Georgetown taxpayers must vote on $160M bond next month

FILE - Georgetown ISD (GISD) School Bus (KXAN FIle Photo)
FILE - Georgetown ISD (GISD) School Bus (KXAN FIle Photo)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — We are less than a month away now from the November election and some school districts are hoping to pass hefty bond packages. The Georgetown Independent School District is holding a meeting Monday night about its proposed $160 million bond.

Putting books back on the shelves is one of the many things Emily Simpson helps out with as a volunteer at Annie Purl Elementary School in Georgetown. She’s been volunteering at this school for 10 years, so she’s noticed changes in this building.

“They’ve done the best they can to keep things going here but they have lots of problems,” says Simpson. Problems like holes in the wall and torn-up tile. The school was built 63 years ago. The Georgetown ISD thinks it’s time to tear this one down and build a new Purl, at a cost of more than $31 million.

Purl elementary is the last school in the district that is pre-K thru second grade, the new school would be pre-K thru 5th grade, which should make it a little bit easier for parents. Families that have kids going to different elementary schools, will be able to bring them to one school.

“So right now, what happens is, they have a teacher for a couple years and a principal and a space, and then they have to move,” says Suzanne Marchman, director of communications for Georgetown ISD. “This gives them continuity between grade levels and teachers.”

Even if you don’t have a kid in school, Simpson says people living in Georgetown should still back this bond if they want their community to succeed.

“To be in this world and looking for a job, it’s very hard now if you don’t have an education,” says Simpson.

And Georgetown ISD wants to give these kids the best learning opportunities possible.

In addition to the new elementary school, there is a long list of upgrades and improvements on the bond proposal. More than $75 million is set aside to add a fourth middle school and make renovations to two other schools. Another $13 million will go toward technology upgrades, and millions is set aside for new buses and artificial turf at the Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex.

If the bond is passed, it will increase the average homeowner’s taxes by about $120 a year.

There is a public meeting being held at 6 p.m. Monday night, Oct. 5, in the cafeteria at Georgetown High School, to give detailed information on the bond proposal.

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