Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing to discuss the 2017-2018 budget and tax rate. After the public hearing, the Board held their regular monthly meeting. During the regular meeting, the board took the following actions:

  • Approved minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved a bid of $11,716 to replace an A/C unit at the Kirk Gym.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 maintenance and operations budget. The total M & O budget for 2017-2018 is approximately $13.5 million.
  • Approved the proposed tax rate of $1.23. The overall tax rate consists of $1.04 for M & O and $0.19 for I & S (to pay for voter approved bonds).
  • Approved attendance committees as presented.
  • Approved Appraisers for Teacher Appraisals.
  • Accepted resignations as presented.
  • Approved the employment of the following personnel: Lauren Terry, Intermediate School library aide; Melissa Rodriguez, Head Start aide; Sarah Nuckolls, Intermediate School aide; Crystal Ellis, Intermediate School aide; Shelbi Wooley, Intermediate School aide; and, Jonathon Folsom, night custodian.
  • Approved the transfer student list as presented.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Adjourned.


Volleyball, This Week, and Budget, Tax Hearing, Regular Board Meeting Tonight

Congratulations to the Eustace varsity volleyball team on their 2nd place finish in the Eustace Tournament. The varsity competed in the Championship Bracket on Saturday. Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs went 3-0 in pool play. On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs won another two games before falling in the championship game.

This Week

Monday – Band Practice – 6:30; Budget and Tax Hearing – 6:30; Regular Board Meeting – 7:00

Thursday – JV & V Football Scrimmage at Kerens; Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament;

Friday – Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament

Saturday – Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament; JV & V Cross Country at Union Grove

I hope everyone has a great week!

Budget and Tax Hearing – Tonight at 6:30 – High School Library

Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their annual budget and tax hearing. During the hearing, information will be provided about the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 and proposed tax rate for 2017-2018. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Regular August Board Meeting

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

The board will hear the following reports:

  • District Accountability Summary
  • Campus Accountability Summary
  • Report on Preliminary FIRST Rating
  • Attendance Comparison Report
  • Energy Savings Report
  • College and Career Ready 2016 Graduates

The Board may consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings
  • Financial reports for the month of July
  • Proposals for A/C repairs at E. L. Kirk Gym
  • 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct
  • Nominations for TASB Delegate
  • 2017-2018 Budget
  • 2017-2018 Tax Rate
  • Attendance Committees
  • Appraisers for Teacher Appraisals
  • The Board will enter closed session to consider personnel and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be made in open session.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the regular meeting.


Welcome Back and This Week

Today marks the start of the 2017-2018 school year. I want to take this opportunity to welcome the students and the parents to this new school year. We are starting several new programs this school year. Some of these programs include:

  • GermBlast – We have contracted with the GermBlast company to provide three treatments throughout the school year that are intended to provide additional protection against germs that may cause illness. The first treatment has already been done. Everything from school desks, chairs, tables, athletic equipment, and school buses were treated. The next treatment will be in October or November, with a final treatment in March or April.
  • – This program will be provided to all students in grades K-8. The program is designed to introduce students to the process of programming.
  • MAP – This program is taking the place of the Renaissance STAR (not to be confused with the state assessment STAAR) testing program. MAP is designed to provide teachers, students, and parents with a better understanding of the areas in which students need additional assistance.
  • The district has also added 880 Chromebooks and 41 new computer carts. The goal is to have a computer cart with enough Chromebooks for every classroom in the district.
  • To accommodate the new Chromebooks, the district has increased its Internet capacity from 200mbps to 500mbps.
  • Also, in light of the additional Chromebooks, the district has added an additional Technology Integration Specialist. Each campus will now have there own full time TIS.
  • There will be a new robotics program at the High School.

In addition to the new programs, EISD will be continuing other programs:

  • Students in grades PK-8 will continue to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.
  • The welding certification program is in its second year. Many new pieces of equipment were added by way of the JET grant the district received this past year.
  • The district will continue to pay for the cost of dual credit classes at the High School. This will include any required textbooks. The district will also pay for the cost of TSI test for students to qualify for the dual credit program.

Throughout the year, these programs will be discussed in more detail. If you have any questions about the programs provided at EISD, or have a suggestion about a program you would like to see at EISD, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Again, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

This Week

Wednesday – First Day of Classes; Start of the 1st 6 Weeks

Thursday – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament – Lady Bulldogs will play at 2:00, 5:00, and 7:00 today.

Friday – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament; High School football scrimmage at Quinlan – 6:00

Saturday – JV & V Cross Country at Mansfield; Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!

