GEORGETOWN I N S I D ERDear Georgetown ISD Employees, September 2011 A MESSAGEWe are very excited about the 2011-12 school year. The ofﬁcial opening of GeorgetownEast View High School is the ﬁrst step in making way for new opportunities and greaterparticipation for our students. The completion of the build out of GEVHS, construction ofMcCoy Elementary, and a complete renovation of Georgetown High School will allow GISDto create productive, safe learning environments where all of our students can succeed. FROM JOE DThe 2011-12 school year is off to a great start. I have conﬁdence in our campus leader-ship and classroom teachers to make this the best year ever for our district. I feel privi-leged to have the opportunity to work with such an awesome staff as we serve the stu-dents of Georgetown ISD. I have no doubt that our students will continue to excel aca-demically, and know that they have adults in their lives who truly care about them. AN LEE Due to state funding reductions, Georgetown ISD, like all Texas public schools, will continue to face ﬁnancial challenges. For the 2011-12 budget year, GISD made $6.5 million expenditure re- ductions due to loss of state revenues and federal stimulus mo- SUPERINTE nies. Staff reductions were made in Central Ofﬁce Administra- tion, Campus Administration, Classroom Teachers, Support Staff, Paraprofessional and Clerical Staff. Additional non-payroll reduc- tions totaling over $700,000 were made. State revenue reduc- tions for the 2012-13 school year will require an additional $3.5 ND million in budget cuts. GISD will see a total $7.2 million reduction in state funding for the 2011-13 biennium. The challenge will be ENT OF SCH to develop a budget with less revenue that will allow us to con- tinue to offer exemplary programs and services to our students.The good news is that we have an outstanding “Recognized” school district with great staff,good students, committed Trustees, involved parents, and a supportive community. Despite OOLSﬁnancial challenges, none of that will change. We have the opportunity to work together toinsure that we continue to be a school district of excellence. Expectations for our students andschool district remain high. Together, we can fulﬁll those expectations. UPCOMING EVENTS SEP 17-23 SEP 21 OCT 3-21 SEE PAGE 2 FOR THE ANSWERWHAT ARE THEY LOOKING AT? Constitution International GISD’s Week Day of Peace United Way Campaign
2 CHEFS MOVE TO SCHOOLS PROJECT VISITS GEORGETOWN ISDThe Chefs Move to Schools Project, spon-sored by the United States Department ofAgriculture, visited Georgetown ISD ... andshot a video while they were here. Thevideo being produced by the RegionalService Center in Austin, featured severalGISD Nutrition Services employees.In the photo to the right, Sandra Honea(East View High School) prepares brownbread with Chef Beveylon Concha whilean ESC-13 cameraman zooms in for aclose up.The Chefs Move to Schools Project is de-signed to help volunteer chefs ﬁnd inter-ested K-12 schools with whom they cancollaborate with. The chefs volunteer theirtime to create healthier school meals andeducate students about nutrition. WHAT WERE THEY LOOKING AT? The McCoy Elementary School staff recently took a “ﬁeld trip” during to the site of their new home where con- struction is underway. The citizens of Georgetown ap- proved $13,500,000 in November 2010 to build a brand new McCoy at a new location (located off Shell Road). The photos below, provided by campus architects SHW Group, show off what the school will look like. The new McCoy is scheduled to open in August 2012.
3ON THE NEWS Georgetown ISD in the News ... Here are a few web links that you can use to see what “news” Georgetown ISD was making over the past month. Please note that the Williamson County Sun, which features many GISD stories, does not have a web enabled version of their newspaper. August 12 - FOX7 (www.myfoxaustin.com) ★ Football Players Keeping Cool In Texas August 23 - KXAN (www.kxan.com) ★ Lessons Learned at Recess in the Heat August 23 - American-Statesman (www.statesman.com) ★ Central Texas Schools Take heat Precautions August 26 - KXAN (www.kxan.com) ★ Weighing Cost of Steroid Drug Testing September 9 - Community Impact (www.impactnews.com) ★ Georgetown ISD Expands Campuses, Adds New Facility JUNIOR FORUM HELPS FILL THE BUS WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIESFOOTBALL ... IN THIS HEAT? The annual Fill the Bus campaign was a rousing success once again. “We appreciate the great work by the Georgetown Junior Forum in braving the heat and collectingFOX-7 came to Georgetown in late supplies for our students,” explained Cheryl Lang, Executive Director of ElementaryAugust to do a story on the heat and Education. Supplies were sorted and delivered to the campuses with the assistance offootball. The story “Football Players Zelinda Richards, GISD’s Family Specialist and the Kohl’s Cares volunteers.Keeping Cool in Texas” was shownseveral time during the AM and PMnewscasts. The story focused on howplayers at Georgetown High Schooldunk themselves in icy cold water to HEB DONATES WATER TO NON A/C BUSEScool down after a hot practice. Sev-eral Georgetown ISD staff were inter- Superintendent Joe Dan Lee and Assistant Su-viewed including Phil Blue (Athletic perintendent Carlos Cantu were on hand to helpDirector), Jason Dean (Head Football HEB stock some buses with water. The storeCoach), Chad Hennessey (Athletic located at 1101 South IH 35, donated enoughTrainer), and Mary McKenna (Health bottled water to quench the thirst of those stu-and Safety Director). dents riding the few bus routes with no A/C.
4 GEORGETOWN ISD = CUSTOMER SERVICEThis summer, Georgetown ISD began a customer service trainingprogram focusing on the people we all serve: parents, students, tax- payers, and fellow employees. Principal’s secretaries, de- FIVE R U partment secretaries, central G R E AT C LES FOR ofﬁce personnel, and front USTOME ofﬁce staff from around the R SERVI 1) K e e p CE district were all a part of “An custom 2) O v e r- ers the Attitude of Customer Serv- deliver priority ice”. The program, developed when p . 3) O f f e r ossible. by School and Community choices Relations Director Brad Domi- 4) B e a c . trovich, has been imple- cess-ap 5) U s e l proachamented in several Texas school districts over the past few years. ogic no ble.Georgetown ISD’s “Five Rules for Great Customer Service” are listed t emotio n.to the right. THE “NEW” GEORGETOWN HIGH SCHOOL If you haven’t seen what Georgetown High School will look like after the construction of new facilities and renovations, just look at these photos provided by Huckabee Architects on the left. The top photo will be the new The ﬁrst day at East View High School was a day for the history books. Above, entrance to Georgetown High School, Associate Principal Charles Aguillon the bottom photo will be the new addresses students during schedule cafetorium. distribution. Below, Assistant Principal Dan Garza gets interviewed by one of As a part of the November 2010 bond the many media reps that visited. referendum that was passed by our Georgetown community, $28 million will be used for facilities at George- town High School. To keep up to date on all bond con- struction projects, view the presenta- tions made to the Board of Trustees at Georgetown ISD’s SlideShare site www.SlideShare.net/GeorgetownISD. Georgetown InSiDer is published by the GISD School and Community Relations Ofﬁce as a service to our employees. If you have news or a photo to share, please send it to CommunityRelations@GeorgetownISD.org. Questions regarding the con- tents of this publication may be addressed by Brad Domitrovich at (512) 943-1890.