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December Board Meeting Summary

December 15, 2020


The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Dec. 14, with board members participating remotely, as allowed by law.

Walnut Spring Elementary highlighted its social-emotional learning program during the Campus Spotlight. Student recognitions were AP Scholars and DSHS state qualifiers in cross country. DSISD employees retiring in December were honored: Homero de la Cruz (Transportation), Stuart Fyall (DSMS), Glenda Hjornevik (RSE), Susan Maxey (Special Services), Sharon Shepard (DSE), and Jane Stewart (WSE). Trustee Carrie Kroll was honored for serving as board president for five years.


Bond Advisory Committee Chair Andrew Hutton provided the semi-annual report for the DSISD Bond Advisory Committee, a nine-member group that meets quarterly to monitor progress and implementation of the 2018 bond program. He explained the committee's charge and responsibilities, credentials of members, meeting schedule, discussion, and recommendations.

Several regular reports were introduced during the Board Discussion portion of the meeting: the quarterly Communications report and monthly reports for Business Services, Learning and Innovation, and Human Resources.

Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation Karen Kidd reviewed the Student Success Report, sharing information on diagnostic tools and formative and summative assessment results, broken down by grade level and subject.

Chief Financial Officer Cedric Menchion introduced the preliminary budget parameters, referenced health insurance increases and the possibility of salary increases, and discussed projections for new positions.

Interim Superintendent Brett Springston shared announcements about volleyball playoff results, football playoffs, public input on a name for Elementary #5, bus schedules for early release days, and winter break closure dates.

Board President Barbara Stroud introduced a discussion regarding the new administration building and suggested collecting board input.

Board action included approval of the 2021-22 school calendar,additional of an elementary early release day March 9, the budget planning calendar, and extensions of paid leave for use if an employee must take off work due to a workplace exposure as well as emergency sick leave.  The board also approved the hiring of Nadine Hogan as Director of Special Services.    

The meeting was streamed live on YouTube; it is still available to view here. For a full summary, see Board Briefs.