2016-2017 Budget

Each August, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees adopts a budget for the upcoming school year and adopts a tax rate for the upcoming school year. This year, the Board approved a Maintenance and Operations budget of slightly more than $13 million. This was an increase from the previous year’s budget of $12.2 million. The increase in the budget was due largely to an overall increase in our district’s enrollment.

The Maintenance and Operations (M & O) portion of the budget includes money received from the state and money generated by local taxes. These are the funds that pay for the day to day operations going on throughout the district. The M & O portion of the budget pays for salaries and benefits, instructional programs, supplies, transportation, maintenance and utilities,  extracurricular activities, technology, security, employee and student travel, career and technology programs, library services, and contracted services with other entities. The M & O portion of the budget is by far the largest component of EISD’s overall budget. About the only thing that M & O does not provide directly is food service. Our food service budget is a totally separate budget.

EISD also receives other state and federal funds to provide specific programs. For example, we are receiving state funds specifically for our Pre-K program and we are receiving federal funds to provide additional instruction above and beyond our regular educational program. I will discuss the federal funds in more detail in a future post.

The Board of Trustees adopted a tax rate that is exactly the same as last year’s rate: $1.04 for M & O and $0.19 for our Interest and Sinking fund. The Interest and Sinking (I & S) is used to pay for the voter approved bonds that were sold by our district. To see EISD’s tax rates all the way back to 2000, click the following link Tax Rate Comparisons 16-17.

Over the next few weeks, I will be going into greater detail on how our budget is estimated, federal grants, and special programs. As always, if you have any questions regarding budget issues, or other issues, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

 

 

Board Meeting Last Night

Yesterday, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held a called board meeting. The meeting started at 6:00. The Board took the following actions during the meeting:

  • Approved the amended budget as presented.
  • Approved the evaluation of the 2015-2016 District Improvement Plan.
  • Approved the 2016-2017 District Improvement Plan

The Board heard the following reports:

  • Local Policy Update 106 (First Reading)
  • Report on Career and Technology classes offered at the High School and preview of survey to be sent to High School students and 8th grade students.

 

Weekend in Review, This Week, and Called Board Meeting Tonight

It was a very successful weekend for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. On Friday, the varsity football team came from behind in the 4th quarter and beat Scurry-Rosser 29-21. Congratulations to the players and the coaches on this win! The Bulldogs will host their first home game of the season this Friday when they take on Quitman. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Because of the weather on Friday, we did not get to see the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band perform. So, now their first performance of the year will be this Friday.

The boys and girls cross country teams dominated at Union Grove. The girls varsity and JV teams both won the 4A under division. The boys varsity and JV teams both won the 6A and under division. Congratulations to the runners and coaches on these wins!

This Week

Monday – Band Practice 6:30-9:00; Called Board Meeting – 6:00

Tuesday – 2nd Grade Parent Meeting – 5:00-6:00; High School Volleyball at Athens – 5:00

Thursday – JV Football at Quitman – 6:00

Friday – HS Volleyball at Sunnyvale – 5:00; Varsity Football v. Quitman – 7:30

Saturday – High School Cross Country at Denton; Middle School Cross Country at Malakoff

Called Board Meeting

At the end of August, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees always have a called meeting to do the final budget amendments. Tonight, the meeting will start at 6:00 and be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

The Board will consider action on the following items:

  • Amended Budget
  • Local Policy Update 106
  • 2016-2017 District Improvement Plan

The Board will also review the evaluation of the 2015-2016 District Improvement Plan and will review and discuss Career and Technology course offerings.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday Night and Saturday

First, I want to thank everyone for a great first week of school. While it has not been perfect, it has been a smooth week. I appreciate everyone’s patience in the morning and afternoons as we try to make the drop-off and pick-up routines as user friendly as possible. We will continue to look for ways to improve this process.

Right now, our enrollment is at 1,523 students. This is about where we ended the 2015-2016 school year. For the first time in several years, all four grade levels at the High School are over 100 students. Currently, the High School has our largest enrollment, 452 students. Primary is second with 400 students. The Intermediate and Middle School have almost identical enrollments: Intermediate is at 337 and the Middle School is at 334.

