Big Friday Night

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Bulldogs play host to the Maypearl Panthers in an important district matchup tonight. A Bulldog victory will place them in sole possession of second place in district. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. I encourage everyone to come out and support the Bulldogs tonight!

Also, tonight is Senior Night. EISD will honor all the seniors in football, volleyball, cross country, band, and cheerleading. The Senior Night activities will start at 7:00 PM.

In addition to the football, fans will also get to see the Bulldog Cheerleaders (the best cheerleading squad in the area), and the award winning Mighty Bulldog Marching Band.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Playoff Volleyball

by Coy Holcombe.  

The bi-district volleyball game has been set: the Lady Bulldogs will play Palmer, Tuesday, November 2 at Kaufman High School. The game will start at 7:00 PM. This Saturday, October 30, the Lady Bulldogs will host Cross Roads in a warm-up game. The game is scheduled to start at 2:00 PM. The Lady Bulldogs captured 2nd place in district with a record of  10 – 2. 

The MS football teams will be hosting Maypearl tonight. The 7th grade game will kickoff at 5:00 PM. The 8th grade game will immediately follow the 7th grade game. The JV football team will be traveling to Maypearl tonight. Kickoff for the JV game is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Tax Notices

by Coy Holcombe.  

Property owners recently received tax notices from Henderson County and from EISD. I received my notice from Henderson County a few weeks ago. My notice from EISD came yesterday. I want to spend a few minutes talking about the EISD tax process.

While EISD does set the tax rate for school property taxes, it does not set the value for property in the district. That is done by the Henderson County Appraisal District and the Van Zandt County Appraisal District. The majority of our property is in Henderson County. We only have a small portion of district property in Van Zandt County.

We are all very much aware of how our property values have increased over the course of the last few years. While this may provide more local revenue for EISD, it does not provide a windfall for school funding. As our local property values increase, the amount of state funding decreases. Currently, EISD is funded about 50% from the state and 50% from local property taxes. A few years ago, EISD was about 60% state and 40% local.

Our property tax rate is made up of two components: the M & O rate and the I & S rate. The M & O (maintenance and operations) rate is what provides funds for the daily operation of the district. The money brought in by the M & O rate is used for salaries, supplies, utilities, fuel, maintenance, travel, and contracted services. The I & S (interest and sinking) rate provides the funds to pay for the voter approved bonds.

The M & O rate is set by the state at $1.04. Except in the case of a disaster, the only way to increase the M & O rate above $1.04 is through voter approval. The I & S rate is determined by taking into account the amount of the bond payment, the percentage of tax collection, and any state aid that the district might receive for our bonds. A few years ago, our district received over $100,000 in state aid for our bond payments. With the increase in property values and the decline in enrollment/ADA, we received less than $20,000 in 09-10. We do not anticipate receiving any state aid for our bond payments in 10-11. This may change if our enrollment/ADA increases during the year. So, for the 10-11 school year, the district had to set an I & S rate that would generate enough funds to pay for the entire bond payment locally.

For the 2010-2011 school year, EISD's M & O rate is $1.04 and the I & S rate is $0.2363. That provides a total tax rate of $1.2763. EISD continues to provide the optional 20% homestead exemption for taxpayers. We are one of the few districts in this area (or even in the state these days) that provides this exemption. If you ever have a question concerning the tax process, please do not hesitate to contact me at If you have a question concerning your tax notice, Debbie Myers, our tax collector, will be glad to help you. You may reach Debbie at or by calling 425 – 5232.

Cross Country Teams Dominate

by Coy Holcombe.  

The EHS cross country teams dominated at the district meet yesterday in Malakoff. Both the varsity boys and varsity girls won district championships and both teams qualified for the regional cross country meet. In addition, both the JV girls and JV boys won district championships.

At this time, I do not have individual results nor the results of the middle school races. Congratulations to all the runners and to our cross country coaches, Josh Sypert and Gene Myers!

A reminder that our HS volleyball teams will be traveling to Leon tonight for a district match. The JV will start at 5:00 followed by the varsity.

Wild Weekend and This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

Wow! What a weekend! It seems like a little bit of everything happened this weekend. First, the severe weather on Saturday and Sunday: There were numerous reports of tornados and funnel clouds in our area. Thankfully, our school buildings did not suffer any damage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community of Rice and those injured by yesterday's tornado.

Saturday night,  EISD had the privilege of hosting about half of the football game between the TVCC Cardinals and the Cisco Wranglers. Due to the power outage in Athens, TVCC contacted us and asked if they could use Bulldog Stadium to finish their game. The game was certainly exciting with TVCC coming from behind to win 31-27.

Congratulations go out to the Lady Bulldogs on their 3 – 0 sweep against Teague on Friday!

This Week:

This is Red Ribbon Week. Campuses will have various themes and activities throughout the week.

Monday – District cross country meet in Malakoff; MS volleyball v. Blooming Grove

Tuesday – HS volleyball at Leon – 5:00

Thursday – MS football v. Maypearl; JV FB at Maypearl

Friday – Varsity football v. Maypearl – 7:30

I hope everyone has a great week!


by Coy Holcombe.  

The EHS Lady Bulldogs will be traveling to Teague tonight for a district volleyball match. The games are scheduled to start at 4:30. The varsity football team will be on the road at Grandview tonight. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. The award-winning Mighty Bulldog Marching Band will also be performing at Grandview tonight.

