June Board Meeting Summary
June 30, 2021
The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting on June 28 at the Dripping Springs High School auditorium.
In the budget presentation and public hearing, Superintendent Holly Morris-Kuentz reviewed budget parameters, including enrollment/ADA projections, proposed cost-of-living increases, and the increase in FTEs. Dr. Morris-Kuentz shared budget highlights, information on the M&O tax rate, various budgets for the General Fund, the Child Nutrition Fund, and the Debt Service Fund, as well as the district’s financial ratings. Dr. Amanda Brownson from TASBO (Texas Association of School Business Officials) provided an overview of school finance, including influences on and the timelines for setting the tax rate. She explained that changes to recapture, changes to state aid, student enrollment projections, as well as finalized certified values, all lead to the tax rate being set by Sept. 30, 2021.
Following comments related to the budget and those presented during Public Forum, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation Karen Kidd provided information on credit recovery at DSHS, the Special Education Parent Advisory Council, the Student Success Report, and student assessments.
Director of Facilities and Construction Clint Pruett provided the June 2021 bond construction update that included timeline and updates on the two elementary school projects, both of which are about 90 percent complete and on schedule. He reported that DSMS renovations are ongoing and work has started on the traffic signal. Mr. Pruett also shared photos from the projects.
Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) Chair Andy Hutton shared that the group considered use of unspent bond funds for a server upgrade, which originally had not been part of the 2018 bond program but has reached its end of useful life; the BAC voted to recommend use of an amount not to exceed $670,000 to replace aging servers and storage equipment. Mr. Hutton referenced the committee's previous recommendation to allocate additional funds for the Administration Building relocation project. He also acknowledged competing needs that could be addressed with unspent bond funds, such as an expansion project of Sycamore Springs Middle School.
Also introducing monthly reports were Executive Director for Communications Dale Whitaker, Executive Director of Human Resources Tiffany Duncan, and Dr. Morris-Kuentz.
The board took action on budget amendments for 2020-21, the 2021-22 compensation plan, an employee child-care benefit, meal prices for the coming year, a resolution for bus leases, use of 2018 bond funds for a technology server, and renewal of the District of Innovation plan.
The meeting was streamed live on YouTube; it is still available to view here. For a full summary, see Board Briefs.