June 22, 2022


 


GISD trustees applaud standout students, on field and stage

Trustees also recognized and congratulated:

• The Georgetown High School 2022 baseball team finished the season with a 35-7 record, and won the state championship with a 2-1 victory over Friendswood High School. Jacob Hadden received the Most Valuable Player award for the state tournament after throwing a complete game. Eli Hellmann, EJ Davis, Logan Smith, Landon Hyle, and Jacob Hadden were named to the All State Tournament Team.

• The GHS softball team made history for a second straight year by reaching the state championship game. The team, district runner-up with a season record of 34-4, defeated Aledo High School in the State Semifinal game with a score of 3-2 in eight innings. In the state championship game they fell to Lake Creek High School. The team consisted of seniors Braylin Pannill, Abigail Hodgson, Savanna Ransom, Ashley Blaylock, Sierra Saucedo, Ava Drews, Karli Klinkerman, Emma Killingsworth; juniors: Isabella Torres, Samantha Swan, Haiden McGehee, Kennedy Miller; sophomores: Cambree Creager, Madison Hartley, Rainey Kunz, Jordan Credeur; and freshman Isabelle Kriegh and Macie McLellan. Cambree Creager was named District Pitcher of the Year while Isabella Torres was district Defensive Player of the Year. Isabella Torres and Madison Hartley were selected to the state all-tournament team. Isabella Torres and Kennedy Miller were selected as TGCA All-Stars. Abigail Hodgson and Braylin Pannill received TGCA Academic All-State. Abigail Hodgson, Braylin Pannill and Savanna Ransom received THSCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention. Abigail Hodgson and Braylin Pannill were selected and participated in the Austin Area All-Star game and were selected to the TGCA Legacy All-Star Team.

• Georgetown and East View high schools’ band, choir, and orchestra competed in the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, held May 28 & 30 at multiple sites in the Austin area. All solos and ensembles that receive a Division 1 rating on a Class 1 selection at the Region solo and small ensemble contest during the current school year may enter Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. All solos must be certified as being performed by memory at the regional contest. Division 1 rating for a solo receives a gold medal; Division 2 rating for a solo receives a silver medal; Division 1 rating for an ensemble receives a bronze medal for each ensemble member.

At the state competition, a rating of 1 receives a gold medal, a rating of 2 receives a silver medal, and a rating of 3 receives a bronze medal.

From Georgetown High School, the following students received a rating of 1 for their solos: Ian McAlister, Ben Crowley, Christina Crozier, Alex Mann.

The following students received a rating of 2: Christopher Lee, Jay McEntire, Nathan Aaker, Ben Crowley, Ian McAlister, and Austin Novosad received a rating of 2 for their saxophone quartet.

GHS Choir students — Glenn Schmidt and Kamrin Gordon received a 1 for their solos. Elise Chien and Hunter Starritt received a 2 for their solos.

GHS Orchestra state performers who received a rating of 2 for their solo performances are Elizabeth McCallum, Lucy Willard, Caleah Sowards, and Hannah St. Jacques.

East View High School performers in Choir Abigail Bruton received a rating of 1 for her solo performance. The following students received a rating of 2 for their solo performances: Chase Trapp, Isabella Torres, Michiah Marsh, Sara Owofade, Torrance Crary. Keilah Armstrong received a rating of 3 for solo performance.

East View Band state performers: Annabelle Meholin and Emelia Bruton each received a 1 for their solos. Angel Domiguez, Francisco Villar, Sam Janes, Christian Robertson, and Savannah Taylor received a 1 for their ensemble. Bradley Bolton, Drake Boff, Angel Dominguez, Leah Colbert, and Sam Janes each received a 2 for their solos. Alfredo Serrano and Jacob Moeller each received a 3 for their solos.

GISD’s new $177M budget up $12.4M over last year’s


Growth in bond construction costs also a force in ballooning expenses

By KATHERINE ANTHONY

Georgetown ISD trustees on Monday night approved a $177.851 million district budget for the upcoming 2022-23 school year that is a $12.4 million increase from last year. 

Total expected expenditures of $182,788,927 will exceed revenues of $172,878,918 by $9,910,009. 

A fund balance of $31.732 million will keep the district in the black, Steve West, budget consultant and former GISD Chief Financial Officer, said. 

Factors impacting the budget are:
• Enrollment growth of 8.3 percent or approximately 1,000 new students.
• Budget based upon 93.6 percent attendance rate.
• Taxable value growth of 29 percent for 2022-2023.
• Increase of homestead exemption to $40,000.
• 78.5 new staffing positions due to enrollment growth.
• Competitive compensation plan (average 5.1 percent) designed to recruit and retain employees.
• Absorption of $3.4 million ESSER (federal funds) payroll back into the district’s General Fund.
• Tax rate reduction from $1.2310/$100 value to $1.2136/$100.
• State recapture of tax revenues increased from $24.5 million to $44.5 million.

The budget year takes effect July 1 and can be viewed at www.georgetownisd.org/budget.

