Spring Independent School District, Texas

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Spring Independent
School District
Houston, Texas
District Profile
Superintendent:Ralph H. Draper
Enrollment:36,323 students
Graduation rate:74.4%
Number of schools:39
Budget: $397.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Justine Durant
Board members:7
Term length:3
Spring Public Schools is the 31st-largest school district in Texas, serving 36,323 students in 39 schools. It is based in Houston, Texas and serves a portion of Houston and other areas within Harris County including Spring, Texas.

About the district

Spring Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas.
Spring Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas. The county seat of Harris County is Houston. Harris County is home to 4,092,459 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Harris County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.1 percent of Harris County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Harris County was $53,160 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Harris County was 17.9 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Harris County (%) Texas (%)
White 70.7 80.3
Black or African American 19.5 12.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.0
Asian 6.8 4.3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 41.6 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Harris County[2]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote Other Vote
2012 587,044 586,073 15,468
2008 590,982 571,883 8,607
2004 475,865 584,723 7,380
2000 418,267 529,159 27,396

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]


The current superintendent of Spring Independent School District is Dr. Ralph H. Draper, who was selected by the board in August 2005. He started his career in Christian ministry and switched to being a full-time educator in 1988. Draper earned his associate degree from Southwestern Christian College, in Terrell, Texas and his bachelor’s degree from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. He earned Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.[5]

School board

The Spring Independent School District is overseen by a seven-member board elected at-large to three-year rotating terms.[6]

Spring ISD Board of Trustees
Member Role Position # Term Ends
Rhonda Faust President Position 4 2017
Justine Durant Vice President Position 3 2016
Ron Crier Secretary Position 6 2015
Jana Gonzalez Assistant Secretary Position 7 2015
Chris A. Bell Trustee Position 2 2016
Deborah Jensen Trustee Position 1 2016
Rhonda Newhouse Trustee Position 5 2017

School board elections

See also: Spring Independent School District elections (2014)

Three seats were up for election on the Spring Independent School District board on November 5, 2013 covering at-large Positions 1, 2 and 3. Two seats were up for election in November 2014, and two seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.


Spring Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $190,685,401 72.9% $26,152,463 10% $42,069,206 16.1% $0 0% $2,723,786 1% $261,620,856
2014-2015 $266,933,068 67.2% $29,809,908 7.5% $44,576,265 11.2% $49,666,921 12.5% $6,525,873 1.6% $397,512,035
Averages: $228,809,234.5 69% $27,981,185.5 8% $43,322,735.5 13% $24,833,460.5 8% $4,624,829.5 1% $329,566,445.5

Teacher salaries

For the 2013-2014 academic year, Spring ISD lists their minimum salary as $45,537, their midpoint as $52,000 and their maximum as $57,386. Those with a master's degree add $1,000, and those with a doctorate add $2,000. It also says lists this statement: "Salaries are determined individually based on each person’s creditable years of experience and credentials. Salary advancement is based on an annual pay raise budget approved by the Board of Trustees."[8]

Schools in Spring ISD

Alief Independent School District operates 39 schools listed below in alphabetical order.[9]

Spring ISD schools
Anderson Elementary
Bailey Middle School
Bammel Elementary
Bammel Middle School
Beneke Elementary
Booker Elementary
Burchett Elementary
Clark Primary (Pre-K - 2)
Clark Intermediate (3-5)
Claughton Middle School
Cooper Elementary
Dekaney High School
Dueitt Middle School
Early College Academy
Eickenroht Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Hirsch Elementary
Hoyland Elementary
Jenkins Elementary
Lewis Elementary
Link Elementary
Major Elementary
Marshall Elementary
McNabb Elementary
Meyer Elementary
Northgate Crossing Elementary
Ponderosa Elementary
Reynolds Elementary
Roberson Academy
Salyers Elementary
Smith Elementary
Spring High School
Thompson Elementary
Twin Creeks Middle School
Virtual School (Online Learning)
Wells Middle School
Westfield High School
Winship Elementary
Wunsche Career Academy


Safety concerns

On September 3, 2013, Spring ISD student Joshua Broussard was fatally stabbed and three others were injured at Spring High School. The incident called into question the district's safety precautions and the possible implementation of metal detectors to all elementary, middle and high schools in the district. A bond was passed in 2011, in which voters in the district voted to fund the purchase of metal detectors in Spring ISD, however the machines were never purchased or installed in schools. Protests have taken place by community members and parents who wish to see the metal detectors implemented.[10][11]

Transparency of Spring School District Website

The Spring School District Website gives the names of its administrative staff members, including the superintendent, and of its board members, but does not give contact information for any of them. There are no archived board meeting agendas or minutes. There is information on how to attend regular board meetings.

Contact information

Spring Independent School District
16717 Ella Boulevard
Houston, TX 77090
Phone: (281) 891-6000

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