Yesterday, I was contacted by the superintendent at Grandview. He explained that Grandview is dedicating tonight's game to Breast Cancer Awareness. Grandview will be wearing their pink shirts tonight. He also stated that there will be donation boxes at the entry gates. Regardless of the location. I encourage everyone to make a donation for the fight against breast cancer.

 A reminder that the district cross country meet is set for Monday, October 25. The meet will be held in Malakoff.

 The race schedule is:

Varsity Girls                    1:30

Varsity Boys                   2:00

JV Girls                             2:30

JV Boys                             3:00

Middle School Girls     3:30

Middle School Boys     4:00

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Band Receives a One

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band received a one at the UIL Regional Marching Contest in Mesquite yesterday. The Bulldog Band earned a rating of one from each of the three judges. Out of 10 1A & 2A bands, only four bands received the highest rating of one.


The band started marching rehearsals at the first of August and has put in many hours of practice for this contest. Congratulations to all the band students and to the band directors, Todd Felty and Jim Taylor, on this accomplishment. Also, a special thanks to all the parents and staff members that made the trip to Mesquite to support the Bulldog Band.

UIL Marching Contest and Board Meeting

by Coy Holcombe.  

 The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band will be competing in the UIL Regional Marching Contest today in Mesquite. The contest will be held at the Mesquite Memorial Stadium. The Bulldog Band performs at 4:00.

The EISD Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting last night. Action taken included:

  •    Approved minutes from previous meetings.

  •   Approved the financial reports for September.

  •   Approved the 10-11 Campus Improvement Plans.

  •   Approved the Attendance Committees for 10-11.

  •   Approved the Health Advisory Committee for 10-11.

  •   Approved changes to Local Policy EHBB – X(Local)

  •   Approved Update 88.

  •   Employed Wendy Bragg as an aide at the Primary.

  •   Approved additions to the sub list.

  •   Approved student transfers as presented.

  •   Adjourned. 

Cross Country Results and Board Meeting

by Coy Holcombe.  

Results from the Eustace Cross Country Meet on Saturday (thanks to Josh Sypert for this information):

The Eustace Cross Country Teams competed at home this weekend at Four Pines Ranch in Eustace, TX, just 2 miles south of the school.

The Varsity Girls placed 3rd out of 10 teams and 104 individuals. The girls were lead by sophomore Shelby Milton who placed 12th and ran a 13:51, next was Nancy Murff who placed 26th and ran a 14:26, Tarrah Herrera placed 27th and ran a 14:32, Kara Zimmerer placed 30th and ran a 14:43, and Crystal Garza placed 32nd and ran a 14:45.

The Varsity Boys placed 1st out of 11 teams and 106 individuals. The boys had the individual champion as well, Evan Arambula, who led the team with 1st and a time of 16:48, Caleb Caldwell finished 5th and ran a 17:34, Michael Yates placed 8th and ran a 17:52, Ben Huddleston placed 12th and ran a 18:40, and Gavin Kirkhart placed 32nd and ran a 19:54.

The JV Girls were led by Skylar Burks who placed 17th and ran a 16:20, Allie Cass placed 19th and ran a 16:30, Shelby Stegent placed 26th and ran a 17:10, and Kourtney Stine placed 59th and ran a 21:22.

The JV Boys placed 1st out of 5 teams and 62 individuals. The boys were lead by Sophomore Trey Russell who was 1st overall; the individual champion ran an 18:30, Ryan Brown placed 3rd and ran a 19:01, Carl Boing placed 8th and ran a 19:44, Shawn Boulware placed 11th and ran a 20:08, and Dakota Parrent placed 18th and ran a 20:59. 

The Middle School Girls placed 2nd out of 11 teams and 96 individuals. The girls were lead by Monica Rojas who placed 12th and ran a 14:56, Michelle Gomez placed 17th and ran a 15:12, Yamilex Ochoa placed 25th and ran 15:39, Lydia Strand placed 31st and ran a 16:27, Katherine Rodriguez placed 33rd and ran a 16:35, Shanna Nelson placed 49th and ran a 18:12, and Whitney Boerner placed 50th and ran a 18:19.

The Middle School Boys placed 3rd out of 11 teams and 111 individuals. The boys were lead by the individual champ, Mark Zimmerer who placed 1st and ran a 11:50, Cody Duncan placed 27th and ran a 14:07, Clay Carson placed 36th and ran a 14:31, Cade Yates placed 39th and ran a 14:33, Dillon Connors placed 40th and ran a 14:36, Brandon Hall placed 41st and ran a 14:38, Colton Summerall placed 55th and ran a 15:14, Preston Schwartz placed 67th and ran a 15:50, Hunter Rose placed 88th, Alec Marable placed 90th, Blake Summerall placed 98th, Ethan Hoops placed 99th, and Elijah Rogers placed 100th.

Tonight the EISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 and be held in the HS library. Agenda items include:

  • Approve minutes of previous meetings.
  • Financial reports
  • Amendments
  • General Reports

    • PaySchools
    • Evaluation of 09-10 Campus Improvement Plans
    • Cash Flow Report for 09-10
    • Payment Schedule for 2010-2011
  • Consider out of state trip for band seniors.
  • Consider approval of campus improvement plans for 10-11.
  • Report to Board on TELPAS results.
  • Consider attendance committees for 10-11.
  • Consider health advisory committee.
  • Consider preliminary drawings on baseball/softball complex.
  • Consider changes to Policy EHBB – X(Local).
  • Consider Policy Update 88
  • Update on Attendance and Enrollment
  • Closed Meeting – Personnel and Student Transfers
  • Action on closed meeting items.