This Week

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their 3-0 win against Kemp last Friday. The win pushes them one step closer to securing a playoff spot.

Friday was also Senior Night for volleyball. The volleyball team has only one senior this year, Reece Thorne.  Reece was recognized after the game for all her accomplishments during her career. A video of the ceremony will be posted to the district’s YouTube channel later today.

This Week

Monday – Middle School Volleyball v. Scurry – 4:30; Band Practice – 6:30; School Board Meeting – 7:00 – High School Library

Tuesday – High School Volleyball at Malakoff – 4:30

Thursday – Middle School Football v. Life Oak – 5:00; JV Football at Life Oak – 6:00

Friday – Pumpkin Patch – 5:00 – 8:00 – Primary and Intermediate Campuses; Varsity District Football v. Life Oak – 7:30

Saturday – High School Volleyball v. Rice – JV starts at 9:30 followed by the varsity; Middle School Volleyball District Tournament at Eustace

Monday – Regional Cross Country Meet at Huntsville. Girls run at 10:50 and boys run at 11:15.

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Cross Country Meet

The Eustace Cross Country Teams turned in dominant performances at the district cross country meet. The meet was held yesterday in Malakoff. All four Eustace High School teams won their division. Three of the teams had perfect scores! I want to congratulate all the runners on their performances. I also want to congratulate cross country coaches, Josh Sypert and Kenneth Henderson, for all their hard work getting our runners ready for the district meet. A special thank you to all the parents and other supporters that were at the district meet.

The official results are given below. A perfect team score in cross country is 15. The number prior to the name is the runner’s overall finish.  Special thanks to Josh Sypert and Kenneth Henderson for furnishing this information.

JV Girls – Team Score – 15 – 1st Place & District Champs
1 Brooklyn Patterson 00:14:03.509  Eustace
2 Madison Kulsa  00:14:22.972  Eustace
3 Elexis Porte  00:15:26.630 Eustace
4 Tabitha Rigby 00:15:46.662 Eustace
5 Bailey Holbert 00:16:06.237  Eustace
6  Melissa Milan 00:16:08.581 Eustace
12  Jordan Romano 23:20:56.359 Eustace

JV Boys – Team Score – 15 – 1st Place & District Champs
1 Trenton Porte 00:17:49.034 Eustace
2 Caleb Gonzalez 00:18:26.258 Eustace
3 Danny Stout 00:18:32.188 Eustace
4 Joseph Hunter 00:18:43.561 Eustace
5 Sean Holler 00:19:18.911 Eustace
6 Francisco Gomez 00:19:37.711 Eustace
7 Cade Adair 00:19:41.856 Eustace
8 David Gilbreath 00:20:13.490 Eustace
9 Cooper Reeve 00:20:25.901 Eustace
10 Jackson Byrum 00:20:26.982 Eustace
11 Scotty Neeper 00:21:29.370 Eustace
12 Owen Stahl 00:21:57.697 Eustace
14 Colten Smitherman 00:22:43.407 Eustace
15 River Drohn 00:22:53.642 Eustace
20 Blaine Willamson 00:24:40.985 Eustace
23 Trey Oakley 00:25:37.870 Eustace
24 Clay Carpenter 00:25:40.219 Eustace

Varsity Girls – Team Score – 21 – 1st Place & District Champs
1 Kayla Fruen 00:13:19.563 6:39 Eustace
3 Yasmine Washington 00:13:42.658 Eustace
4 Brooke McAtee 00:13:43.727 Eustace
6 Serena Griffin 00:13:46.476 Eustace
7 Krislynn Westbrook 00:13:53.631 Eustace
10 Jeanne Pickett 00:14:04.061 Eustace

Varsity Boys – Team Score – 15 – 1st Place & District Champs
1 Dalton Page 00:16:28.888 Eustace
2 Nicholas Westbrook 00:16:39.435 Eustace
3 John Saine 00:17:17.642 Eustace
4 Collin Sutton 00:17:24.767 Eustace
5 Colby Carpenter 00:17:29.200 Eustace
6 Nate Holland 00:17:39.360 Eustace
7 Jaden Lopez 00:17:43.514 Eustace

