FYI Taylor County Texas

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
www.georgetownchamber.org
100 Stadium Dr., Georgetown, TX 78627
(512) 930-3535
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The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce is led by President Mel Pendland and directed by a 27-member board and an 11-member Executive Board chaired by Walt Barkalow. The Chamber hosts monthly business luncheons, networking events, ribbon cuttings and special events throughout the year. The Chamber also has an event center and meeting room available to rent for special events.


Georgetown Visitors Bureueau
Visit.georgetown.org
101 W. 7th St., Georgetown, TX 78626
(800) 436-8696
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The Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau provides information on local attractions, events, dining and lodging in and around Georgetown.

Lake Georgetown
www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/georgetown
500 Lake Overlook Drive Georgetown, Texas 78628
(512) 930-5253
In addition to numerous parks and swimming opportunities on the San Gabriel River, Lake Georgetown offers a variety of outdoor and water recreational activities. The lake offers boating and fishing, as well as camping, picnic and group meeting areas.

Office hours are Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Georgetown Recreation Center
1101 N. College St., Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 930-3595
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The Georgetown Recreation Center is located at 1003 N. Austin Ave., and open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Memberships are available to residents and non-residents. The facility includes two gymnasiums, cardio and weight machines, racquetball courts, indoor pool, lockers, showers and meeting and classroom space.

Georgetown has 30 park facilities, highlighted by Blue Hole and San Gabriel Parks. Amenities found in the park system include a skate park, swimming, fishing, disc golf, tennis, softball, community center, trails, picnic areas and playground equipment.

Blue Hole

City Departments
Georgetown City Hall
www.georgetown.org
Address: 113 E. 8th St., Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 930-3652
The city is governed by a mayor and seven-member city council. The council meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month at 6 p.m.:
Mayor: George Garver ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
District 1: Patty Eason ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
District 2: Troy Hellman ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
District 3: Danny Meigs ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
District 4: Bill Sattler ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
District 5: Jerry Hammerlun ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
District 6: Rachael Jonrowe ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
District 7: Tommy Gonzalez ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
City Manager: Paul E. Brandenburg ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
City Secretary: Jessica Brettle ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Police Department
809 Martin Luther King, Jr.
(512) 930-3510
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Chief Wayne Nero leads the Georgetown Police Department with a total staff of 98 personnel, including 67 sworn police officers.

Fire Department
816 S. Man St., Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 930-3473
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Chief Robert Fite leads the five-station Georgetown Fire Department. Operations include swift water rescue, a dive team and bike team for trail and lake searches.

Animal Services
110 WL Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 930-3592
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The Georgetown Animal Shelter is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Public Library
Georgetown Public Library402 W. 8th St., Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 930-3551
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The Georgetown Public Library is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The library’s collection is more than 80,000 items including books, cassettes, DVDs, music CDs and books on CD. The library has computer workstations available with Internet access.

Municipal Court
101 E. 7th St., Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 930-3625
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The Georgetown municipal Court is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 8 a.m. to noon. The Municipal Court handles the judicial processing of class “c” misdemeanors that originate from traffic citations, citizen complaints, code violations, and misdemeanor arrests, occurring within the territorial limits of the City of Georgetown. The Municipal Court processing is pre-determined by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Demographics
African-American: 0.0 percent
Hispanic: 20.2 percent
White: 78.2 percent
Economically disadvantaged: 30.6 percent
Professional staff: 16.5
Teachers: 14.5
Professional support: 0.0
Central administration: 2.0
Educational aides: 4.5
Avg. teacher experience: 12.0 years

Coupland ISD has a kindergarten through eighth grade campus and is home to the Coupland Cowboys. After graduation, students go to Taylor, Thrall or Elgin high schools. Though the school does not participate in UIL athletics, games are organized with other small schools throughout the region. In grades 6-8, offerings include flag football for boys, volleyball for girls, basketball, track and softball.

Students in grades 6-8 go on one major field trip per semester. Trips in recent years have included visits to the Texas State Fair, the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, the Houston museums of Medical Science and Natural Science, the Missions of San Antonio, Port Aransas and NASA in Houston.

The enrollment and performance information that follows is taken from the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System performance reports for 2010-11, the most recent information available at the time of this publication.

Coupland SchoolCoupland School
(Grades K-8)
Principal: Gary Chandler
Address: 620 S. Commerce St., Coupland, TX 78615
Phone: (512) 856-2422
Fax: (512) 856-2222
Mascot: Cowboys
Enrollment - Total students: 124
Kindergarten: 14
Grade 1: 6
Grade 2: 12
Grade 3: 14
Grade 4: 18
Grade 5: 17
Grade 6: 13
Grade 7: 16
Grade 8: 14

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, based in Georgetown but with deputies in the area, provides law enforcement in the area as the community has no police department.

The Coupland Volunteer Fire Department is a crew of volunteer firefighters, many of whom are paid firefighters in other cities, who offer their services to help the community. The department, which has its building at 410 FM 1466 east of town, and in the near future, the department hopes to have a new station to house all of its vehicles. Coupland firemen host a chili supper every year to raise funds and is constantly accepting donations to keep up its work.

