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FEBRUARY 26, 2017






GISD on 100 years of


Meanwhile, the district

looks for potential sites for

new schools. It is negotiating

a site for an elementary school

for the HillwoodCommunities

at Wolf Ranch.

Growth also requires con-

stant rezoning to prevent over-

crowding. Rezoning can be

tedious and can cause a head-

ache for parents, but it man-

ages growth until new schools

are built.

“I think they would like it

a little less than if we spent

$30 million a year on a new

school,” Mr. Stribling said.

Collaborative learning

and its devices

The thrums and bumps of

construction resonate across

Tippit Middle School’s cam-

pus all day. It is loud and it is

distracting but for Principal

Brian Dawson, these are the

sounds of progress.

“We are creating a learning

space that truly supports the

needs of our students in pre-

paring them for their future,”

he said.

“Tippit construction for

renovations and additions will

bring amazing opportunities

to our campus.”

Once complete, Tippit will

boast a new theater, cafeteria,

library, band hall and desig-

nated spaces for collaborative


Principal Dawson lights up

talking about blended learn-

ing, a strategy that incorpo-


ages students to directmore of

their learning.

Gone are the days of lec-

tures and hours spent read-

ing from a textbook. George-

town students now have more

screen time.

“As opposed to us refusing

technology in the classrooms,

our teachers have done a good

job encouraging it,” Mr. Strib-

ling said.

His three children are fans

of “bring your own device,”

or B.Y.O.D. In this program,

teachers encourage students

bring their cell phones, per-

sonal computers or tablets to


Teachers assist them in

downloading educational ap-

plications and they use the de-

vices for class projects.

Fifth grade Cooper Elemen-

tary teacher Ashley Gaylor

said this approach accommo-

dates a wider variety of learn-

ing styles.

“They’re going tobe on tech-

nology anyways. Anything

that goes with it that’s educa-

tion is good for them,” she said.

A look into the future

Floating schools. Better

yet, floating desks and chairs

zooming around through

floating schools. That is what

Ms. Gaylor’s fifth grade class

dreamt upwhenasked to imag-

ine the schools of 2117.

She envisioned a reality

where, instead of using vid-

eo chat to speak with people

across the world, guests would

appear as holograms in the


“But that might not be real-

istic,” she conceded.

Glimpses of what the future

hold can be seen in the plans

for Wagner Middle School,

slated to open in fall 2017. The

floating technology might not

be down yet, but Wagner will

feature bright natural light,

open spaces and movable


“What we talk about there

is collaborative spaces. There

needs to be room for large

groups, small groups androom

that accommodates different

learning methods,” Dr. Brent


Teachers can easily adjust

the layout and size of a class-

room to allow certain projects.

Meanwhile, Georgetown

High School prepares to re-

vamp its career and technical

education space, updating the


Though Georgetown might

swell far past its current size

and screens and cutting-edge

technology might displace

books, employees across the

district know one thing for

sure: the focuswill always stay

on the student-teacher rela-


“Things will change

throughout teaching, whether

it’s robots or us, but the focus

will be on students growing

and doing what’s best for

them,” Ms. Gaylor said.

What will district look like in 100 years?

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GISD by the numbers

A lot has changed in 100 years. Georgetown ISD

officials shared these statistical tidbits about its



1918-19 student population: 729


2016-17 student population: 11,500


Square footage of original Georgetown High

School: 45,021 square feet, which included the

building, gym and cafeteria


Square footage of Georgetown High School

today: 339,856 square feet. That does not include the

high school annex, Performing Arts Center, storage

buildings and baseball/softball facilities. All added

together, the campus would have 526,532 square feet


1918-19 demographics: White 77%, Colored 23%


2016-17 demographics: White 47.5%, Hispanic

43.6%, African-American 3.7% Asian 1.1%, American

Indian 0.3%, Pacific Islander 0.1%, Two or more races



Integration of Hispanic students: 1947


Integration of African-American students: 1966


1918-19 graduation: 16 students, three of which

were serving in the military and were not present to

accept their diplomas


2015-16 graduation: 344 students graduated from

East View, and 423 graduated from Georgetown High