2018 Bond Program

  • Dripping Springs ISD voters approved a $132 million bond referendum on May 5, 2018. The bond package included funding for expansion of Dripping Springs HS to capacity for 2,500 students, construction of a new elementary school (#5), construction of a new Walnut Springs Elementary adjacent to Dripping Springs MS, conversion of the current WSE campus into space for the district administration and daycare facility, miscellaneous projects at Dripping Springs MS, Dripping Springs Elementary and Rooster Springs Elementary, turf and track improvements at Dripping Springs HS and Dripping Springs MS, improvements and expansion of the District Transportation facility, district-wide technology infrastructure improvements and maintenance upgrades, and land acquisition. As construction begins, updates will be provided on various projects below.

    Sale of the bonds occurred on Sept. 20, 2018. Corgan was chosen as the architect for the projects and on Nov. 26, the Board approved three different Construction Managers at Risk – American Constructors for the high school expansion project, Cadence McShane Construction for the DSE and RSE renovation projects, and QA Construction Services for the Transportation facility expansion. The 2018 Bond projects are divided into Phase I and Phase II categories; they are as follows:


    High School Additions and Renovations

    Scope of Work:

    • Expand student capacity to 2,500 with additional classrooms
    • Address approved assessment report upgrades
    • Courtyard building addition; including engineering, floral design, business/marketing, audio/visual, and physics spaces
    • Add new flexible gym
    • Expand ag barn

    Current Work:

    • The Corgan architect team and district's Facility and Construction Department has worked closely with campus administration and teachers at Dripping Springs High School to identify program needs for the planned additions and renovations.

    Next Steps:

    • Construction documents are scheduled to be 95% complete by mid-April
    • Construction on this project will start following the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year


    Dripping Springs Elementary Renovations and Furniture Upgrades

    Scope of Work:

    • Address approved assessment report items (HVAC central plant, plumbing, exterior wall panels, paint, etc.)
    • Replace stage curtains
    • Renovate space shuttle
    • Replace regular classroom furniture throughout campus

    Current Work:

    • Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Contract Amendment approved by Board
    • General contractor began submittal process for equipment with long lead times
    • Furniture selections made, pricing finalized, order approved by Board

    Next Steps:

    • Equipment submittal review by DSISD staff and consultants
    • General contractor began ordering equipment with long lead times


    Athletic Improvements (Turf/Track Replacement)

    Scope of Work:

    • Replace turf and track at both DSMS competition field and DSHS track field
    • Replace turf at Tiger Stadium

    Current Work:

    • Construction documents are at 95% completion
    • Turf and track replacement Competitive Sealed Proposal (CSP) sent out to bid (Late March/Early April)

    Next Steps:

    • Mid/Late April - Bid proposals due


    Rooster Springs Elementary Renovations

    Scope of Work:

    • Address approved assessment report upgrades (interior paint, front office carpet, etc.)
    • Add ventilation to art room

    Current Work:

    • Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Contract Amendment approved by Board

    Next Steps:

    • Equipment submittal review by DSISD staff and consultants



    Walnut Springs Elementary Relocation/Dripping Springs Middle School Renovations

    Scope of Work:

    • Coming Soon

    Current Work:

    • In late March the principals of each school met with architects and the project manager to start planning.

    Next Steps:

    • Stakeholder feedback meetings are expected to start in April.

    DSISD Transportation Site and Building Improvements

    Dripping Springs Administration Relocation

    Elementary School #5

    Technology Upgrades

    Land Procurement


    BOND UPDATE PRESENTATIONS (most recent listed first):

    March 2019 Board Meeting

    January 2019 Board Meeting

    December 2018 Board Meeting

    November 2018 Board Meeting

    October 2018 Board Meeting



    In preparation for the bond program, The district’s Long-Range Facility Planning Committee met throughout the fall to assess the status of current district facilities and identify potential new facilities or improvements to existing ones that would support DSISD's mission and serve students. The open-invitation group included representation from more than 100 community members, parents, faculty, and district administrators. The committee discussed various options regarding locations and models of future schools, including the concept to place elementary and middle schools at the same location where possible. This concept led to the proposal to relocate Walnut Springs Elementary to the Dripping Springs Middle School site and convert the current WSE building to the DSISD Administration Building and child care facility. Three community meetings were held in December and January to provide updates on the long-range facility planning process, including the idea of creating shared elementary and middle school campuses where possible. In addition, Superintendent Bruce Gearing discussed facility planning at several staff and parents meetings at various campuses.

    Starting in early January 2018, the DSISD Bond Steering Committee (23 members) took the work of the Long-Range Facility Planning Committee and developed a recommendation for a bond package to present to the Board of Trustees. That process included examination and prioritization of the full list of potential projects identified and submitted by the Long-Range Facility Planning Committee, consideration of bonding capacity, discussion of input, and identification of projects to be included in the recommendation for a bond package totaling $132 million.

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