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Board Highlights: Approved 2018-19 calendar, salary and enrollment updates & more

Board of Trustees Highlights
An Update from the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees
Superintendent's Report

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break as we find ourselves barrelling towards Winter Break. With our Westlake Football team still making a run in the playoffs, this is a very exciting time of year.

In November, the Board approved a retroactive 3% midpoint raise, which was certainly something of which our staff was thankful. The Board spent hours reviewing data and discussing all aspects of the decision; we are appreciative of their consideration.
The November meetings included financial and enrollment reports, as well as discussion on the 2018-19 calendar, Westlake High School course proposals and the introduction of a new leadership program. More information below.
See the full Board agenda packets online.
Board Approves Increase In Staff Salaries

At a special meeting called November 14, the Board approved a 3% midpoint raise for all staff, retroactive to the employee's contract start date. The Board made a special thank you to the community for the passage of the Penny Swap & Drop/Tax Ratification Election, which allowed the District to propose the salary increase.

See memo on financial impact.
See memo on area comparisons.
Board Approves 2018-19 Calendar

The District Leadership Team (DLT) presented options for the 2018-19 calendar, based on discussions and district-wide survey results. The approved calendar includes a full week of Thanksgiving and ends the school year by June 1.

The DLT took into account feedback and considered numerous parent remarks regarding the number of early-release days built into the calendar for staff professional development and other purposes. As a result, the DLT modified the proposed calendar and condensed the early-release days for professional development from six to four, albeit at three hours per day instead of two hours. Now, school will consistently dismiss three hours before the normal time for ALL early-release days during the calendar.

See approved 2018-19 student calendar. The staff work calendar will be released soon.
Final Enrollment Report

The Board was presented the final enrollment report for the official PEIMS Snapshot. Enrollment
stands at 8,062 students - 54 fewer students than last year. Current average class sizes in grades K-4 are slightly below the 2016-17 levels while average 5th grade class sizes are greater. Due to budget and staffing constraints, 19 sections in grades K-4 exceed the 22:1 student-to-teacher guideline.
Core averages (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) at the secondary level are slightly above last year's numbers. Districtwide, non-resident transfers are 11% fewer than 2016-17 levels.

See memo online.

District Rated Superior For Financials

Eanes ISD earned the highest possible rating for annual financial management, known as the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas report (FIRST). For the 2017 FIRST rating (based on the 2015-16 fiscal year), Eanes ISD received a score of 98/100 earning the highest possible rating of SUPERIOR. Eanes ISD has earned the highest available rating in each of the 15 years that Schools FIRST has been in existence.
See memo online.
See FIRST report online.
New WHS Course Proposals

Westlake High School staff presented the course proposals for the 2018-19 course catalog. New course concepts proposed include the following areas: Languages other than English (LOTE), Social Studies, Physical Education and Career & Technical Education.
See memo online.
See presentation online.
See new course proposals online.

The November Board recognitions included a special thank you to retiring Rollingwood Police Chief Dayne Pryor. Chief Pryor has served the Eanes ISD community since his start as a volunteer fireman for the Westlake Fire Department - while he was still a student at Westlake High School. He has since served on the Westlake Police Department force before joining the Rollingwood PD in 2001. Pryor extended his patrol on duty to assist areas within Eanes ISD that were multi-jurisdictional. Under his leadership, RPD is always there to observe and give feedback to our schools for lockdown drills, participate in the various summer emergency drills coordinated by the Westlake Fire Department, help with the bus routes, and just to give feedback to the district on emergency procedures or protocols.

The Board also recognized the National Merit Semifinalists, Commended Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars. The 26 semifinalists represent nationally 16,000 students chosen to continue in the 63rd annual competition for 7,500 Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Future Meetings
The next study session is December 5 (6pm open session), and the regular meeting is December 19 (7pm open session).
Always check http://www.eanesisd.net/board/cal for the most up-to-date schedule. To see agenda items, listen to meeting audio, or access board policy, please visit http://www.eanesisd.net/board.
Eanes ISD Board of Trustees