Superintendent of The Year!

Congratulations to Dr. Coy Holcombe! Eustace ISD is proud to have you named Superintendent of The Year for our Region 7.

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Board Training Session, Hearing , and Regular Meeting Tonight

Tonight the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will meet in a called session and a regular session. In the called session, the Board will receive update training on the recent legislative session. The training session will start at 6:00 PM and be held in the HS library. At 7:00 PM, the Board will hold a budget and tax rate hearing. During the hearing, the board will examine the proposed budget for 2011-2012 and the proposed tax rate for 2011-2012. The hearing will also be held in the HS library. Immediately following the hearing, the board will reconvene to hold its regular monthly meeting. The following items are on the agenda for the board to consider in their regular meeting:

  • Approve minutes of previous meetings.
  • Consider financial reports for the month of July.
  • Accountability ratings for 2011 – report only.
  • Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2011 – report only.
  • 2010-2011 UIL Side-by-Side – report only.
  • Instructional Materials Allotment – report only.
  • Notice of Sale – report only.
  • Transfer of Reserve Funds – report only.
  • Consider purchase or lease of buses
  • Consider district wide salary freeze for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Consider budget for 2011-2012.
  • Consider resolution to join the State of Texas Co-op Program.
  • Consider Starting Points for STAAR Program and Resolution to suspend portions of Local Policy EIE for the 2011-2012 school year only.
  • Consider Board Nominees for the Van Zandt County Appraisal District.
  • Consider tax rate for 2011-2012.
  • Approve PDAS appraisers for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Consider resolution adopting GASB 54 Standards and Applications.
  • Consider fuel bids.
  • Closed Meeting – Personnel and Student Transfers
  • Consider action on closed session items.


WordPress Theme & Banner Pics Update

 Just a note to bring attention to a refreshed WordPress theme with a new selection of banner images randomly displayed upon each view.

Here’s a sample.

What do you think?

 BTW, I probably should give credit to some other bloggers and yearbook-types for some of the pics. Think they’ll notice?

Don’t worry, the Band Pic is still here too!

This Week

This week sees the district gearing up for the start of school on August 22. All staff members report back on Tuesday for in-service. The in-service days will go through Friday. In addition, we will have volleyball games, Meet the Teacher Night, a football scrimmage, and a volleyball tournament.


Monday – Band Practice 6 – 9 PM

Tuesday – In-service Day/Workday; HS Volleyball Dual Match at Athens – 4:00 PM; School Board Workshop – 6:00, Budget and Tax Hearing – 7:00, Regular Board Meeting immediately following the hearing.

Wednesday – In-service/Workday

Thursday – In-service/Workday; Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament; Meet the Teacher – PS New Parents – 3:00, PS All Parents – 3:30 – 4:30; IS – 4:00 – 5:00; MS – 4:30 – 5:30; HS Football Scrimmage at Elkhart – 6:00

Friday – In-service/Workday; Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament

Saturday – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament

Monday, August 22 – School starts

I hope everyone has a great week.




New Facebook Connection for E.H.S. Performing Arts Players & Parents

Students interested in being an active participant in the E.H.S. Performing Arts Players Theater Arts program this year are encouraged to connect to and join the new FACEBOOK group “Behind the Curtain – E.H.S. Players”.  All calendar events, important dates & times will be posted on this group’s page. This page was created to allow students, parents & teacher to become socially connected as a means of communicating about all aspects of any event, play, competition, convention, fundraiser, etc. Just another way E.H.S. connects to our students through social networks! Parents are encouraged to join! Additional information about the group can be viewed at the link above. Get CONNECTED to E.H.S. Theater Arts on Facebook today!! Simply click on the link and click join! Parents should put in the message line “parent of (name of child)” to be verified before connecting. Thanks!! See you soon!

Testing Video Uploads to WordPress

Don’t think this is the first time I’ve announced a user friendly video upload system for our WordPress but I think it’s looking ready to try it out – again. Below is a video that came from my cell phone and was uploaded into the Interactive Video plugin for WordPress where it was processed and presented without any prior preparation or processing by the user (in this case, me).

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 Please feel free to give this a try, and for that matter, feel free to login with a EustaceISD account and try blogging period. The blog editor has media insert buttons at the top and the key for video is to use the “Interactive Video” selections because the others have a very small file-size limit. The “WebCam” option is not directly operable, though you may still record video from your webcam and upload it like any other video – which is a great option for podcasting, with or without video to go with the sound. Below is a test of the MetaCafe option which I am not yet very familiar with but found simple enough.

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Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to arrange a quick tutorial session.

This Week

EISD will still be on an altered schedule this week in an effort to help conserve electricity between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 PM. We will be coming in earlier (6:30 AM) and leaving at 3:00 PM.