In the first official football game of the season, the Bulldog JV football team defeated Scurry 28-8! Congratulations to the players and coaches!

Today is the first varsity football game of the season. The Bulldogs travel to Scurry for a 7:30 PM kickoff. Not only will fans be treated to a good football game, they will also get to see the varsity cheerleaders perform and get to hear and see the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band perform! The football team, cheerleaders, and band have been practicing since August 1. I encourage everyone to make the drive over to Scurry to watch all three groups perform.

The boys and girls cross country teams travel to Union Grove on Saturday to compete in their first official meet of the year. Both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs return many of the runners that earned both teams a 3rd place medal in the state meet last year.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

New Visitors Policy

As you know,  over the past few years you’ve had to present your driver’s license or official ID when visiting the Intermediate Campus in order to receive a visitor’s pass. Based on recommendations from school safety experts the School Board has decided to add an additional step to that process.

Beginning this school year, when you come to visit our campus, you will need to present your official ID each time you come to campus. The secretaries in the office will hold your ID in the office until you leave campus.  You will then pick it up and leave your visitor’s pass. The intent of this new policy is not to cause you more problems, but to be able  account for everyone present on the campus.  This becomes important in case there is ever an emergency.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we strive to keep everyone safe while at our school.

 

Absences Add Up – Resources and Information

It’s a given that the number of absences a student has directly affects their learning. A new website, developed by multiple organizations, provides information to parents, students, and teachers about the topic of school absences.

I encourage everyone to visit the website http://absencesaddup.org/ to view all the materials and resources that are available. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Addition to Visitor Procedures

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We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation over the past few years in presenting your driver’s license or official ID when visiting our campus. Based on recommendations from school safety experts we are adding one more step to that process.

At ALL EISD campuses we will need you to continue to present your official ID when you visit. Starting this year we will hold your ID in the office and you can pick it up when you leave the campus. The purpose of this policy is not to be more invasive, but to be able to quickly and accurately account for everyone present on the campus in the event of an emergency.

We understand it will require some adjustment and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in our efforts to keep everyone as safe as possible.

The Times They are a Changin' "

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As I am sure many have noticed, the start and dismissal times have changed a little at  all campuses. There are several reasons for this mostly related to a change in the law that requires Texas schools to attend school for a certain number of minutes per year as opposed to days. This benefits us in several ways. For example, the EISD calendar has enough time built into the schedule that in the event we have to miss a few days for bad weather we will not have to make them up.

At Middle School our start and dismissal times are a little later. Our first bell rings at 8:00 and class starts at 8:05. A student is tardy at 8:05. If your only stop is at the Middle School for pick up or drop off you can avoid some of the traffic congestion by arriving a little later in the morning and afternoon.

Traffic around ANY school gets a little crazy in the mornings and afternoons. We appreciate everyone’s patience to keep ALL of our students safe!

Bulldog Bash

Last night, EHS hosted its annual Bulldog Bash. Bulldog Bash gives parents and fans an opportunity to meet all of the students participating in cross country, volleyball, football, band, cheerleading, and the student training program. All of the High School staff were introduced during the Bash. Afterwards, parents got to meet the High School staff members in the cafeteria and discussed all the different programs and subjects available at the High School.

In addition, the Athletic Booster Club officers were recognized during Bulldog Bash. These people devote hours of work in various activities throughout the year. Anytime that you can help out for just an hour or two is greatly appreciated by the officers.

There are a couple of pictures attached to this post; however, a video of the entire Bulldog Bash will be posted to the district’s YouTube channel later this morning. The district’s YouTube page can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/EustaceISD.

I want to thank everyone for coming out to support all of our Bulldogs last night!

A packed house for Bulldog Bash!
A packed house for Bulldog Bash!
Mighty Bulldog Marching Band
Mighty Bulldog Marching Band

 

Oh the places you'll go

Oh the places

The first day of school is always an exciting time full of nerves, smiles, and new beginnings. It has been a great first day at Eustace Middle School. Our purpose at Eustace ISD is to maximize the opportunities our students have in life. Their opportunities are truly endless. Their mountains are waiting. We vow to do all we can to help our students climb those mountains and go beyond.