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Georgetown ISDwill see 61%of its students return for in-person learning The district prepares to welcome kids in September after delay due to the coronavirus pandemic BY ALI LINAN learning for the rst three weeks after two surveys were conducted. academic needs of both groups,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said.

11,632 family responses, 54% said they preferred the school year to start with remote learning as a requirement for all students. Of the 1,943 sta responses, 68% agreed.

About 7,200 of Georgetown ISD’s 11,761 student population—or 61.28%— are expected to return to the classroom Sept. 10, according to district data. GISD announced July 20 that it would begin the school year with remote

“We feel like it is our responsibility as the foundation of this community to oer in-person learning and support those who do not want in-person learn- ing, and tomake sure we take care of the

In the second survey in which the district asked if stakeholders wanted to start in-person school immediately or begin with virtual learning, of the

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Parents had until Aug. 6 to notify Georgetown ISD if they intended to send their child to in-person classes Sept. 10. Non-respondents are assumed by GISD to attend in person. Teachers too had to submit their preference. Here is a breakdown of expressed interest.

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Students 11,761 total *

Teachers 943 total *

*AS OF AUG. 7. ATTENDANCE TOTALS FLUCTUATE GREATLY AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. SOURCE: GEORGETOWN ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Georgetown ISD schools prepare for in-person classes in September. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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FROMSALLY GRACE: Leading up to Aug. 20, debates, questions and concerns about going back to school occurred daily as health ocials continued to change their recommendations and safety guidelines. Now we have begun what is likely the most unpredictable school year we will ever experience. Reporter Ali Linan’s story (see Page 24) breaks down the facts, answers the what ifs and captures the numerous and varying feelings Georgetown parents have right now. Be sure to check communityimpact.com for updates as the situation continues to evolve. Sally Grace Holtgrieve, EDITOR

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headquartered at 723 W. University Ave., Stes. 110-142, Georgetown. www.living- gracecanineranch.org 4 WoodSpring Suites opened in George- town on June 22. The 118-room, extend- ed-stay hotel is located at 904 Rockmoor Drive, Georgetown. The hotel also offers amenities, such as a kitchenette in each room with a full-size refrigerator and freez- er, a two-burner stovetop and a microwave. There are also pet-friendly rooms available as well as free Wi-Fi, a fitness center and 24/7 laundry services. 512-688-4366. www.woodspring.com 5 Prima Dora opened a second location in Georgetown on Aug. 4. The shop, whose first location is on South Congress Avenue in Austin, sells unique gifts by local artists, such as jewelry, T-shirts, souvenirs and more. It is located on the Square at 114 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. 512-688-2291. www.primadora.com 6 The Estrada Garcia Gallery opened Aug. 1. It is located at 206 W. 10th St., Georgetown. The gallery showcases the work of owner Judith Estrada Garcia as well as other local artists, such as Manuel Miranda. Estrada Garcia’s work is also on display at Lamppost Coffee in George- town. The displays at the gallery will rotate once a month. 760-390-3929. https://estradagarciagallery.org/ 7 Five Below opened in the Wolf Ranch Town Center on July 31. The specialty discount chain store sells toys and games, tech accessories, decor and more. Most products are between $1 and $5, with a few ranging between $6-$10 as well, according to the brand’s website. It is located at 1019 W. Uni-

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2 GTX Jet Skis opened in Georgetown on July 7. The veteran- and local- ly owned business offers four-hour personal watercraft rentals for those looking for water fun on Lake George- town. Rentals include two life vests. Additional vests and a pull-behind tube can also be rented. The business only picks up and drops off equipment at Lake Georgetown’s Russel Park boat ramp at R442943, Georgetown. 737-356-8142. www.gtxjetskis.com

3 New local nonprofit Living Grace Canine Ranch seeks to provide a perma- nent home for senior canines of all breeds that are deemed physically or emotionally animal shelter “unadoptable” or foster care “undesirable.” The organization formed in February but is actively working to complete its first building at the ranch, with plans for it to be erected by October. Living Grace plans to start a foster program by the fall. The ranch is located in Bertram, Texas, just west of Georgetown, but is

