New Schools: Sycamore Springs Elementary / Sycamore Springs Middle School
Dripping Springs ISD is in the process of determining attendance zones for district elementary and middle school students in preparation for the opening of Sycamore Springs Elementary and Sycamore Springs Middle School.
Six public forums have been held to share information and gather feedback on potential attendance zone options. Originally two options were presented; two others were created based on the initial feedback received. A fifth option – 3a – was developed and posted prior to the Jan. 26 public forum.
The DSISD Board of Trustees was updated on this process at the Jan. 16 Board workshop. Trustees indicated that school attendance zones should accommodate future enrollment projections in order to allow the district to serve all students in the most effective way possible. Throughout the process, the district attendance zone committee and the demographer worked on drafting many possible attendance zone maps. Some draft options would have required opening the new schools at capacity, and did not align current and future student populations with building capacities.
All options under consideration can be viewed at: www.dsisdtx.us/newschools. The Board will be presented with an administrative recommendation as well as all options at the agenda review meeting Feb. 20, 2017.
A final decision is expected at the Feb. 27 Board meeting.
Drafts of Possible Attendance Zones
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The committee is to develop recommendations to be presented to the Board of Trustees for the re-organization of elementary and middle school attendance zones to ensure to the extent possible that the following parameters are met:
- Optimize school facility usage to accommodate projected growth patterns throughout the District.
- Avoid the need to redraw attendance zones until additional schools are brought online.
- Design attendance zones that place students in schools in closest possible geographic proximity of their residence.
- Avoid dividing sub-divisions when possible.
- Utilize the following capacity amounts when planning for schools:
- Elementary 850
- Middle School 1,200
- Develop effective feeder patterns minimizing splits within elementary campuses
- Consider commuter patterns within the district when possible.
- Minimize impacts on Transportation when possible.
The administrative committee working with the demographer to develop options consists of the superintendent, both assistant superintendents, current elementary and middle school principals, principals of the new elementary and middle schools, the Director of Transportation, the Director of Communications, and two Board members.
Looking Ahead to Future Schools
In addition to developing new attendance zones for
the 2017-18 school year, district administrators and demographers are
looking ahead to the impact on boundaries that future schools will have.
The district currently owns property that has been tentatively
earmarked for Elementary School #5 on Ranch Road 12 at E. Mt. Gainor
Road. As a point of reference, the demographer has drawn up some
potential "catchment areas" that may be used for future attendance zone
discussions. Considering that many factors will come into play in the
coming years, these are not proposed boundaries, but they do help in
visualizing possible changes in years to come.
Naming the Schools
Dripping Springs ISD will be opening a new elementary school and a new middle school in the fall of 2017. The schools, which are located on Sawyer Ranch Road, are connected to achieve efficiency in areas like mechanical systems and kitchen, to minimize the building’s footprint, and to allow for collaboration between the two schools. They also share a Center for Learning and Innovation, although elementary and middle school students will use different floors. Separate entrances, instructional areas, cafeterias, gyms
and offices will exist for the two schools.
As per Board policy, a committee was formed to develop a recommendation for names for the new schools. The committee solicited names for the schools from a variety of sources, then considered the suggestions before deciding on a recommendation of three names to the Board for each campus (school), which may be the same name for both schools (such as Dripping Springs Elementary and Dripping Springs Middle School).
Hundreds of suggestions for school names were gathered in late October and early November. The committee reviewed suggestions and presented three recommendations to the Board Dec. 12; they were (unranked): Kirby Springs Elementary and Kirby Springs Middle School, Sawyer Springs Elementary and Sawyer Springs Middle School, and Sycamore Springs Elementary and Sycamore Springs Middle School. Sycamore Springs and Kirby Springs were actual natural springs within the district boundaries; Sawyer Springs referenced the location of the campus on Sawyer Springs Road.
On Jan. 23, the Board voted on the names Sycamore Springs Elementary School
and Sycamore Springs Middle School
The following links provide additional information.
Local Policy CW
List of Actual Springs Names Located in District
New Schools Naming Committee Members
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