After a very close race in the Nov. 8 election, Dripping Springs voters ultimately rejected all three propositions presented in the ISD bond package.

Vote totals for Proposition A, which pushed for growth and lifecycle capital maintenance, were 48.3% for and 51.7% against, with a total of 19,661 votes. Vote totals for Proposition B, which would have built a second high school, were 46.2% for and 53.8% against, with a total of 19,645 votes. Vote totals for Proposition C, which would have improved technology for staff and students, were 46.4% for and 53.6% against, with a total of 19,604 votes.

"Dripping Springs ISD is a fast-growth district and still needs to serve the students and families who live in and are projected to move into the district," officials said in an email to Community Impact. "Currently, three of the district’s eight campuses are over capacity with two more campuses expected to outgrow their campus capacity next year."

Officials said over the next several months they will work to understand why the propositions failed. In addition, they hope to develop plans to serve the student population so they can "continue to deliver the exceptional and personalized learning experiences for which the district is known."

DSISD will look at several tactics to help address district growth and current overcrowding at campuses, including:

  • rezoning for elementary and middle schools;

  • examining class size models (teacher-to-student ratio);

  • master scheduling;

  • purchasing portables; and

  • long-range planning for future bonds.

The DSISD board of trustees called for the Nov. 8 bond election Aug. 18.