School Briefs

School board filing period to begin
From Jan. 16-Feb. 15, Dripping Springs ISD will open the filing period for a pair of school board trustee seats up for grabs this May.

DSISD’s seven Board members do not represent places; they are all “at-large” representatives. Trustees serve three-year terms. The current terms of trustees Marisa Grijalva and Jon Thompson expire this May.

School board candidates in Texas must:  Be a United States Citizen; Be 18 years of age or older; Not be mentally incapacitated (as defined in policy); Have not been convicted of a felony; Be a resident of Texas and the district for a specified period of time (see policy); and Be a registered voter from the territory of office sought.

An informational session on becoming a Board member will be held Feb. 6 in the Board Room at 6:00 p.m.

Early voting runs from April 22-30; Election Day is Saturday, May 4.

For more information on becoming a DSISD school board member, visit


District seeks input on DSHS principal hire

Dripping Springs ISD will hold a meeting to provide input to  district leaders about the high school principal position Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the DSHS Lecture Hall. 

Parents are invited to attend and provide comments about what qualities the district should seek in a candidate for the position.

Current Principal Joe Burns announced in November 2018 he will be retiring at the end of the school year. The position currently is posted on the district website and the process to interview and hire a new principal will occur over the next few months.

For those who cannot attend and would like to provide input, an online form is available as well. Visit for a link to the form.


Dripping Springs High student is finalist in state design contest


Dripping Springs High junior Melissa Richardson is one of two finalists in a statewide logo design contest sponsored by the State Board of Education (SBOE). Students were tasked with creating a logo for the state’s Permanent School Fund. A total of 521 entries from high school students around Texas were submitted.

The top two entries will be recognized at the SBOE meeting Feb. 1 at which time the winning design will be announced. Both students will receive an award and prize money.


Two DSISD secondary teachers honored
A pair of Dripping Springs ISD secondary school educators have been recently honored by local organizations.



Lauren Milner, who teaches Health Science Technology at Dripping Springs High, was awarded Teacher of the Year in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 5 competition after receiving that honor by Local VFW Post 2933. She will now advance to the VFW Teacher of the Year state competition.

Milner is in her fourth year teaching at DSHS and she also is the sponsor of the school’s ROTC club. Milner is an Army veteran who holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business/French from St. Joseph’s College, a master’s degree in Sports and Health Sciences from American Military University, and an MBA from Trident University.

Dripping Springs Middle School educator Paige Frontera placed second in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Outstanding History Teacher state contest. She was nominated by the Dripping Springs Sarah Pound Chapter.

Frontera teaches Texas and American History at Dripping Springs Middle School and is the team leader for that department. Frontera is in her 19th year at DSMS and has been teaching for a total of 23 years. Frontera earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in Government and History.


Tickets on sale for high school musical
Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 high school musical production, “Little Shop of Horrors.” Nightly performances are scheduled for Thursday through Monday, Jan. 24-28, 2019, at the DSHS auditorium.

This long-time popular musical comedy includes the adventures of floral assistant Seymour Krelborn, co-worker Audrey, Mr. Mushnik and the unique plant, Audrey II.

Tickets can be purchased through for all shows. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens. However, Gold Tiger cardholders receive free admission, but Gold Tiger cardholder tickets must be reserved at the door or by phone in advance (512-858-3235).

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