Dripping Springs ISD names Holly Morris-Kuentz lone finalist for superintendent

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Holly Morris-Kuentz has been named the lone finalist for Dripping Springs ISD superintendent. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

Holly Morris-Kuentz has been named the lone finalist for Dripping Springs ISD superintendent. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

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Dripping Springs ISD's lone finalist for superintendent, Holly Morris-Kuentz (second from left) poses with DSISD officials and community members at an April 13 meeting. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to select Holly Morris-Kuentz as lone finalist for district superintendent at an April 13 meeting. Morris-Kuentz is set to be officially hired in May following a state-mandated 21-day waiting period.

Currently Deputy Superintendent of Lake Travis ISD, where she has served since 2009, Morris-Kuentz was selected after a nationwide search conducted by third-party firm JG Consulting. Fifty candidates submitted applications for the job.

“I am eager to begin, and I look forward to learning our traditions, celebrating our progress, understanding our District’s and community’s needs, and thoughtfully supporting the exciting growth ahead," she said in a statement. "I am familiar with the opportunities and challenges in a fast-growing area, and I am confident we will work together as one Tiger family to achieve remarkable results.”

In addition to her role at LTISD, Morris-Kuentz serves on the executive committees of the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Association of Curriculum and Development, according to DSISD. She has also stepped in as acting superintendent during her time at LTISD, and holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from the University of Texas at Austin.

“[Morris-Kuentz's] experience, characteristics, and skills closely match the leadership profile that was developed with input from our community. We are confident that Dr. Morris-Kuentz will provide the strong leadership Dripping Springs needs to navigate the growth in our community," board President Barbara Stroud said in a statement.

Morris-Kuentz will take the baton from interim Superintendent Brett Springston, who has served the district since former Superintendent Todd Washburn departed DSISD in October after less than a year of service. Washburn formerly served as an associate superintendent at Eanes ISD before coming to Dripping Springs.
By Olivia Aldridge

Multi-Platform Journalist

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.