The Sycamore Springs Middle School Expansion Committee will be composed of district staff and community members to address the design of the expansion of the middle school.

“It’ll be an overview of what the needs are,” said Karen Kidd, Dripping Springs ISD assistant superintendent for learning and innovation. “They’ll be going through how we can maximize the space for classrooms ensuring we have the programming space available for special programs or for fine arts or electives to make sure we have equity.”

Sycamore Springs Middle is overcapacity, having grown over 11% in the past year with an approximate student population of over 1,000, according to DSISD officials. The school’s capacity is 850 and has two portable classrooms to accommodate crowding.

In May, voters within the DSISD district boundaries will be presented a bond. Within the $223.7 million package, voters will be asked to fund the expansion of Sycamore Springs Middle to a 1,200-student capacity at $33.2 million.

Members of the committee will include:
  • Karen Kidd, assistant superintendent for learning and innovation;
  • Alicia Maphies, director of secondary learning;
  • Kelly Miller, SSMS principal;
  • Wendy Michelle Miller, parent of a SSMS student;
  • Angie Mendenhall, parent of a Sycamore Springs Elementary student;
  • Shara Allen, parent of a Rooster Springs Elementary student;
  • Craig Diss, parent of a Cypress Springs Elementary student;
  • Heidi Pousson, SSMS teacher;
  • Nicole McGilvray, SSMS teacher;
  • Neal Pilcik, electives teacher; and
  • Meg Steiner, fine arts teacher.
The first meeting of the committee will take place April 3 at Sycamore Springs Middle School, 14451 Sawyer Road, Austin. For more information, visit