Called Board Meeting and Updates

Last night, the EISD Board of Trustees met in called session. The meeting started at 5:30 and was held in the HS library. The Board took the following actions at the meeting:

  • Approved the Amended Budget as presented.
  • Approved an increase of $0.25 for adult lunches to comply with requirements. Adult lunches will now cost $3.50.
  • Changed the date of the regular monthly board meeting from the 3rd Tuesday in the month to the 3rd Monday in the month.
  • Authorized the purchase of 60 netbooks for the High School.
  • Adjourned.

The varsity girls volleyball team will be competing in the Tyler Tournament today and tomorrow. Today, the Lady Bulldogs play at 12:30, 3:00, and 6:45.

The varsity football team travels to Tyler All Saints to play TK Gorman at 7:00 PM tonight. In addition to football, fans will get to see the first performance this year of the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and will get to see the award winning varsity cheerleaders.

Enrollment update – Yesterday, the enrollment in the district was 1,564 students. By campus the breakdown is as follows: Primary – 421; Intermediate – 337; Middle School – 347; High School – 459.

Saturday, the Eustace Cross Country team has its first meet of the season at Union Grove.

Thanks to everyone for a great first week! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

Bulldog Bash

I want to thank everyone that came out to support the Bulldogs at the annual Bulldog Bash! It would be safe to say that it was the biggest crowd we have ever had! A special thank you goes out to our Booster Club officers and members for their work in making this a great night for all the Bulldogs. Also, a special thank you to EASA for having their football players and cheerleaders at the Bash. Later today, a video of the entire Bulldog Bash will be posted to the district’s YouTube channel. Below are a couple of pictures from last night.

A quick note about Friday’s football game in Tyler. The start time is 7:00 instead of 7:30. Parking is sparse at All Saints, so an early arrival would be wise.

Reminder that High School Volleyball starts at 5:00 in Edgewood tonight.

Our first day enrollment was good. we had a total of 1,532 students in class yesterday. We know that we will add several more students when vaccinations are complete.

Cheerleaders getting ready for the Bash

Cheerleaders getting ready for the Bash

Seniors 2016

Seniors 2016

A great crowd for the 2015 Bulldog Bash!

A great crowd for the 2015 Bulldog Bash!

 

This Week

Monday – First day of school; Bulldog Bash – 6:00 PM Old HS Gym

Tuesday – HS Volleyball at Edgewood – 5:00 PM

Thursday – Varsity Girls VB at Tyler Tournament; JV Football at TK Gorman – 6:00 PM

Friday – Varsity Girls VB at Tyler Tournament; Varsity Football v. TK Gorman at Tyler All Saints – 7:30 PM

Saturday – Varsity Girls VB at Tyler Tournament; HS Cross Country at Union Grove

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

 

First Day and Update on Food Service and TEA Distinction

We have got the first day underway. I appreciate everyone’s patience this first day. Traffic is always an issue the first few days. We had a few moments when it was really congested, but it cleared up quickly. According to numbers submitted around 10:30, our first day enrollment is 1,552. This enrollment is greater than any point during the 2014-2015 school year.

I want to let everyone know about the new program that EISD will be participating in this year. At the regular August Board Meeting, our School Board approved participation in the Community Eligibility Provision. For the 2015-2016 school year, all students in grades Pre-K to 8th grade will have breakfast and lunch provided at no cost. For these students there is no paperwork to fill out. Everyone is automatically eligible. For our High School students, we will continue to provide multiple meal choices as we did in the 2nd semester last year at regular prices. Students in grades 9-12 will still be able to qualify for free or reduced priced meals. All students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to turn in their paperwork for the free or reduced price meals. If you need further information about the free or reduced price meal program, please contact Teri Clark at (903) 425 – 5128.

Recently, EISD was informed by the Texas Education Agency that it was one of only 24 districts in the state that earned the College Readiness Distinction. There are over 1,200 public and charter school districts in the state. That means that there were less than 2% of the districts in the state to earn this Distinction. EISD was one of those districts! This is great tribute to our students, staff, and parents at EISD.

