Compensatory Funding

by Coy Holcombe.  

EISD receives about 59% of its funding from the state. The other 41% comes from local sources. The 59% from the state is made up of various programs. One of the programs is compensatory funding. Compensatory funding is based on the number of students with approved free and reduced lunch applications. Actually, the exact number is the average of the highest six months of approved applications from the previous federal fiscal year. So, right now, EISD is receiving compensatory funding based on the number of approved applications from October 2007 – September 2008. Currently, this number is about 1021.

As stated before, this 1021 is the average of the highest six months from the previous federal fiscal year. This number might increase somewhat based on the approved applications from September 2008; however, at this point it will not decrease any. 

To calculate our state compensatory funding, take the district’s compensatory number, 1021, and multiply it by our adjusted allotment. The adjusted allotment is the greater of several different allotments that are calculated by the state. For EISD, our adjusted allotment is $3,614. Multiplying these two numbers together gives us $3,689,894. However, at his point, the state is only funding 20% of this allotment. Now, take $3,689,894 and multiply it by 20% = $737,978. From this allotment, the state deducts an amount to help pay for the cost of state testing and other related expenses. For EISD, the state deducts about $62,000. So, that leaves EISD receiving about $676,000 in compensatory funding.

EISD uses its compensatory funding to pay for certain teachers’ salaries, certain paraprofessional salaries, tutorials, special programs, and supplies and materials. If you have any questions about our compensatory program, or any other program in EISD, please do not hesitate to contact me at


by Coy Holcombe.  

What a fantastic Friday night! Everything got started about 2:30 with a parade and pep rally held at Bulldog Stadium. Special thanks goes out to the National Champion TVCC Cheerleading Squad for taking time out of their busy schedule to come over and participate in our pep rally.

After that, our varisty volleyball team got the evening started by posting another win. We had a tremendous crowd to see our Bulldogs win their homecoming game 41-32. Before the game, Brandy Hilliard was crowned homecoming queen for 2008. At halftime, everyone enjoyed the performance of the Bulldog Band. Also at halftime, there were several staff members recognized for their service to EISD. We have 8 staff members with 30 or more years of service to the district. These staff members include: Geraldine Carson – 30 years, Rob Tyner – 30 years, Janice Beasley – 30 years, Judy Wimberley – 31 years, Henry Carter – 32 years, Nettie Holland – 35 years, Chuck Powers – 40 years, and Elbert Kirk – 45 years.

Special thanks goes out to everyone who made this homecoming weekend a great success. The athletic booster club officers and members put in a lot of hours in preparation for homecoming. Our maintenance staff worked many hours making sure that our facilities were in top condition. Our EHS cheerleaders, which is the best cheerleading squad in this area, did a fantastic job with the signs and cheering on our Bulldogs.

Finally, I want to thank all the ex-students for making the trip home to Eustace. I hope each of you had a fantastic homecoming.

Community Effort

by Coy Holcombe.  

The original bonfire was built and in place on Wednesday. Our ag department worked hard getting the wood in place for this community event. Sometime late Wednesday night, this bonfire was vandalized and destroyed. However, school personnel and community members came to the rescue Thursday. I wish I had the names of everyone that contributed to rebuilding the bonfire. I do know that Jack Wallace, Haskell Cook, Donald Slay, and Doug Wendell spent a good portion of Thursday morning hauling and stacking wood. I know that Chance Sutton offered all the wood that we needed for the bonfire. I know that we had parents and students bring in pickup loads of wood yesterday afternoon. And, I know that the bonfire last night was a great success.

Thank you to all the people that came together to make this bonfire happen. I hope everyone has a great homecoming weekend!

Hurricane Aftermath

by Coy Holcombe.  

It is still early in the day, but it appears that EISD did not suffer any hurricane related damage. Our maintenance crews are checking out each campus this morning. While we will probably have a few leaks from the wind-blown rain, there is no outward appearance of any damage to our buildings or other structures.

A special thank you goes out to all our maintenance staff and technology staff for their preparations for the storm. Proactive measures were implemented by each of these staffs to ensure that our electronic equipment and data would not be damaged by the storm. In addition, our maintenance staff stayed well into the night on Friday to clean up after the football game and to make sure everything was secured.

Open House

by Coy Holcombe.  

Tomorrow, between the hours of 1:00 and 2:15, we are having an open house for all ex-students and community members to tour district campuses. I would like to extend a personal invitation to all ex-students to come by and see the new additions at each of our campuses. We are certainly proud of all of our new facilities and extremely thankful to the community for their support in the construction of these facilities. For anyone that has been away for awhile, I would like to briefly recap the construction that has taken place over the last two years:

Primary – We have completely enclosed the campus and added approximately 20 new classrooms and a new media center. Of our four campuses, this is the campus that has seen the most dramatic change in appearance and functionality.

Intermediate – New classrooms were added and a new cafeteria seating area was added onto the back of the existing Primary cafeteria.

Middle School – A new practice gym was added that included new dressing rooms and a new weight room.

