Georgetown | July 2021

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Georgetown ISD

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS GEORGETOWN ISD The board of trustees unanimously approved hiring Tosha VanMetre as the Carver Elementary School principal June 21. VanMetre has held multiple roles in education, including as an assistant principal at Forbes Middle School in GISD, before landing her current position. GEORGETOWN ISD During a special meeting June 29, the board approved hiring two more elementary school principals. Hollee Braun will serve as principal at Mitchell, where she was previously the assistant principal. Mindy Choate will serve as principal at Purl and previously worked in Eanes ISD as the director of humanities. GEORGETOWN ISD The district lost $2.4 million due to Texas House Bill 1525, a bipartisan bill passed June 16 that makes an adjustment to how fast-growth allotment is calculated. The new formula reduces the amount GISD receives from the state, GISD Executive Director for Communications Melinda Brasher said in an email. Between 2018 and 2020, GISD’s student enrollment increased from 11,537 to 12,160 students, a 5.4% growth rate. Georgetown ISD board of trustees Next meeting is at 7 p.m. July 19 in the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning Boardroom MEETINGSWE COVER NUMBER TOKNOW The Georgetown ISD board of trustees adopted its fiscal year 2021-22 budget, which includes raising the starting teacher salary to $50,300. $50,300 QUOTEOFNOTE “WHILE I THINK TEXAS TEACHERS RESPONDED HEROICALLY TO THE REMOTE INSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT, ITWAS JUST A VERYDIFFICULT ENVIRONMENT TO TEACH INAND TO SUPPORT STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.” MIKE MORATH, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY COMMISSIONER

District adopts $191.7Mbudget, includes 2%staffpay increase

BUDGETBREAKDOWN Georgetown ISD’s board of trustees adopted the fiscal year 2021-22 budget June 29.

Food service: $5.7M Debt service: $46.3M General fund: $139.7M

BY TRENT THOMPSON

the district’s biggest expenses. Other expenses include salary adjustments and a 2% raise for all employees. The pay raise and salary adjustments were adopted in May. GISD will pay $180,040 for staffing adjustments, including for a direc- tor of teaching and learning and a bilingual learning design coach. Six $1,000 stipends will be given to sec- ondary English as a second language lead teachers for where stipends have not been previously given. Six $6,000 stipends will go to elementary bilingual interventionists, an amount equal to the stipend given to bilingual teachers.

GEORGETOWN ISD The board approved a $191.7 million budget for fiscal year 2021-22 during a special meeting June 29. The budget consists of $139.7 million for the general fund and accounts for a 6.1% student enroll- ment growth and 18.7% property value growth. In the general fund, GISD’s net revenue after making $19.4 million in recapture payments to the state is $120.3 million. Recap- ture is a set amount property-rich districts pay the state with property tax revenue to be distributed to all schools across the state and is one of

Total $191.7M

SOURCE: GEORGETOWN ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

GEORGETOWN ISD STAAR SCORES

The Texas Education Agency released spring 2021 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness scores in June. Here is a year-over-year comparison from 2019 of the percentage of students who approached grade level in each subject.

2019 2021

100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

End-of-course

Reading

Math

Writing Science

SS *

*Social studies

SOURCE: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

STAAR results show someGISD students belowstate averages

spring, a trend Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath labeled “disheartening” and one he attributes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Within GISD, the percentage of stu- dents in third through eighth grades who approached grade-level STAAR scoring dropped off across nearly every testing subject area between 2019 and 2021. The depressed scores ranged from a 1% dip in third-grade reading to a 13% decline in third-grade math. STAAR achievement increased year over year for three exam sections: seventh-grade reading, seventh-grade writing and sixth-grade math.

GISD students did not outpace STAAR statewide averages in any grade or subject area, although the district equaled the state-level marks in seventh-grade reading and seventh-grade writing. District high school students fared better on their end-of-course exams, both compared with their own 2019 achievement levels and statewide figures. While biology and U.S. history scores dropped from their 2019 levels, the percentage of students approach- ing grade level was on par with state-level marks and several points above GISD performance on any other tests this year.

BY BEN THOMPSON

GEORGETOWN ISD The state released the spring 2021 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and high school end-of-course exam results June 28, showing Georgetown ISD falling behind its 2019 perfor- mance levels, and some students scored below statewide averages. The drop in testing performance was experienced across Texas this

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