Volleyball Update, Friday Night Football, and Cross Country

The varsity volleyball team went 2-1 in the pool play at the Tyler Tournament, yesterday. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Longview 2-0, defeated Teague 2-0, and fell to Pleasant Grove 2-1. The Lady Bulldogs will compete in the Gold Bracket on Saturday. Their first game will be at 9:00 AM in the Robert E. Lee main gym.

Tonight, the varsity football team travels to Canton for their first regular season game of the year. Kickoff is set for 7:30. In addition to football, fans will be treated to the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and the Bulldog Varsity Cheerleaders.

Tomorrow, our cross country teams compete at Hawkins. It will be their first meet of the season.

Our enrollment numbers climbed slightly on Thursday. The district total is now at 1,489. Of these students, 433 are at the Primary, 300 are at the Intermediate, 351 are at the Middle School, and 405 are at the High School.

A reminder that this coming Monday, September 2, is our Labor Day holiday. There will be no classes on Monday. Classes will resume at regular times on Tuesday.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Volleyball Tournament and Football This Evening

The varsity volleyball team will be traveling to Tyler today to participate in the Tyler Tournament. The Bulldog volleyball team will play three pool games today. All of the games will be held at the Robert E Lee varsity gym. The Bulldogs will take on Longview at 1:45 and then immediately play again at 3:00 against Teague. The final game today will be at 5:30 against Pleasant Grove. Bracket play for the tournament will take place on Saturday.

The JV football team will host Canton tonight. Kickoff is set for 6:00 PM.

Update on Lawsuit

There has not been much discussion in the media recently about the lawsuit that was filed by the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition (and other groups) regarding state funding. After the recent legislative session, Judge Dietz (the residing judge in the case) approved a motion to allow additional testimony based upon funding levels being increased by the legislature. While the additional state funds might provide relief from the adequacy claim (adequacy is defined as sufficient funds to provide a basic education to students), the actions of the legislature did nothing to address the equity claim that has been the cornerstone of the Coalition’s argument. Below is an article from the Equity Center that describes one of the major shortcomings of the current school finance system – The Cost of Education Index:

Earlier this month Dr. Jerry Burkett wrote an article – How Much Does Texas Public Education Cost? Texas has no idea – in which he examines how much has changed in our everyday world since Texas last updated the Cost of Education Index (CEI) in 1991.

 Burkett says, “It’s 1991 and the New York Giants win the Super Bowl 20-19
after a missed Buffalo Bills field goal. Seinfeld debuted on TV, Dances with Wolves won Best Picture, and the U.S. minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour. Gas prices average $1.12…and the average person makes around $29,430 per year.

 That was also the year [using 1989 data] the state of Texas updated its Cost of Education Index (CEI).

Today, gas averages $3.36 [ha!], the New York Giants have won two more Super Bowls, and minimum wage is $7.25 [with talking about an increase as high as $10.00 an hour]. Seinfeld has been off the air for 15 years and now rules
syndication, the average salary in the United States is $46,326 and Kevin Costner hasn’t made a decent movie since (unless you actually liked Waterworld).

However, even more has changed in regards to Texas’ public schools over the last 22 years. We’ve seen our overall student population increase by over 47%; our poverty levels have increased to 30%; the number of students eligible for the free or reduced lunch program is now over 60% as of 2011; and the number of students enrolled in a bilingual/ESL program has increased from 9.7% to 16.2% as of 2011.

 The  increase in population, rigor and ever-changing needs of our students were
crucial cornerstones of our lawsuit and the driving force behind our legislative efforts earlier this year. Despite the Legislators initial hesitancy to discuss or work on a solution for our school funding dilemma, they eventually restored $3.4 billion of the $5.4 billion 2011 cuts to education and while this is a step in the right direction, it did not solve the problem.

Board Meeting Last Night and Updated Enrollment Numbers

Last night, the EISD Board of Trustees met in called session. The meeting was held at 5:00 PM in the HS library. The only agenda item was to consider the final budget amendments for August and the final budget amendments for the 12-13 fiscal year. The Board approved the amendments as presented.

We saw an increase in enrollment yesterday of 23 students. As of yesterday, we had a total enrollment of 1,469 students. By campus, the breakdown is as follows:

Primary – 425

Intermediate – 298

Middle School – 344

High School – 402


Board Meeting Tonight and First Day Numbers

Tonight, the EISD Board of Trustees will meet in called session to consider the final amendments to the 2012-2013 budget. The meeting will start at 5:00 PM and be held in the HS library. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The numbers for the first day of school were as follows:

Primary – 410

Intermediate – 295

Middle School – 341 (Includes 20 7th grade students that did not have required immunizations on the first day)

High School – 400

Total Enrollment for the first day – 1,446.

In comparison, last year we had 1,399 students enrolled on the first day. Overall, this is the greatest number of students that we have had on the first day in several years. As always, we anticipate more students enrolling throughout this week and next week.