Middle School Girls – Team Score – 53 – 2nd Place & District Runner-Up
5 Paige Row 00:14:13.769 Eustace
8 Morgan Buccafurno 00:14:30.717 Eustace
12 Amberly McGlokin 00:15:08.051 Eustace
16 Acasha Spencer 00:15:41.030 Eustace
17 Kayden Brewer 00:15:46.228 Eustace
24 Jadie Milner 00:16:05.758 Eustace
26 Elizabeth Chapman 00:16:15.359 Eustace
37 Saddie-Jo Long 00:17:42.304 Eustace
38 Diana Thorn 00:17:49.163 Eustace
51 Lydia Stogner 00:20:23.838 Eustace
53 Lacie Crestsinger 00:22:04.883 Eustace

Middle School Boys – Team Score – 39 – 2nd Place & District Runner-Up
3 Ryan Porte 00:12:38.815 Eustace
6 Jaden Stout 00:12:56.574 Eustace
12 Justyn Abbe 00:13:21.747 Eustace
13 Hayden Mercer 00:13:29.056 Eustace
14 Thomas Paschall 00:13:39.051 Eustace
18 Navan Sanchez 00:13:51.347 Eustace
26 Logan Hallman 00:15:40.353 Eustace
27 Sam Kidwell 00:15:49.151 Eustace
29 Alec Holland 00:15:54.478 Eustace
36 Andrew Cox 00:16:58.843 Eustace
37 Trenton Estes 00:17:22.209 Eustace
50 Joshua Thorp 00:21:14.185 Eustace

Voter Registration and Important Dates

The November general election date is Tuesday, November 6. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9. You must be registered to vote in order to vote in the general election and in the Eustace ISD bond election. Below is information that may be useful both to registered voters and those needing to register:

How can I determine if I’m registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration status here. All you need is a few things: Voter ID number or Texas Driver’s License number, your name, county of residence, and date of birth.

How do I register?

You can fill out a registration application online, or call the Voter Registration Office at 210-335-VOTE (8683) and request a voter registration application. If you get a physical copy of an application, just fill it out, sign it, and mail it back to the address on the application.

You can also find voter registration applications at libraries, government offices, high schools, or with volunteer deputies.

When is the deadline to register?

Turn in your application by Tuesday, Oct. 9. Get an application online here.

I just moved. Do I need to re-register?

If you moved to a different county, yes. If you moved to a different address within the same county, no. All you have to do is update your address online. You can also get a new voter registration application, make note of your new address, and mail it to the Voter Registration Office.

When does early voting begin?

Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 and runs through Friday, Nov. 2. Early voting locations are given below:

* Henderson County

Henderson County Election Center
201 E. Larkin St., Athens

Seven Points City Hall
418 E. Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points

Chandler Community Center
811 Hwy. 31 East, Chandler

* Van Zandt County

Old Canton City Hall
290 E. Tyler St., Canton

When is Election Day?

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What do I need to bring with me to vote?

You need to provide one of the following seven forms of identification:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing your photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

If you don’t have one of the seven forms of identification listed above and can’t reasonably get one, you can also bring one of these:

  • A copy or original of a government document that shows your name and an address, including your voter registration certificate;
  • A copy of or original current utility bill;
  • A copy of or original bank statement;
  • A copy of or original government check;
  • A copy of or original paycheck; or
  • A copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes your identity, which may include a foreign birth document.

Where can I vote?

During early voting, you can vote at any poll location convenient to you within your county. On Election Day, you must vote in your precinct.

* Caney City—City Hall 15241 Barron Drive, Caney City
* United Pentecostal Church 101 McArthur St., Athens
* Eustace School 318 Hwy. 316 South, Eustace
* Payne Springs Community Center 9692 Hwy 198 South #2, Mabank
* Pinnacle Club Fire Station 5950 Club Drive, Mabank
* St. Peters Lutheran Church 101 Luther Lane, Gun Barrel City
* Bethel Christian Church 1088 County Rd. 3817, Athens
* Old Bethel Baptist Church 103 Van Zandt CR 2313, Canton

 

What about absentee ballots?

Get an application for ballot by mail here. You can vote by mail if you are:

  • Going to be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting
  • Sick or disabled
  • 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Confined in jail, but eligible to vote

And for your vote to count, the early voting clerk must have your marked, mailed-in ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Have more questions?

Check out VoteTexas.gov. Or ask us, and we’ll find an answer for you.

This Week

Congratulations to the varsity boys cross country team on finishing first in the 5A/6A division at their meet on Thursday. The JV boys also finished first and the varsity girls finished 4th.

