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Attendance Zone Development Process Starts

January 20, 2021

Dripping Springs ISD is excited to prepare for the opening of Cypress Springs Elementary, the district’s fifth elementary school being built on Darden Hill Road near the intersection of Sawyer Ranch Road, in August of 2021. The process to develop new elementary attendance zones is starting. When attendance zones are created for a new school, other elementary schools will be impacted as well. DSISD’s current elementary campuses are:  Dripping Springs Elementary, Rooster Springs Elementary, Sycamore Springs Elementary, and Walnut Springs Elementary.

The first of three public meetings on attendance zones is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be shown live on YouTube, or members of the community may sign in as a webinar participant if they wish to be able to speak live during the meeting. This meeting, which will be conducted virtually, will feature an overview of the process and timeline, sharing of board-approved parameters, demographic information and projected enrollments, a review of current boundaries, and an introduction of “starter option” maps that have been created with assistance from the district’s demographer. These maps will be used as a starting point for discussion regarding future boundaries, and are likely to be adjusted and revised as the discussion progresses.

In addition to the development of elementary school boundaries, potential impacts to middle school zones/feeder patterns also will be discussed.

DSISD welcomes public input to support this process in several ways. 

·         Between now and Jan. 30, an online tool called “Thought Exchange” will be open to collect preliminary input on desired priorities. Stakeholders may comment on the question: “What do you think should be the most important consideration(s) in developing new elementary attendance zones?” In addition, participants may rate the responses of others so that top responses can be identified. To share your thoughts on this topic, go to this link.

·         During the Feb. 1 meeting, members of the public may connect with the meeting in one of two ways:

          For those who expect to submit comments and questions during the meeting, please join as a webinar participant.

          For those who wish to view the meeting, use the YouTube link.

·         A Google form is being used to collect opinions, suggestions and preferences regarding the process and the starter option maps.

Additional public meetings are scheduled for Feb. 11 and March 2 (if needed). The DSISD Board of Trustees will consider adoption of new attendance zones at the March 29 meeting. Updates will be provided on the Attendance Zones webpage. This page also includes a timeline for the process and board-approved parameters.

The development of new attendance zones always results in robust discussion and challenging decisions. The great news is that all DSISD schools offer outstanding educational opportunities!