Cross Country, FIRST Hearing and Board Meeting

First, congratulations to the Eustace High School cross country teams on their performance this past weekend in Grand Prairie. Below is the article from the Athens Review:

EUSTACE — The Eustace cross country teams competed at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie which is the new region II site this year. The meet provided a lot of tough competition and a very large turnout. The varsity girls placed ninth out of 24 teams and 204 individuals. They were lead by freshman Skye Burns who placed 36th and ran a 13:26, next was Shelby White who placed 45th, Alyssa Shaddox, Harley Kile, Chloe Moore, Chanda Westbrook, Noa Taylor placed 59th, 62nd, 65th, and 67th respectively and all finished under 14:19.

The varsity boys placed fourth out of 27 teams and 208 individuals. They were lead by Mark Zimmerer who placed 4th and ran a 16:59, next was Hunter Rose who placed 23rd, Brandon Richardson placed 30th, Ayden Reed placed 51st, Cade Yates placed 53rd, Gabe Purselley placed 55th, Zane Arambula placed 59th, and Alec Marable placed 106th.

 The junior varsity boys placed ninth. They were lead by Elijah Rogers, then Temple Hendrickson, Michael Wong, Matthew Clarke, and Justin Legal.

A reminder that the High School volleyball teams travel to Red Oak Life for an important district game tonight. Both varsity teams are undefeated in district play. The games start at 5:00.

Tonight, the EISD Board of Trustees will hold the annual hearing on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). FIRST provides a way to measure the financial health of a district. This is accomplished by a series of indicators that are measured by the state and reported from the annual financial audit of the district. Tonight’s hearing will look at the report from 2011-2012. The hearing will start at 6:45 PM and be held in the High School library.

The FIRST hearing focuses on the last school year in which the financial audit has been completed. Since we just finished the 2012-2013 school year, the financial audit for that year has not been completed. The 2011-2012 FIRST report is attached to this entry. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and review this document.

For the 2011-2012 school year, EISD earned the rating of “Superior Achievement.” This is the highest possible rating. A passing score on the FIRST system in 2011-2012 was 52 points. A perfect score was 70 points. I am pleased to report that EISD earned 68 out of the possible 70 points.

There are a total of 20 Indicators on the FIRST report. The first 6 Indicators are Yes/No responses: either the district met the criteria or it did not. EISD received a “Yes” on each of these first six indicators. Indicators 7-20 are scored on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the best possible score. Out of these Indicators, EISD received a 5 on all but one Indicator.  On Indicator 9, EISD received a score of 3. Indicator 9 states: “Were Debt Related Expenditures (Net Of IFA and/or EDA Allotment) < $350.00 Per Student? (If the District’s Five-Year Percent Change In Students = Or > 7%, Or If Property Taxes Collected Per Penny Of Tax Effort > $200,000 Per Student).”

Overall, the report is very favorable for EISD. Since the inception of the FIRST report, EISD has always earned the “Superior Achievement”  designation. I want to thank Carol Warren, business manager, Kara Weaver, head of accounts payable, Debra Meyners, head of payroll, and Karen Thompson, PEIMS Coordinator, for all their work in helping the district to achieve the highest possible rating. I also want to thank our school board members for their leadership and guidance in making achievements like this possible.

After the FIRST hearing, the EISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The Board will hear reports and/or consider action on the following items:

  • Approve minutes of previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • General Reports: Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS), PaySchools, Existing Debt Allotment, Texas Municipal Report, Evaluation of 12-13 Campus Improvement Plans, 12-13 Summary of Finance
  • 2013-2013 Campus Improvement Plans
  • Nominee to Van Zandt County Appraisal Board of Directors
  • Update on Enrollment
  • Closed Meeting – Personnel and Student Transfers – Any action taken on a closed meeting item will be done in open session.

Both the hearing and the meeting are open to all interested parties. I encourage everyone to attend.


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