New school construction in Dripping Springs ISD on track

A rendering of Walnut Springs Elementary School shows what the district expects to see completed by the start of school Aug. 17. (Rendering courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)
A rendering of Walnut Springs Elementary School shows what the district expects to see completed by the start of school Aug. 17. (Rendering courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

A rendering of Walnut Springs Elementary School shows what the district expects to see completed by the start of school Aug. 17. (Rendering courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

Three campuses in Dripping Springs ISD were near completion the last week of July and are expected to be finished on time for the start of school Aug. 17.

Renovations to Walnut Springs Elementary School at 300 Sprotsplex Drive, Dripping Springs, were between 90% and 95% complete, and Dripping Springs Middle School at 111 Tiger Lane in Dripping Springs was 80% finished, said Clint Pruett, director of facilities and construction, at the July 26 DSISD board meeting.

At the new Cypress Springs Elementary School, located at 11091 Darden Hill Road in Driftwood, workers were delivering and installing furniture, Pruett said.

“[There is] still a lot of activity going on there, but [the school is] definitely in good shape,” Pruett said.

Pruett predicted a four-way stop servicing the elementary school would be finished by Aug. 2.


Each classroom area in the new elementary school has its own color palettes. Pruett presented photos of classrooms with large bright green and bright orange stripes of color.

Walnut Springs, the new and relocated elementary school built on the same site as Dripping Springs Middle School, shares a nearly complete amphitheater with the middle school. The old Walnut Springs campus is set to become an administrative building for the district.

The middle school’s front reception area and classrooms were filled with furniture, while the gym still needs new flooring, which Pruett expected to be finished by the first week of August.

The middle school will also include outdoor basketball and volleyball courts with an added astro turf area for unstructured play.

Workers were finishing landscaping, light poles for parking and grass as of July 26.

"It really starts to look like a finished building as those final touches go on," Pruett said.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.



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