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DSISD voters to decide on $132M bond Saturday

Dripping Springs ISD voters Saturday will decide on not only three board of trustees seats, but also a $132 million bond initiative that includes a handful of facility improvements.

DSISD’s bond, which was crafted after a nearly four month process by the district’s steering committee, calls for $72.2 million toward various new construction to accommodate for growth.

That includes building a new Walnut Springs Elementary school that is projected to serve 850 students. The new location of the campus is adjacent to Dripping Springs Middle School; the district is planning to convert the existing Walnut Springs Elementary campus into a new administration building and daycare facility.

DSISD’s bond also features construction of a fifth elementary school campus that will serve 850 students.

In addition, DSISD’s bond also holds $33.5 million in facility renovations and improvements across the district. That includes renovations to expand Dripping Springs High to 2,500 students, along with renovations at Dripping Springs Middle, Elementary and Rooster Spring Elementary schools.

According to DSISD’s website, the bond will have no impact on its current tax rate of $1.52 per $100 property valuation as “new construction and increased property values results in additional revenues from the same tax rate.”

Voters will also decide on three at-large board of trustees seats that are up for grabs.

Candidates on the ballot for the DSISD trustee race are incumbents Mary Jane Hetrick, Carrie Fontana Kroll, Shannon O’ Connor, as well as challengers James E. Meeks and Sharon Armke. The three candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to the dais.

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