Dripping Springs ISD trustees to tackle packed agenda, name superintendent finalist at Oct. 30 meeting

Dripping Springs ISD trustees and staff, including Barbara Stroud, interim superintendent Nola Wellman, board presdient Carrie Kroll, Mary Jane Hetrick and Marisa Grijalva will meet Oct. 30.

Dripping Springs ISD trustees and staff, including Barbara Stroud, interim superintendent Nola Wellman, board presdient Carrie Kroll, Mary Jane Hetrick and Marisa Grijalva will meet Oct. 30.

After a longer-than-usual break between meetings, the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees will reconvene Wednesday, Oct. 30—a change from the board’s usual Monday meeting time.

DSISD has not lacked for announcements since its September board meeting; the district has incurred several awards this month, including a rating of “superior”—and a numerical grade of 100—on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas report released by the Texas Education Agency, according to district communications. Additionally, Dripping Springs High School was named a National Unified Champions School by Special Olympics, a designation meant to honor “an inclusive school climate that exhibits a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all.”

Progress on superintendent search

District communications confirm that the board is on track to vote on a lone finalist for the district’s open superintendent position Oct. 30, which is consistent with the timeline originally laid out by the district at the onset of the superintendent search process.

The search process, led by the Texas Association of School Boards’ Executive Search Services, has been in full swing over the last month. Since the board’s last meeting, the district has had ten special called meetings related to the search, beginning with a meeting to discuss applications the district had received for the position on Sept. 30.

If the board does vote to approve a lone finalist for the position at their meeting, the district will not be able to officially hire that individual until a state-mandated 21-day waiting period has elapsed. The district’s timeline identifies Nov. 21 as the projected date of hire.

A long-awaited vote

The meeting’s agenda also includes the potential creation of a bond oversight committee, which would provide scrutiny for activities related to the district’s 2018 construction bond. The bond oversight committee has been listed as an action item on past agendas, and has been tabled.

The potential for a bond oversight committee has long been a point of conversation among the DSISD community, and a popular topic during public forum at board meetings. The bond oversight committee proposed in district documents would include nine board-appointed members, who would make bi-annual advisory presentations to the board.

A range of items set for action

In total, DSISD trustees are scheduled to address ten items up for a vote. Other items of interest include a potential vote on a lineup for the district’s Student Health Advisory Council. DSISD’s SHAC has had a high profile in the district this year, having made recommendations on a new sex education curriculum. If approved, the 2019-20 committee will consist of 14 parents, teachers, staff and community members, according to district documents.

Also on the agenda is discussion on an employee retention incentive plan for the district, which would offer staffers “a lump-sum employee compensation payment of up to $100 per completed year of service with Dripping Springs ISD.”
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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