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Georgetown plans for new and improved parks, facilities

GROWING NEEDS

BY HUNTER TERRELL

well as the completion of priori- ties in the 2009 master plan, led GPR to take a closer look at where expansions and new facilities are needed. “Georgetown is a special place with a distinctive identity. We are growing rapidly, and our citi- zens want the amenities of larger cities but not at the cost of los- ing Georgetown’s small-town feel,” District 1 Council Member Amanda Parr said. “I believe that will be one of our greatest tasks, managing our growth while still keeping Georgetown’s unique and charming qualities.” Leveling theeld To implement equitable recom- mendations, GPR divided George- town into four quadrants: Zone 1 is west of I-35 and south of Wil- liams Drive; Zone 2 is west of I-35 CONTINUED ON 24

A new 10-year master plan, approved by Georgetown City Council in February, will allow Georgetown Parks and Recreation, or GPR, to visualize and better pre- pare for future parkland, amenity and programming needs. The call for the 2030 George- town Parks and Recreation Mas- ter Plan was partially in response to Georgetown’s unprecedented population growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgetown had a popu- lation of 67,176 in 2020, a signi‡- cant increase from 47,700 in 2010. Data collected by ESRI Business Analyst, a demographic mapping software tool, reported that the city’s population jumped to 74,198 in 2021 and could further increase to 87,094 by 2026. GPR Director Kimberly Gar- rett said this projected growth as

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To keep pace with population projections for the city, the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is aiming to add facilities to meet future demand. 2020 population 2026 projected population 67,176 87,094

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Tornadoes cause extensive damage inWilliamson County

Destruction REPORT

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STRUCTURES DAMAGED: 1,258 HOMES DAMAGED: 680 in Round Rock PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER: initial reports said 15,000 COST: initial reports listed $34 million in total damages in Round

Damage and destruction took a toll on residents and property throughout Williamson County. Preliminary ‰gures include:

On the evening of March 21, several tornadoes touched down throughout Central Texas and Williamson County, including Hutto, Wimberly, Elgin and Granger. One of the hardest-hit areas was in Round Rock, where several dozen businesses, hundreds of homes and numer- ous vehicles were either damaged or completely destroyed by a tornado that took a northeastern path for several miles, starting at the I-35 and SH 45 N interchange and moving up CONTINUED ON 27

Rock alone DEATHS: 0

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FROMDENISE: Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only because of the warmer weather or the change in landscape around the city, but because it’s Red Poppy Festival time. On Page 23 you will nd a breakdown of events for the entire festival, which is April 22-24. From incredible bands, to the colorful parade to the amazing food. If you have never been to the Red Poppy Festival, I highly suggest you mark this one on your calendar. We hope to see you out there! Denise Seiler, GENERALMANAGER

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Ste. 2005, Georgetown, is now open. Gonzalo Banuelos, Lumino, operating of- Žcer and owner, announced the March 14 opening. Primary optometrist Dr. Jennifer Wood has been in the Želd for over 20 years with degrees and certiŽcations from Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. The practice is open Mondays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.- 4 Planet Fitness at 1103 Rivery Blvd. Ste. 3-307, Georgetown, is now open. The Georgetown Chamber of Com- merce held a ribbon cutting Feb. 24. The 28,000-square-foot facility sports new equipment, fully equipped locker rooms and a spa. Memberships start at $10. The gym is open 24 hours Mon.-Thu., mid- night-10 p.m. Fri. and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 512-384-1116. www.planetŽtness.com COMING SOON 5 Set to be its third location in Texas, Florida-based preschool Amazing Explorers Academy is scheduled to open at 4509 Williams Drive, George- town, in late 2022, according to the Georgetown-based Žrm behind the development, Cooley Capital Companies. Established in Florida, Amazing Explorers Academy is a preschool and daycare fo- cused on science, technology, engineer- ing and math and also has a location in Hutto that opened in 2021 with another set for P„ugerville in summer 2022. www.aexplorers.com 5 p.m. 512-686-3424. www.luminovision.com 6 The Human Bean , a nationwide cožee shop, will open its Georgetown location at 3117 Williams Drive, Georgetown in

