09-10 and 10-11 Budget Summaries

by Coy Holcombe.  

Below is a budget summary of the actual 09-10 school year and the current proposed budget for the 10-11 school year. The 09-10 summary reflect the actual expenditures through July and estimated expenditures for August. The 09-10 budget also reflects adjustments due to decreased enrollment. The same summary is posted on the EISD homepage.

Budget Summary 10-11 Proposed Budget
    Enrollment  1455
Category Amount Per Student Amount
Instruction $6,208,791 $4,267
Instructional Support $1,658,735 $1,140
Central Administration $465,060 $320
District Operations $1,617,925 $1,112
Debt Service $0 $0
Other $489,344 $336
09-10 Estimated Expenditures
    Enrollment 1455
Category Amount Per Student Amount
Instruction $6,160,211 $4,234
Instructional Support $1,571,135 $1,080
Central Administration $528,507 $363
District Operations $1,766,201 $1,214
Debt Service $0 $0
Other $988,461 $679



Total Taxable Value

by Coy Holcombe.  

Recently, we received our 2010 certified taxable values from Van Zandt County and from Henderson County. EISD does not have much property in Van Zandt County, so the district has very little taxable value in that county. Below is a breakdown of the 2010 certified value from both counties:

Van Zandt

Real & Personal Property – $2,613,868
Industrial –                               $   207,880
Total Taxable Value               $2,821,748

Frozen Values –                       $   420,096

Henderson County

HCAD – $478,779,912
TYP –      $  33,470,290
Total      $512,250,202

TYP – Company that does the appraisal values for oil, gas, minerals, etc.

Frozen Values – $70,126,856


Congratulations to Zach Tappan

by Coy Holcombe.  

Zach Tappan, agricultural science teacher at EHS, was recently elected to serve on the board of directors of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT). Each VATAT board member is elected to serve a three-year term. The VATAT Board of Directors is responsible for conducting business concerning the the Association and agricultural science teachers in Texas. Texas is divided into 10 areas; board members represent agricultural science teachers in their respective areas. The VATAT Board of Directors is comprised of 61 board members from across Texas. The mission of VATAT is "preparing educators to develop 21st Century leaders in agriculture through excellence in education, citizenship and cooperation."

EISD congratulates Zach on being elected to this leadership position. 

Required Public Notice and Meeting on Budget and Tax Rate

by Coy Holcombe.  

We are at the time of the year where our budget and tax rate for the 2010-2011 school year are adopted. During the July regular board meeting, the EISD Board of Trustees approved a proposed tax rate for the 2010-2011 school year. This proposed tax rate is necessary for certain calculations and for the required public notice. The proposed tax rate for the 2010-2011 school year is $1.2763. This total rate consists of an M & O rate of $1.04 and an I & S rate of $0.2363. The M & O rate is used for the daily operation of the district. The I & S rate is used to pay for voter approved bonds. The total proposed rate for 2010-2011 is $0.0183 higher than the 2009-2010 rate of $1.2580.

The I & S rate for 2009-2010 was $0.2180. We anticipated receiving some state aid to help pay for our bonds. This state aid is called the Existing Debt Allotment. EISD has qualified for the EDA for the past several years. Two factors are combining to decrease the amount of funding that EISD receives through the EDA: increased property values and decreased enrollment. During the 09-10 school year, EISD did not receive as much funding through EDA as was projected because of these two factors. Right now, for the 10-11 school year, EISD is not anticipating receiving any funding through EDA. Because we are losing this EDA funding, we now must set an I & S tax rate that pays for our entire bond payment through local taxes. We are hoping that our enrollment will increase during the 10-11 school year and that EISD will once again start receiving EDA funds. 

In the coming days, there will be a notice published in The Monitor. This notice will contain certain information about our budget and tax rate. It will also state when the public hearing to discuss the tax rate and budget for the 10-11 school year. The public hearing will take place at 6:30 PM on August 17, 2010. The public hearing will take place in the HS library.

State law requires that the public notice contain certain information and be published at least 10 days before the public hearing and no more than 30 days prior to the public hearing. The information that must be contained in the notice includes:

  • Comparison of property tax rates
  • Comparison of the proposed budget and last year’s budget
  • Comparison between last year and current year property taxes on an average residence; and
  • Unencumbered fund balances

The notice must also include information about the total appraised and taxable value for all property and all new property for last year and this year and it must contain a section listing the district’s total outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness. If you have any questions about the notice, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net; or, feel free to come by the administration building to discuss any questions.


Special Education

by Coy Holcombe.  

During the July regular board meeting, the EISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pull out of the Henderson County Shared Services Arrangement  (HCSSA) for the 2011-2012 school year. The HCSSA is the special education co-op that EISD is currently a member. EISD will stay a member of HCSSA for the 2010-2011 school year. Then, beginning in September of 2011, EISD will operate its own special education program.

Operating its own special education program offers many advantages for EISD and the students involved in this program:

  • The cost of being a member of the co-op was increasing due to Brownsboro pulling out. This left EISD with a larger percentage of the total operating budget of the co-op. After doing a study on the costs of the program, it was determined that EISD would be better off financially operating its own program.
  • Students will no longer have to be transported to Malakoff for certain services. All the services will be provided in EISD.
  • EISD will hire its own personnel for the special education program. The personnel will be devoted to serving only the students of EISD.
  • There will be no loss of services. EISD will provide all the services that students are currently receiving through the co-op.

Overall, the bottom line is that our students will benefit from this move. As a district, we will be able to meet the day to day needs of our students better by operating our own special education program. I believe that this is a great opportunity to improve upon an already good program. If you have any questions or comments about the starting of our own special education program, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.


Ratings and AYP

by Coy Holcombe.  

The state has recently released the accountability ratings for EISD. Below is a summary of the ratings:

High School – Recognized

Middle School – Exemplary

Intermediate – Exemplary

Primary (paired with Intermediate) – Exemplary

District – Exemplary

This is the first time that EISD has been rated exemplary as a district. These ratings are a reflection of the hard work that our students, staff, parents, and other relatives and friends put into the 2009-2010 school year. No one group can do it by themselves. It takes everyone working together. A special thank you goes to the EISD Board of Trustees for providing the leadership and guidance to make all of this possible. 

Also, we received our preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report last week. According to the preliminary report, all of our campuses and the district as a whole met AYP for the 2009-2010 school year. While this is a preliminary report, I do not believe that there will be any change in the final report.

Football, volleyball, cross-country, and band all got started yesterday. Overall, we had good numbers in all of these activities.