Where are we now
As a result of the extensive work of the Facilities Steering Committee throughout the 2019-2020 school year, a $35.1 million bond election was called for May 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the election was postponed to November 2020. Due to the the continued uncertainty of the economy, the November election was subsequently cancelled.
In the Spring of 2021, a new Facilities Steering Committee was called together to assess the continued facility needs within GISD. All meetings are special-called Board meetings and are open to the public for observation. Meetings will be held at the Gainesville Junior High library at 6pm on May 11, June 1, and June 15.
Facilities Steering Committee Purpose
The Gainesville ISD Facilities Steering Committee will serve in a temporary advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees and Administration to:
- Consider the educational needs of all students and align with the district’s mission, vision and goals
- Represent the entire community, its values and perceptions in the facility-planning process
- Assess and prioritize the district’s current and long-term facility needs, including new construction, renovations and capital improvements
- Bring forward recommendations to the Board of Trustees as to how to address the district’s facility needs, including what should be included and how much money should be requested in a possible bond election
The committee will engage in discussions about:
- Demographic Reports and Enrollment Projections
- Existing Facility Conditions
- Grade Alignment
- School Finance
- Bonding Capacity & Impact of a Potential Bond
- Building Needs, Potential Solutions & Cost Analysis
- Results of Community Survey
- Priorities for Gainesville ISD Facilities
The Facilities Steering Committee (FSC) process is designed to be open and transparent. All FSC meetings will be posted as Board meetings and will be open to the public. Non-committee members in attendance are invited to sit in the designated section for visitors and to listen, but not verbally participate. The non-committee members are encouraged to submit their questions and/or comments in writing on note cards that will be available at each meeting. Those questions and comments will be shared with the committee members and the Board of Trustees. Answers will be communicated via email to guests who provide an email address on the note card.
Dee Dee Godi
Jennifer Diane Turner