I look forward to 2015-2016 being the best year yet for EISD. It is truly a great time to be a Bulldog!

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the EISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing to discuss the 2015-2016 proposed budget and the 2015-2016 proposed tax rate. Following the adjournment of the hearing, the Board held its regular August meeting. The Board took the following actions during the meeting:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the 2015-2016 Budget as presented.
  • Approved the 2015-2016 tax rate of $1.04 M & O and $0.1915 for a total tax rate of $1.2315 (the same rate as last year).
  • Approved the purchase of a 2016 Ford Expedition from Tri-County Ford.
  • Approved the adjustment to the compressed tax rate.
  • Approved the construction documents for the new Ag Science Building as corrected.
  • Approved the purchase of a new fork lift for the Ag Science department.
  • Approved the bid for fuel from Borders and Long.
  • Approved participation in the Community Eligibility Provision for grades PK-8. (This will allow all students to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost).
  • Rejected the bid on property.
  • Approved the 2015-2016 District Improvement Plan
  • Accepted the resignation of Judy Kerr.
  • Employed personnel as presented
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved the student transfer list as presented.
  • Adjourned.

 

Board Hearing and Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on 2015-2016 budget and tax rate. The hearing will start at 6:30 and be held in the HS library. The Board will review several pages of items related to the 15-16 budget and tax rate. The current proposed M & O budget is $12.2 million and the current proposed tax rate is $1.2315, the same as in 2014-2015. The hearing will take about 30 minutes to complete. No action will be taken during the hearing regarding either the tax rate or the budget.

At 7:00 PM, the Board will hold its regular monthly meeting. The meeting will take place in the HS library. During the meeting the Board will hear the following reports:

  • 14-15 District Improvement Plan Evaluation
  • District Accountability Summary
  • Campus Accountability Summary
  • Notice of Sheriff’s Sale
  • Report on Preliminary FIRST Rating
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • TEA District Distinction
  • Employee Handbook

The Board will consider action on the following items:

  • Approve minutes of previous meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • 2015-2016 Budget
  • 2015-2016 Tax Rate
  • Purchase of New Vehicle for District Use
  • Adjustment to Compressed Tax Rate
  • Ag Science Building Drawings
  • Bid for forklift
  • Fuel Bids
  • Participation in Community Eligibility Provision
  • Sale of Property
  • Approval of District Improvement Plan for 2015-2016
  • Attendance Committees
  • PDAS Appraisers

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel issues and student transfers. Any action taken on a closed meeting item will be made in open session.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the board hearing and the regular board meeting.

There is a dual volleyball match here today against Kemp and Edgewood. Games will start at 5:00. Varsity will play in Kirk Gym, JV A will play in MS front gym and JV B will play in MS back gym.

A reminder that tomorrow is Fish Camp from 1:00 – 3:45.

 

Welcome Back

Hello All! I am so excited to welcome everyone back to a new school year.  I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and are ready to return to school.  Remember, Meet The Teacher will be held on Thursday afternoon, August 20, 2015 at 4pm.  I am looking forward to seeing each of you there.

My first reminder to the students, for the first day of school, is to make sure you know how you are getting home!  We want to be here, but we also want to be able to get home!

Here’s to an exciting new year!

Volleyball, Football, and Other Things

The Eustace varsity volleyball team competed in the Van Tournament  this past weekend. The Lady Bulldogs faced some very tough challenges in that tournament. Overall, the Lady Bulldogs placed third in the Gold Bracket, defeating John Tyler 2-0 in their final game. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Eustace hosted one of the largest junior varsity and 9th grade volleyball tournaments in the region this past weekend. Thirty-two teams were on hand to compete. In the JV bracket, the Lady Bulldogs JV placed 3rd overall. They won a hard fought game against Ennis 2-1 to capture 3rd. A picture of the JV girls is posted below.