High School – New classrooms were added as well as a new science lab. The High School was also completely remodeled on the inside. Murals have also been added on a couple of walls.

New Competition Gym (under construction) – The new gym is being constructed on the west end of the football parking lot.

New Transportation Facility (under construction) – This is being built on FM 316, just south of Bulldog Stadium.

As a result of the new construction, we have been able to relocate two of the portables that were being used as classrooms to other places in the district. One is now located next to the band hall and serves as a practice building for the band. Another portable was relocated south of the Primary school and serves as our DAEP.

Again, none of this would have been possible without the support from the community

"Bad to the Bone"

by Stan Sowers.  

Let’s hear it for our own Shawn Baldwin!  He was selected as the "Built Ford Tough 3A Player of the Week" for the entire State of Texas.  Rushed for 240 plus yards with a heavy heart after his mothers funeral that afternoon.  What an inspiration to all of us.

How about that FFA team?  They’re wasting no time in representing us well in competition.  The Plant Identification Team for the first time won 1st place in their competition against 12 other teams in their district.  With approximately 100 students competing they took 1st, 5th, and 8th place.  The students involved were:

1st place team- Al Hamm, Brodie Baker, Logan Grimes, Jessica Hill

5th place team- Brady Tindel, Rickey Haley, Caleb Wonhas, Ty Browning

8th place team- Ben Huddleston, Steven Sutton, Tim Gassman, Michael Umbling

 EHS Bulldogs are, "Bad to the Bone"

Extracurricular Media Tech Group – Homecoming Internet Broadcast

by Rusty Meyners.  

Students interested in helping get our Homecoming game broadcast live on the Internet – LISTEN UP! Several of you met with me briefly last week to hear how to get involved with Media Technology projects such as this and other important events and productions. Those and other interested students and others should please register with the "EISD Technology NEEDS YOU!" Choice Link on the front page of the Moodle and then also go to the TECH GEEKS group in MoodleSpace and enroll.

I am sending this message through Moodle to those on my list that have accounts and depending you y’all to get the word out to others who need to join us. Some of them have not had a chance to even log into Moodle for the first time, so help them out, either in the Library or maybe with the help of one of Mr. Myer’s Tech Aides in C Hall.

I had to go to Dallas last Friday and got back too late to get in touch with the students on my list but hopefully we’ll have plenty of help this week.

Tentative plan is to meet at the Boneyard no later than 6:30pm before the game, and if I know who is coming to help I can leave your name at the gate to get you in free. You will take shifts operating the video camera while also getting familiar with the programs and processes being used to produce the live Internet feed.

Pass the word to those who can’t come to the game, that they can catch it on the Moodle or Webpage because you helped!

Homecoming 2008

by Coy Holcombe.  

There are many activities planned for the rest of the week in celebration of Homecoming 2008. Preparations for these events have been ongoing for some time now. I would like to thank our athletic booster club president, Shelley Compton, all the athletic booster club officers, and all the booster club members for the hard work they have put in preparing for homecoming. 

Over the next few days the following events and activities will be taking place:

Thursday – September 18, 2008

  • Football – 7th/ 8th/ JV @ Quitman – 5:00 P.M. Start Time
  • Parking Lot Party sponsored by Franklin Bank (FREE HOT DOGS/CHIPS/DRINKS) – 5:30 P.M. – in front of visitors entrance at Bulldog Stadium
  • Bonfire – approx – 8:00 P.M. (will be on the south side of the visitors bleachers – nearest 316)

 Friday – 9/19/08

  • Open House – 1:00 – 2:15 – All Campuses
  • Parade and Pep Rally – 2:30 P.M. – starting at the high school
  • Volleyball – F/JV/V – vs. Quitman – 4:30 – Bulldog Gym
  • Pre-Game Ceremonies – 7:00 P.M. (Crowning of Homecoming Queen)
  • Eustace vs. Quitman – 7:30 P.M. Kickoff – Bulldog Stadium
  • Homecoming Dance – featuring Mike McConathy Jr and Real Country – tickets are $5.00 each person or $7.00 per couple – children under 12 are free with attending parentsTickets may be purchased at the high school from Martha Ray’s office

Saturday – 9/20/08

  • Cross Country – @ Kilgore – 8:00 A.M. Start
  • Parade – Town Square – 10:00 A.M.
  • Homecoming Lunch – 11:30 – 1:30 – HS Cafeteria
  • Group Reunions 1:30 – 5:00
    • Pre – 1965 – HS Cafeteria
    • 1965 – 1984 – Primary Cafeteria
    • 1985 – 2008 – Intermediate Cafeteria

FIRST Public Hearing

by Coy Holcombe.  

Tonight the EISD Board is holding a public hearing (6:45 PM in the HS library) to discuss the district’s rating on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The objective of FIRST is to give people an idea of the financial condition of the district. Basically, FIRST is made up of 24 questions about the district’s financial state. The answers are based upon the financial audit submitted to the Texas Education Agency by our outside auditors. Because FIRST is based on our auditor’s report to TEA, the current rating is based on the findings of the 06-07 school year. For the 06-07 school year, EISD achieved the rating of “Superior Achievement”. This is the highest rating that a district may receive.