Major Revenue Changes from 2021-22 

• $9.708 million increase – state/local entitlement increase primarily due to enrollment growth.
• $0.730 million increase – Teacher Retirement System payments due to compensation growth.
• $1.574 million decrease – one-time Covid-revenue source from Williamson County.
• $1.767 million decrease – reduction of ESSER (federal funds) funds available

2022-23 Major Budget Expenditure Changes 

• Payroll:
$5.150 million – new salary and benefit increases.
$4.600 million – approximately 78.5 new positions.
$3.374 million – net ESSER staff funded in 2021-22 rolled into General Fund in 2022-23.
• Contracted Services — $0.754 million decrease
• Supplies/Materials and Other Operating Expenses — $0.744 million – net new ESSER funds
• Recapture —$20 million increase

Next steps

Mr. West told trustees the projected 2022-23 gap between revenues and expenditures must be addressed by the 2023-2024 budget. He suggested the following schedule for implementing budget action steps:

August 2022 — Board parameters for addressing spending gaps.

September-October 2022 — Budget action study groups.

November 2022 — Budget action group findings/potential savings.

January 2023 — Communication of potential program/service changes for 2023-2024 budget.

March 2023 — Final action plan implementation.

2021 Bond Update

Jimmy Jones, director of Construction and Development, briefed trustees on the 2021 Bond project schedule, higher-than-expected project costs, and district growth.

Future Ready Learning Campus
Construction Start Date: June 2022
Substantial Construction Completion: June 2024

New Benold Middle School
Construction Start Date: September 2022
Substantial Construction Completion: May 2024

Benold Middle School renovations to New Frost Elementary School
Design Start: January 2023
Design Complete: November 2023
Construction would be funded by a successful future bond election.

Elementary #11
Construction Start Date: March 2023
Substantial Construction Completion: May 2024

EVHS Ag Science Facility
Construction Start Date: December 2022
Substantial Construction Completion: June 2023

GHS Ag Science Facility
Construction Start Date: July 2023
Substantial Construction Completion: December 2023

High School #3
Design Start: June 2022
Design Complete: September 2023
Construction would be funded by a successful future bond election.

Forbes MS and Ford ES HVAC replacements
Start Date: May 2023
Substantial Completion Date: August 2023

GHS partial roofing replacement
Start Date: February 2023
Substantial Completion Date: August 2023

Administrative Appointments

Trustees approved the following administrative appointments:

• Alfonso Longforia as principal of East View High School. Mr. Longoria has been the principal of Tippit Middle School. He has more than a decade of experience as a campus administrator and has also served as a teacher and coach during his 20+ year career in education. 

• Sue Harrison as executive director of Human Resources leading the HR team for recruitment and hiring. She has been serving the district as director of Human Resources and has more than 15 years experience in that field. She will start her new role on July 1. 

• Kim Garcia as executive director of technology. She is the current director of Digital Learning. She has more than 20 years in education in GISD as a teacher, coordinator and director.

Cost increases

Mr. Jones also briefed trustees on economic factors that have increased costs of building in the past 12-18 months. For example:

• Lumber and plywood increased 101%; steel mill products, 113%; needed diesel fuel at the refinery or terminal, 237%.
• From March 2021 to March 2022, wages for hourly craft workers rose 6.2%; job openings increased 52%; new hires increased 7.9%.
• Current calculated national inflation rate is 8.6% based on U.S. Labor Department data published June 10.

Mr. Jones told the board that economic conditions over the last 12-18 months have presented “significant challenges” to construction budgets established prior to the November 2021 Bond’s successful $350 million propositions:

• Future Ready Learning Campus
241,209 Square Feet
Construction Budget: $94,009,120; $389 per SF
Current Construction Estimate: $99,349,375; $411 per SF

• New Benold Middle School
165,708 Square Feet
Construction Budget: $63,910,500; $385 per SF
Current Construction Estimate: $67,940,280; $410 per SF

• Elementary #11
124,625 Square Feet
Construction Budget: $46,080,000; $369 per SF
Current Construction Estimate: $51,941,298; $369 per SF

Mr. Jones presented to trustees the following options for managing project costs:
• Engage general contractors and the design team for creative solutions to reduce construction costs while maintaining the current building design and features.
• Delay the start of Elementary #12 and reallocate funds to over-budget projects.

Finally, Mr. Jones briefed the board on projected district enrollment growth:
• Wolf Ranch and Mitchell elementary schools, Wagner Middle School, and Eastview High School have the projected highest growth rates for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.
• In the 2021-22 school year, enrollment grew districtwide by 789 students or 6.6 percent.
• For the 2022-23 school year, district enrollment is projected to increase by 1,011 students or eight percent.
• For the 2023-24 school year, district enrollment is projected to grow by 868 students or 6.4 percent.

Mr. Jones suggested trustees consider these strategies to manage the district’s rapid growth:
• Build more schools more often through more frequent bond elections.
• Rezone existing campus boundaries more frequently to balance districtwide campus enrollments.
• Consider the placement of temporary classrooms at campuses with the highest growth rates.