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April 15th, 2009
City of Dripping Springs partners with DSISD

STAFF REPORT

The Dripping Springs City Council has agreed to an ongoing partnership with Dripping Springs ISD’s (DSISD) Community Education Program.Community Education is a self-sustaining organization, created to coordinate and communicate classes and programs that are designed to meet the community’s educational, recreational, cultural and leisure needs.

Dripping Springs residents will be able use a secure website to register and pay for lifelong learning courses, day camps, park programs, swimming lessons and swim teams.

City Administrator Michelle Fischer said the website is a, “one stop shop for the community.” The city’s Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will continue to operate it’s own programs, but the Community Education organization will administer the registration and publicity, and will sell pool passes and book the rental of parks and recreational facilities.

Said DSISD Superintendent Mark Herrick, “This program is an efficient and cost-effective benefit to the community as a whole. It is a great way to creatively support area children and families.”

Dripping Springs City Councilperson Bill Foulds also likes the program.

“It will help all of our residents have better access to the park programs,” Foulds said. “I feel that we have been innovative in getting many organizations involved in our parks, and by continuing to do so, we will be setting an example for all communities to follow.”

Similar partnerships have been implemented in other Texas communities, as well as in North Carolina, Montana and Minnesota. In return for the administration and promotion of the program, Dripping Springs will pay Community Education a percentage of its program cost and rental fees. The same arrangement will also be available for individual instructors who want to teach residents.

For more information, visit the Community Education website, or call the organization at (512) 358-3021.

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