GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees approved nearly $350 million in bonds for new school buildings and technology improvements, but rejected additional money to improve performing arts buildings and some athletic complexes.
Proposition A passed 56%-44% and focuses on school construction and renovation. The $333.4 million will be used for the construction of two new elementary schools, a new middle school facility and a complex that will house advanced and technical programs. It will also be used for land acquisition and designing future facilities, upgraded safety and security infrastructure, Ag barns at East View and Georgetown high school, HVAC and roof upgrades; and buses and maintenance vehicles.
Proposition B passed 56%-44% and focuses on technological improvement. The $16.5 million will support the district’s one-to-one initiative, as well as improve the infrastructure to support connectivity.
Proposition C failed 55%-45% and would have asked for $7.3 million to renovate the interior finishes at the Klett Performing Arts Center.
Proposition D failed 61%-39% and asked for $23.6 million for a district swim facility.
Proposition E failed 57%-43% and would have asked for $850,000 for renovations to the tennis courts at Georgetown High School.
The board’s decision on the propositions was made after a series of meetings and a recommendation from the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The CAC studied current facility assessments, demographic reports, enrollment projections, financial information, and immediate and future needs of the district.
According to a recent demographic study, the district is anticipated to grow by 2,400 students over the next five years and nearly 6,000 students by 2031.
Voters in Georgetown have mixed feelings about the bond proposals on Election Day.
“I believe that they shouldn’t just focus on infrastructure, it has to be on people, too. We need more African American teachers and Spanish teachers. Georgetown tends to not deal with those issues, and they need to,” said Lamar Claypool.
Claypool has grandkids in Georgetown ISD, but says he chose not to vote for the bond due to the lack of diversity and inclusion programs inside the district, while others were in support of the bond.
“The better the school is, usually the better your property value is,” said Greg Kinskey. “Even though I don’t have any kids in school, I think it’s good to have a good school structure.”
For more information on the 2021 Georgetown bond referendum, click here.