August. There are additional locations in P„ugerville, Dallas and Odessa. The Ore- gon-based drive-thru espresso cožee bar specializes in lattes, cold brews, „avored teas, breakfast sandwiches and pastries. www.thehumanbean.com 7 QuikTrip , a convenience store and gas station, is opening a new location on the east side of Austin Avenue, south of NE Inner Loop, in Georgetown. The store is expected to open in the fall. The store will be equipped with gasoline, snacks and on-the-go miscellaneous supplies. www.quiktrip.com RELOCATIONS 8 Skinner’s Screens has relocated to its original, renovated location Feb. 16 at 1111 Williams Drive, Georgetown. Skinner’s Screens specializes in custom screens for residential windows, doors, storm doors, screen doors and outdoor enclosures as well as solar screens and allergy screens and has been in business since 1972. 512-863-5145. www.solarscreensingeorgetowntx.com 9 Jimmy Vega’s Smokehouse , previ- ously located at 40120 Industrial Park Circle, is renovating its new location at 408 University Ave., Georgetown. A grand opening is expected by July. Jimmy Vega’s is a restaurant that serves smoke- house-style barbecue in Georgetown and ožers catering and food truck services as

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NOWOPEN 1 Fleet Feet , an athletic shoe and accessories store, is now open at 4500 Williams Drive, Ste. 268, Georgetown, according to a Feb. 24 news release. The store specializes in footwear for running, walking and cross-training. Fleet Feet is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. 512-240-5647. www.„eetfeet.com

2 Lincoln Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab is now open at 4879 Williams Drive, Ste. 103, Georgetown. Opening on March 25, Andrew Creal is accepting new patients for all services including pulled muscles, work injuries, tendinitis, ACL reconstruction and more. This is Lincoln’s Žrst Texas location, with four others in Lincoln, Nebraska. 512-843-0118. www.gtx.lincolnpt.com 3 Lumino Vision at 1500 Rivery Blvd.,

well. 512-577-2813. www.jimmyvegas.biz EXPANSIONS

10 Booth Fairy , a photo booth and prop rental company, has leased a new 2,400-square-foot space at 3871 E.

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ANNIVERSARIES 12 The Georgetown Public Library will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its mobile library, the WOWmobile, April 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., according to a news release. The open house celebration will be held in the library’s Ninth Street park- ing lot and patio.512-930-3551. https://library.georgetown.org NEWOWNERSHIP 13 The Reserve at Georgetown at 3600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, was rebranded Feb. 22 as the Bader House of Georgetown by new owners John and Kim Trevey. Bader House is a caregiving model, speciŽcally serving residents needing memory care, dementia care and Alzheimer’s disease care. 512-688-5113. www.baderhouse.com/georgetown

University Ave., Georgetown to expand its operation. Booth Fairy ožers rentals for events such as weddings, birthday parties and corporate events. Booth Fairy extends its services to P„ugerville, Hut- to, Jarrell, Austin and other Central Texas 11 Western Glass , a glass manufacturer and installation company in Georgetown, signed a new lease in March at 3871 E. University Ave., Georgetown, adding 3,875 square feet of industrial space to the company’s existing location at 3887 E. University Ave., Ste. 1283. Western Glass provides a variety of services, including design and installation of Žre-rated glass, high-performance glass, glass etching, decorative glass, showers cities. 737-667-9050. https://boothfairy.com

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Cookie Co., located at 1500 Rivery Blvd., Ste. 310, Georgetown, ocially opened March 21. Cookie Co. at The Summit at Rivery Park is the rst franchise outside its home state of California. The franchise was founded in California by Elise and Matt Thomas in 2020 and oƒers gourmet cookie „avors, including French toast, M&M explosion, sea salt and caramel, and pineapple upside-down cake. The Georgetown location is owned by Beverly Querin and her family.

