Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees issue final approval for Headwaters land deal

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Dripping Springs Superintendent Todd Washburn addresses the community at a Jan. 30 meeting of the board of trustees. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dripping Springs Superintendent Todd Washburn addresses the community at a Jan. 30 meeting of the board of trustees. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees approved a 64-acre land purchase on the property of the Headwaters at Barton Creek residential development in Dripping Springs for $1.715 million at a Jan. 30 meeting. The vote marked the board’s final approval for the deal, following a monthslong review period by the district’s legal experts to verify the site’s suitability for the district’s needs.

The district has identified the property “for the purposes of future school and school related facilities.”


The board gave initial approval for the purchase in August 2019, but did not conclude the purchase until their most recent meeting in order to have to inspect the site and confer with legal counsel. In the interim, discussion of the purchase was included on several of the board’s meeting agendas, usually to be discussed during closed session with legal counsel.

When the board gave initial approval for the purchase, former Superintendent Bruce Gearing said the site was “in the right portion of the district to allow us to plan for future schools.”
By Olivia Aldridge

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Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.