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Dripping Springs ISD board considers allowing school transfers to address overcrowding

Student enrollment at Dripping Springs Elementary School, Walnut Springs Elementary School and Sycamore Springs Middle School is exceeding functional capacity.

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas — The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees is considering allowing families to transfer schools to address over-enrollment.

According to an agenda item for Monday's board meeting, the student enrollment at Dripping Springs Elementary School, Walnut Springs Elementary School and Sycamore Springs Middle School is exceeding "functional capacity."

The board is now considering allowing elective transfers from these three campuses to the district's other campuses, which have capacity available. Those schools are Cypress Springs Elementary School, Rooster Springs Elementary School, Sycamore Springs Elementary School and Dripping Spring Middle School.

However, some believe this is only a temporary solution to a long-term problem.

"Every staffing position that we add and change is expensive to the district. So you have to be as efficient as possible, in that when you are taking in these transfers, your enrollment is continuing to change beyond the first week of school. So you are not only changing up until the day school starts, but you're buffering into September and October," one board member said Monday night.

The board discussed the situation at its meeting Monday but didn't take action. The issue will be brought up again at the board's next meeting.

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