Georgetown ISD Citizens Advisory Committee recommended the district call a bond election for $649 million in May. The bond would be funded by a one-cent increase in the district's tax rate, should the board order a bond election based on this recommendation.

What you need to know

The CAC shared its recommendation during a Feb. 5 board workshop, sharing that the recommendation includes four propositions to address needs as the district grows.

Committee members also shared that 63% of around 1,200 GISD residents surveyed supported the one-penny increase to the district's tax rate to fund these initiatives. This one-cent increase to the rate of $1.0467 per $100 of valuation would see the annual property tax bill for a home within the district with an average assessed value of $332,425 raised by $33.24, or $2.77 per month.

The meeting video capturing this presentation will be available here.

In January, Superintendent Devin Padavil shared that all members of the committee are in favor of pursuing another bond to address needs for improvements and preparation for growth in the district. Although he did not provide a timeline for related action, he said the committee will soon bring a recommendation to the board regarding these needs.

The board will hold a special meeting Feb. 12 to consider calling the bond election. Trustees will vote on whether to send the proposal to voters at that time.

The details

Propositions include several projects geared toward addressing district growth and increased participation in extracurriculars as well as maintenance of aging facilities.

Proposition A, $596.46 million: school facilities, capital improvements, safety and security
  • Construction of a new elementary, middle and high school
  • Renovation of the old Benold Middle School and Frost Elementary School
  • Renovation and expansion of classrooms at Forbes Middle School and Georgetown High School
  • Renovation and replacement of lighting and flooring at aging campuses
  • Replacement of playground equipment at Cooper Elementary School
  • Replacement or upgrade of heating, ventilation and air conditioning at three campuses
  • Instructional equipment
  • Replacement of risers and sound systems
  • New buses and maintenance equipment
  • Parking lot repairs, additions and adjustments to driveways
  • Land purchases for future growth
  • Upgrades to safety and security infrastructure and equipment
Proposition B, $20.3 million: technology and technology infrastructure
  • Replacement of staff and student devices
  • Technology infrastructure improvements, such as phone gateways, data center, firewall and electronics
  • Replacement of aging and broken equipment used for education and business operations
Proposition C, $27.85 million: fine arts facilities
  • Construction of a performing arts center at East View High School
  • Maintenance of Kletts Performing Arts Center
  • Replacement of fine arts concert attire and uniforms
Proposition D, $3.85 million: athletics
  • Renovation and expansion of both the weight and locker rooms at East View High School
How we got here

Trustees elected to convene a CAC in 2023 to address ongoing district growth needs, with the formation of such a committee being an initial step in evaluating existing district facilities and resources in anticipation of a potential bond, district officials said. Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in May showed Georgetown is the fastest-growing city in the country among cities with populations of more than 50,000 residents.