Southwest Austin | January 2021

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After Austin voters passed a $1 billion Austin ISD bond in November 2017, the rst six new school campuses funded by the bond have opened their doors, including three in South Austin: Menchaca Elementary School, Bear Creek Elementary School and the new Blazier Elementary School relief campus. Two South Austin schools remain under construction. OTHER STORIES TO FOLLOW IN 2021

Dripping Springs to take on superintendent search, school boundary changes in 2021


in a district statement. The construction of DSISD’s fth elementary school on Darden Hill Road will bring another signicant change to the district: adjusted zoning for elementary school students to take eect in the fall. The district is set to hold community input sessions Feb. 1 and Feb. 11, with a possible third meeting March 2. According to a timeline released by DSISD, the board is scheduled to review the new zones March 22 and approve them on March 29. The district’s fth elementary school is slated to nish construction and open in time for the 2021-22 school year.

through Feb. 12, and then applications will be open through March. The board will review applications in early April, and trustees plan to announce a lone nalist at their April 26 meeting. Interviews and candidate proles will be private and conducted in executive session to protect the identity of applicants who may be employed at other districts. However, there will be opportunities for the community to give input during the process. “We look forward to receiving input from sta and community that will help guide us in the search process,” Board President Barbara Stroud said


Dripping Springs ISD will have a change in school leadership this year as the district prepares to make changes to its school attendance zones. DSISD recently kicked o a search for a new superintendent following the departure of former Superintendent Todd Washburn, who resigned in October after less than a year of service. Brett Springston will continue to serve as interim superintendent as the search moves forward. The board hired third-party rm JG Consulting to assist in the search. The district will work with JG Consulting to accept community feedback




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