The department is dispatched by Taylor’s fire department, and emergency medical services are provided by Williamson County EMS. The fire department is also dispatched in all EMS cases to provide additional manpower if needed. Precinct 4 Constable Marty Ruble, and his staff serve warrants to most of Eastern Williamson County, including Coupland. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Judy Hobbs handles court cases.

The agricultural community of about 1,300 residents is not incorporated into a city, but the Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) is a group that works toward the betterment of the community.

Board of Directors
Chair: Barbara Piper
Phone: (512) 856-2635
Vice chair: Barbara Franklin
Phone: (512) 856-0039
Secretary: Wynne Breece
Phone: (512) 925-8203
Assistant treasurer: Becky Sutton
Phone: (512) 856-2502
Other board members: Susan Garry, Cole Barton, Ruby Wabbel, Dorothy Hahn and Bradley Nelson

Coupland Post OfficeThe CCO meets the last Monday of every month, except during the summer months of June, July and August, at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. In addition to monthly meetings, the CCO hosts block parties, clean-up days and similar events for members of the community.

Another active group in the Coupland area that works with CCO is the Blackland Prairie Concerned Citizens Association, a rural neighborhood association organized in 2000 to guide the change from farming communities to suburban rural living.

A focal point of the community is St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, 108 Wathen. The CCO meets at the church, which also has dinners frequently throughout the year to keep the community closely connected. John Sumner is pastor.

Located on SH 95 between Elgin and Taylor, Coupland traces its origins to 1887, when the town was established and lots were sold as the Bastrop and Taylor Railway was under construction. Coupland was named for Major Theodore van Buren Coupland, who settled in the area at that time.

The post office opened in 1889, with John Goetz as postmaster. By 1900, the town was a prosperous meeting place for the Swedish, German and Swiss farmers who had settled in the surrounding area.

Today, Coupland is home to the Old Coupland Inn and Dance Hall, a post office, gas station and several small businesses.

Most residents work in public administration, retail trade, manufacturing and construction. The estimated median family income was just under $36,832 as of 2009, according to www.city-data.com.

Thrall ISDThrall ISD
Address: 201 S. Bounds St., Thrall, TX 76578
Phone: (512) 898-0062
Fax: (512) 898-5349
Web: www.thrallisd.com
Superintendent: Tommy Hooker
Secondary principal: Casey Burkhart
The Thrall Independent School District is governed by a seven-member board of trustees. Board members are Darrell Hall, president; Wesley Grisham, vice president; Richard Chandler, secretary; and trustees Lawrence Brown, Chris Salazar and John Ransom, Jr.

District boundaries: Boundaries are the San Gabriel River on the west and CR 619 to the south.
Transfer policies: Students who live outside of Thrall ISD may attend Thrall schools. There is no transfer fee, but the transfer has to be approved by the superintendent

District-wide programs: Special education, ESL, gifted and talented, the migrant student program and more

Campuses

The enrollment and performance information that follows is taken from the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System performance reports for 2010-11, the most recent information available at the time of this publication.

Thrall Elementary
(Grades pre-k through 5)
Principal: Jolena Pokorny
Address: 201 S. Bounds St., Thrall, TX 76578
Phone: (512) 898-5293
Enrollment - Total students: 294
Pre-k: 15
Kindergarten: 42
Grade 1: 42
Grade 2: 39
Grade 3: 44
Grade 4: 51
Grade 5: 61

Demographics
African-American: 3.4 percent
Hispanic: 26.5 percent
White: 66.0 percent
Economically disadvantaged: 39.8 percent
Student:teacher ratio: 16.4:1
Professional staff: 20.0
Teachers: 18.0
Professional support: 1.0
Campus administration: 1.0
Educational aides: 5.8
Avg. teacher experience: 15.8 years

Thrall Middle School
(Grades 6-8)
Address: 201 S. Bounds St., Thrall, TX 76578
Phone: (512) 898-5193
Enrollment - Total students: 164
Grade 6: 49
Grade 7: 65
Grade 8: 50
Demographics
African-American: 3.7 percent
Hispanic: 25.0 percent
White: 68.3 percent
Economically disadvantaged: 32.3 percent
Student:teacher ratio: 14.4:1
Professional staff: 12.9
Teachers: 11.4
Professional support: 0.5
Campus administration: 1.0
Educational aides: 1.8
Avg. teacher experience: 12.5 years

Thrall High School
(Grades 9-12)
Address: 201 S. Bounds St., Thrall, TX 76578
Phone: (512) 898-5193
Enrollment
Total students: 202
Grade 9: 59
Grade 10: 51
Grade 11: 43
Grade 12: 49

Demographics
African-American: 3.5 percent
Hispanic: 21.8 percent
White: 72.8 percent
Economically disadvantaged: 23.3 percent
Student:Teacher ratio: 14.4:1
Professional staff: 15.6
Teachers: 14.0
Professional support: 0.5
Campus administration: 1.1
Educational aides: 1.0
Avg. teacher experience: 13.3 years

 

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