Cookie Co. features 80 diƒerent cookies, serving four „avors each week. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 512-591-1233. www.theocialcookieco.com

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at the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. The event will also be livestreamed via the university’s website. 7:30 p.m. Free with reservation. 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-863-1378. www.southwestern.edu/calendar 30 PUT ON YOUR COWBOY BOOTS FOR A GOOD CAUSE The Key2Free, a Georgetown-based nonpro€t, will host its Ninth Annual Boots & Bling Gala to raise funds for its e¡orts to aid victims of sex tra¢cking. The event will feature dinner, games and an auction. 6:30 p.m. $85-$120. Reunion Ranch, 850 CR 255, Georgetown. 844-312-3733. https://bidpal.net/k2f22 MAY 01 HEAR LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN BROUGHT TO LIFE The Central Texas Philharmonic will close out its 2021-22 season with a performance of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” at the Klett Center for the Performing Arts. The philharmonic will also perform pieces from Beethoven’s earlier work and from other composers. 4 p.m. $5-$30. Klett Center for the Performing Arts, 2211 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-766-0091. www.centraltexasphilharmonic.org

APRIL 15 THROUGHMAY 08 SEE AMYSTERY ON STAGE The Georgetown Palace Theatre will bring a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” to life on its Playhouse Stage. The play tells the story of a train stuck in the snow overnight when an American tycoon is murdered and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the crime in a con€ned space. 7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $24-$34. 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469. www.georgetownpalace.com 15 CELEBRATE THE START OF SPRINGWITH THE KIDS Wolf Ranch Town Center will host a family-friendly event to celebrate the start of spring with face painting, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and crafts. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-930-8008. https://wolfranchtowncenter.com 21 TAKE A STROLL THROUGH DOWNTOWN The Georgetown Arts & Culture Board will host the Spring Art Stroll around the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District

with live music and art demonstrations. The event will also feature a mural dedication at 7:15 p.m. 4-8 p.m. Free. 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. 512-930-8471. https://arts.georgetown.org 23 FISHA PONDWITH THE FAMILY The city of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will host a morning of family-friendly €shing instruction and learning at Garey Park with equipment and bait provided with registration. Children under 12 must also have a parent or guardian registered in the program. 8-10 a.m. $15-$20. Age 5 and up. The Ponds at Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, Georgetown. 512-930-6800. https://parks.georgetown.org 23 LISTEN TOA UNIVERSITY CHORALE The Southwestern University Chorale will present its spring choral concert at the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. The event will also be livestreamed via the university’s website. 7:30 p.m. Free with reservation. 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-863-1378. www.southwestern.edu/calendar 27 HEAR A UNIVERSITY RECITAL Musicale, Southwestern University’s recital program, will feature a mix of instrument and vocal performances

FEATURED EVENT See polo and a car show April 24 Polo InterActive will host the Georgetown Polo and Car Show led by a polo match at the Meadow at Garey Park. The event will benet the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Foundation of Austin and the polo clubs at The University of Texas-Austin and St. Edward’s University. Car show awards will include best of show and best of class as well as awards for the polo match, including for sportsmanship, MVP and best playing pony. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 (admission), $15 (parking). Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, Georgetown Eventbrite: Georgetown Polo and Car Show The Georgetown Polo and Car Showwill be held on April 24. PHOTO BY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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2 Williams Drive and Booty’s Crossing/ Lakeway Drive Project Construction is going at the Williams Drive and Booty’s Crossing Road/Lake- way Drive intersection. The eight-month project will add a dedicated left-turn lane from Booty’s Crossing to Williams and a dedicated right-turn lane from Williams to Lakeway. Other improvements include new traœc signals, ADA-compliant ramps, crosswalks, sidewalks and drainage work. Work is expected to be concluded this spring. The $1.45 million project is funded by the city of Georgetown 2015 transportation bond and federal transportation money from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Timeline: Fall 2021-spring 2022 Cost: $1.45 million Funding source: 2015 transportation bond, CAMPO

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1 Downtown sidewalks The Georgetown Downtown Sidewalk Project that started in May 2021 is ex- pected to wrap up this spring. According to the city, the phase of the project un- derway is along the north and south sides of Seventh Street between Main Street and Church Street. This segment includes new Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks, drainage improve- ments, pedestrian railings and a retaining wall. The project cost is $964,975 funded by revenue from the 2015 transportation bond. The contractor is Choice Builders. Timeline: May 2021-spring 2022 Cost: $964,975 Funding source: 2015 transportation bond

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FM 972. CrossPoint is located on the west side of I-35, north of the intersection with Hwy. 195 and south of CR 143. Phase 1 of the project will be a three-building business park totaling 488,000 square feet. Onx Homes has signed a lease for Building 1 of Phase 1 for a total of 204,000 square feet.

