On Feb. 15 during a special meeting, the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees unanimously approved for a bond to be placed on the May 6 Ballot.

The package asks voters for $223.7 million to address facility needs and capital improvements amongst rapid district growth.

A bond appearing on the May ballot comes shortly after a different package failed in November, consisting of three propositions at a total of $481.13 million. All three propositions failed.

Similar to the November package, the district is seeking to construct a new elementary school, temporarily referred to as Elementary School No. 6 and an expansion of Sycamore Springs Middle School.

Included in the package is the design of a new elementary school, middle school and high school at a total cost of $17 million.

Unlike November, the May bond will not ask voters for funds to construct the new high school. By splitting design and construction of the new high school over two bond elections, the district reduces the amount of money it asks for in a bond and funds a visual that can be shared with the community, DSISD Deputy Superintendent Elaine Cogburn said.

The full bond package will ask voters to fund:
  • Construction of Elementary School No. 6 with capacity of 850 students: $66,264,500;
  • Expansion of Sycamore Springs to 1,200 student capacity: $33,216,832;
  • Design of Middle School No. 3: $4 million;
  • Design of Elementary No. 7: $2.5 million;
  • Design of High School No. 2: $10.5 million;
  • Building of new Special Education 18+ Facility: $3,413,440;
  • Purchase of land: $15 million;
  • Capital Improvements at Dripping Elementary, Dripping Springs Middle, Dripping Springs High and Rooster Springs Elementary. Includes campus security and ADA updates: $82,045,030;
  • Technology Infrastructure (Network, firewall, servers, AV): $2,352,681;
  • 13 replacement buses: $2,028,543;
  • Classroom portables: $1,113,881; and
  • Child nutrition services equipment replacements (Kitchen): $1,264,000.
Any registered voter residing within the attendance boundaries of DSISD is eligible to vote in the election. The deadline for voter registration is April 6. Early voting begins April 24, and election day is May 6.

For more information on DSISD, visit www.dsisdtx.us.