2023 Dripping Springs ISD School Board Candidates
In light of ALL FOUR May 2023 DSISD School Board Trustee candidates having made public statements in support of the current DSISD Bond Proposition, CEEDS decided against conducting candidate surveys and endorsements/ratings.
The current DSISD Bond Proposition is virtually identical to—and an even more expensive repeat of—the November 2022 Bond Propositions that were rejected and defeated by a majority of our community's voters and taxpayers, who numbered over 10,000 strong. That means all four May 2023 DSISD School Board Trustee candidates' support of this DSISD Bond puts them in direct conflict with last November's mandate by the voters AND in direct conflict with CEEDS' commitment to increasing DSISD's fiscal responsibility and accountability.
CEEDS is disappointed that NONE of these candidates have the political courage to proudly stand up for and with our community's silent majority of fiscal responsibility and good government voters, and as such, will not evaluate or recommend candidates based on "lesser/least objectionability."
Additional information on the May 2023 DSISD School Board Trustee Candidates and their positions can be found at the links below.
Election Day is Saturday, May 6th.
About Our 2022 Candidate Survey
Beginning in 2018, Citizens for Excellent Education in Dripping Springs (CEEDS) began our annual survey of Dripping Springs ISD (DSISD) school board candidates as a service to our Dripping Springs community and in fulfillment of our mission of greater transparency, increased accountability, and more responsible stewardship of our tax dollars by DSISD’s School Board and School Administration.
Our broad range of supporters include parents, teachers, and taxpayers—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents—who originally joined together to fight Dripping Springs ISD's wasteful and misguided $132 million 2018 Bond, and to once again make students and teachers, instead of special interests, our School District's top priority. We were the only organization to oppose DSISD's 2018 Bond, and accordingly represent the interests and beliefs of the 49% of voters who cast ballots in the May 2018 DSISD Election AGAINST that Bond Referendum.
In 2022, our fight continues as we work to elect common-sense and fiscally responsible leaders to our school board, so that the hard-working families and fixed-income seniors of our community no longer need to fear being taxed out of their homes, while also returning our School Board's and School Administration's focus back to ensuring that all of our community's children receive an excellent and world-class education.
Our 2022 Survey questions reflect what we believe are the top fiscal, transparency, accountability, and other issues currently facing DSISD—information which should be communicated to and help inform every voter before they cast their ballot for School Board.
All candidates were given seven days to submit responses to each Part 1 and Part 2 of this Survey (collectively including across two weekends and thirteen days total with only one day overlap), which should have taken them approximately two hours complete in the candid/straight-from-the-heart/conversational format requested. Survey instructions were explicit and outlined that only those responses submitted through the Survey form would be published, exactly as received, and short answers were limited to a maximum of 600 characters, including spaces, per response.
Candidates were further informed that CEEDS would advertise the Survey responses, and that not responding would result in a "FAIL" rating for Transparency and only responding to Part 1 or Part 2 would result in a "C" rating for Transparency, while not responding to any questions in either the Fiscal or Accountability categories would result in an "Incomplete" rating for each respective category. CEEDS also stated that the Survey responses would determine any decision(s) to support or oppose candidates in this election and that any support/opposition decisions would also be advertised.
Note that in the interest of fairness and in order to ensure an even playing field for incumbents and challengers alike, we treat our annual candidate surveys and endorsement decisions as a blank-slate by limiting our assessment of candidates to only the responses provided on our Candidate Survey. That is, only candidates' responses or nonresponses to our Survey's questions are taken into consideration.
We appreciate all candidates' desire to serve on our community's School Board.
However, we thank those who took the time, had the political courage, and were willing to be truly transparent and forthright with voters by responding to our Survey.
Our School Board is intended to serve the best interests of all voters and taxpayers in this community, not just personal agendas and special interests—and being transparent with voters about where one stands on all the top issues of concern is the first step in that, as well as a clear indication that a candidate is seeking to represent, not rule.
Disappointingly, incumbent Joanna Day did not submit responses to this Survey—just like she has failed to be responsive to so much of our and our supporters' repeated outreach and advocacy since her 2019 election. Unfortunately, doing so is not only failing to be accountable to one's constituents, but also presents an air of entitlement. Challenger Thaddeus Fortenberry also failed to submit any answers to our Survey. This is now TWO elections in which each candidate has failed to respond to our annual survey (2019 and 2021, respectively).
And we are only "conditionally supporting" challenger Olivia Barnard as her Part 1 - Rapid Fire responses largely align with our organization's positions; however, her failure to respond to Part 2 - Short Answer prevents us from accurately assessing her logic and understanding of the many complex, nuanced, and troubling if not alarming issues facing DSISD to the extent necessary for us to endorse—as well as transparency and accountability concerns by not responding to Part 2.
Please note that due to DSISD's plurality at-large election format, we have an obligation to identify and recommend the two candidates whose responses best align with our mission of greater transparency, increased accountability, and bringing fiscal responsibility back to the DSISD School Board.
To that end and again: we endorse Tricia Quintero and conditionally support Olivia Barnard for DSISD School Board this May!
You can view all responses to our 2022 Candidate Survey by clicking on the buttons below.
Survey topics for Part 2 - Short Answers are also listed below, and you can click any topic to go directly to that section, without scrolling through.
In order to allow for easy candidate comparison by question, candidate responses to Part 1 - Rapid Fire all listed in ballot order, while Part 2 -Short Answers are listed in revolving ballot order.
At the bottom of this page are additional candidate surveys and interviews conducted by other organizations that may also help voters make an informed decision prior to casting a ballot in the 2022 DSISD School Board Election.
2023 Candidate Contact Information
Candidates listed below in ballot order.
Fiscal Responsibility Rating
DSISD Candidate Interviews and Information
Community Impact Southwest Austin
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