Bulldog Basketball Positioning for Playoffs

by Stan Sowers.  

What a game!  Friday night in Mineola the Bulldogs held on for dear life with a double overtime victory.  It was the Bulldog’s defense that prevailed each time when Mineola had the last chance to score and win at the end of regulation and both overtimes.  Although it was an away game for Eustace, you would have thought by the crowd noise that we were the home team.  Many thanks to our fans and especially cheerleaders for their support throughout the entire game.  Compliments from the opposing fans were given to our cheerleading squad for their tiredless efforts in keeping the crowd involved.  Most of us were on the rails for the two overtimes.  Yes, that included me.

What does all this mean?  We win the last one we’re in.  That last one is tomorrow night at home against Canton.  The start time for the varsity will be approximately  7 to 7:30 pm.  I would like to encourage you to be there, be loud, and be proud!

Bulldog Proud

This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

Good morning. The investment training session was good. It is always good to get a fresh perspective on things. The point that was emphasized time and again was safety over return. We heard many stories of governmental entities that got in trouble because they chose to go with return on investment over safety.

We have a big week coming up! The boys basketball team plays Canton on Tuesday for a playoff spot: we win, we are in. We lose, then we will have a tie breaker playoff to see which team advances. I want to encourage everyone to come out Tuesday night and support the Bulldogs. The games will be played here starting at 4:30.

The soccer teams will be in action this week also. On Tuesday, the boys and girls travel to Athens. On Friday, we will be hosting Chapel Hill. The games start at 5:30 on both days.

On Thursday, the EISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will take place in the High School Library and will start at 7:00 PM.

Thursday and Friday will be flex days at some campuses. Students that are exempt from attending school should bring home notes stating they are exempt. If you have any questions about flex days, please contact the campus principals.



Board Meeting Moved, Basketball, and Investment Training

by Coy Holcombe.  

Yesterday morning, the EISD Board of Trustees met in called session and voted to move the February regular board meeting from Tuesday, February 17 to Thursday, February 19. The move was made so that there would not be a conflict with the board meeting and the last boys basketball game of the season.

The girls basketball team ended their season last night. While they did not win as many games as they wanted  this year, they showed improvement throughout the season. Thanks to head coach Dalinda Cassell, assistant coach Keli Moore, and all the players for their hard work this season. A special thanks goes out to all the parents and fans for their support throughout the season. 

The boys basketball team has two big games coming up against Mineola and Canton. The boys travel to Mineola on Friday and then return to close out the regular season against Canton on Tuesday. Wins in both of these games would put the boys in line for either a playoff position or a tie for a playoff position.

For the next two days, I will be in Waco attending an investment training workshop. Every two years, the investment officer of a district must attend a training session. These training sessions focus on the rules and regulations for investments as well as providing best practices on a wide array of investment topics.

Band Members Advance to State

by Stan Sowers.  

State Qualifying Ensembles

Class 1 Brass Sextet

Nathan Bennett, Joshua Felty, Brian Herbert, Dakota Mitchell, Alexander Pharmakis, and Dylan Worrell

Class 1 Percussion Ensemble

Nicole Ballenger, Natalie Bonner, Taylor Davis, Jacob Felty, Nic Hairl, James Hampton, Cody Marple, Taylor Snow, and Nathan Taft

Congratulations!  They just made the Bulldog Proud Wall of Honor.  They will be performing at the State competition in San Marcos on the 23rd of May.


Bulldog Proud

This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

I hope everyone had a great weekend. First, a recap of Friday night: both our boys and girls varsity basketball teams lost at Wills Point. Both teams played hard and showed great effort. Also, both the boys and girls soccer teams lost in hard fought games against Lindale.

On Tuesday, the girls and boys basketball teams will host Van. The games will begin at 4:30. It will be our girls last game of the season. There will be a special recognition for our senior girls. Our soccer teams will be in action against Whitehouse at Bulldog Stadium. The games will start at 5:30.