This week’s activities include:

Tuesday – HS Volleyball at Grand Saline

Thursday – Eustace 9th and JV Volleyball Tournament; New Teacher Orientation

Friday – Eustace 9th and JV Volleyball Tournament; Varsity Volleyball at Van Tournament

Saturday – Eustace 9th and JV Volleyball Tournament; Varsity Volleyball at Van Tournament; HS Football Scrimmage at Scurry-Rosser 9:00 AM

I hope everyone has a great week!

Preliminary AYP Results

Yesterday, we received the preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for the 10-11 school year. A campus by campus breakdown is given below:

High School – Met AYP in all areas.

Middle School – Missed AYP in the subgroup Economically Disadvantaged in math. Met AYP in all other areas.

Intermediate – Met AYP in all areas.

Primary – Paired with Intermediate – met AYP in all areas.

So, at the campus level, the only campus that failed to meet AYP in all areas was the Middle School. It missed making AYP in only one area as mentioned above; however, as a district, we will show that we missed AYP in special education because of the cap placed on special education students. No campus missed AYP in math or reading in the sub-group Special Education, but the district missed AYP in this subgroup.

For our students in special education, the ARD committee decides which form of the TAKS test that a student should take. The ARD committee is made up of school personnel that work with the students on a daily basis and the parents/guardians. Basically, there are four choices: TAKS, TAKS Accommodated, TAKS Modified, and the TAKS Alternative. The TAKS and the TAKS Accommodated are in essence the same test. The TAKS Accommodated has more white space per page and does not include field test questions. Field test questions do not count for or against a student. Field test questions are embedded in the TAKS test in order to judge whether they are valid and reliable test questions for future TAKS tests. The TAKS Modified test, as the name implies, contains modified content based on what the ARD committee considers is reasonable for a student receiving special education services. The TAKS ALT test is reserved for those students with severe handicaps.

For AYP purposes, TAKS and TAKS Accommodated are treated as equal. The TAKS Modified tests are not considered equal to the TAKS or TAKS Accommodated. So, for students taking the TAKS Modified, a district is only allowed to count a certain percent of these students as proficient, regardless of how well they may do on the test. In our case, we had many of our special education student meet the passing standard on the TAKS Modified; however, after a certain percent (2% and/or 1%) the rest of the students are counted as non-proficient regardless of their performance on the test.

So, while each campus did not exceed this cap, when taken together as a whole, the district had enough special education students taking the TAKS Modified that it exceeded the cap and resulted in the district not meeting AYP in special education.

While I am disappointed that EISD will have the label of Missed AYP, I am firmly convinced that the people that make up the ARD committees are making the best decisions for our students. We will continue to work to increase achievement for all students; however, we will always put the needs of the students first. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate

In an upcoming issue of the Monitor, the Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate for EISD will be published. By law, school districts are required to provide certain information in the notice. Usually, districts follow the example given in the Comptrollers Truth and Taxation Guide. In the notice you will find the following information:

  • The date, time, and location of the public hearing on the budget and tax rate. EISD’s public hearing will be Tuesday, August 16, at 7:00 PM in the High School library.
  • The proposed tax rate. The proposed tax rate for EISD is $1.04 for maintenance and operations and $0.2363 for interest and sinking.
  • Comparison of the proposed budget with last year’s budget. For EISD, this portion shows a 2.16% decrease in maintenance and operations, a 0.1% increase in debt services, and a 1.99% decrease in total expenditures.
  • A section that details the total appraised value and total taxable value in the current tax year and in the preceding tax year.
  • A section that shows the outstanding principal amount on voter approved bonds. For EISD, this amount is $13,035,000.
  • A section that shows a comparison of the proposed tax rate and last year’s tax rate. EISD’s proposed tax rate is the same as last year’s tax rate. This section also compares the local revenue per student and the state revenue per student. Last year, EISD earned about $4,400 per student from local revenue and $3,680 per student in state revenue. For the 11-12 school year, we are estimating that we will again earn about $4,400 per student in local revenue, while the state revenue decreases to about $3,260 per student.
  • The section that follows compares the proposed levy with last year’s levy on an average residence. This section must be viewed with the awareness that the average market value and the average taxable value of residences within EISD can vary greatly from year to year. For example, last year’s average market value of residences was $111,061. This year’s average market value is $91,252. The market values are supplied to EISD by the Henderson County Appraisal District.
  • The next section contains the rollback rate for the district. The rollback rate for EISD is $1.2812.
  • The final section of the notice contains information about the fund balances for the district. EISD’s has approximately $4,036,000 in M & O fund balance and $462,000 in I & S fund balance.

If you have any questions about any part of the notice, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Practice Starts Today

While we may be a few weeks away from the official start of the 2011-2012 school year, many faculty members and students will be starting their school year today. Football, volleyball, cross country and band all start official practice for the 2011-2012 school year today. While I do not have everyone’s practice schedule, I do know the following information:

Cross Country – 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Band – 12:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Volleyball – Workouts in the morning and again in the afternoon

Football – Two workouts in the morning

I will try to get updates to you throughout the week. I hope everyone has a great week.