By the Numbers, End of 6th Six Weeks, Part 2

by Coy Holcombe.  

Before we look at the final set of numbers for the 08-09 school year, I want to remind everyone that visitation for Mr. Kirk will be tomorrow (Friday) from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens. Cooper Funeral home is located at 842 SE Loop 7 in Athens. On Saturday, funeral services for Mr. Kirk will be held in the E. L. Kirk Gymnasium located on the grounds of EISD. The service will start at 2:00 PM.  


Below are the funding amounts based on our attendance through the end of the last six weeks:

                                                             Earned     Budgeted      Difference 

Reg Block $4,618,099 $4,766,154 -$148,055
SE $788,222 $941,197 -$152,975
CATE $387,887 $288,406 $99,481
GT $30,291 $30,992 -$701
Comp $690,258 $667,805 $22,453
Bilingual $3,652 $5,432 -$1,780
Trans $139,000 $139,000 $0
Total Tier I $6,657,409 $6,838,986 -$181,577
Less Local $3,766,526 $3,766,526 $0
Tier I $2,890,883 $3,072,460 -$181,577
Tier II $729,893 $771,936 -$42,043
HB 1 $222,110 $228,232 -$6,122
Additional State Aid $1,527,435 $1,561,080 -$33,645
Staff Allotment $53,500 $53,500 $0
HB 1 (80th Session) $47,713 $49,028 -$1,315
Tech $41,468 $42,456 -$988
High School Allotment $116,764 $115,693 $1,071
Pre-K $98,000 $98,000 $0
EDA $110,031 $133,390 -$23,359
Total $5,837,797 $6,125,775 -$287,978


A few notes:

First,  as we have seen all year, our enrollment is so important to our funding. We consistently have good attendance at all campuses. That is really never an issue. However, when our total number of students stays at or below the number that was used to build our budget, it makes it almost impossible to reach the budgeted amounts.

Second, even though we came up short compared to the budget, adjustments were made throughout the school year that allowed us to close the gap between what was budgeted and what was earned.

Third, we know that there is a mistake in the property value number used in this year’s funding calculations. This mistake is being appealed to the comptrollers office and when the number is corrected, we should end up completely eliminating the deficit between the budget and the earned figures.

Finally, if you have any questions about any of these numbers, please do not hesitate to contact  me at

Arrangements for Mr. Kirk

by Coy Holcombe.  

We have received information regarding the arrangements for Mr. Kirk. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens. The address is below:

Cooper Funeral Home

842 SE Loop 7

Athens, Texas 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday in the E. L. Kirk – Bulldog Gymnasium. If anyone needs transportation to the visitation or to the gym on Saturday, please let me know by emailing me at or calling and talking with Karen at (903) 425 – 5299.


Mr. Kirk

by Coy Holcombe.  

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I relay to you the passing of Elbert Kirk. Mr. Kirk passed away yesterday at around 7:30 PM. Mr. Kirk devoted 46 years of his life to the students of EISD. During those 46 years, he touched many lives. He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Kirk was born on February 2, 1940. He graduated from Cayuga High School in 1958. He attended Kilgore College for 2 years and received his bachelor degree from East Texas State College in 1963. He also received his masters degree from East Texas in 1976 and his mid-management certification from East Texas in 1985.

Mr. Kirk was an outstanding basketball player. Not only did he star at Cayuga, he went on to play for Kilgore and East Texas State. This last summer, Mr. Kirk received special recognition at the Texas High School Coaches All-Star Basketball Game in San Antonio. This recognition came from him being a member of the first All-Star Basketball team in the state.

Recently, the EISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the new competition gym after Mr. Kirk. Mr. Kirk was in attendance at the first event held in this new gym, the 2009 graduation ceremony, and was recognized by Stan Sowers.

There is no way to sum up in a few words 46 years of loyalty and dedication to students and to the district. Mr. Kirk was the ultimate professional who always kept the best interest of the students first. His leadership, sense of humor, and stories will be missed by all.

