Although our football teams have this week off, there are plenty of other activities happening today and tomorrow. Our cross country teams are traveling to Lindale to compete today. I will post the results on Twitter when I get them. Our volleyball teams are traveling to Buffalo this evening. The varsity will play at 4:30, followed by the JV and freshman teams. Again, results will be posted to Twitter. Tomorrow the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band travels to Mesquite to compete in the Mesquite Marching Contest.
I want to remind everyone that Monday is a school holiday. Classes will resume at regular times on Tuesday.
Thanks to Zach Tappan and Theresa Tindel for providing the update below on FFA activities:
The Eustace FFA Chapter competed well at the East Texas
Fair. Chad Tindel earned the Grand Champion title for his
Charolais heifer. Brady Tindel received Reserve Champion Senior
Showmanship honors as well as having a Class winner with
his Brahman heifer. Samantha Crocker placed fourth with her
Brahman heifer and Lane Smith rounded out the heifer show with a fifth
and sixth placing of his Brahman heifers. The Plant ID team
competed against 18 teams and earned a fifth place plaque.
The team consisted of Team A: Dillon Gragsone, Chad Tindel, Bradley Holmes, and
Cody Penwarden. Team B consisted of Racheal Hall , Ashley Lasiter,
Breanna Fuller, and Karen Cawthon. The Plant ID Teams had just competed
at their Sandyland District FFA Competition and placed fourth earlier in
The Steer Show was just as successful for the Show Team with
Brady Tindel earning a first place Chianina Steer and third
place AOB steer. Lane Smith received first place with his
light weight AOB steer and Chad Tindel placed second with his
light weight Charolais steer.
The Chapter is scheduled to compete at the State Fair of
Texas beginning October 3, 2011 with the Prospect Steer Show and then again on
the 7th and 17th through the 20th for
the Junior Heifer Shows.
Thank you all for your continued support of our program!!!
Visitation for Heath Bragg will be this evening from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Eubanks Funeral Home in Mabank. Services for Heath will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. Please continue to lift up Heath’s family in your prayers.
We start this week with the loss of one of our own. Our hearts go out to the Bragg family. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
Congratulations to the volleyball teams! The varsity and junior varsity both won their matches against Mildred on Friday (the 9th grade team did not play). The volleyball teams have important games coming up this week as they travel to Leon and to Buffalo.
Congratulations to the varsity football team on their victory against Ferris Friday night. The win pushes the Bulldogs to a 5-0 record going into district play. The Bulldogs have an open date this week.
I want to extend a special thank you to Representative Lance Gooden for doing the coin toss at Friday’s game. We certainly appreciate Representative Gooden taking the time out of his busy schedule to be part of Bulldog football.
Congratulations to the band and cheerleaders on great performances Friday night. The band is working hard to get ready for their UIL marching contest. The EHS cheerleaders are simply the best cheerleading squad in the area!
Monday – MS volleyball at Mildred – 4:30; Band practice 6:30-9:00
Tuesday – HS volleyball at Leon – 5:00
Thursday – MS football at Kemp – 5:00; JV football – Open
Friday – End of 1st 6 weeks; Cross country at Lindale; HS volleyball at Buffalo – 4:30; Varsity football – Open
On Tuesday, the EISD Board of Trustees voted to join the Taxpayer and Student Fairness Association. This association is being brought together by the Equity Center. The Equity Center is an organization of school districts that have been historically under-funded. The association will be filing a suit against the current financial funding system in the state.
This lawsuit is not all about the funding cuts that were enacted during this last legislative session. The lawsuit is about equity in school funding. Over the last several years, we have talked several times about “target revenue” and how target revenue is used in the finance formulas. If you remember, EISD has one of the lowest target revenues for a district its size in the state. Target revenue has been the cornerstone of school finance for several years now. While target revenue would have been a great bridge to a complete overhaul of the school finance system, it was never intended to be the long term solution to the school finance situation. Unfortunately, target revenue is still used as the backbone of our finance system today.
While target revenue has many shortcomings, the worst is that it puts a different monetary value on students in each district. Basically, school districts receive funding based on their target revenue multiplied by the weighted average daily attendance (WADA): the greater the target revenue, the more state funding. Districts with greater target revenues were automatically at an advantage over districts with smaller target revenues. (The overall state funding system is much more complex than this. However, this simple calculation would give a rough estimate that is much easier to understand.)
So, in order for school districts with lower target revenues to offset the funding advantage the districts with higher target revenues had, many of the lower target revenue districts resorted to tax ratification elections (TRE) that enabled their districts to assess an M & O rate of $1.17. EISD is currently at $1.04. This is the maximum tax rate that a district can have without a TRE. However, with some districts, even a $1.17 M & O rate is not enough to bring their funding levels up to neighboring districts with a greater target revenue. I do not believe that it is fair to ask the taxpayers of our district to provide funding for EISD that is being provided by the state in other districts.
Attached to this post is a chart of districts in our area and their target revenues. As you can see, EISD has the lowest target revenue of any district listed. I do not think that we have an equitable school finance system when we are being told that our students are worthy of less state aid than other students in neighboring districts.
It is the hope of EISD and other districts around the state that the litigation filed with the state will bring to light funding issues that are inherently inequitable. It is also the hope of these districts that it will be demonstrated that additional burdens to local taxpayers is not going to solve the issue of inequity. I will be providing you updates throughout this process. If you ever have questions regarding this litigation, or anything else regarding EISD, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last night, the EISD Board of Trustees held a hearing to review the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) result and other financial information. The hearing started at 6:45 and was held in the HS library. For the 09-10 school year, EISD received the FIRST rating of “Superior Achievement”.
At 7:00 PM the EISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. Action items included:
Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
Approved the financial reports as presented.
Approved the District Improvement Plan for 2011-2012 as presented by DEIC Chair April Morris.
Approved a resolution to join the Taxpayer and Student Fairness Association.
Heard a report on the School Safety Audit conducted during the 2010-2011 school year.
Accepted the resignation of David Glosup.
Approved the hiring of Richard Bell as a custodian and Joel Cantrell as a maintenance person.
The EISD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on the 2009-2010 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report tonight at 6:45 in the HS library. EISD received the highest rating possible, Superior Achievement, on the FIRST. The highest possible score on FIRST is 80. EISD had a score of 78. A passing score is 56. The EISD Board of Trustees has provided the leadership and guidance necessary to enable the district to achieve the financial rating. In addition, a special thank you goes to the ladies that work in our business office and tax office for their hard work and dedication: Carol Warren, business manager; Debra Meyners, payroll; Kara Weaver, accounts payable; Karen Thompson, PEIMS coordinator; Debbie Myers and Joyce Hodge, tax office; and, Robyn Culp, administrative receptionist.
Regular Board Meeting
Immediately following the FIRST hearing, the EISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. Agenda items include:
Approve minutes of previous meetings.
Consider financial reports.
Certified Payments Summary Report
Evaluation of the 2010-2011 District Improvement Plan
Insurance Payments Received
Audit Letter from TEA
Struck Off Properties in Cherokee Shores
Committee Reports – DEIC Meeting
Consider Approval of District Improvement Plan for 2011-2012.
Consider Resolution to Join Taxpayers and Student Fairness Association and Potential Litigation to Protect the Taxpayers and School Children of Texas.
Report on School Safety Audit.
Discuss and Consider Options Resulting from SB 100.
Update on Enrollment.
Closed Meeting – Staffing and Personnel; Student Transfers