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Board Meeting Summary

September 25, 2019

The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held its monthly regular meeting Sept. 23; “Board Briefs” provides a full summary.

Recognitions included the performance of a few songs from students at the district's Child Development Center and Above and Beyond awards. Employees who were honored were: Robin Acker (WSE), LaDonna Caroselli (SSMS), Shelley Egli (DSE), Carrie Gee (RSE), Melodie Havlick (SSE), Amy Murrell (DSMS), Jessica Stamp (DSHS), and Cindi Wade (Technology).

Following public forum, DSISD Project Manager Mike Garcia shared an update on construction projects related to the 2018 bond. He displayed the overall timeline, then reviewed various projects and summarized progress.

In the Learning and Innovation Department report, Instructional Facilitator of Learner Support Systems Wendy Kubenka gave an update on the progress of the district’s mental health initiative. Then, Director of Compliance and Accountability Rhonda Whitman provided a report on accountability and STAAR results. Director of Special Services Susan Maxey provided an overview of special services provided in Dripping Springs ISD in the areas of Intervention Services, Section 504 support, and Special Education.

In the Finance and Operations report, Facility Use Coordinator Jennifer Minigh provided a report on the district’s process for reserving and renting district facilities. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Scott Drillette reported that the onsite phase of the audit was recently completed.

In the Superintendent's Office report, Interim Superintendent Dr. Nola Wellman explained the impact of Senate Bill 11 regarding safety and security. Security and Events Manager Curt Marek talked about formation of the Safety and Security Committee. Two sub-committees also will be formed:  the Mental Health Task Force and the Operational Safety and Security Task Force. Trustee Shannon O’Connor reported on a grant the district received from the Texas State School Safety Center.

In the Board of Trustees report, Board president Carrie Kroll provided an update on the superintendent search process. Ms. Kroll shared that the revisions have been submitted for guidelines for a Bond Advisory Committee.  

Board action included: approval of the Board of Trustees Operating Procedures and the nomination of Leonard Olsen to the Hays CAD Board of Directors.