Correction: This story was updated March 26 to properly reflect projected enrollment data presented at the March 25 meeting.
Representatives from Population and Survey Analysts of Texas, or PASA, presented a demography report including decade growth projections for Dripping Springs ISD at the March 25 board of trustees meeting.
According to the PASA report, Dripping Springs High School’s enrollment is projected to surpass 4,300 students by 2028, and combined enrollment for the district’s two middle schools is projected to reach nearly 3,300.
PASA President Stacey Tepera said enrollment in DSISD will increase substantially over the next decade due to rapid housing development in the area.
PASA also projects Dripping Springs High will exceed 120 percent capacity in 2020, meaning the possibility to add temporary facilities such as portables will be exhausted. The planned expansion of the high school under the $132-million-dollar bond approved in 2018 should be complete by that time. However, Tepera said the expanded facility could again max out its capacity by 2024, and would require further expansion.
Tepera also said enrollment numbers could support a third middle school by 2022, with a fourth likely required within the next decade.
While a construction of a fifth elementary school is set to complete by 2021, at least one more elementary school will likely be needed in the next decade as well, according to the report.
“It’s very daunting to realize what needs to happen in the next ten years,” trustee Carrie Kroll said after the report.
Meanwhile, progress on 2018 bond projects continues.
DSISD Project Manager Mike Garcia said that construction documents for the high school were 50 percent complete, and presented development site plans for the upcoming additions. He said a guaranteed max price project was also approved for improvements to Rooster Springs Elementary, and new furniture had been selected for Dripping Springs Elementary.