Upcoming Dates

Believe it of not, things are getting underway for the 2017-2018 school year! This week we saw the official start of High School cross country and High School volleyball. Next Monday, August 7, is the start of football practice for the High School. August 7 is also the start of our staff development/work days. Below is a list of the activities and events scheduled over the next few weeks:

August 5 – Back to School Bash – First Baptist Church in Eustace 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Free school supplies, free immunizations, free haircuts, sports physicals – $10. Everyone is welcome!! Will also have free hotdogs and drinks!!

August 7 – Start of football practice

August 8 – Dual Volleyball match with Athens and Mildred in Eustace – 4:30

August 9 – Fish Camp – 1:00 High School

August 10 & 12 – Eustace JV Volleyball Tournament

August 10-12 – Varsity Volleyball at Van Tournament

August 14 – Meet the Teacher – Primary – 3:30; Intermediate – 4:00; Middle School – 4:30

August 15 – JV & V Volleyball at Malakoff – 5:00

August 16 – First Day of Classes – Start of the First 6 Weeks

August 17-19 – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament

August 18 – JV & V Football Scrimmage at Quinlan – 6:00

August 19 – JV & V Cross Country at Mansfield

August 21 – Board Meeting

August 24-26 – Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament

August 24 – JV & V Football Scrimmage at Kerens

August 26 – JV & V Cross Country at Union Grove

August 28 – Bulldog Bash – 6:30

August 29 – JV & V Volleyball at Athens – 5:00

August 31 – JV Football at Scurry – 6:00

September 1 – JV & V Volleyball v. Malakoff – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Scurry – 7:30

September 2 – MS, JV, & V Cross Country at Kaufman

September 4 – Labor Day Holiday

I hope this helps everyone plan for the month of August and the first of September. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Summer School and Summer Feeding Program

Summer school starts Monday, June 5 and will end Thursday, June 29. If you have any questions about summer school, please contact the campuses.

Eustace ISD will again be hosting the Summer Feeding Program. Anyone who is 18 years of age or younger may participate in this program at no cost. There is no paperwork required. EISD will be hosting the Summer Program in the High School cafeteria. Breakfast is from 7:30 – 8:30. Lunch is served from 11:30 – 12:30. I encourage you to take full advantage of this program. Your child does NOT have to be in summer school in order to participate!

If you have any questions about the Summer Feeding Program, you may contact Rosemary Abbott at, or you may send me an email at

Getting Things Wrapped Up

As hard as it is to believe, we have 3 days left in the 2016-2017 school year. I would like to review some of the events that we have already held and some that will take place in the next four days.

First, a huge thank you to the Eustace Athletic Booster Club for an awesome athletic banquet! I want to take this opportunity to recognize the Booster Club Officers that worked tirelessly to make this banquet a huge success!

President – Leann Carlson

Vice-President – Tiffany Johnson

Treasurer – Kim Skinner

Secretary – Beth Estenson

Spirit – Tracy Pritchett

Spirit – Lisa Strawn

Concessions – Steve Skinner

Congratulations to all the athletes that received awards. You can check out the district’s Twitter account (@EustaceISD) for all the details. Also, you can see the Senior Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by clicking on this link:

Congratulations to Tiffany Miley on hosting a great National Honor Society Banquet. Pictures of the event may be found on the district’s Twitter account @EustaceISD

Mady Bragg, a sophomore at Eustace High School, won the silver medal at the UIL State Academic Meet in Lincoln/Douglas Debate. We are looking forward to seeing what Mady can accomplish the next two years!

I want to extend a special thank you to Brother Paul McKinney and the Eustace First Baptist Church for allowing us to utilize their great facilities for our athletic banquet, our National Honor Society Banquet, our senior breakfast, and for hosting the Baccalaureate service. Brother Paul and the Baptist Church allow the district to use their facilities at no cost to the district.

Tonight, the Baccalaureate Services will be held at Eustace First Baptist Church starting at 7:00 PM. There will be a reception for the students after the services.

Tomorrow, the Intermediate School will have their Awards Day. Tomorrow is also an early out day.

Friday is the end of the 6th 6 weeks and the final day of the 2016-2017 school year. The Intermediate School will host their Big Prize Giveaway and the championship of Money-aire. Friday is also an early release day.

Saturday, Eustace ISD will host the 2017 Graduation Ceremony in the E. L. Kirk Gym. Doors will open to the public at 9:00 AM. The ceremony will start at 10:00 AM. There will be seating available on the floor; however, this year, no one sitting on the floor will be allowed to leave until after the ceremony is complete. If you need to leave early, please sit in the stadium seating.

May 30 and 31 will be Staff Workdays.

Summer School will start on Monday, June 5. That is also the start of the Summer Feeding Program.

