This month Dripping Springs ISD will begin the process to determine
attendance zones for district elementary and middle school students. An
administrative committee will work with the district demographer (PASA)
to develop options for boundaries, then community input will be gathered
through six public forums.Initially, two options will be presented (Nov. 30) to begin the discussion. Between forums, revisions can be made to the proposals to reflect input that is gathered.
Public forums are scheduled for:
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 8:00 a.m., Board Room, DSISD Administration Building, 510 W. Mercer St.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:00 p.m., Board Room, DSISD Administration Building, 510 W. Mercer St.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 8:00 a.m., Board Room, DSISD Administration Building, 510 W. Mercer St.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:00 p.m., Cafeteria, Rooster Springs Elementary, 1001 Belterra Dr.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 8:00 a.m. Board Room, DSISD Administration Building, 510 W. Mercer St.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria, Dripping Springs Middle School, 111 Tiger Lane
Comments also can be sent at: .
The committee is to develop recommendations to be presented to the Board of Trustees for the re-organization of elementary and middle school attendance zones to ensure to the extent possible that the following parameters are met:
- Optimize school facility usage to accommodate projected growth patterns throughout the District.
- Avoid the need to redraw attendance zones until additional schools are brought online.
- Design attendance zones that place students in schools in closest possible geographic proximity of their residence.
- Avoid dividing sub-divisions when possible.
- Utilize the following capacity amounts when planning for schools:
- Elementary 850
- Middle School 1,200
- Develop effective feeder patterns minimizing splits within elementary campuses
- Consider commuter patterns within the district when possible.
- Minimize impacts on Transportation when possible.
Drafts of Possible Attendance Zones (both elementary and middle school are included in each option)
Naming the Schools
Dripping Springs ISD will be opening a new elementary school and a new middle school in the fall of 2017. The schools, which are located on Sawyer Ranch Road, will be connected to achieve efficiency in areas like mechanical systems and kitchen, to minimize the building’s footprint, and to allow for collaboration between the two schools. They also share a Center for Learning and Innovation, although elementary and middle school students will use different floors. Separate entrances, instructional areas, cafeterias, gyms
and offices will exist for the two schools.
As per Board policy, a committee has been formed to develop a recommendation for names for the new schools. The committee will solicit names for the schools from a variety of sources, then will consider the suggestions before deciding on a recommendation of three names to the Board for each campus (school), which may be the same name for both schools (such as Dripping Springs Elementary and Dripping Springs Middle School).
Hundreds of suggestions for school names were gathered in late October and early November. The committee is reviewing suggestions and will develop a recommendation to present to the Board. The committee’s goal is to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees at the Dec. 12, 2016, meeting. Then, in January, the Board will officially select a name for each school, either from among the recommendations submitted by the committee or another name selected by the Board.
The following links provide additional information.
Local Policy CW
List of Actual Springs Names Located in District
New Schools Naming Committee Members
Monthly construction updates are presented at Board meetings and posted on the construction website