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preleasing activity at the site. He said the firm is finalizing agreements with users ranging from 2,000 square feet to 8,500 square feet. 512-387-7836. www.practicerealestategroup.com 12 Versona , which was originally slated to open June 25, will now open Oct. 8, a company representative told Communi- ty Impact Newspaper . The store will sell clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories in the Wolf Ranch Town Center at 1021 W. University Ave., Georgetown. www.shopversona.com USA FIT Georgetown plans to launch Aug. 22 and is part of USA FIT, a na- tional marathon training organization that has existed for over 30 years. The goal-oriented training program caters to both new and experienced runners and walkers in a fun, friendly, non-intimidating environment, chapter founder George Creel said. www.usafit.com/georgetownfit RELOCATIONS 13 FACT Fitness —”FACT” stands for “foundational athletic caching tech- niques”—relocated to the Wolf Ranch Town Center on Aug. 3. The gym offers individual athlete training, personal training, group fitness classes, gym memberships and more. It was previ- ously located at 4112 Williams Drive, Ste. 101, Georgetown, and it is now located at 1019 W. University Ave., Ste.

100, Georgetown. 512-630-2812. https://factfitnesscoaching.com/ NEWMANAGEMENT 14 University Cleaner s is under new management as of this spring and is offer- ing 20% off specials. The business offers alterations and repairs, washes leather and wedding gowns, and includes a 24-hour drop-off window at 723 W. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-819-9880 EXPANSIONS 15 The Artisans’ Workbench opened a new boutique gallery as an extension of its current gallery Aug. 6. Its first exhibit features local artisan work including paintings, jewelry, sculptures and more. The Artisans’ Workbench is located at 4236 Williams Drive, Georgetown. 512-688-1587. https://theartisansworkbench.com/ CLOSINGS 16 Nancy’s Sky Garden closed its Georgetown location June 20. The healthy dining option had a Korean-in- spired menu with specialty teas. The busi- ness also closed its Austin location, but its Cedar Park and Round Rock locations remain open. The Georgetown location was at 501 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. www.nancysskygarden.com

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COMING SOON 10 A new coffee shop, Black Sugar Caffe , will replace Cianfrani Coffee Co. on the Square at 109 W. Seventh St., Ste. 105, Georgetown. The business plans to open Sept. 1. This is the second location for Black Sugar, which can also be found in Cedar Park. The gourmet coffee shop sells espres- sos, smoothies and specialty coffee as well as breakfast pastries, tapas and more. www. blacksugarcaffe.com 11 Practice Real Estate Group Devel- opment’s newest medical office project is planned for University Boulevard in George- town. The two-story, 17,000-square-foot building at 1340 W. University Blvd., Georgetown, will offer physician ownership opportunities, project representative Mark Storey said, adding the new project is set to deliver in mid-2021 following significant

versity Ave., Ste. 800, Georgetown. 512-991-3076. www.fivebelow.com 8 Nothing Bundt Cakes opened a Georgetown location in the Wolf Ranch Town Center on Aug. 14 at 1003 W. University Ave., Ste. 120, Georgetown. Nothing Bundt Cakes sells four sizes of cakes in nine different flavors, including carrot, chocolate chocolate chip and red velvet. 737-808-7044. www.nothingbundtcakes.com 9 Golden Rule , a new restaurant, is now open one block east of the George- town Square. The restaurant opened July 23. The establishment offers a menu of different cuisines with Mexican, American and Asian influences. It also hosts a full bar with an extensive whiskey collection. Golden Rule is located at 606 S. Church St., Georgetown. www.facebook.com/ thegoldenrulegtx

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Provided by and available at the Williamson Museum, “Histories of Pride: Thirteen Pioneers Who Shaped Georgetown’s African American Community” takes a look into the lives of individuals who moved the African American community forward in Georgetown, improving the lives of people of color. “Writing any historical account of Georgetown’s African American community must necessarily begin with the reality of racism. After all, the area’s rst black settlers, who arrived during the 1840’s, were slaves— non-citizens with few rights, fewer educational avenues and even fewer economic opportunities,” it read. The book states it is believed the rst African Americans worked as slaves on local farms and ranches as well as messengers or house servants, but not much is known beyond that. However, historians know African Americans made up more than 10% of the city’s population, the book said. As of July 1, 2019, Black residents made up 4.2% of Georgetown’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Learn about people who helped shape African American life in Georgetown

late 1800s. He gained a local reputation of nding stolen and stray cattle, retrieving hundreds during his career, it said. However, Pickett was arguably the most famous cowboy associated with Georgetown. He was most known for his skills in “bulldogging”—or when a cowboy jumps from his horse and grabs a steer by its horns, forcing it to the ground, it said.

wrongfully accused of killing a white farmer, so his family moved to the banks of Georgetown’s San Gabriel River, the book said. Miller had ve kids with his rst wife and remarried in 1902, and he had an additional 15 children, it said.

