September Board Meeting Summary
September 29, 2020
The DSISD Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting on September 28 using a virtual format. The meeting was streamed live on YouTube; it is still available to view here. For a full summary, see Board Briefs.
Above and Beyond awards were presented to Carla Bailey and Michael Kryszak (Sycamore Springs Elementary), Amber Daige (Walnut Springs Elementary), Kelly DeWitt (Dripping Springs Elementary), Jaime Dydalewicz (Facilities and Construction), Jen Havlin (Sycamore Springs Middle School), Erica Lovchik (Dripping Springs High School), Ladonna Skrobarczyk (Rooster Springs Elementary), and Franny Williams (Dripping Springs Middle School).
Following public forum, Assistant Superintendent Karen Kidd introduced the Student Success Report and proficiency measures, with updated data in math and reading, as well as House Bill 3 goals.
Dan Wegmiller of Specialized Public Finance provided an overview of the refunding (refinancing) of three bond series completed earlier in September. Mr. Wegmiller explained the impact of the district’s bond rating and gave details about the savings realized with the action, including more than $18 million in interest; he showed how that savings would be realized over time.
Project Manager Mike Garcia introduced the September construction update that addressed the high school renovations, Transportation Center renovations, and construction of the new Walnut Springs Elementary and Elementary #5.
Executive Director of Human Resources Tiffany Duncan introduced monthly HR report and shared that the estimated turnover rate this year is approximately 11 percent, which compares closely to last year’s rate. She also shared a few COVID-related updates on costs.
Superintendent Todd Washburn referenced the monthly legal fees (including those that are COVID-related), enrollment report (7,257), the breakdown between in-person and remote learners, and class size ratios. He reported on the Task Force, PPE orders, return to school, attendance rates, update on operations, and health and safety protocols.
The Board determined that Marisa Grijalva will be the board liaison for Student Health Advisory Council and discussed the upcoming XG Summit offered by TASB (Texas Association of School Boards).
Board action included adoption of a resolution setting the annual tax rate, which represents an 8.5-cent decrease from the 2019-20 rate. The rate is $1.3332 ($0.9832 Maintenance & Operations/0.35 Interest & Sinking) per $100 of certified property value. In other actions, the core beliefs, mission and vision statements were approved, as were the District Improvement Plan, Board Operating Procedures, and several policy updates.