August 30, 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 Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge were recited.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Walnut Springs Elementary and Cypress Springs Elementary will be held on Sept. 2 and Sept. 9, respectively. Starting time for both is 6 p.m.
  • DSISD schools and offices will be closed on Sept. 6 for Labor Day.
  • Elementary school parent orientations will be held on Sept. 16, with campus schedules divided by grade level. Elementary parents should check their campus email updates for specific times.
    DSISD unveiled a brand new format for the "Inside DSISD" electronic newsletter last week. This will be emailed to parents multiple times each month to highlight district events, news, and programs
  • The first home Tiger football game will be Firday, Sept. 3; the district's clear bag policy will be in effect.
  • Tonight's meeting will include a closed session before the first action item.

 

PUBLIC FORUM:

 

DSISD parent Sabrina Heenan commented on health protocols.
DSISD resident Kathi Thomas commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent David Driggers commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Monica Newton commented on health protocols.
DSISD grandparent Mary Newton commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Cristin Hearne commented on the administration building relocation.
DSISD parent Olivia Barnard commented on the COVID dashboard.
DSISD parent Tamara Joyce-Wylie commented on health protocols and administration building relocation.
DSISD parent Moira Zinn commented on health protocols
DSISD student Molly Akers commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Kristin Quick commented on health protocols
DSISD parent Madeline Griffin commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Thaddeus Fortenberry commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Karen Scott commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Christina Husch commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent James Akers commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Billy Brandenburger commented on multiple topics.
DSISD parent Patti Johnson commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Sarah Blakeley commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Kindal Baker commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Angelica Reyes commented on health protocols
DSISD resident Martin McConahay commented on multiple topics.
DSISD parent Sarah Balena commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Kristine Hellberg commented on health protocols.
DSISD parent Andrea Schliemann commented on safety protocols and transparency.

 

BOARD REORGANIZATION:

Board president Barbara Stroud announced her intent to step down as president of the DSISD Board of Trustees. Dr. Mary Jane Hetrick was nominated as president; she was unanimously approved. To fill the vice president role vacated by Dr. Hetrick, Joanna Day was nominated and approved.

 

REPORTS AND INFORMATION:

 

Learning and Innovation:
Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Innovation Dr. Karen Kidd highlighted some areas of that report.  

Business and Financial Services:
Interim Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Larry Keiser introduced the monthly financial reports and responded to questions from board members.

Facilities and Construction:
Director of Facilities and Construction Clint Pruett introduced the construction report and responded to board member questions. A report also was provided on the 2018 bond, including a listing by project and completion percentages.

Human Resources:
Human Resources Officer Tiffany Duncan introduced the monthly HR report and answered board questions. She mentioned the department is making headway in filling teacher vacancies and is advertising in a variety of ways for hard-to-fill auxiliary and support positions.

Superintendent:
Dr. Holly Morris-Kuentz presented the monthly superintendent's report.

Dripping Springs Education Foundation:
Executive Director Audrey Pendergrass and DSEF board president George Gomez presented the annual report.


CONSENT AGENDA

The consent agenda was approved.

The board adjourned into closed session to discuss topics permissible by law, then returned to open session.

 

SCHOOL HEALTH PROTOCOLS
Legal counsel provided a summary of the state and local orders that currently or have been in place. Superintendent Dr. Holly Morris-Kuentz outlined the current school health protocols in place and answered board questions. She shared that classrooms, restrooms and buses are disinfected daily. The district upgraded its filtration (MERV-rated filters) on campuses and in buses to improve air quality, and buses continue to have the hatch and windows open for increased airflow. Campuses are using outdoor space for fresh air and social distancing. Dr. Morris-Kuentz mentioned that campuses are not holding school-wide, indoor assemblies at this time and that visitors are not permitted at lunch. Students may opt out of eating in the cafeteria and participating in field trips and gatherings. Parents also may request for a divider to be placed at their student's desk. Students, staff and visitors should self-screen daily and should stay home if experiencing any symptoms of any infectious illness. COVID positive cases are required to stay home and close contacts are encouraged to not come to campus.


BOARD DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:

  • The board approved Board Resolution 2022-01 extending COVID-19 leave available to employees for the 2021-22 school year.
  • The board approved the Staff Development Waiver submission based on the 2021 academic calendar.
  • The board approved the Hays County and Travis County central appraisal district certified appraisal roles as the DSISD's official 2021 appraisal roll.
  • The board approved the Agreement for the Purchase of Attendance Credit.
  • The board approved the adoption of DSISD core beliefs, core commitments, vision and mission.
  • The board approved the adoption of the DSISD board operating procedures. 
  • The board approved the campus improvement plans. 
  • The board approved an increase to the administration building relocation project budget by between $2.84 million and $3.73 million, resulting in a revised project budget not to exceed $7.85 million using remaining 2018 bond funds. 
  • The board approved the schematic design for the administration relocation project. 


The board adjourned into closed session to discuss topics permissible by law, then returned to open session.

 

Board President:
Dr. Hetrick shared that with regard to the two TEA complaints alleging issues of conflict of interest and open meetings, the TEA recently notified the District that the TEA has concluded its review and no further action will be taken by the TEA. The TEA determined that the District has addressed the reported concern(s) that were within the jurisdiction of the TEA.