I want to thank everyone that came out to the Bulldog Bash last night. We had a great turnout!! Later today, I will be posting a video of the Bash to the district’s YouTube page.

Welcome Back and This Week

I want to welcome everyone to the start of the 2013-2014 school year! Over the next 180 school days, our students will achieve many firsts, accomplish many tasks, and compete in many activities. In this blog, I will do my best to keep everyone up to date with the activities and events happening in the district and the accomplishments of  our students and staff. I will also try to keep everyone informed about issues related to education. I am excited about he 2013-2014 school year and look forward to the many successes that our students will enjoy this year!

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on placing 2nd at the Eustace Tournament this past weekend! The team went 5 – 1 in the tournament with their only loss coming in the championship game against Mabank.


This Week

Tonight, the High School will host the annual Bulldog Bash. The Bash will start at 6:30 and be held in the old High School gym. The Bulldog Bash offers a chance for everyone to come out and meet the football team, the volleyball team, the cross country team, the band, and the cheerleaders. It is a community-wide pep rally to show support for these young men and young ladies. After the Bash, parents will have a chance to meet the High School teachers in the cafeteria. The Booster Club will also be there and everyone will have an opportunity to join this organization and to purchase Bulldog apparel. I encourage everyone to come out and support the Bulldogs tonight!

Monday – Bulldog Bash – 6:30; Band Practice

Tuesday – Called Board Meeting – 5:00

Thursday – 2nd Grade Parent Meeting Night; JV Football v. Canton – 6:00; Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament

Friday – Varsity Football at Canton – 7:30

Saturday – Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament; Cross Country at Hawkins

I hope everyone has a great week!

Meet the Teacher and Volleyball Update

First, I want to thank all of the parents, grandparents other friends and relatives for coming out for Meet the Teacher. We had a great turnout at all three campuses. Another thank you goes out to the staff members for getting everything ready for Meet the Teacher.

A special thank you to Brother Paul McKinney and the Eustace First Baptist Church for providing a great barbeque lunch for all the staff members of EISD yesterday. Over the past several years, it has become a tradition for the First Baptist Church to extend this courtesy to our staff. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!!

Yesterday, the varsity volleyball team recorded 3 victories in pool play at the Eustace Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs defeated North Dallas, Rice and Mabank JV. All the matches were won 2-0. Today, the Eustace JV and 9th grade teams participate in pool play. The JV team plays at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM in the old HS gym. The 9th grade team plays at 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and noon in the Kirk gym. Bracket play will take place on Saturday. The varsity squad will have their first game at 10:00 AM on Saturday.

I want to remind everyone that school starts this coming Monday, August 26. The annual Bulldog Bash will also be held Monday at 6:30 PM in the old HS gym.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Busy Thursday

We have a little bit of everything happening today. Because there are so many activities happening today, I will just list them out below:

1:00 – Fish Camp – For all incoming freshman at the High School

2:00 – 4:00 – Shot Clinic – Hosted in district for the convenience of our parents. Please see our homepage for more details.

2:00 – Varsity Volleyball – 1st Game for Lady Bulldogs in Eustace Tournament v. North Dallas

3:00 – Primary New Parent Orientation

3:30 – Primary Meet the Teacher

4:00 – Intermediate Meet the Teacher

4:00 – Varsity Volleyball – 2nd Game for Lady Bulldogs in Eustace Tournament v. Rice

4:30 – Middle School Meet the Teacher

6:00 – Football scrimmage v. Ferris

7:00 – Varsity Volleyball – 3rd Game for Lady Bulldogs in Eustace Tournament v. Mabank JV

Updates will be posted on the district’s Twitter account throughout the day on the volleyball tournament.

Volleyball and Board Meeting

Congratulations to all three HS volleyball teams on the wins over Edgewood last night. The 9th grade team won 2-0, the JV team won 2-1, and the varsity team won 3-0. All of the volleyball teams will be involved in the Eustace Tournament on Thursday.

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met in called session to host a budget and tax hearing. The meeting started at 6:30 and was held in the HS library. The Board heard reports on the proposed budget and proposed tax rates. The Board also were presented with the data used to develop the estimates for the 2013-2014 budget. Since this was a hearing, no action was taken regarding the proposed budget or the proposed tax rate.

The Board then held their regular monthly meeting starting at 7:00 PM. The meeting was held in the HS library. The Board considered and took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes or previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the proposed budget for 2013-2014 as presented.
  • Approved the proposed tax rate for 2013-2014 as presented.
  • Approved the sale of property as presented.
  • Approved the District Improvement Plan for 2013-2014 as presented.
  • Approved the Attendance Committees as presented.
  • Approved the PDAS Appraisers as presented.
  • Accepted the resignation of Tammy Schwartz.
  • Employed Debbie Hanson as a substitute bus driver; Angela Herring as an aide at the Middle School; Che Martin as a teacher at the Primary; Tamara Smallwood as an aide at the Intermediate; and, Roy Jones as a computer technician.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.