Jackson-Shaw, a national real estate development company headquartered in Dallas, closed on 224 acres in Georgetown, according to a Feb. 25 release. The land will be developed into the CrossPoint Business District and will break ground in April. The development was approved by city council as a tax increment reinvestment zone in December. According to city documents, Georgetown will reimburse $8.5 million of a $10 million 2.3-mile wastewater interceptor to serve the property, and Georgetown Transpor- tation Enhancement Corp. revenue will fund a $4.6 million extension of

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Westinghouse35 is a speculative property located on an 18-acre site directly o˜ of I-35 on Westinghouse Road, just under 30 miles from Austin. Expected to break ground in summer 2022, the project will include 58 dock doors, up to 345 auto parking stalls and 68 full-size trailer parking stalls and is slated for completion in the rst half of 2023.

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The Westinghouse35 project will span 18 acres near Iˆ35 and Westinghouse Road and will break ground in Summer 2022. (Rendering courtesy Stonemont Financial Group)

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Georgetown ISD

Superintendent applauds hardwork in his address

BY HUNTER TERRELL

more than 300 seniors at their homes, knocking on doors with no prior warning, to check on her students. “What I love about Georgetown ISD is that our mission is our compass: Inspire and empower every learner to lead, grow and serve,” Brent said. The event also featured panels led by di‹erent depart- ments, projects and displays from several student orga- nizations, and performances from the McCoy Elementary Honor Choir, the East View High School string ensemble and the Navy Junior Reserve Ožcer Training Corps.

GEORGETOWN ISD After a two-year hiatus, Georgetown ISD held its annual State of the District on March 9. Superintendent Fred Brent led two sessions discussing the impact COVID-19 had on the district. “A lot of unanticipated things have happened since we last met in February 2020,” Brent said. “But a lot of good things happened in GISD and in our community.” According to the district, a total of 2,201,786 free meals were served to GISD students during the 2020-21 school year and more than 10,000 meals were delivered to students’ homes. “The world shut down,” Brent said. “I was blown away by the men and women that made sure that [the meals] happened.” Brent applauded that GISD provided 2,768 COVID-19 tests to sta‹ and students in three months. “It was a quick response, and I am so thankful for their work,” Brent said. With remote learning becoming a big factor for all educational organizations, GISD supplied 12,500 new laptops and tablets in 2021 for instructional use and 1,100 free hotspots for students without internet access. In total, GISD had 58.5 days of remote learning in 2020-21. Brent also celebrated the dedication that GISD teachers, operational and leadership sta‹ showed in the pandemic. Latoya Easter, East View High School principal, visited

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Georgetown ISD board of trustees Next meeting: April 19 7 p.m. Hammerlun Center, 507 E. University Ave., Georgetown 512-943-5000 www.georgetownisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER inspection, 1,600-yard relay, overall physical ’tness, Armed Drill Basic and Overall State Finals Meet. DATES TOKNOW April 15 and 18 Student holidays for Georgetown ISD RECENT HIGHLIGHT GEORGETOWN ISD On March 4-5, GISD Liberty Battalion Navy Junior Reserve OŒcer Training Corps competed at the Area 10 State Field Meet in College Station. GISD Liberty Battalion earned ’rst place in several categories, including personnel

REMOTECONTROL Georgetown ISD opened the 2021-22 school year with 58.5 days of remote learning. To accomplish this the district provided:

12,500 new laptops and tablets 10,000 meals delivered to students at home 1,100 free hotspots for internet access