I hope everyone has a great end-of-school week!



Top Ten Banquet

On Tuesday of this week, Eustace High School hosted its annual Top Ten Banquet. At this banquet, the top ten graduating seniors each pick a staff member of Eustace ISD to honor. Below are the students and the staff member that was honored. Pictures of the event are included after the list.

Justin Legel – Chris Powers

Juan Garcia – Kenneth Carpenter

Calie Spivey – Cheri Spivey

Emma Lopez – Vikki GoDair

Temple Hendrickson – Jason Zacland

Ericsen Gudjohnsen – Josh Sypert

Samantha Tiner – Brent Ragland

Casie Spivey – Jeff Brown

Hana Abuhatab – Emmanuel Grady

Veronica Wheat – Shelby Adams





Top Ten Students with Staff Members
Top Ten Students with Staff Members
Staff Members
Staff Members
Top Ten Students
Top Ten Students
Veronica Wheat and Shelby Adams
Veronica Wheat and Shelby Adams
Hana Abuhatab and Emmanuel Grady
Hana Abuhatab and Emmanuel Grady
Casie Spivey and Jeff Brown
Casie Spivey and Jeff Brown
Samantha Tiner and Brent Ragland
Samantha Tiner and Brent Ragland
Ericsen Gudjohnsen and Josh Sypert
Ericsen Gudjohnsen and Josh Sypert
Temple Hendrickson
Temple Hendrickson
Emma Lopez and Vikki GoDair
Emma Lopez and Vikki GoDair
Calie Spivey and Cheri Spivey
Calie Spivey and Cheri Spivey
Juan Garcia and Kenneth Carpenter
Juan Garcia and Kenneth Carpenter





State Track Meet and This Week

Congratulations to Chanda Westbrook on an outstanding performance at the state track meet! Chanda placed 2nd in the 3200m run and 3rd in the 1600m run. On her way, Chanda broke her own school record in the 3200m by 17.5 seconds, finishing with a time of 11:12.71!! In the 1600m, Chanda also broke the school record with a time of 5:10.6!! In the fall, Chanda was the Conference 3A State Champion in Cross Country. Bulldog Proud of Chanda!!

This Week

We are now down to 10 days left in the 2016-2017 school year. There are a lot of activities and events during those 10 days.

The Primary has its AR Store opened all week.

Monday – Middle School Band Soundpost Festival; Reception for Henry Carter – 4:30 Bus Barn; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM High School library

Tuesday – Beginning Band Soundpost Festival; Top 10 Dinner – 6:00

Wednesday – High School Daytime Awards Assembly

Thursday – Middle School Awards Night – 6:00; High School Awards Night – 7:00

Friday – 2nd Grade Math Blast; Kathy Floyd’s Reception – 3:30 – 5:00 – Primary Library

Saturday – Sports Banquet – First Baptist Church in Eustace – Food Served at 5:00; Awards start at 6:00

I hope everyone has a great week!

Employee Appreciation Banquet

Last night, EISD hosted the annual Employee Appreciation Banquet. This year, the banquet was held in the Primary cafeteria. After a barbecue dinner, Service Pins were awarded, retirees were honored, and names were drawn for door prizes.

I would like to thank all those who provided donations for door prizes. This year, we had so many prizes that everyone in attendance received at least one prize!

I want to congratulate and thank all the employees that received Service Pins. Rosemary Abbott, our food service director, received her 35 year pin last night. Henry Carter, our transportation director, received his 40 year pin! Mr. Carter is also retiring after 40 years of service to the students, staff, and community that make up EISD. Janice Beasley, our assistant superintendent, is also retiring after 38 years of service.

Below are the Service Pin awards and the retirees that were honored:

5 Years
Dallas Cox
Brandon Grayson
Cody Lowe
Ashley Moulton
Rebekah Oakley
Trevor Thorne
Debbie Turner
Patricia Umana
Michael Wheat

10 Years
Shelby Adams
Kara Castro
Betsy Foster
Frank Garner
Wendy Gonzales
Denise McAfee
Michael McManus
Shawnn Oliver
Tonya Richardson
Kenneth Shelton
Josh Sypert
Cody Taylor

15 Years
Melanie Bailey
Tammy Gaddis
Vikki GoDair
Renee Martin
Shannon Milner
Melissa Smith
Stan Sowers
Kari Stephens
Jennifer Warner

20 Years
Sandra Brown
Amy Huggins
Kim Purselley

25 Years
Robin McCarter
Rodney Key

35 Years
Rosemary Abbott

40 Years
Henry Carter


Kathy Floyd – 19 years

Kathy Clardy – 22 years

Janice Beasley – 38 years

Henry Carter – 40 years