Last November, the Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the hiring of Todd Washburn as the new DSISD Superintendent. A three-year resident of Dripping Springs, Washburn comes to DPSID from Eanes ISD where he served as associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Meet the New Superintendent of Dripping Springs ISD
Working in education for 29 years, Washburn has been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, executive director of secondary curriculum, and assistant superintendent. In addition to Eanes ISD, he has worked in Fabens ISD and Leander ISD.
“As a lifelong educator, it has always been my passion to work with students, teachers, parents and community members to provide the best possible learning experiences through the school system,” Washburn writes in his introduction letter. “When the unique opportunity to apply for the Dripping Springs superintendency presented itself, I was thrilled. This appointment enables me to blend my professional goals, dreams and passion with my personal connections to the community where I enjoy living. I look forward to serving the community as we continue to provide a personal and exceptional education for every learner.”
His letter goes on to describe his beliefs about education are based on four tenets:
- Provide students with the best educational experience.
- Recognize the importance of teachers and staff members.
- Partner with parents and community members.
- Create positive learning environments.
Washburn has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southwest Texas State University. He also earned the superintendent’s certification from there. His wife Beth is also an educator. Originally from Ohio, Washburn and his wife have two sons. TJ attends Texas A&M University and Zachary attends Texas State University.
Facts About Dripping Springs ISD
Located in the Northwest portion of Hays County, Dripping Springs ISD works to include a “life changer” in every classroom to drive students’ love of learning and mastering content. DPISD focuses on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, global citizenship, and problem-solving to prepare students for life after DPISD.
For three years, Dripping Springs ISD became a finalist for District of the Year in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program. Its Board of Trustees was a finalist for H-E-B Board of the Year in 2017.
One of the district’s strengths is financial accountability. A TXSmartSchools.org report measures academic progress in terms of financial efficiency. In that report, Dripping Springs ISD has earned the top rating of five stars. Only 49 districts achieved this rating. Since the creation of the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), DPISD has received the top rating every year.
Dripping Springs ISD supports almost 7,000 students across four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. More than 900 employees consisting of teachers, support staff, aides, and more, help students succeed.
The district offers dual-credit and AP courses. More than 800 students take dual-credit courses and 400 in AP courses. The four-year graduation rate is 98 percent and the five-year graduation rate is 99 percent. The class of 2019 had a 100 percent graduation rate and received $5 million in scholarship offers. They also contributed almost 50,000 community service hours.
To learn more about the district, visit the Dripping Springs ISD website.
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