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April Board Summary

April 24, 2019


The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held its monthly regular meeting April 22; “Board Briefs” provides a full summary.

In the Campus Spotlight, Students from Dripping Springs High School who organized the recent Days of Service reflected on the event.  During the recognitions portion of the meeting, the state-champion DSHS Winterguard and the Silver Medalist winter percussion team were honored. Band and choir students who qualified for the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contests were honored, as well as all-state band students. State qualifiers in the VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) and the powerlifting state qualifiers and state champion Juan Rios were recognized. In addition, two students who qualified for the Exxon Mobil State Science Festival were introduced.

Staff members who were in the 2018-19 Leadership Academy Cohort were introduced. Above and Beyond Awards for April were presented to:  Erin Campbell and Jena Pelayo (Walnut Springs Elementary), Jason Dreher (Rooster Springs Elementary), Jana Galloway and Tamarie Sayger (Sycamore Springs Middle School), Yvonne Kaatz (Dripping Springs High School), Lynne Maddox (Dripping Springs Elementary), Tori Pattison (Sycamore Springs Elementary), and Tracy Young (Dripping Springs Middle School).

Following Public Forum, DSISD Project Manager Mike Garcia provided a construction report of projects associated with the 2018 bond program. He displayed the project overview and schedule, then provided an update on the planned expansion of Dripping Springs High School including what actions have occurred recently. He provided updates on the Transportation Center, renovations and furniture at Dripping Springs Elementary, and turf and track replacements at DSMS and DSHS, and renovations at Rooster Springs Elementary. 

Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation Dr. Nicole Poenitzsch highlighted work from the Learning and Innovation Department including Canvas implementation, planning for summer professional development, planning for a social-emotional learning, and SHAC’s sex ed curriculum review process.

In the Superintendent's Report, Dr. Bruce Gearing reported that enrollment has increased slightly and he pointed out notices regarding subdivisions and charter schools.

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Scott Drillette introduced the monthly Operations Report and shared that the department is working to prepare the 2019-20 budget.

In the Board report, it was announced that a Central Texas School Board meeting will be held May 1, plans for the TASB Summer Leadership Institute were confirmed, and Board training hours were announced.


Board action included approval to forward policy revisions to the TASB consultant, the instructional materials allotment, and high education partnerships with DSHS. After a short closed session, the Board also approved Mrs. Melinda Gardner as the next principal of Walnut Springs Elementary.