All-District and Academic All-District Girls Basketball

The Eustace Lady Bulldogs led the district with 9 young ladies receiving All-Academic recognition in basketball. Taylor Peebles, Carly Copeland, Grace Holcombe, Karen Cawthon, Zoie Bailey, Kelcie Contreras, Gabi Corder, Kasey Lopez and Hannah Abuhatab were all recognized as All-Academic in District 18-3A.

In addition, Gabi Corder was selected as second team All-District. Taylor Peebles, Carly Copeland, Zoie Bailey, and Grace Holcombe received Honorable Mention recognition.

Congratulations to all these young ladies on their accomplishments!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Make-up Days

First, I want to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation as we have dealt with inclement weather this week. We will always keep the safety of our students, staff, and parents as our first priority. I hope that this will be the final round of winter weather this school year.

Each school district is required to have two bad weather days in their school calendars. These days are holidays unless the district misses school for weather or other unforeseen event (we have also had to miss school in the past for no electricity and for no water). If a district has to miss a day or two, these bad weather days become regular school days. For the 14-15 school year, April 3 and June 5 were designated as bad weather days. These days will now be instructional days.

If you have any questions regarding our bad weather days, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Are we dumbing down education in Texas?

The title of this post is a question posed by a website run by Representative Jimmie Don Aycock. Here is the link to the post:

Take a look at Representative Aycock’s website and the challenge he puts out to those who have negative comments about the education being provided to students in the Lone Star State,



Weather, FFA Auction, and This Week

Just made the decision to cancel school for today. Sleet is falling in Eustace and it’s not expected to let up until this afternoon. Please continue to monitor the district’s Celly account and Twitter account for the latest updates.

The FFA Chili Supper and Auction was a huge success!. There were 24 entries in the chili cook off. I believe that was the most ever entered. After tasting all 24, I can attest that all of them were good! The auction was a tremendous success. I do not have exact numbers at this time, but over $30,000 was raised for the FFA program.

A special thank you to Danny Davis and all of the FFA Booster Club Officers for all they do for our FFA program. Another thank you to all the supporters that came out Saturday to enjoy good chili and a great auction. Finally, a special thank you to our Ag teachers, Theresa Tindel & Steve Stegall, and the Ag students for all their hard work and dedication.

This Week

Monday – Start of 5th 6 Weeks

Tuesday – JV & V Softball v. Groesbeck – 5:00

Thursday – Report Cards Issued; Perfect Attendance Treats – Intermediate; PPCD and EC Family Reading Night; Slocum Softball Tournament; Eustace Varsity Baseball Tournament; JV Baseball at Mabank Tournament; Bulldog Relays

Friday – Slocum Softball Tournament; Eustace Varsity Baseball Tournament; JV Baseball at Mabank Tournament;

Saturday – Slocum Softball Tournament; Eustace Varsity Baseball Tournament; JV Baseball at Mabank Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!

FFA Chili Supper and Auction

Tomorrow, the Eustace FFA Ag Boosters are hosting their annual Chili Supper and Auction. The event will be held in the Primary Cafeteria. Chili judging will start at 5:30. The auction will start at 6:30. Everybody is welcome to come out and enjoy some great chili (and great desserts) and have fun participating in the auction.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Senior Night and Board Meeting

Last night, the senior boys basketball players and senior boys cross country runners were recognized. Chad Tindel and Hudson Mahaffey were honored as senior basketball players. Preston Shwartz, Mark Zimmerer and Hunter Norris were honored as senior cross country runners. Videos of the recognitions will be uploaded to the Eustace ISD YouTube page later today. Below is a picture of Chad and Hudson (I do not have pictures of the cross country runners, yet). On behalf of EISD, I want to thank Chad, Hudson, Preston, Hunter, and Mark for representing our district with Pride, Poise, Discipline, and Class.

Chad Tindel & Hudson Mahaffey
Chad Tindel & Hudson Mahaffey

Board Meeting Last Night

The Eustace ISD School Board held their regular monthly meeting last night. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the HS library.

Newly appointed board member, Jimmy Kirkhart, was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting. A picture of Mr. Kirkhart being sworn in is at the end of this post.

The Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of the previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the 2015-2016 school calendar as presented.
  • Approved the State Waivers for 2015-2016 as presented.
  • Certified the superintendent to the Regional Advisory Committee for Region 7.
  • Approved a resolution to support HB 384 – Related to Child Safety Zones
  • Approved moving the March 17, 2015 school board meeting to Thursday, March 5, 2015.
  • Accepted the resignation of Jodi Cates, aide at the Primary.
  • Approved the employment of: Jeremy Stone, cook at Primary; Brandy Calloway, cook at High School; Sandra Thorn, cook at High School.
  • Approved the transfer list as presented.
  • Approved the contracts for assistant superintendent, athletic director, director of special programs, and all campus principals as presented.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Adjourned
Jimmy Kirkhart
Jimmy Kirkhart

























Senior Night and Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight, the boys close out their basketball season against Arp. The senior basketball players will be honored before the game. The senior cross country boys will be recognized at the conclusion of the varsity game (cross country boys were at the regional meet during the fall Senior Night). The JV boys will start at 5:00, so the Senior Night activities for boys basketball will start around 6:00.

Board Meeting Tonight

The EISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7:00 PM tonight. The meeting will be held in the High School library. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The Oath of Office will be administered to newly appointed board member Jimmy Kirkhart.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak
  • Survey on Post Graduate Interests Among Staff
  • Cheerleader Competition in 2016
  • Property Tax Values
  • Region 7 Notice of Election
  • Review of Cheerleader Handbook
  • Update on Enrollment

The Board may consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes from Previous Meetings
  • 2015-2016 School Calendar
  • 2015-2016 State Waivers
  • Certifying Superintendent for the Regional Advisory Committee for Region 7
  • Resolution to Support HB 384
  • State Championship Sign Design
  • Moving Date of March Regular Board Meeting to Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Board will enter closed session to consider personnel and staffing, review the evaluations of Assistant Superintendent, Athletic Director, Director of Special Programs, and Campus Principals, and to consider student transfers. Any action taken on a closed session item will be done in open session.

Legislative Update

As the legislative session continues, there are more and more bills that have been filed related to education. Some of these bills deal with issues such as testing and accountability. Other bills deal with areas such as school finance and school taxes. Right now, there are too many bills to list in a post such as this. It is even difficult at this point to pick out the most important bills. The Texas Association of School Administrators has provided a list of more than 300 bills that are currently being followed. A PDF file is attached to this post that contains a list of these bills. For most bills, a brief summary is provided. In order to get the document to upload, I had to break it down into four parts. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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