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SOURCE: GEORGETOWN ISD‚COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Georgetown & Williamson County

COMPILED BY HUNTER TERRELL

Georgetown City Council Next meets April 26 and May 10 at MEETINGSWE COVER 6 p.m. 101 E. Seventh St., Georgetown • 512-931-7715 www.georgetown.org Williamson County Commissioners Court Next meets April 19, 26 and May 3, 10 at 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown • 512-943-1550 www.wilco.org NUMBER TOKNOW Conƒrmed tornadoes in Williamson County on March 21 2 HIGHLIGHTS GEORGETOWN City Council approved the purchase of new portable CPR and ventilator machines March 22. The equipment will not exceed $100,000 and was approved in the 2021-22 budget. WILLIAMSONCOUNTY Destination: Hope, a fundraising gala for the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center and the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Williamson County on March 4, raised more than $325,000.

Cityapproves contracts for newtreatment plant

Georgetown to ask WilCo for community grant of $15,000 GEORGETOWN The city will apply for a grant of $150,000 from the Williamson County Commu- nity Development Block Grant Program. The request to apply was approved by Georgetown City Council on March 22. The submission must be completed by April 12. If awarded, the funds will be utilized in the city’s Home Repair program identi…ed in George- town’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan as a policy to “preserve existing housing stock that contributes to a–ordability.” Furthermore, the funds will go toward the ongoing preservation and rehabilitation e–orts of the historic San Jose and Track Ridge Grasshopper neighborhoods near downtown. City council also passed small area plans for both communities at the same meeting.

GEORGETOWN At a March 22 meeting, Georgetown City Council approved several purchases and an expansion project for Georgetown Water Services. Council approved a $175 million contract with PLWWaterworks for the construction of the South Lake Water Treatment Plant at 1010 Crockett Gardens Road, Georgetown, and an additional $1.8 million for design, permitting and site work with engineering rm CDM Smith for a new wastewater line for the plant. The new plant will increase the city’s water capacity from 39.6 mil- lion gallons per day to 83.6 million. In conjunction with the new plant, the city will implement an expan- sion to its wastewater collection system. Additional projects include the purchase of wastewater chem- icals valued at $730,000, Aqualum Polymer Blend 3012 for water treat- ment in the approximate amount of $106,315 annually, and a $259,888 contract with Terracon Consultants for materials testing and inspections.

In addition to serving the residents of Georgetown proper, the city’s water service stretches into Bell and Burnet counties. SERVICE AREA Water department coverage

Area not covered by the water department

City of Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN EDITION • APRIL 2022

VOTE FOR DR. ALLEN R. BROWN GISD SCHOOL BOARD, PL. 2 EXPERIENCE MATTERS

ADVOCATE FOR ALL LEARNERS

TANIA’S MISSION: As Trustee, I will bring a student-centered focus as I work to improve academic performance and build collaboration in the Georgetown Independent School District. With over 20 years of experience, Tania is making a positive impact in GISD through her leadership as a PTA President and her partnership and involvement with the community. Worked with GISD and Georgetown Parks & Rec to amplify “Outdoor Adventure Program” Established Wellness Rooms for both staff and students to help minimize stress Worked with GISD to offer Mental Health Info Night to parents

• 48 YEAR EDUCATOR • 6-12 YEAR TEACHER

• SUPERINTENDENT • PROFESSOR

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TANIA’S PRIORITIES:

C E L E B R A T I N G O V E R 3 0 Y E A R S I N T E X A S

High-achieving District--Build an innovative district using the metric driven Community-Based Accountability System. Support Teachers & School Staff--Retain and recruit teachers and school staff with competitive compensation and behavioral and instructional support. Community Engagement--Facilitate opportunities for community partnership and engagement.

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2022

L O C A L V O T E R G U I D E GUIDE Candidates and information for local elections

COMPILED BY EDDIE HARBOUR

D A T E S T O K N O W

W H E R E T O V O T E

S A M P L E B A L L O T

*INCUMBENT

GEORGETOWN ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

May 7 Election day May 7 Last day to

April 25 First day of early voting April 26 Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) May 3 Last day of early voting

Williamson County voters can nd voting sites at www.wilco.org/ elections. Voters can cast ballots at any site in the county they are registered in.