Austin Smith Austin Smith was an African American slave who owned a 28-acre tract of land in the Rocky Hollows area, north of Ronald Reagan Boulevard. A portion of the land was also made into a cemetery for white people. Historians were confused how a Black man could own land in the mid-1840s and donate a portion of it for a cemetery, the book said. Historians later concluded that

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Jessie Daniel Ames Jessie Daniel Ames is a white Southern woman who spent much of her life in Georgetown and attended Southwestern University. Following the death of her husband in 1914, Ames became a public servant when she became the rst president of the Texas League of Women Voters, the book said. In 1930 she started her own organization

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Rev. Richard Haywood Rev. Richard Haywood founded the Wesley Chapel A.M.E Church in 1869, and in 1904 the church moved to its current location at 508 W. Fourth St. The chapel currently has a Texas State Historical Marker and is on the National Register of Historic Places, it said. Haywood was a traveling minister sent to serve African Americans in Travis and surrounding counties, the book said.

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perhaps black slaves were not treated as poorly in Williamson County—one of three counties in Texas that voted to oppose secession in 1861 and had a much smaller population of slaves than other counties, it said. Local historian Ralph Dixon Love believes Smith was able to purchase the land because he earned money working for white families, which he saved and was allowed to purchase the land because of the connections and respect he had in the community, the book said. The Rocky Hollow Cemetery still stands as one of few surviving relics, it said.

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named the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, built to combat white men’s claim that lynching was necessary to protect white women, it said. Through this organization Ames (home is mapped) worked to discredit the anti-black fear perpetuated by the Ku Klux Klan. Ames remained dedicated to the protection of Black men in Texas, often taking criticism for her stance against racial injustices.

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He built a community within the church, and many of its members helped build its current structure. While the church has been renovated, it remains successful under the supervision of Bishop Right Rev. John Richard Bryant, it said.

Emanuel Organ and Bill Pickett According to “Histories of Pride,” many of the country’s skilled and courageous cowboys were African American. “Experts estimate that about one-fourth of the 35,000 men who participated in the cattle industry between 1860 and 1895 were African American,” it read.

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Mack and Belinda Cook Mack Cook, a carpenter, and his wife, Belinda, were local leaders who helped found St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (mapped), the second- oldest African American church in Georgetown. While the church was led by Rev. Mark Henson, a Black minister, the Cooks spearheaded a donation drive to purchase building materials to construct a

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It is no easy task to keep track of family members through generations, but the Miller family has done so well, the book said. Each summer since 1968, the Miller

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St. Paul Methodist Church congregation

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family holds a reunion, allowing members to come together to celebrate and look back at the people who shaped their lives. The Miller family began in 1865 with Sam Mathew Bagley from Birmingham, Alabama, the son of a slave owner and a Creek Indian. As a young man, he was forced to change his name after being

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While it is unknown how many African American cowboys worked in Georgetown, two remain known: Emanuel Organ and Bill Pickett. Organ worked around Williamson County in the

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church on a plot of land he and Belinda donated. In 1972, the church’s current location at Seventh and Timber streets was constructed, the book said.

setbacks, including many of its congregation moving to Gay Hill Baptist church and a destructive re in 1933 that moved services to the Masonic Lodge building, it said. The congregation was able to raise enough money—$141—to Mary Bailey Preschool educator Mary Bailey was a kindergarten teacher who was praised for her understanding that young children beneted most from an educational environment development, getting along with others and the desire to learn, the book said. However, an education like this was not easily attainable for the African American community that emphasizes self-condence,

own music school for African Americans in Georgetown. Prior to the start of her school, Bowden studied music at Southwestern University, Washington Conservatory, Baylor Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory, the book said. As an educator, she was concerned the students of Carver School— Georgetown’s only black school—would not have access to resources as other nonblack students, particularly in ne arts programs.

