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June Board Meeting Summary

June 25, 2019

The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held its monthly regular meeting June 24; “Board Briefs” provides a full summary.

At the beginning of the meeting, Superintendent Bruce Gearing presented an overview of the budget. He started with a historical overview, including information about previous budgets, fund balance, tax rate, number of full-time positions, employee salary increases, recapture payments, and legislative action in school finance. He also shared information about House Bill 3 and how it impacts DSISD. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Scott Drillette then presented the proposed budget including budget calendar; and budget details regarding revenue projections and expenditures, compensation planning, and addition of full-time positions; and impact of HB3. A public hearing included questions and comments from several audience members.


Following public forum, Dr. Gearing provided background information regarding sex education curriculum dating back to 2009, as well as the process in the past year leading to SHAC (School Health Advisory Council)’s recommendation of seventh-grade and specific chapters of eighth-grade Scott & White curriculum. Parents would continue to be permitted to opt-out of the instruction. The Board approved that recommendation.


DSISD Project Manager Mike Garcia shared an update on construction projects related to the 2018 bond. He displayed the overall timeline, then reviewed various projects, many of which are underway. He also shared some photos of projects that have been started.


Board action included: approval of the 2019-20 compensation plan, which will include a 5-percent increase for teachers with five or more years of experience, a 4 percent raise for all other eployees, and an increase of $600 per year towards employee health insurance premiums and HSA/HRA contributions. The proposed budget for 2019-20 was approved, as well as final budget amendments for 2018-19. Among other action items were approval of the 2019-20 District Improvement Plan, a resolution to commit designated fund balance for capital lease payments and instructional materials, and GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) #2 for the DSHS additions and renovation project.


Following closed session, the Board extended Dr. Gearing’s contract back to five years (adding one year to June 2024), receiving the same salary increase as all employees other than teachers with five or more years of experience.