Election Q&A: Meet Georgetown ISD school board Place 4 candidates

Candidates Stephanie Blanck, Francis C. Jackson and David Phillips speak on Georgetown ISD and the coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)
Candidates Stephanie Blanck, Francis C. Jackson and David Phillips speak on Georgetown ISD and the coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)

Candidates Stephanie Blanck, Francis C. Jackson and David Phillips speak on Georgetown ISD and the coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)



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Georgetown ISD board of trustees Place 4










Stephanie Blanck




Occupation: retired educator; specialist in school psychology


Experience: 30 years in public education as an LSSP and campus administrator; 15 years as special education director






How will you help Georgetown ISD navigate the coronavirus pandemic?




SB: There’s no way to guarantee complete safety when reopening schools, but there is CDC guidance that the district should be aware of and follow, such as masks and required social distancing. A school board member is part of the discussion and a collaborator, but the final decisions ultimately come from the superintendent. To me, the parents, teachers and the campus administration are the front line, and I would be listening to them on a daily basis and making adjustments accordingly.









Francis C. Jackson




Occupation: retired


Experience: retired special education teacher; retired military


Contact: N/A




How will you help Georgetown ISD navigate the coronavirus pandemic?




FJ: If elected, I would want to start with a briefing from the leadership on the status and implementation of the District’s pandemic protocols. I want the leadership and the other board members to know my No. 1 priority is and always will be the health and safety of students and personnel in the Georgetown Independent School District. All decisions must and will be made based on that priority.









David Phillips




Occupation: partner and practice manager, MedCon Medical Services


Experience: board member, Grace Episcopal School, 2010-14, trustee, Georgetown ISD, 2017-present; volunteer for GISD Giving


Contact: Search Facebook: David Phillips for School Board




How will you help Georgetown ISD navigate the coronavirus pandemic?




DP: I have been the lead regarding our response to COVID. I am trained in health care and am actively involved as the manager of a physician practice and a disaster/emergency response company, both of which have been deeply involved with COVID. I update my fellow trustees and ISD senior staff almost daily. I am relied upon as the internal “expert" and use my significant health care network to get us answers quickly.


By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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