Dripping Springs ISD is in the process of determining
attendance zones for district elementary and middle school students beginning in fall of 2017 when the new schools open on Sawyer Ranch Road. An
administrative committee is working with the district demographer (Population and Survey Analysts)
to develop options for boundaries, and community input is being gathered
through six public forums.Initially, two options were presented Nov. 30 to begin the discussion.
Following feedback received at the first set of public forums, the district requested that the demographer create some additional options for elementary and middle school attendance zones. Discussion will continue on the four options that are now posted. After forums are held Dec. 14, additional modifications can be made to one or more of the options.
Drafts of Possible Attendance Zones
Please note that Options 3 and 4 do not yet have middle school maps attached. The current plan is to create middle school boundaries that mirror elementary school boundaries. In other words, Dripping Springs Elementary and Walnut Springs Elementary will feed into Dripping Springs Middle School, and Rooster Springs Elementary and the new elementary school will feed into the new middle school.
Remaining public forums are scheduled for:
Thursday, Jan. 26, 8:00 a.m. Board Room, DSISD Administration Building, 510 W. Mercer St.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria, Dripping Springs Middle School, 111 Tiger Lane
Comments also can be sent to: .
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, will be 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 has been formed to develop a recommendation for names for the new schools. The committee will solicit names for the schools from a variety of sources, then will consider 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. Then, in January, the Board will officially select a name for each school, either from among the recommendations submitted by the committee or another name selected by the Board.
The following links provide additional information.
Local Policy CW
List of Actual Springs Names Located in District
New Schools Naming Committee Members
Monthly construction updates are presented at Board meetings and posted on the construction website