Place 3 Cody Hirt Tania Easton Eric Marin

Place 1 James Sherer Brian Flachs Eric Lashley

Place 2 Elizabeth McFarland* Allan Brown

receive ballot by mail (or May 9 if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at location of election)

SOURCES: WILLIAMSON COUNTY€ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

S T A T E W I D E P R O P O S I T I O N S

Senate Joint Resolution 2 Second special session of 87th Texas Legislature

Senate Joint Resolution 2 Third special session of 87th Texas Legislature

PROPOSITION 1

PROPOSITION 2

Ballot text

What does it mean?

Ballot text

What does it mean?

The constitutional amendment authorizing the Leg- islature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementa- ry and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reˆect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes im- posed for those purposes on the homestead.

The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.

Although property taxes are already frozen for the disabled and those over the age of 65, this proposition would allow for additional property tax relief from school districts for the disabled and elderly. If approved, it would allow the Legislature to provide property tax cuts even to those elderly and disabled homeowners with frozen taxes.

Every homeowner in Texas is already o’ered a $25,000 homestead exemption on property taxes from public school districts—meaning the ”rst $25,000 of a home’s appraised property value does not count against a homeowner’s annual property taxes. If approved, that exemption for home- owners would be raised to $40,000.

SOURCES: TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE WEBSITE; JOSHUA BLANK, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS; DALE CRAYMER, TEXAS TAXPAYERS AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATION€COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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GEORGETOWN EDITION • APRIL 2022

CANDIDATE Q&A

Get to know the candidates running in the election

Incumbent Georgetown ISD, Place 1 Occupation: electrical engineer Relevant experience: taught electrical engineering at Mississippi State, com- puter designer at IBM, volunteer lead- er for UIL chess at McCoy Elementary https:// achs-gisd.com BRIAN FLACHS

ERIC LASHLEY

JAMES SHERER

Occupation: librarian Relevant experience: public librar- ian for over 25 years and currently the executive director of a nonproŽt organization serving over 220 public

Occupation: CEO and president of Austin Pallet Co. and Golden Anchor Antifreeze Relevant experience: award-winning business leader with 16 years experi-

libraries across Texas https://ericlashley.com

ence in multiple industries www.jamesforGISD.com

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

Being a father, I am familiar with the GISD district andmy children’s experiences in grades Kž12. I ameducated in STEM, and I have voluntarily organized theMcCoy chess and UIL team. I believe GISD has fallen behind, and we need to play catchup. I understand our schools need to help 13,000 students with 13,000 di”erent aspirations. We need to learn fromother districts and bring the best-of-breed organization, techniques and skills to GISD.

I have a proven record of public service that stretches over 25 years in Georgetown. I served as director of the Georgetown Pub- lic Library for over 20 years. I also served on numerous GISD com- mittees, the board of directors on several nonpro‹t organizations as well as numerous community initiatives throughout the years. As a GISD trustee, I would work to improve communication with our community and build trust with other members of the board.

I have a 16-year history of leading during periods of growth. I have been recognized for these achievements through organizations like the Austin Business Journal. Georgetown needs trustees with experience not just managing growth, but leading at a high level at the same time. Seeing needs before they arise, planning for that which has not happened, and understanding how to pivot while maintaining the cultural identity that make GISD great are skills I will bring to the board.

What GISD project or policy initiative needs to take priority, and why?

Students need to be our ‹rst priority. Across the board our students are being left behind on standardized tests like the PSAT, AP and STAAR. These tests are some of the ways our students are compared with students fromother school districts around the state and the country. We need to develop an environment of high performance in our schools.

My No. 1 focus is to set measurable goals that improve the academic performance of all students. Prior to the COVIDž19 pandemic, several GISD schools had a grade of D or F by the Texas Education Agency. No GISD school received an A. Teachers are the heart of the learning process and the key to turning around academic performance. GISD needs to have a plan to retain and recruit teachers to the district including appropriate, incremental salary adjustments.

