Williamson County

$166 million Georgetown ISD bond will go before voters on Nov. 6

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — With Georgetown ISD anticipated to grow by 2,300 students over the next five years, the board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to put a $166 million bond package on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Two new elementary schools, along with the expansion of Ford Elementary, are key to the first proposition, which totals $150.5 million, and includes acquiring land for future buildings and more school buses.

The proposition would also pay for electronic access for exterior doors, more security cameras and radios and the building of an enclosed walkway from Georgetown High to the school's annex. 

Replacing aging roofs, heating and air condition systems would also be tackled with the proposition, which includes plans for improvements to middle school and high school athletic facilities. 

The bond money would also go toward improving the classroom experience with flexible learning spaces and furniture.

The second proposition, totaling $15.5 million, includes more land purchases and the construction of a swim facility. 

The district says the two proposals in the bond package would not require an increase in the tax rate.

Georgetown ISD says it has saved taxpayers more than $23 million in interest over the last six years through "prudent debt management and sound financial practices."

GISD says, last month, it once again received a superior "A" rating in the state's financial rating system.

The Citizens' Advisory Committee spent the last seven months reviewing needs across the district and surveyed the community for recommendations.

Community presentations on the bond will be held this fall and will be posted on the GISD calendar online.

Residents in Georgetown ISD can vote on the bond referendum during early voting from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 and on election day on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9. Visit www.wilco.org for information on county elections. 

Nearby, the Round Round Independent School District is deciding if it will put a new school bond package before voters, after it was rejected in 2017. 


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