New D.S. elementary school campuses to open

By Sahar Chmais

Walnut Springs Elementary and Cypress Springs Elementary schools in Dripping Springs are slated to open at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. 

In 2018, a $132 million bond package passed to make improvements on existing campuses and build a new school. The Walnut Springs campus was moved adjacent to Dripping Springs Middle School, a project that cost $34.7 million. A new campus, Cypress Springs Elementary, was built at the intersection of Darden Hill Road and Sawyer Ranch, which cost $37.5 million. 

Administrators will be moving into the old Walnut Springs campus. 

Students will go to their designated campuses on the first day of school, and the ribbon cuttings for the campuses will follow. On Sept. 2, Walnut Springs will have its ribbon cutting and Cypress Springs’ ribbon cutting will take place on Sept. 9. More details will come, said Dale Whitaker, Dripping Springs ISD executive director of communications. 

Dripping Springs ISD’s student body continues to welcome in more students as the city receives newcomers. Projections show that in the 2021-2022 school year, there will be over 8,000 students registered in the district, according to the Dripping Springs Board of Trustees. Last year, the district had about 7,200 students. 

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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