The 9th grade team also ended in 3rd place overall. Their last game was a 2-0 victory over Canton. The 9th grade picture is posted below as well.

Tomorrow, we officially welcome back all of our staff for the 2015-2016 school year. All staff members will be involved with in-service activities throughout the week. \

I encourage everyone to sign up to be a part of our district Celly group. You can find out how to sign up by going to our homepage at www.eustaceisd.net. Being a part of the Celly group will provide an opportunity to receive important text messages about school closures, school emergencies, and events and happenings at the school. The best part about signing up for Celly is that you do not have to give anyone your cell phone number.

I am looking forward to getting the 2015-2016 school year underway. As always, if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net. Or, please feel free to come by and talk to me in person.

9th Grade Volleyball

9th Grade Volleyball

JV Volleyball

JV Volleyball

Upcoming Dates and Events

We are getting to the point where we have lots of activities that are just around the corner. I would like to take a few minutes and list out upcoming events and activities:

Friday, August 7 – VB Scrimmage at Eustace – 4:00

Saturday, August 8, VB Scrimmage at Eustace – 10:00 AM

Tuesday, August 11 – VB Dual Match in Eustace – 5:00

Thursday, August 13 – New Teacher Orientation – 8:45 – HS Library; TVVOA Tournament in Eustace – 9th & JV

Friday, August 14 – Varsity VB at Van Tournament

Saturday, August 15 – Varsity VB at Van Tournament; TVVOA Tournament in Eustace; HS Football Scrimmage v. Wolfe City in Rains – 9:00 AM

Tuesday, August 18 – In-Service Day; VB Dual Meet in Eustace – 5:00; Budget and Tax Hearing – HS Library – 6:30; School Board Meeting – HS Library – 7:00

Wednesday, August 19 – In-Service Day; Fish Camp – HS Auditorium – 1:00 – 3:45

Thursday, August 20 – Meet the Teacher Day – Primary New Parents – 3:00, Returning Students – 3:30; Intermediate – 4:00; Middle School – 4:30;Lady Bulldog Varsity Tournament; HS Football Scrimmage at Quitman

“Back to School” Vaccine Clinic 4:00 – 5:00. The following immunizations will be administered to any student/child from age 8-18 for $20.00 or less per shot:

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
MMRV (PROQUAD) ( Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella)
Menactra (Meningitis vaccine)
Havrix (Hepatitis A)
Engerix (Hepatitis B)
TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis)
Varicella (Chickenpox)

Friday, August 21 – Lady Bulldog Varsity Tournament

Saturday, August 22 – Lady Bulldog Varsity Tournament

Monday, August 24 – First Day of Classes; Bulldog Bash – 6:00 PM Old HS Gym; High School Meet the Teacher Night immediately after Bulldog Bash

If anyone has any questions about any of the upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

 

 

Parent Meeting and Board Meeting

There will be a parent meeting for all students that are involved in athletics in grades 7-12 on Monday, July 27 at 5:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the E. L. Kirk Gym. Workouts for high school students participating in cross country, football, and volleyball will start on August 3.

Board Meeting Tonight

The Eustace ISD School Board will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. The Board will hear the following reports:

  • Attendance Comparisons
  • Van Zandt County Appraisal District Adopted Budget for 2016
  • Van Zandt County Certified Taxable Value for 2015
  • Eustace High School Spring 2015 Scholarships and Grades
  • School Health Advisory Committee Annual Report

The Board will hear and consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes of previous meetings
  • Financial Reports for June
  • Update on 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget
  • Update on Insurance Claim
  • Bids for School Vehicle
  • New Ag Science Building
  • Proposed Tax Rate for 2015-2016
  • Review Policies on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Code of Conduct for 2015-2016
  • Student Handbook for 2015-2016
  • DAEP Handbook for 2015-2016
  • Community and Student Engagement Assessment for 2015
  • Food Allergy Management Plan
  • Nomination to the Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel matters and to consider student transfers. Any action taken on a closed session item will be made in open session.