Currently, there is no information about arrangements. As soon as we find out this information, it will be posted.

By the Numbers, 6th Six Weeks

by Coy Holcombe.  

These are the attendance numbers through the end of the sixth 6 weeks. Our enrollment dropped considerably the last six weeks. From the 5th six weeks to this last six weeks, we lost a total of 39 students. The lose of this many students will have many negative impacts on our attendance, and ultimately our finances. 

End 6th Six Weeks

Budget vs. Payment vs. Actual 2008-2009      
  Earned (Est.) Budget Earned v. Budget
ADA 1409.5099 1443.09 -33.5801
High School ADA 424.6 420.7 3.9
SE FTE 53.2968 65.174 -11.8772
Mainstream ADA 50.272 56.748 -6.476
CATE 79.437 59.113 20.324
GT Students 81.67 72.15 9.52
Comp 1040.2 1010 30.2
Bilingual 10.10 15.03 -4.93


Tomorrow, we will look at how we ended the year financially.

Congratulations Chelsea!!

by Coy Holcombe.  

Chelsea Truitt placed second in the state in class 3A girls pole vault this past weekend in Austin. Chelsea cleared 11′ 6" at the state meet. Congratulations Chelsea!! We are all very proud of you!! And, in case you missed the article in the Monitor a week or so ago, Chelsea did this with a broken bone in her foot!

Campuses will be getting summer school started this week. The summer workout program is starting this week also. Work will begin in earnest on the budget; however, there are still many things to sort out with the new school funding bill that was passed. Overall, the budget is pretty well done. Now, we have to wait and see how the interpretations and rules of the new finance bill will affect our district. We will be looking at the numbers from the 6th 6 weeks at some point this week.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Thanks for a Great Year

by Coy Holcombe.  

Yesterday was the end of the 2008-2009 regular school year. It really has been a great school year. Our students and staff members had many accomplishments during the year. While there is no way to mention (or recall off the top of my head) all of them, I do want to highlight a few:

  • The Intermediate and Primary earned an Exemplary rating based on TAKS performance and attendance.
  • The Intermediate and Primary were both designated as Title I Distinguished Campuses.
  • Our seniors earned over $1,125,000 in scholarships.
  • Our FFA program brought home numerous awards throughout the year.
  • We had an 8th grader, Nathan Cason, win the art competition for the entire state of Texas for MathCounts.
  • Kortni Harris was named the East Texas State Fair Elementary Teacher of the Year.
  • Our band did well all year and ended the year by sending two ensembles to state. One ensemble earned a first division and brought home a bronze medal.
  • The 6th grade band received ones at their competition in Canton
  • Chuck Powers received a plaque at the annual Employee Appreciation Banquet for 40 years of service to the district.
  • Joshua and Jacob Felty qualified for state in UIL Academics.
  • We had 13 girls qualify for the regional track meet and we had 8 boys qualify for the regional track meet.
  • Chelsea Truitt qualified for the state track meet in pole vault.
  • Eustace Intermediate, under the direction of Kathy Clardy, put on an awesome musical "The Hero in Us All".
  • We had three girls make all district soccer and Haley Mathis was chosen as Sophomore of the Year.
  • Shelley Compton received the School Bell Award for 08-09.
  • Our maintenance office moved into their new quarters (which they completely renovated).
  • Allie Cass was named to the all district girls basketball team.
  • The board approved new scoreboards at the baseball and football fields.
  • The boys basketball team advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.
  • Robert Cook, one of our technology specialists actually wrote a program from scratch that allows our parents to check their children’s lunch account balances.
  • The district received a $100,000 grant from the Murchison Foundation.
  • The district through local funds and grant funds provided all core classrooms with Promethean Boards.
  • The Board approved purchase of several different models of netbook computers for testing in the district.
  • Campuses received numerous Gold Performance Awards for their accomplishments on the TAKS test.
  • The Bulldog varsity football team made the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.
  • The volleyball team won district, bi-district, and area championships.
  • Both our boys and girls cross country teams qualified for regionals.
  • The school district and community came together to rebuild the bonfire after it was vandalized.
  • The district achieved a Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas of "Superior Achievement"
  • We were able to hold graduation in Eustace for the first time in a long time.

