Dripping Springs ISD officials will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Sycamore Springs Middle School expansion project Feb. 16 at noon in the school's courtyard, 14451 Sawyer Ranch Road, Austin.

At the ceremony, district officials, including Superintendent Holly Morris-Kuentz, board President Stefani Reinold and SSMS Principal Kelly Miller, will speak.

The big picture

The expansion of SSMS is a project funded by a $223.7 million bond that was approved by voters in May. It will increase the school’s capacity from 850 students to 1,200.

SSMS is currently overcapacity, totaling about 1,000 students, according to a report by Population and Survey Analysts. To accommodate for the growth, portable classrooms, which cost the district an average of over $230,000, have been installed on the campus.

The background

The May bond was the district’s second attempt in less than a year to ask voters for funding to address growth needs and capital improvements. The $481.13 million bond failed in November of 2022.

DSISD is a rapidly growing district. SSMS is one of three campuses overcapacity, alongside Walnut Springs Elementary and Dripping Springs Elementary.

The bond also included funding for the construction of a new elementary school and the design for three additional schools to address district growth.

For more information, visit www.dsisdtx.us/bond2023.