Progress reports will go home this Thursday.

Friday, our boys basketball team travels to Mineola. Our soccer teams continue district play against Mabank. The games will be played in Mabank and are scheduled to start at 5:30.



Property Values and Tonight's Activities

by Coy Holcombe.  

 First, I want to remind everyone that our basketball teams will be traveling to Wills Point tonight. The games will start at 4:30. Our soccer teams will be on the road in Lindale this evening. The girls will start at 5:30 followed immediately by the boys.

Below are the preliminary taxable values for our district for 2008. A figure that might seem strange is the decline in value under "Industrial Personal". From 2007 to 2008 this category went down over $11 million. This seemed out of line and so I contacted Bill Jackson at the Henderson County Appraisal District. He investigated and found out that the figure reported for 2007 was incorrect. We are in the process of getting that corrected now. The bottom line is that our taxable value increased about 8.4% from 2007 to 2008 (actually it will increase a little more after the correction mentioned above is made). The deductions also increased almost 11%.  These values will be reported to the board in the February meeting.


Property Value Comparisons 2007 to 2008

        2008      2007      Difference
Single Family Residences $405,802,710 $368,615,380 $37,187,330 10.09%
Multifamily Residences $0 $0 $0  
Vacant Lots $35,383,710 $31,599,060 $3,784,650 11.98%
Rural Real $85,863,850 $73,849,710 $12,014,140 16.27%
Commercial Real $8,395,730 $7,629,970 $765,760 10.04%
Industrial Real $12,000,000 $12,000,000 $0 0.00%
Oil, Gas, Minerals $1,996,360 $2,204,960 -$208,600 -9.46%
Utilities $18,567,200 $17,745,359 $821,841 4.63%
Commercial Personal $4,429,180 $4,891,840 -$462,660 -9.46%
Industrial Personal $1,539,920 $13,047,140 -$11,507,220 -88.20%
Mobile Homes $12,969,670 $7,950,010 $5,019,660 63.14%
Residential Inventory $1,792,270 $1,343,650 $448,620 33.39%
Special Inventory $3,030 $5,310 -$2,280 -42.94%
Subtotal $588,743,630 $540,882,389 $47,861,241 8.85%
Less Total Deductions $114,017,785 $102,914,200 $11,103,585 10.79%
Total Taxable Value $474,725,845 $437,968,189 $36,757,656 8.39%
Homestead & Vets $47,496,350 $46,550,260 $946,090 2.03%
Cap Value Loss $19,028,260 $12,709,560 $6,318,700 49.72%
Over 65 Freeze Loss $47,051,283 $43,169,774 $3,881,509 8.99%
All Other $441,892 $484,606 -$42,714  
  $114,017,785 $102,914,200 $11,103,585 10.79%


Congratulations Intermediate and Primary!!

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations goes out to Eustace Intermediate School and Eustace Primary for recognitions received at the state level. The Primary School was named a Title I, Part A Recognized Campus for 2008-2009 by the Texas Education Agency. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement.

The Intermediate School was also named a Title I, Part A Recognized Campus for 2008-2009. In addition, the organization Just for the Kids, named Eustace Intermediate as a 2008 Just for the Kids High Performing School in Texas based on student performance in writing.

I want to congratulate the staff, students, and parents at both campuses for these recognitions. To achieve at this level requires everyone working together.

Bulldogs Break Ties

by Stan Sowers.  

The Eustace Bulldogs defeated Kemp last night in an epic battle to break a 3-way tie for third place in district between Eustace, Kemp, and Canton.  Canton defeated Mineola last night to remain tied with us.  The Bulldogs and Eagles will meet in the final district game here on the 17th.  Congratulations to coaches and players for such a hugh victory.  It was a great tem effort. 

The below picture shows Zach Keeling drawing a foul on his way to scoring 24 pts. to lead all scorers.  Addison Scott is in the background