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January Board Meeting Summary

January 26, 2021


The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Jan. 25, with board members participating remotely, as allowed by law. Some high-profile news included the selection of Cypress Springs Elementary for the district's new school and the naming of Kellie Raymond as the principal. Kristen Ray was also approved as the district's Director of Elementary Education.


Dripping Springs Elementary highlighted its "Inclusivity Troop" during the Campus Spotlight. Student recognitions were held for the regional finalist and state semifinalist DSHS volleyball team. In honor of School Board Recognition Month, Interim Superintendent Brett Springston thanked trustees for their service. DSISD employees receiving January Above and Beyond awards were honored: Maureen Jamail (WSE), Sheila Lamb (Central Office), Christel Larsen (SSMS), Barbara Robinson (DSE), Juana Sosa (Central Office), Micah Sharp, Stephanie Stamps, Kathleen Moran, and Mandy Mack (SSE), Christy Trussell (DSHS), Steve Wellman (DSMS), and Kathryn Wilson (RSE).

Following Public Forum, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation Karen Kidd provided an overview of the annual TAPR (Texas Academic Preparation Report) presentation, which references the most recent data compiled by the state in areas such as student academic performance, student/staff demographics, graduation rate and student discipline incidents.

During Board Discussion items, Rebecca Goldstein from the independent auditing firm Weaver provided a summary of the annual financial report, which included an unmodified audit opinion. Douglas Koehne from the Corgan architectural firm summarized the input-gathering process and introduced a preliminary conceptual design for the conversion of Walnut Springs Elementary into a new DSISD Administration Building.


Board action included approval of early literacy/math/CCMR goals, three elementary class size waivers, the 2019-20 financial report, 2020-21 budget parameters, final payment to DSHS expansion project contractor, Selection of a Construction Manager at Risk for WSE/Administration conversion project, an agreement with TxDOT for a traffic light at Tiger Lane and 290, and a resolution to designate school personnel as frontline workers. In addition, an agreement with the City related to the possible future sale of land and improvements generally located at the site of the administration buildings as part of the proposed town center project was approved.


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