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S.C. Marshall Between 1910-64, Georgetown’s black schools received little public funding, resulting in poor facilities and second-hand books and equipment discarded by the white schools, the book said. The rst African American school in Georgetown was a three-room facility called The Colored School. It oered an education for those in rst to eighth grades and was the extent to which an African American student could receive an education, the book said.

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purchase land and build a new frame building in 1936 at 706 W. 14th St., where it is located today.

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She developed an outreach program where she and other university musicians would provide free music lessons for African American students, the book said. Southwestern University is mapped. It was largely through her work that Southwestern University admitted its rst African American student, Ernest Clark, in 1965, to whom she became a mentor, it said. Gay Hill Missionary Baptist congregation Started by 25 members of the local Friendly Will Baptist Church, Gay Hill Missionary Baptist Church was the “newest” African-American church sometime in 1920, the book said. Organizers raised $120 to purchase land near West 15th Street, near where the present church stands. Gay Hill’s rst pastor was Rev. L.C. Collins, who arrived in 1921. Since then, the church has had several leaders in its time and several known Georgetown faces, including Martha Anna Jeerson (fth from left), who taught Sunday school classes, the book said.

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That is until Principal S.C. Marshall was determined to extend African American education through high school, it said. In 1913, he went to the school board and persuaded the board members to educate students through high school. It was after their approval he accepted his rst high school-level student, Lois Palm. She graduated in 1916 with a big community celebration, the book said. In 1923, a new school building was constructed near where Scenic Drive is now, it said. In 1930, after Marshall retired as principal, the school was renamed Marshall High School, it said.

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in Georgetown until 1953, when Bailey founded her preschool—the rst in the area to be open to nonwhite children, it said. The Mary Bailey Child Development Center—now known as Mary Bailey Head Start—is still open today, teaching children of all races the fun of learning, the book said. It is located at 601 N. College St., Georgetown. Prior to opening her day care, Bailey studied child development at Huston-Tillotson College, receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Bailey’s mission was always to provide children with more than just babysitting, the book read. Iola Bowden White music teacher Iola Bowden grappled with the idea that it is impossible to promote racial equality in a segregated community, so she created her

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With 22 members, the Friendly Will Baptist Church was founded in 1902 with its rst home located on Fourth and Martin Luther King Jr. streets in Georgetown, and its rst leader was Rev. J.J. Jackson. Quickly the congregation grew by more than 22, the book said. However, the church faced some J.J. Jackson COURTESY ETHEL MOORE

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G E O R G E T O W N Splash pads Cool o this summer at these area water features in and around Georgetown. COMPILED BY ALI LINAN

“super soaker,” a shower tunnel that sprays water in an archway from the ground, a T-shaped pole that spins and sprays called a “storm spinner,” popcorn jets that shoot water from the ground and a post that sprays water in a bell shape. 1707 San Jose St., Georgetown 5129303595 Free Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Sept. 30

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1109 Blue Ridge Drive, Georgetown 5129303595 Free Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Sept. 30 DOWNTOWN GEORGETOWN SPLASH PAD Located next to the Art Center, the downtown splash pad consists of a brick courtyard with water jets erupting from the ground. It is unstaed and free to the public. 816 S. Main St., Georgetown 5129303595 Free Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Sept. 30 SAN JOSE PARK SPLASH PAD This 1,656-square-foot water play area has 15 spray features, including a spray archway called a

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THE QUARRY SPLASH PAD This splash pad located within the Williamson County Southwest Regional Park includes fountains, sprinklers, water cannons, a waterfall andmore. It is open at 50%capacity. 3005 CR 175, Leander 5129431920 $2 (park entrance fee) Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Closed Mon.-Tues.

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GAREY PARK SPLASH PAD This nearly 7,000-square-foot amenity oers 28 water features controlled by motion sensors, including ve water cannons, two water tunnels, a “spider spray” and a water mill. 6450 RM 2243, Georgetown 5129306800 $5 (residents, up to two people), $10 (nonresidents, up to two people),

$2 (additional person) Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, no admittance within 30minutes of closing. RABBIT HILL PARK SPLASH PAD The Splash Park features a towering ‘spider’ blasting webs of water over 2,000 square feet, making for a colossal play battle against the ‘giant spider’ feature.

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