Gold Leadership Circle Award

by Coy Holcombe.  

EISD was recently notified by Susan Combs, State Comptroller, that the district has received the Gold Leadership Circle Award for 2011. This award is based on the transparency level of the district as reflected through the district's website. School districts (and other governmental entities) have the opportunity to submit their website for evaluation by the comptroller's office. The level of award is dependent on the number of points awarded. Out of 20 possible points, EISD scored 18. This is the second year in a row that EISD has received the Gold Leadership Award.

Scoring is based on such things as  current financial records, budget information, and financial information from past years. I want to thank Michelle Cavazos, our webmaster, for her work in keeping our website up-to-date. If you have not visited our website recently, I encourage you to take a few minutes and explore all the information that is available through our site. The address is If you have any questions about information you find on our website, please do not hesitate to contact me at A copy of the comptroller's letter is attached at the top of this entry.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

School Closures

by Coy Holcombe.  

We have certainly had an interesting few days. On Tuesday, classes were canceled due to the weather. On Wednesday, while it was certainly colder than normal, the roads were clear and classes were scheduled to resume at their normal time. At 7:10 AM on Wednesday, we lost power. We found out that "rolling blackouts" were in place and were told that we should have our power back in about 15 minutes. The first 15 minutes came and went along with the second, third, fourth, etc. We had no power when students arrived. We had no heat and were losing water pressure. We could not get an answer as to when our power might return. Therefore, school was canceled for Wednesday. Power was finally restored to Eustace and EISD at around 10:35 AM. Our 15 minute rolling blackout lasted almost 3 1/2 hours.

Everything was set for school to resume on Thursday. Late Wednesday afternoon, I met with Mayor Laura Ward and our maintenance director Jack Wallace. Mayor Ward told us about the havoc that the power outage had on the city's water system. It was unknown whether there would be water the following day and even if there was, whether is would be able to sustain both the city's and the district's needs. From experience, having no water with about 1460 students and another 250 employees is not a workable situation. So, in order to avoid another abrupt closure, the decision was made to cancel classes for Thursday. I greatly appreciate Mayor Ward working with the district in this situation.

Right now, there has been no decision on Friday. We have a chance of snow later today. The weather and other conditions will factor into our decision for Friday.

I greatly appreciate everyone's cooperation through these various issues. Wednesday certainly did not go as planned. I know that it was an inconvenience for many parents. I'm sorry that we did not have more advance warning. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.