Monday – Middle School Volleyball v. Malakoff – 4:30; Band Practice 6:30

Tuesday – High School Volleyball v. Blooming Grove – 4:30

Thursday – High School Cross Country at Lindale; JV Football – Open

Friday – High School District Volleyball at Mildred – 4:30; Varsity Football – Open

Saturday – Mesquite Marching Festival

Monday – Columbus Day Holiday

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

This Week

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their come from behind win over Malakoff last Friday. The Lady Bulldogs were down 2-0 and came back to win the match 3-2. The win puts the Lady Bulldogs at 5-0 in district play. The Lady Bulldogs host Rice this Tuesday and host Scurry this Friday.

Today is the start of the second 6 weeks. Report cards will go home this Thursday. We have one holiday during this six weeks, Monday, October 8. This six weeks ends on November 2.

This Week

Monday – Start of 2nd 6 Weeks; Middle School Volleyball at Kemp – 4:30; Band Practice – 6:30

Tuesday – High School District Volleyball v. Rice – 4:30

Thursday – Report Cards; Intermediate Perfect Attendance Awards; Middle School Football at Sunnyvale; JV Football v. Hillsboro – 5:30

Friday – Intermediate – Right Choice/Drawings; High School District Volleyball v. Scurry – 4:30; Varsity Football at Hillsboro – 7:30

Saturday – High School Cross Country at Rowlett

I hope everyone has a great week!

This Week

Congratulations to the varsity girls volleyball team on their win over Palmer last Friday! The win improves the Lady Bulldogs to 3-0 in district play. The win over Palmer also increased Coach Chuck Powers win total to 899! The Lady Bulldogs travel to Kemp on Tuesday.

Congratulations to the High School cross country teams on their dominating performance in the Canton meet! The JV boys, varsity girls, and varsity boys all placed first! Both of the boys teams had almost perfect scores!

Congratulations to Reece Thorne on being selected as the 2018 Homecoming Queen!

I want to thank everyone for their hard work in making this a great Homecoming Week! Special thanks goes to Leann Carlson and all the Booster Club!

The Primary’s Fall Book Fair goes all this week. The 1st & 2nd grade will have their Guided Reading Assessments throughout this week.

This week is the last week in the 1st 6 weeks.

This Week

Monday – Middle School Volleyball v. Palmer – 4:30; Band Practice – 6:30; School Board Meeting – 7:00

Tuesday – High School District Volleyball at Kemp – 4:30;

Thursday – Middle School Football v. Groesbeck – 5:00; JV Football at Groesbeck – 6:00

Friday – End of 1st 6 Weeks; High School Cross Country at Longview; High School District Volleyball v. Malakoff – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Groesbeck – 7:30

Saturday – Middle School Volleyball at Mabank Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!

This Week

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on opening district play with a win over Blooming Grove!

Due to lightning delays, the football game against Winona was called in the second quarter. While the Bulldogs were trailing 28-14, we were about to get the ball back with the opportunity to cut the lead to one touchdown.

This is Homecoming Week! There are many activities and events scheduled for this week. Rain is forecast for everyday this week. In case of cancellations, or changes in plans, please check our Twitter feed on our homepage, or by following us on Twitter at @EustaceISD.

Weather permitting, we will have our annual Celebrate Freedom Parade this Tuesday at 8:30 AM. The parade will take place at the Intermediate bus loop. Everyone is invited to attend!

Also, weather permitting, we will have our Homecoming Tailgate Party and Bonfire this Thursday. The Tailgate Party will start at 6:00 PM and will take place in the Bulldog Stadium parking lot. The bonfire is scheduled to start at 8:00 PM and will take place on the southside of Bulldog Stadium.

Also, this Friday is our annual District-Wide Pep Rally. The pep rally will start at 9:00 AM and will be held in the Kirk Gym. Everyone is invited to attend!

The fall MAP testing window continues this week.

Monday – Middle School Volleyball at Mildred – 4:30; Monday Night Band Rehearsal – 6:30

Tuesday – Celebrate Freedom Parade at Intermediate Bus Loop – 8:30 AM; High School District Volleyball v. Mildred – 4:30

Thursday – Intermediate Individual Pictures; Middle School Football v. Westwood – 5:00; JV Football at Westwood – 6:00; Community Tailgate Party – 6:00; Bonfire – 8:00

Friday – Homecoming Day; District Wide Pep Rally – 9:00 – Kirk Gym; 2nd Grade Grandparents’ Day Lunch; Primary Book Fair Begins; High School District Volleyball v. Palmer – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Westwood – 7:30

Saturday – All Region Jazz Auditions – Crandall; High School and Middle School Cross Country at Canton

I hope everyone has a great week!