I know that there are many other accomplishments. These are just a few. I want to thank all the EISD staff members for their hard work and dedication. Thank you to all the parents/guardians, friends, and other relatives that have supported their students this year. Thanks to the school board for their leadership, dedication to the children and staff, and for the long hours they spend on Tuesday evenings. 

I can’t wait to get things started in August. Even though 08-09 was a fantastic school year, 09-10 is going to be even better.



Congratulations State Ensembles

by Coy Holcombe.  

 Congratulations to the state qualifying band ensembles for their performances at state.

 The Percussion Ensemble performed a Funk – Jazz piece called "Sinister Minister" by Fleck. They performed very well and received a second division rating. Members were: Nicole Ballenger, Natalie Bonner, Taylor Davis, Jacob Felty, Nic Hairl, James Hampton,  Cody Marple, Taylor Snow, and Nathan Taft
The Brass Ensemble performed a Renaissance piece entitled "Canzona #4" by Gabrielli. They performed outstandingly well achieving a first division rating which gave them the Bronze Medal for a superior level performance (only the second time for an ensemble to achieve a 1 at State in the last 9 years). Members were: Nathan Bennett, Joshua Felty, Brian Herbert, Dakota Mitchell, Alex Pharmakis, and Dylan Worrell.
Also, congratulations and thanks to the directors for their hard work and dedication in preparing these students: Todd Felty, Chad Bentley, and Patricia Fields.

Summer Hours, PaySchools, and School Finance

by Coy Holcombe.  

As I mentioned yesterday, the district will be starting summer hours this week. We have been on our summer hours program for about 7 years now. We take our normal summer hours and condense them into four days. We then completely shut down the district on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. One of our main goals of this program is to keep the electrical costs of the district down during the hottest part of the summer. It also provides our summer school students with a good break each week. While our posted hours will be 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, we will have staff available in the district office from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday.

PaySchools has changed the way they are charging convenience fees. Before, we were able to have dollar amount increments that allowed us to offset the service charge assessed by PaySchools. Now, PaySchools has gone to just one service fee for all dollar amounts. As a result, we have had to eliminate paying transfer fees and school taxes through the PaySchools system. The processing fees charged by PaySchools, 3.5% of the total amount charged, would be too great an amount for the district to absorb. Our convenience fee is now $1.50 per transaction. 

The Texas House and Senate have passed a compromise bill on school finance. This bill will provide additional funding to all districts. Since this bill was just passed yesterday, it is still too early to know for sure how this will impact the finances of EISD. More information will be coming about this finance bill in the future.


Graduation and This Week's Activities

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the Class of 2009!! This senior class has already received over $1,125,000 in scholarship money!  I want to thank everyone that worked to make graduation a great success. I know that the maintenance crews were up here late Friday night setting up chairs and doing last minute adjustments. I know that Stan Sowers, Phyllis Bice, and Gwen Orr put in many hours preparing for this event. I also know that the senior sponsors put in many hours making sure that every detail was in place. And thanks to all the friends and relatives that showed up to make graduation special for the seniors. I estimate that we had about 2200 in attendance on Saturday.

Although this is a short week, there are still many activities planned:

Summer hours start this week

Today – HS Semester Exams, IS Money-Aire and Skating, Kindergarten Picnic

Tomorrow – Early Release, HS Semester Exams, Primary Awards, Intermediate Awards Day

Wednesday – Early Release, HS Semester Exams, Intermediate Big Prize Give Away and Money-Aire Championship

Thursday – Staff Workday

Friday – District Closed