Dripping Springs ISD sets timelines for superintendent search, school rezoning

Dripping Springs ISD set timelines at a Jan. 18 special meeting for the district's search for a new superintendent and for rezoning. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dripping Springs ISD set timelines at a Jan. 18 special meeting for the district's search for a new superintendent and for rezoning. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dripping Springs ISD set timelines at a Jan. 18 special meeting for the district's search for a new superintendent and for rezoning. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dripping Springs ISD is set to choose its next superintendent this spring. The search to replace former Superintendent Todd Washburn will conclude ahead of the May 1 election that will determine three seats on the DSISD board of trustees—those currently held by Mary Jane Hetrick, Carrie Kroll and Shannon O'Connor.


At a Jan. 18 special meeting, trustees worked with JG Consulting, the firm selected to lead the search process, to set a timeline for a new superintendent's selection. Here are the key dates to know.

  • Feb. 12 is the last day JG Consulting and the board of trustees will solicit input from the community regarding the selection of a new superintendent. A survey will circulate for several weeks prior to that date.

  • On Feb. 22, JG Consulting will provide a summary report of community survey results at a regularly scheduled meeting of the board of trustees. It will also present a "leadership profile," or job description, for the role.

  • Applications will be open for the position from March 1-31.

  • On April 7, the board will meet with JG Consulting to review applications. Board members will select their top candidates for consideration.

  • First-round interview for around six candidates will be held April 20-21.

  • Second-round interviews for the top two candidates will be held April 23-24.

  • At the board's April 26 meeting, trustees will announce the lone finalist for superintendent. Per Texas law, the district must wait 21 days after naming a lone finalist to officially hire the new superintendent.


DSISD also recently announced a timeline for the board to handle rezoning, spurred by the upcoming completion of the district's fifth elementary school. Community members who wish to have input on the process should know the following dates.


  • Until Jan. 30, an online survey tool called "Though Exchange" will be available for people to share what they believe the most important consideration should be when handling rezoning.

  • On Feb. 1 at 6 p.m., DSISD will hold the first of several public meetings regarding attendance zones. The meeting will be virtual, but the public will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments. Initial maps–a "starting point," not the final zoning—will be presented.

  • Feb. 11 will be the second public meeting date.

  • The board will workshop with staff regarding zoning options Feb. 15.

  • An administrative committee will finalize proposed zoning Feb. 18.

  • A possible third public meeting would be held March 2.

  • On March 22, proposed zones will be presented to the board of trustees.

  • The board will approve new attendance zones March 29.


Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the Dripping Springs ISD trustees up for re-election were Ron Jones and Barbara Stroud. Jones and Stroud won re-election in November.
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.



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