Coy Holcombe

About Coy Holcombe

Superintendent of Eustace I.S.D., Eustace TX

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library.

The first order of business was presenting Board Commendations to the Varsity Girls Cross Country Team, the Varsity Boys Cross Country Team, and to the 3A Girls State Cross Country Champion, Chanda Westbrook. There are pictures at the end of this post of the runners receiving their recognitions.

During the course of the meeting, the Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Final Proposed District of Innovation Plan.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 School Calendar as presented.
  • Approved the proposal from Ideal Impact.
  • Approved paying the invoice from CDW-G.
  • Approved a contract with Architect and Engineer Firm, Goodwin-Lasiter for improvements to the stadium press box.
  • Received Update 107. This was the first reading for this Update. No action was taken.
  • Accepted resignations from Kathryn Clardy, Intermediate teacher and Janice Beasley, Assistant Superintendent.
  • Approved the employment of Dennie Stewart as a cook at the Middle School cafeteria and Allen Brier as a full-time bus driver.
  • Approved contract extensions for the following personnel: Chris Whorton, HS Principal, Truman Oakley, Middle School Principal, Robert Reeve, Intermediate Principal, Shelby Adams, Primary School Principal, Stan Sowers, Assistant Superintendent, and Kathryn Hendrickson, Special Programs Director.
  • Approved additions to the substitute list as amended.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.


Boys Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert

Boys Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert

Girls Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert

Girls Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert

Chanda Westbrook with Coach Josh Sypert

Chanda Westbrook with Coach Josh Sypert

FFA Chili Supper and Auction

A special thank you goes out to all the people that made the FFA Chili Cook-Off and Auction a huge success! Special recognition for their time and effort goes out to the following people:

Danny Davis – organizer of the Chili Cook-Off and Auction

Theresa Tindel, Steve Stegall, Alex Miley, and McKayla Arnold – Ag Teachers at the High School

FFA Members and their parents and families

All the people that came out to support the Eustace FFA program on Saturday night.

Below is a picture of the Chili Cook-Off Winners:

2017 Chili Cook-Off Winners

2017 Chili Cook-Off Winners

This Week and Board Meeting Tonight

Today marks the start of the 5th six weeks. Report cards will go home this Thursday.

Eustace will be hosting the Bulldog Relays this Thursday, as track season officially gets underway. We will also be hosting the Annual Eustace Baseball Tournament this Thursday through Saturday.

High School baseball was scheduled to play at Kerens today. With all the rain, that game will be postponed to a later date.

This Week

Monday – Start 5th 6 Weeks; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM

Tuesday – Softball at Frankston – 6:00

Thursday – Intermediate School – Perfect Attendance/Right Choice Drawings; Report Cards Issued; Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament; Bulldog Relays

Friday – Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament

Saturday – Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament

Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and will be held in the High School library.

The Board will recognize the High School boys and girls cross country teams.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • Comparison of Taxable Values
  • Fall 2016 Dual Credit Report
  • Enrollment Report

The Board may consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • District of Innovation Plan
  • 2017-2018 School Calendar
  • Proposal from Ideal Impact on Energy Recommendations
  • Invoice from CDW-G
  • Contract with Goodwin-Lasiter for Press Box Improvements
  • Local Policy Update 107

The Board will enter Closed Session to consider Personnel and Staffing, to consider contracts for 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 take place in open session.

I hope everyone has a great week!



FFA Chili Cook-Off, Chili Supper, and Auction

This Saturday, the Eustace FFA will host their Annual Chili Cook-Off and Auction. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. Below is a timeline of activities:

5:30 – Chili Judging Starts – Everyone is invited to submit an entry in the Chili Cook-Off

6:00 – Chili Supper Starts – There is no charge for the chili supper. Desserts will also be available. Donations will be accepted for the desserts.

6:30 – Auction Starts – There will be something for everyone in this auction. Even if you just want to watch, it’s still a lot of fun!

Make sure you arrive early to get your choice of chili and to review the items for auction.

Girls Basketball and This Week

The Lady Bulldog’s basketball season came to an end last night in the bi-district round of the state playoffs against Dallas Life. Congratulations go out to the girls on making the playoffs for the second year in a row. Also, a special thank you to all the parents, other family members, and fans for making the trip over to Ferris last night.

The boys end their basketball season tonight at Edgewood. The JV game is set to start at 5:00.

Softball, baseball, and track seasons are now fully underway. The softball and baseball teams have already played scrimmage games. Our first track meet of the year is set for Thursday, February 23 in Eustace.