This Week

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend!

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their 3-0 win against Palestine last Friday. The varsity football team lost a high scoring game against Lone Oak 42-56.

Bulldog Stadium is now ready for use. The crews just have some clean up work to complete. The running surface for the track will be installed at a later date to prevent unnecessary wear.

The MAP testing window will continue throughout this week.

Tuesday – High School Volleyball v. Mabank – 4:30; Band Rehearsal – 6:30

Wednesday – Parent Camp – Primary School

Thursday – JV Football at Winona – 6:00

Friday – High School District Volleyball at Blooming Grove – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Winona – 7:30

Saturday – Cross Country at Tyler

I hope everyone has a great week!

Budget and Tax Hearing

Prior to our regular monthly board meeting, the Board held a public hearing on the proposed budget and proposed tax rate for 2018-2019. During the hearing, the Board reviewed several different documents related to our tax rate and to the amount of state and local revenue that might be generated for the school year.

During the regular board meeting, the Board approved the proposed budget of $13,666,741. This amount is made up of state and local funds.  For 2018-2019, EISD is estimating that we will earn $6,921, 261 in state aid. To get this value, the district estimates attendance numbers based on prior year attendance data. These numbers are then entered into a spreadsheet that allows districts to estimate the amount of state aid they will receive for the school year.

In addition, we are estimating that EISD will generate around $6.2 million in local funds for the 2018-2019 school year. The vast majority of this ($5.7 million) will come from the taxes generated by the Maintenance and Operations (M & O) tax rate. For 2018-2019, the M & O tax rate for the district is $1.04. Other sources of local revenue include gate receipts for athletics, entry fees for volleyball, basketball, and baseball tournaments, entry fees for track meets, tuition, interest earned on investments, etc.

Compared to last year’s budget, the budget for 2018-2019 has an increase of about $149,000.  In terms of percentages, it would be a 1.1% increase over last year’s budget.

The M & O rate is not the only tax rate for EISD. In order to pay for voter approved bonds, the district also levies an Interest and Sinking (I & S) tax rate. The proposed I & S rate for 2018-2019 was $0.19. However, this was based on an estimate of our taxable value. When the actual values were received, it was determined that and I & S rate of $0.18 would be sufficient for the 2018-2019 school year. So, EISD’s total tax rate is $1.22  ($1.04 + $0.18).

The district is also expecting to receive approximately  $2.1 million in federal and activity funds. This will combine to create a total budget of about $16.7 million for the district.

Next week, I will breakdown how these funds will be expended for the 2018-2019 school year. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Bond Proposal Approved by Board

During the summer, the EISD Board of Trustees asked that a group of citizens of EISD be brought together to analyze the results of the May 2018 bond election and to make recommendations on the future needs of EISD.

During the month of August, a series of meetings were held to discuss specified needs and to examine different options that might meet those needs. On August 9, 2018 the Committee, by a vote of 17-1, made a recommendation to the Board that included the construction of a new High School.

On August 20, 2018, the EISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a November bond election in the amount of $38.6 million. If approved by the voters, the bonds will be used to finance the following:

  • Construction of a New High School with Vocational/Ag/CTE
  • Renovation to Existing Facilities, including the Primary, Intermediate, and Middle Schools.
  • Conversion of the Existing High School into a Middle School.
  • Purchase of New Buses

The Board considered the addition of an auditorium to the new High School.  Taking many factors into consideration, the Board elected to construct the new High School with plans to add an auditorium in the future.

The Board also agreed that it was their intent to complete the turf program at the softball and baseball field that was part of the Committee’s recommendations. In attempting to keep the bond proposal as small as possible, the Board identified sources of funding that may be used for the turf installation. The sources included interest earned on the construction funds while construction is being completed, potential savings on the construction projects, potential increase in interest rates for current district investments, potential increase in state aid, etc.

If approved by voters, the tax rate increase required to finance the projects will not exceed 30.5¢, using conservative estimates.  The average Eustace ISD homeowner can expect to pay $22.76 more in taxes per month.  There will be no tax increase above the frozen level on the homestead of taxpayers 65 years of age and older who have applied for and received the age 65 freeze.

Early Voting will occur from October 22nd to November 2nd and election day voting will take place on November 6th.

Additional information will be available on the Eustace ISD website at www.eustaceisd.net and any interested citizen with questions may contact the Eustace ISD Administration Office at 903-425-5299.