Ben Stewart named GISD Place 7 replacement

The GISD board of trustees discussed bond and zoning updates as well as land for a new school at its monthly meeting Monday night.

The GISD board of trustees discussed bond and zoning updates as well as land for a new school at its monthly meeting Monday night.

Updated Nov. 16 at 3:44 p.m.

Here is what you need to know from Monday's Georgetown ISD school board meeting:

Ronna Johnson replacement 

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees appointed Ben Stewart to replace Place 7 Trustee Ronna Johnson on Monday night. Stewart, who will be sworn in at the December meeting, serves as the President of the Carver Elementary PTA and has two children in the district.

“It is truly an honor to [have been] in the community for the last five years," Stewart said. "I am honored to be able to work with you guys and serve the community.”

According to a newe release from the district, Stewart served on the Citizens Advisory Committee that made recommendations to the board about the 2015 Bond Election. 

Stewart works as a technical consultant for Dimension Data and is the chief technology officer for Footprints Children’s Grief Ministry, according to the district.

“Stewart has kids in the district and serves a very important part of our community," trustee Scott Alarcon said. "I was glad that we were able to find someone of his experience, not only in education, but professionally and technologically."

2015-16 FIRST Report 

Georgetown ISD received a 92 out of 100 and highest possible rating for its FIRST rating from the Texas Education Agency.

According to a presentation given by Pam Sanchez, executive director of business services for the district, FIRST is an accountability rating system that holds school districts accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and actual improved performance.

During the public hearing that took place before Georgetown ISD's regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting Monday, Sanchez explained the information was based on audited fiscal year 2014-15 data.

Bond update

The more than $160 million bond that passed in November 2015 is about 60 percent complete, said GISD Executive Director of Facilities and Construction David Biesheuvel.

Some of the projects underway include the construction of Wagner Middle School and Purl Elementary School, the renovation of Tippit Middle School and upgrades to Georgetown High School.

Zoning update

More zoning information including a demographic quarterly update will be presented at the Dec. 12 board meeting Dr. Bryan Hallmark, the GISD assistant superintendent of operations and school leadership said.

Hallmark also said two public input meetings will be held Jan. 5 and 10 after the new zoning information is presented.

Future elementary school 

The board of trustees unanimously passed an item to finalize and execute a purchasing agreement with Hillwood Communities for land to construct a new elementary school. The land is in the Wolf Ranch Development and will address growth in the district, specifically the SH 29 corridor, west of I-35, according to Superintendent Fred Brent.