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March Board Meeting Summary

March 30, 2021

The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting March 29, with board members participating remotely, as allowed by law. Starting in April, in-person meeting (at the Dripping Springs High School auditorium) will resume.

Rooster Springs Elementary highlighted students involved in the PALS mentorship programs during the Campus Spotlight. Sycamore Springs Middle School was recognized as a "Texas School to Watch." Student recognitions were held for the DSHS swimming and diving state qualifiers, DECA state and international qualifiers, Youth in Government state qualifiers, PTA Reflections state qualifiers, Visual Arts state qualifiers, the all-state choir students, and all-state band students. DSISD employees receiving March Above and Beyond awards were honored: Laurie Burton (DSMS), Charlene Garza (WSE), Scott Godwin (SSMS), Alaina Jesperson (DSE), Raynie McLaurin (DSE), Vicky Metzger (DSHS), Joelle Miles (RSE), Renee Hooper and Lisa Torres (Child Development Center), and Carla Chambers, Paula Cannon, Dana El Chamaa, Josh Ermel (SSE).

Following Public Forum, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation Karen Kidd and Chief Financial Officer Cedric Menchion introduced monthly reports.

Dr. Stacey Tepera and Justin Siljavi from PASA (Population and Survey Analysts) presented the most recent district demographic report. Mr. Siljavi shared an overview beginning with population growth, projected new housing occupancies, and student enrollment projections district-wide, focusing on moderate growth scenario. Dr. Tepera outlined enrollment projections as broken down by campus, and shared information about how these numbers apply to the current attendance zone discussions. She looked at projected years that new schools would be needed based on the 120 percent capacity mark. 

Director of Facilities and Construction Clint Pruett outlined the main options for elementary/middle school attendance zones and shared the committee's recommendation of Elementary Option E with Middle School Option 1. He explained that the committee reviewed the possibility of trying to maintain a 100 percent feeder pattern from SSE to SSMS, but did not recommend this due to SSMS capacity. 

Dan Wegmiller of Specialized Public Finance shared projections for the district's future bonding capacity and options regarding financing of portable buildings.

Board action included approval of a one-year renewal for auditing services, a resolution to pay staff during the emergency closure, a waiver to designate May 5 as an asychronous learning day for the high school, a revision to Local Policy FFAC, and votes for a position on the Region 13 Board of Directors. Following closed session, the board voted to accept the City of Dripping Springs and Dripping Springs Community Library's request to terminate the interlocal agreement regarding the Town Center project and that the district continue informal discussions with both parties. Attendance zones and a Bond Advisory Committee recommendation regarding the use of projected bond funds will be discussed at a special meeting April 12, 2021. 

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