Although difficult to believe, this Friday is the end of the 4th six weeks. Monday, February 20, is the start of the 5th 6 weeks.

Tuesday – Softball v. Rice – 6:00; Boys Basketball at Edgewood – 5:00

Wednesday – Intermediate School Spring Pictures

Friday – 2nd Grade Field Trip – Dallas Theater; Softball at Blooming Grove; End 4th 6 Weeks

Saturday – Softball v. Buffalo – 10:00 AM; FFA Chili Cookoff and Auction – Chili judging starts at 5:30, Chili Supper starts at 6:00, Auction starts at 6:30 – Primary Cafeteria

I hope everyone has a great week!

This Week

First, congratulations to the varsity girls basketball team on their awesome comeback against Edgewood this past Friday. The Lady Bulldogs were down by 17 at the half and came back and won the game 63-59! At this point in the season, the Lady Bulldogs are fighting for a playoff spot and every game is important!

The varsity boys comeback attempt fell a little short against Edgewood. Although the Bulldogs managed to cut the deficit to 3 with 46 seconds to play, they could not complete the comeback and lost by 7.

Throughout this week, first grade will be doing Middle of the Year Guided Reading evaluations.

Please check out the district’s Twitter feed for daily updates on the Primary’s Jump Rope for Heart. Tammy Gaddis, the PE teacher at the Primary, is providing daily updates that include pictures of the prize winning students. The district’s Twitter account is @EustaceISD.

Monday – MS Girls Basketball v. Scurry; MS Boys Basketball at Scurry – 5:00;

Tuesday – High School Boys and Girls Basketball at Alba-Golden – 4:00

Friday – High School Boys and Girls Basketball at Quitman – 4:00

Saturday – Middle School Girls Basketball Tournament at Eustace

I hope everyone has a great week!

A – F Ratings

By now I am sure that you have heard of the new A – F rating system for public schools. There have been numerous stories from around the state regarding this new system. Overall, not too many people have a favorable view of the A – F system. I want to take just a few minutes and explore, from Eustace ISD’s point of view, why this may be the case:

First, let’s go back to the Accountability Summaries that have been released for each one of our campuses and our district as a whole. These Accountability Summary sheets were released in September 2016. They list how a district (or campus) fared with respect to the 4 indices used in our accountability system. The indices include Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. The district and each of our campuses met all the standards associated with these indices. All of our campuses and the district had the Accountability Rating of “Met Standard.”

The Summary Sheet also lists all the Distinctions that a campus earned. At the High School level, there were 8 different Distinctions possible. Eustace High School earned all 8 Distinctions. The Distinctions included: Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25 Percent Student Progress, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.

At the Middle School level, 7 Distinctions could be earned. Eustace Middle School earned 3 of those Distinctions: Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.

There were also 7 Distinctions possible at the Intermediate School level. Of these 7, Eustace Intermediate earned 2 Distinctions: Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness.  (The Primary School is paired with the Intermediate School for accountability purposes.)

Now let’s compare the A – F grade that each campus received in the different Domains (The “Domains” in the A – F system correspond to the “Indices” in the Accountability Summary Sheets. The state using different names from one system to another just makes it more confusing for people to understand.) For the High School, in Domain I, Student Performance, the letter grade assigned was a “C”. Even though the High School received every Distinction possible with respect to student achievement, the letter grade was only a “C”. As stated above, the High School earned every possible Distinction possible. Yet, the highest letter grade at the High School was a “B”. There appears to be a disconnect between the Accountability System and the A – F Ratings System.

As noted above, every campus received a Distinction for Postsecondary Readiness. Yet, in the A – F system, the district letter grade for Postsecondary Readiness is a “D”. How do you achieve a Distinction at every campus and make a “D” as a district?

One of the most perplexing grades was given to the Middle School in the area of Student Progress. The Middle School met and exceeded the Target Score in the Index, but was given an “F” in the Domain. To me an “F” represents failing. How can a school be failing in an Index in which they scored above the Target Score to earn Met Standard?

Included with the A-F grades are explanations for how each grade is calculated. Domain III offers an interesting explanation for the formula used. It states, “Based on slope-intercept form: y = mx + b.” To me, if you are having to call on the slope-intercept formula to explain anything in the A – F system, something’s not right. This is supposed to be an “easy to understand” system.

Finally, in the report given to our legislators, the Texas Education Agency has included 3 pages of “caveats” about the A – F Rating System. According to Google, a caveat is defined as “a warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations.” If these ratings are supposed to be a true indication of how well our schools are doing, how can there be even one caveat, much less three pages of them?

