Todd Washburn, superintendent for Dripping Springs Independent School District, has resigned his position. All board members accepted his resignation during a school board meeting on Monday night.
“Over the past 11 months,” Washburn said in his resignation statement, “I have given my heart and soul to honor this responsibility. Like many of you, family health circumstances during the pandemic have caused me to pause and re-evaluate my professional and personal priorities.”
Washburn’s resignation comes from a place of personal choice. Although his dedication to education has been ongoing for 30 years, Washburn did not hint at what will come after his resignation. He said that he hopes for the best for the campus and community.
“I want this transition to take place as smoothly as possible,” Washburn wrote. “I believe that making this transition promptly is the right thing for the school district and my family.” The interim for Washburn will be Brett Springston, until the district hires someone else to fill the position permanently. He was voted in unanimously for the temporary position and will begin his work later this week.
Springston brings with him 36 years of experience in education, of which he spent seven years as superintendent for two districts. In his time as an educator, Springston has also been an interim superintendent for two school districts.
“As a passionate advocate for children, Brett Springston is familiar with interim superintendent positions and understands the importance of supporting school districts during times of transition,” said DSISD Board President Carrie Kroll. “A skilled leader, Mr. Springston spent 11 years in superintendent-level roles in Brownsville ISD where he oversaw 7,300 employees and a budget of $496 million, and opened five new campuses. He is well aware of the challenges facing public education during the COVID pandemic and has the skill set necessary to guide DSISD during this unprecedented time. We are pleased to welcome him to the Tiger family.”