Sign Our Petition to Pause—and possibly Stop—WSE's Wasteful and Unwise Relocation to the Dripping Springs Middle School Campus!
Please sign our Petition to:
1) Demand that the Dripping Springs ISD School Board choose the path of fiscal responsibility and prudence
2) Demand that the School Board choose a path that will actually provide equitable facilities for all students and across all schools
3) Demand that the School Board develop a coherent and affordable long-term facilities plan for our community and school district's growing populations
Please sign our Petition below to help accomplish these objectives!
Our WSE Petition
By completing and submitting the petition below, you specifically affirm the following statement:
"I, the undersigned:
1) Strongly oppose any increase of Dripping Springs ISD's I&S (Bond Debt) Tax Rate as DSISD's May 2018 Bond advertising repeatedly and prominently promised voters and taxpayers "No Tax Rate Increase," and I specifically petition my representatives on the DSISD School Board to oppose and vote against raising the I&S Tax Rate without first receiving a majority of voters' approval/consent through a future referendum or bond election;
2) Oppose any continued construction or spending for or on the new/relocated Walnut Springs Elementary and its combined Dripping Springs Middle School campus plan at this current juncture, and I specifically petition my representatives on the DSISD School Board to:
Commit to an indefinite pause and oppose any continuation of this new WSE project until DSISD's current Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee and forthcoming Bond Steering Committee have developed a new and coherent and affordable Long-Range Facilities Plan that incorporates and re-accounts for the latest/May 2019 student demographic projections, efficiently and effectively addresses the District's facility needs instead of wants in light of the DSISD's extremely limited bond capacity under the current I&S Tax Rate, and further, develops a plan that actually solicits opinions from and makes a good-faith effort to be responsive to the entirety of the Dripping Springs community and all DSISD stakeholders' perspectives and concerns; and
3) Want the School Board and Administration to know and understand that I—and many others within the DSISD community—feel that our deep-seated concerns related to the District's 2018 Bond planning and projects/spending, and particularly this new WSE/combined WSE-DSMS campus, were ignored and/or diminished by DSISD officials, and should the School Board continue to (literally and figuratively) bulldoze forward with this new WSE/combined WSE-DSMS campus plan without taking first taking a pause to reorient to our current and new reality of this COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic recession (and any resulting paradigm shifts to education in schools), re-account for the latest and most accurate student demographic and bond capacity projections, and ensure that this WSE plan is prudent, responsible, and reflective of our community's current wishes, then I—and we—will not forget!"
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Every signature helps to prevent this boondoggle and its waste of tens of millions of our community's hard-earned property tax dollars!
Skepticism on this new WSE/Combined WSE-DSMS Campus is Widespread
In the video below: Martin Garza, who served as Treasurer of the Pro-Bond PAC "Friends of Dripping Springs Education" during the 2018 Bond Election questions why, in the interest of fiscal responsibility and prudence, DSISD doesn't delay the relocation/construction of a new WSE on DSMS's campus.
Long Range Facilities Planning Committee Member Martin Garza questions why—in the interest of fiscal responsibility, due to substantially increased student enrollment projections presented prior to his comments at the same meeting, and until the benefits and detriments of the new combined elementary and middle school concept are better understood—DSISD doesn't delay the construction of the new Walnut Springs Elementary, which is to be relocated and rebuilt next to Dripping Springs Middle School on the DSMS campus, at the May 2019 LRFPC Meeting.
From Martin Garza, who also served as Treasurer of the Pro-Bond PAC "Friends of Dripping Springs Education" during the 2018 Bond Election and on both the 2018 Bond's Bond Steering Committee and LRFPC:
"My fear is [...] taking some away from the Middle School by building out there is kind of locking us into a plan that's going to cost us more over time."
"Just because the voters said you can doesn't mean you have to."
"It's not spending all of that money right now, until we get a better handle on what the demographics might be."
Not building a combined WSE and DSMS campus "is certainly less costly for taxpayers."
Supt. Gearing's responses to Martin Garza's concerns encapsulate the School Board and School Administration's repeated refusals to actually be responsive to ANY public input and concerns regarding their wasteful and misguided 2018 Bond—let alone making any changes to that Bond's projects, which are all aligned with the framework of DSISD's now-unworkable Path 2 long-term facilities plan—and that's no matter how prudent those voiced concerns and proposed changes actually are. Instead, DSISD's leadership has put on their blinders and are barreling ahead with their reckless plan! A Fact Check of Supt. Gearing's misleading objections to Martin Garza's comments and concerns as well as links to all sources can be found on our Facebook post by CLICKING HERE.
So Please Sign Our Above Petition!