At Eustace ISD, we are going to keep doing what is in the best interest of our students. We are not going to be defined by a number or a letter. Instead, we will continue to be defined by making decisions based on the needs of our children. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about anything, please feel free to contact me at Or, if you would like, please come by and visit me in person.




This Week

I hope everyone had a great 3 day weekend!!

Tuesday – High School Boys and Girls District Basketball at Scurry – 4:00

Thursday – MS Girls Basketball at Kemp – 5:00; MS Boys Basketball v. Kemp – 5:00

Friday – All Region Band Concert and Clinic in Canton; High School Boys and Girls Basketball v. Edgewood – 4:00

Saturday – All Region Band Concert and Clinic in Canton

I hope everyone has a great week!


Update on Board Meeting, State Spirit Competition

I apologize for the lack of updates. We have had some technology issues that have required extensive repair time from our tech guys. I want to update you on a couple of things.

Board Meeting this Past Monday

This past Monday, the EISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing to review the 2015-2016 Texas Academic Performance Report. The public hearing started at 6:45 and was held in the High School library. During the hearing, the Board reviewed the TAPR’s for the district and each campus. The TAPR also contained the campus improvement plans for all campuses, a report on violent and criminal incidents, a report from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on post secondary attendees, and a glossary. Following is a list of Distinctions earned at each campus:

High School – EHS earned every Distinction possible in 2015-2016
Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading
Academic Achievement in Math
Academic Achievement in Science
Academic Achievement in Social Studies
Top 25 Percent Student Progress
Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps
Postsecondary Readiness

Middle School – EMS earned 3 out of 7 possible Distinctions in  2015-2016
Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading
Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps
Postsecondary Readiness

Intermediate – EIS earned 2 out of 7 possible Distinctions in 2015-2016
Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps
Postsecondary Readiness
(Note: Eustace Primary is paired with Eustace Intermediate for accountability purposes.)

Update on Regular Monthly Board Meeting

Following the TAPR hearing, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The following actions were taken during the meeting:

  • School Board Recognition – All Board Members were recognized for their service to EISD. The Intermediate School provided a meal for the board, the Primary School provided desserts, the Middle School provided decorations, and the High School provided treat bags for each board member. In addition, each board member received a certificate of appreciation for the time and effort put in making sure that each student in EISD receives a world class education. Board members include:

Gary Walsh – President
Ashley McKee – Vice President
Bobby Ashton – Secretary
Cotton Walker – Member
Steven Bell – Member
Jimmy Kirkhart – Member
David Morton – Member

A special thank you to each of our board members for their devotion to providing our children with the best possible education!

  • Approved minutes from previous meetings.
  • Approved financial reports.
  • Approved the 2016 audit report.
  • Approved a resolution calling for a school board election on May 9, 2017.
  • Approved contract with the City of Eustace for the school trustee general election.
  • Accepted the resignation of Richard Gaddis.
  • Approved the employment of the following personnel: Jerry Clark as night custodian at the High School; Stacy Gilbreath as cook at the Primary cafeteria; and, Shelby Adams as principal of Eustace Primary.
  • Approved the extension of the superintendent’s contract by one year.
  • Approved the list of transfer students as presented.
  • Adjourned.

State Spirit Competition

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, the Eustace Varsity Cheer Squad competed in the 2nd annual State Spirit Competition. During the preliminary round, squads competed in three categories: Fight Song, Band Dance, and Crowd Leading. This year, the Bulldog Cheerleaders competed in the 3A/4A Small Coed Division. The Bulldog Cheerleaders won the state championship in all three categories!! Overall, after the final round of competition, the Bulldogs finished 3rd in state and brought home the bronze medal!! Congratulations to all the students and their coaches, Melanie Tanner and Amanda Planeta, for all the hard work and long hours spent preparing for this competition. Also, I want to thank all the parents, grandparents, and other friends and relatives for all of their support this year.

Welcome Back and This Week

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas break! We have completed 3 of the 6 six-week periods of the 2016-2017 school year. Today is a staff workday. Tomorrow is the start of the 4th 6 weeks. Students will return at regular times tomorrow.

This Week

Monday – Staff Workday

Tuesday – Start of 4th 6 Weeks; High School Boys and Girls Basketball v. Quitman – 4:00

Thursday – Intermediate – Perfect Attendance/Right Choice Drawings; Report cards issued; Middle School Basketball – Girls at Grand Saline & Boys v. Grand Saline – 5:00

Friday – High School Boys and Girls Basketball at Grand Saline – 4:00

Saturday – Area All Region Tryouts; Cheerleading Show Off

I hope everyone has a great week!