Update on School Funding

Over the last couple of days, there seems to be a possible shift in how the state might deal with the expected cuts to school funding. Up until now, it was thought that a reduction of funds for public education would also bring about a change in how the actual school funding formulas work. For example, there have been proposals that would eliminate target revenue as the driving force in school funding, change the weights (such as for career and technology classes) in the funding formula, eliminate certain funding programs (High School Allotment, Staff Allotments), among other things. The only problem, is that none of the bills currently addressing these areas have actually been passed, or for that matter even debated on in the full house or senate.

Now, it seems that there is talk of proration. Proration, last used in the 80s, would take our current funding formulas and reduced payments based on those formulas proportionally among school districts. To be clear, there would not be a direct proportional reduction equally among all districts: various factors would influence how much proration a district would face. For example, a district such as Eustace would possible see the August payment delayed until September and the June and July payments eliminated completely.

Regardless of the terms used, districts, including Eustace, will be facing less state funding in the coming biennium. This reduction in funding will result in budget cuts for EISD. Right now, we are still waiting to learn exactly how much we will need to cut.

EISD did receive a bit of good news the other day. We were notified that we will receive $266,000 from the federal Education Jobs Fund Grant. This is more than initial estimates, but still less than what we will lose in state funding.

Band Concert

Last night, the EISD bands preformed in their annual spring concert. All the bands were outstanding. Overall, the bands have had a great year. The EMS band recently earned top honors for their performance at the Sound Post Band Contest in Canton. The EHS band earned top honors in marching and in the concert contest. Congratulations to all the bands for their accomplishments this year!

Special thanks goes to our band directors, Todd Felty and Jim Taylor. Also, a special thank you to all the parents, grandparents, and other relatives for their support. Finally, a very special thank you to all the band students for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Pictures of all three bands are attached below:

Project Discovery Program & Dallas Theater Center Performance of "Cabaret" rescheduled to May 18th

Due to scheduling conflicts, EHS students will attend Dallas Theater Center’s Performance of “Cabaret” on May 18th. We will be leaving the school at 3:45 and returning at 11:30. All students must have a parental permission form signed and be 17 years of age to attend. See Ms. Beaty in room 122 for info. or click on the link http://www.dallastheatercenter.org/show_details.php?sid=16

This Week, MS Band News, and Baseball Playoffs

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade band on receiving a rating of “one” at the Sound Post Band Contest in Canton. The band performed at the contest last Thursday. Each of the three judgets gave the band a superior rating. The band was awarded a beautiful trophy which is now on display in the MS office.

The area baseball playoff game is now set. The Bulldogs will be facing Clifton, Friday, May 13, at 7:00 PM in Midlothian.

This Week:

Monday – Bulldog Pride Trip – HS; Library books due and AR Store – IS

Tuesday – 1st Grade Field Trip; Spring Band Concert – 7:00 PM – HS Auditorium

Wednesday – School Nurse Day; AP English Language Exam – HS; AR Store – IS; Libraries Close – all campuses

Thursday – K Family Reading Night 5:30 – 6:30; Field Day – 3rd Grade; AR Treat – 5th Grade and AR Store – IS; 5th Grade Orientation; NHS Banquet

Friday – HS Band at Intermediate; AR Treat – 4th Grade and AR Store – IS; AR Trip – MS; Band to Six Flags; Area Baseball Playoff Game – 7:00 PM v. Clifton at

Bi-District Baseball Champs, Employee Banquet, and 2nd Grade Science Fair

We have a lot of topics to cover this morning. First, congratulations to the varsity baseball team on their bi-district championship win over Teague!! In a game that went into extra innings, the Bulldogs won in the bottom of the 9th, 2-1. As soon as we have information on the next playoff game, it will be posted here. We know that we will be playing Clifton.

The annual EISD Employee Banquet was held last night at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. Along with great food and lots of door prizes, employees were honored for their years of service. Employees receiving 5 year service pins included:

Gail Griffis
Sandra Hagood
Kenneth Henderson
Heather Holloway
Shelley Howard
Aimee Johnson
Kathleen Krumm
Bill Rouse
Jacquelyn Rowley
Ann Shoecraft
Zach Tappan
Cyndi Wanek
Lindsey Westmoreland

Employees receiving 10 year pins:

Betty Bee
Phyllis Bice
Linda Slay
Cheri Spivey
Kim Temple
Judi Versace

Karen Thompson received a 15 year service pin.

Beth Costlow received a 20 year service pin.

Brenda Powell and Robert Reeve received 25 year service pins.

Diane Chambers received a 30 year service pin.

In addition, the following employees, who are retiring at the end of this school year, received a wooden bell award with their name and years of service:

Judith Wakefield – Intermediate Aide – 7 years

Martha Ray – Athletic Secretary – 17 years

Jodi Horton – Food Service – 31 years

The annual School Bell Award was also presented at the banquet. This award goes to a community member for outstanding volunteer work with the school district. This years recipients were Burton and Martel Love. Mr. and Mrs. Love have provided three sessions of the Love and Logic parenting classes at the Primary and are currently providing Love and Logic teacher classes at the Primary. Mr. and Mrs. Love have donated their time in providing these classes for our parents and teachers. Eustace ISD is very grateful for all their hard work and dedication!

A special thank you goes to Faye Barnett and Mary Bell for all their hard work in making the Employee Banquet a huge success!! Faye and Mary take care of all the decorating and all of the door prizes. Thank you, ladies!!

Finally, congratulations to the students, teachers, and parents for the great work at the Second Grade Science Fair! I enjoyed all the projects and I especially enjoyed talking with the class winners about their projects. Below are pictures of the winning projects from each classroom.

Teacher Appreciation Week and Bi-District Playoff Game

While this week is the “official” teacher appreciation week, I am appreciative of the hard work and dedication shown by our teachers each and every day. From our pre-k teachers all the way up to the teachers of our high school seniors, our teachers truly provide a “world-class education” for our students. I encourage everyone to take just a few minutes and let our teachers know how much they are appreciated.

Tonight the varsity baseball team will be playing Teague in a bi-district playoff game. The game will be played in Mildred and is set to start at 7:00 PM.

This Week

We have lots of activities going on this week. Our baseball playoff game is now set. We will be playing Teague, Thursday May 5. The game will be played in Mildred. This will be a one game series, with the winner advancing to the next round of the playoffs. Good luck to the baseball team and to all the participants at the regional track meet!

May 2 – May 6 – Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday – AP Environmental Exam – HS; Regional Track Meet – Stephenville

Tuesday – Select Choir Contest – IS; Bulldog Pride Elite/Scholars and All A’s to Scarborough Fair; Regional Track Meet – Stephenville

Thursday – AP English Literature Exam – HS; 5th Grade Rendezvous Trip; 2nd Grade Science Fair; Art Show – MS 4 – 6 PM; Bi-District Baseball v. Teague at Mildred; 7th and 8th Grade Band Sound Post Contest in Canton

Friday – AP History Exam – HS; Last day for AR Points; Cheerleading Tryouts – MS

Saturday – Prom

I hope everyone has a great week!