Georgetown ISD trustees Feb. 12 voted to send four bond propositions totaling $649 million to voters. The propositions, intended to address growth needs within the district, will appear on the May 4 ballot.

What you need to know

After months of evaluating district needs, the Georgetown ISD Citizens Advisory Committee recommended the district call a bond election for $649 million in May during a Feb. 5 workshop. The four-proposition bond would be funded by a $0.01 increase in the district's tax rate should the board order a bond election based on this recommendation.

Committee members shared that 63% of around 1,200 GISD residents surveyed supported the $0.01 increase to the district's tax rate to fund these initiatives. This $0.01 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 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