January 25, 2021 Meeting
The following information is provided as a quick reference of discussions and decisions that took place during the open session of the Dripping Springs ISD School Board Meeting. The official meeting minutes are maintained in the Office of the Superintendent and posted on the website.
The Campus Spotlight featured Dripping Springs Elementary's student "All-Inclusive Troop." After an introduction by Principal Kellie Raymond, Instructional Facilitator Vanessa Holmes and student Elena Moller shared information from the program, then a short video was shown.
Volleyball State Qualifiers:
Board president Barbara Stroud congratulated the regional champion and state semi-finalist Tiger volleyball team.
School Board Recognition Month:
Interim Superintendent Brett Springston recognized the seven school board members and shared thanks for their service.
Above and Beyond Recipients:
Above and Beyond recipients for the month of January were introduced: Maureen Jamail (WSE), Sheila Lamb (Central Office), Christal 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).
Resident Martin McConahay commented on the 2018 bond program and the board agenda.
John Adams, teacher, resident and president of the Dripping Springs Education Association, thanked board members for their service in honor of School Board Recognition Month.
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. Because STAAR assessments were not administered last spring, the student performance sections reference data from 2018-19. For some items, Dr. Kidd also shared state comparisons. A comprehensive overview will be available on the district website, under "Accountability Ratings and Reports." No public comments were submitted.
BOARD DISCUSSION ITEMS
Learning and Innovation:
There were no board questions for Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation Karen Kidd regarding the monthly L&I report.
Chief Financial Officer Cedric Menchion introduced Rebecca Goldstein from the independent auditing firm Weaver & Tidwell to provide a summary of the annual financial report. The district received an unmodified audit opinion and that no signficant difficulties occurred during the audit. Ms. Goldstein shared that there was one finding and that the management response is included in the report. She also pointed out that the firm provides opinions on statements and notes, but there is additoinal information included in the report. Mr. Menchion shared that the staff is reviewing the report for any adjustments in process that may be helpful.
Facilities and Operations:
Director of Facilities and Construction Clint Pruett introduced Douglas Koehne and Erin Ortwein from the Corgan architectural firm to summarize input-gathering and introduce the conceptual design. Mr. Koehne explained the programming process through a series of meetings and walk-throughs to determine space needs. He summarized discussions and other topics that will impact the project (regulatory requirements, etc.). Mr. Koehne reviewed original budget and projected expenses for three different options of scope of work, all of which can be adapted. He concluded by sharing next steps and answering questions from board members. Trustees who visited the Georgetown ISD Administration Building, which also was coverted from a former school, shared their observations.
There were no board questions regarding the monthly Human Resources report.
There were no board questions regarding the monthly Superintendent's report.
Board of Trustees:
Dr. Mary Jane Hetrick referenced the TASB legislative conference.
The consent agenda was approved.
BOARD DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS
The Board approved early literacy, math and CCMR goals reflecting a 2 percent increase across all student populations.
Waivers for three elementary classes (DSE-1/RSE-2) exceeding the 22:1 class size ratio were discussed, then addressed for a vote following closed session.
The annual financial report for 2019-20 was approved.
Budget parameters to use in developing the 2020-21 budget was approved following additional conversation regarding staffing.
The final payment to American Constructors for the Dripping Springs High School addition/renovation project was approved.
The selection of Weaver and Jacobs as the CMAR (Construction Manager at Risk) for the Administration Building relocation project was approved.
The agreement with Texas Department of Transportation for a traffic signal at Tiger Lane Highway 290 will be voted on following closed session.
A resolution to define school personnel as frontline workers was approved.
Cypress Springs Elementary was approved as the name for Elementary #5.
First reading was done for Policy Update 116.
Attendance Zone discussions are beginning in preparation for the opening of Cypress Springs Elementary. A community forum is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:00 p.m., to be shown on YouTube and as a Zoom webinar, with tools for questions to be addressed live. Following that meeting, a Google form will be available for input to be submitted.
As the process for a superintendent search process falls into place, JG Consulting is planning opportunities to collect input from stakeholders so that a candidate profile can be developed. Two virtual community forums will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, with Zoom webinar options scheduled at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Recordings of the community forum meetings also will be posted on YouTube following their conclusion.
An elementary early release day to facilitate teacher planning is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Also on Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m., an online webinar on elementary acceleration will be held to provide information on grade-level or single-subject acceleration for kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
Candidate applications for the May 1 Board of Trustees election can be turned in until Feb. 12. A virtual School Board Candidate Academy is scheduled on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.
The Board adjourned into closed session to discuss matters permissable by law.
The Board returned to open session and addressed additional action items.
BOARD DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS (continued)
Kellie Raymond was approved as the principal of Cypress Springs Elementary (Elementary #5).
Kristen Ray was approved as the district's Director of Elementary Education.
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.
Waivers for three elementary classes (DSE-1/RSE-2) exceeding the 22:1 class size ratio were approved.
The agreement with Texas Department of Transportation for a traffic signal at Tiger Lane Highway 290 was approved.