The first six questions are yes or no questions: either the district achieved the objective or it did not. If a district receives a “No” response on any of the first four questions, then the district automatically receives a rating of “Substandard Achievement”. If a district receives a “No” response to questions 5 and 6, then that district also automatically receives a rating of “Substandard Achievement”.  EISD received “Yes” responses to the first six questions.

Question 7 deals with the district’s accountability rating.  A district cannot receive a rating of “Superior Achievement” if the district’s accountability rating is “Academically Unacceptable”. The next seventeen questions are based on a five point scale. Five points are awarded for achieving at level specified in FIRST, 4 points are awarded for achieving at just below the specified level, etc. In this section, there is a possibility of scoring 85 points (this would be a perfect score). Out of 85 possible points, EISD earned 82.

Special thanks go out to business manager Carol Warren for all of her hard work and dedication in working to make sure that our financial records are up-to-date and accurate. Also, special recognition needs to go to our payroll clerk, Debbie Meyners, our accounts payable clerk, Kara Weaver, our tax collector, Debbie Myers, and our PEIMS coordinator, Karen Thompson. All of these professionals had a major role in EISD achieving the “Superior Achievement” rating. Finally, a very special recognition needs to go to the men and women on the EISD Board of Trustees. They provide the district with the leadership and decision making necessary for such achievements.

Off to a Great Start

by Coy Holcombe.  

EISD is off to a great start this year. All campuses are reporting smooth starts and lots of excitement from staff members and students. I want to utilize some of our newest technology, the Moodle Page, to provide all interested parties with more information about EISD. On some occasions, I will be updating readers with information and happenings in the district. On other occasions, I want to provide explanations and examples of how and why our district functions in the way it does. Most of all, I want to answer any questions that you may have. If there is a particular topic that you would like to know more about, please email me at

I want to talk today about our enrollment and the difference between enrollment and attendance. Starting this school year, we were a little concerned about what our enrollment would be. Last year, we had a steady drop in enrollment. We started out with about 1570 students and ended the year with about 1520 students. While we always have some fluctuation in our enrollment, this was the first time in many years that we had seen such a drastic decline in our enrollment. In talking with parents/guardians of students that were leaving, almost all cited the rising cost of fuel as the major factor: they were relocating to be closer to their jobs.

On the first day of classes, our reported enrollment was about 1460 students. Throughout the first few days, we continued to gain students. As of yesterday, September 9, our enrollment had climbed to 1512 students. By campus, our current enrollment looks like this: Primary School – 437, Intermediate School – 306, Middle School – 308, and High School – 461. While the number enrolled in a district is important, it is not used in calculating any state funding. State funding is based on our average daily attendance (ADA).

The difference between enrollment and average daily attendance is important. Enrollment is the number of students actually enrolled in the district at a given time. The ADA is the total number of days students are in attendance divided by the total number of days in an attendance period. For example if we had a grade level that had 100 students and there were 30 days in a six weeks period, the total number of days of membership would be 100 x 30 or 3,000. Let’s say that we had perfect attendance in this grade level for the entire six weeks. We would have 3,000 days of attendance. We would then divide this number by the number of days in the attendance period 3,000 ÷ 30 = 100.  So, we would have an ADA of 100 for this grade level. Now, suppose we had the same grade level and that each student missed one day of school during the 30 day six week period. To calculate our ADA we would have to take the number of days of membership (3,000) subtract the days absent (100) and then divide by the number of days in the attendance period (30). 3000 – 100 = 2900 ÷ 30 = 96.67. So, our ADA for this grade level would be 96.67. There are other adjustments that might have to be made; however, these are not common adjustments except for students in the pre-kindergarten classes.

Why is ADA so important to a school district? First, our attendance percentage is part of our overall accountability ratings. Each campus has its own attendance rate and the district has an overall attendance rate. For EISD, our current attendance rate is about 96.3%. This is a very good attendance rate.  A larger enrollment would not do us any good if our ADA was 90%. Second, our ADA is used as the major number in state funding. Our ADA is always less than our enrollment because we have students absent every day. As a rough estimate, if our enrollment is 1520 and we have a 96.2% attendance rate, then we can expect to have an ADA around 1462. (Note: There are several other factors involved in calculating ADA and this is not how we calculate ADA for the year or for any six weeks. This example is only for demonstration purposes.)

This year’s budget was built on an estimated ADA of 1443. For each ADA, the district receives about $3,614. The district also receives other funding that is directly or indirectly tied to our ADA: compensatory funding is based on the number of free and reduced lunch students, special education funding is based on the number of students receiving special education services, career and technology funding is based on the number of students enrolled in career and technology classes, and our bilingual/ESL funding is based on the number of students served in our ESL program. There are several other funding areas and other funding factors, but the main driving force is the number of students and the days that they are in attendance.

The difference between enrollment and ADA can be confusing. Funding for our schools is complicated. One of my goals of this blog is to offer explanations and examples that will make it easier to understand how our schools are funded.   If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.