Ensuring our teachers have the resources to reach each kid is one of my top priorities. If we fail to listen to our teachers, we will fail our mission of getting every student to the next step of their lives. I have learned that if you do not listen to your audience’s feedback and align that with what your employee needs to accomplish a goal, you will fall short of expectations.

How will you ensure quality education for all students?

The community should expect me to focus on improvement. Every day we can ‹nd a way to be better. Every way we ‹nd to be better bene‹ts our children. I will be available to parents, teachers, administrators and students to work on ideas, listen to problems and ‹nd solutions. We need to work together to reach our goals.

The community can expect me to stay focused on improving academic performance by settingmeasurable goals at the board level. Fortunately, the community has passed bonds to provide adequate facilities tomeet many of our future needs. We have all the elements tomake a high-performing district. We will need the community’s involvement in improving our district. If elected, I will work hard to engage the community to help achieve our goals.

There are two ways to grow as an organization. The ‹rst is reac- tive, letting campuses grow to capacity before responding causing growing pains. The second is proactive, anticipating the path and clearing it for obstacles to growth. Growing pains are caused by managing growth and not leading. I will help lead our district through growth with the same proactive approach I have used to create award-winning businesses.

Georgetown ISD, Place 2

I am currently celebrating my 48th year as an educator. I spent 31 years in public education; I was a curriculum director and an assistant superintendent before becoming a district superintendent. I was superintendent in three states for a total of 17 years. I spent the next 17 years in higher education, serving 10 years as a professor. I was also a dean before retiring in 2021. I feel that this most quali‹es me to serve GISD. I’ve been active in the Georgetown school community for years, serving currently as the school board president and having previously participated in our citizens advisory, district of innovation, and strategic plan review commit- tees and the education foundation. I’ve been a GISD parent for 14 years and currently have children at three di”erent campuses across the district. My experiences as an attorney and Army o•cer have given me skillsets to build ef- fective teams and to lead those teams through di•cult times such as our schools have faced in recent years. Why are you the best candidate for the position?

GISD needs to re-examine its entire curricu- lum. State test scores from 2017 and forward show that the curriculum is not functioning properly. Assessing the curriculum is the only way to know the e”ectiveness of what is being taught. To be clear, this is not “teach- ing to the test.” It is not necessary to teach to any test if the total curriculum is aligned and comprehensive in scope. If the curriculum is solid, the testing will take care of itself. ment to developing academically sound, emotionally healthy and self-motivated life- long learners must continue to take priority. One project underway that will enable us to track progress toward these goals is the community-based accountability system, which takes into account student progress and growth measures that matter most to our community. Our students must be prepared for whatever path they take in life. Our district’s commit- What GISD project or policy initiative needs to take priority, and why?

Quality education is a moral obligation that every community deserves. In order to ensure that quality, there needs to be a laser-like focus on targeted goals from the trustees. Trustees should exhibit account- ability, transparency, fairness and a positive culture of trust so that GISD teachers and future stakeholders feel they have a place at the table. We have lost too many ‹ne teach- ers already, and we will lose more if issues are not addressed immediately. Proactive and intentional increases in sta”, resources, and facilities. More students will enroll in the district next year, and more the year after that, with no end in sight. The dis- trict must plan accordingly and be ready to welcome these students and provide them with every opportunity to excel. Planning ahead for the future allows us to forecast budgetary needs and to ask the community to approve bonds to build the capacity need- ed in the coming years without being forced to retroactively grapple with overcrowding and understa•ng. How will you ensure quality education for all students?

Occupation: retired professor Relevant experience: career educator, 31 ALLEN BROWN

years in K-12, 10 years in classroom, 17 years as school superinten- dent, 17 years in higher education, 10

years as professor, dean econstantsea@aol.com

ELIZABETH MCFARLAND

Occupation: attorney Relevant experience: business owner, veteran, community volunteer, parent elizabeth.a.mcfarland@ gmail.com

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