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November Board Meeting Summary

The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held its monthly regular meeting Nov. 18; “Board Briefs” provides a full summary.

Walnut Springs Elementary students shared information about their Holiday Giving Tree during the Campus Spotlight. Recognitions included the state-qualifying girls’ and boys’ cross country teams and marching band from Dripping Springs High School, and students who received recognition in the College Board AP Scholar program. Above and Beyond awards were presented to: Angie Ellis (WSE), Paige Frontera (DSMS), Annette Hambright (SSE), Alissa Nevin (DSHS), Caroline Rogers (RSE), Jessica Sigur (DSE), and Zehra Aziz, Chris Davison, Shirley Johnson, Diane Lord and Brittany Oshiro (SSMS).

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Scott Drillette summarized the FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) report, which included a review of the indicators upon which the rating is based. DSISD earned a rating of Superior and score of 100/100.

DSISD Project Manager Mike Garcia shared an update on construction projects related to the 2018 bond program. He provided an update on the Dripping Springs High School expansion that includes a classroom wing and adjacent courtyard, ag barn classroom, and flex space. Mr. Garcia also referenced Transportation Center renovations and the Walnut Springs Elementary relocation/Dripping Springs Middle School renovation project. A report was provided on the schematic design for WSE by architect Erin Ortwein of Corgan.

Board President Carrie Kroll shared information on the superintendent transition process. She also requested Board members be prepared to nominate members for the Bond Advisory Committee at the December meeting.

The Board approved allocation of all eligible votes to Leonard Olsen for Hays County Appraisal District Board of Directors. Following presentation by Dan Wegmiller of Specialized Public Finance, the Board approved an order authorizing the issuance of remaining bonds in the amount of $22 million. The district has secured a very favorable interest rate of 2.62% for this transaction. The third action item that was approved was Guaranteed Maximum price for construction of a wastewater line for the DSMS campus.