November has flown by, and there is so much excitement in the air surrounding the upcoming holidays and our Chap football team! The Board of Trustees have many important topics to discuss before the year ends, and we invite you to participate as you are able. For a synopsis of the November meetings, please read below.
At the November 1 meeting, the Board was presented the 2017-18 course proposals, discussed the calendar for 2017-18 and heard more discussion on the GPA Proposal. See below for details.
At the November 15 meeting, the Board continued its discussion on the work of the GPA Committee, and also reviewed the latest Enrollment Report. The Board was also presented the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas report (FIRST), and discussed the options for changes in the 2017-18 calendar. See below for details.
The Board held a Study Session November 29, where they discussed the latest GPA Proposal, and began planning for the Legislative Luncheon that will take place December 7 at Westlake High School.
During the November 15 and 29 meetings, the Board was presented an update on the GPA Proposal. The students and staff who have been working hard on the potential changes to the GPA system have incorporated suggestions and made adjustments to the proposal over the past few months.
See most recent presentation from the November 15 meeting online.
The Board is expected to vote on any possible changes to the GPA system at the December 13 meeting.
The Board was presented an updated option for the 2017-18 calendar at the November 15 meeting. The District Leadership Team will review the different calendar options, and then recommend a final calendar to be presented to the Board at the December 13 meeting for a final vote.
The Board was presented the Enrollment Report using the PEIMS Snapshot data. In summary, student enrollment increased at the elementary and secondary levels, however, class size averages remained the same in grades K-4 and decreased in grades 5-12 due to strategic scheduling and additional staffing.
Transfer student numbers decreased from 645 last year to 642 this year. Employee children enrolled in Eanes ISD increased from 207 to 211, while out-of-district transfers decreased from 438 to 431.
The Board was presented the 2016 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report,which measures the District's financial management performance rating. Eanes ISD received a score of 96 out of 100, earning the highest possible rating of SUPERIOR for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Eanes ISD has earned the highest available rating in each of the 14 years that the FIRST report has been in existence.
The Board recognized the Westlake High School Journalism program, who recently won Quill & Scroll Blue and Gold Awards. These awards honor high school journalism programs that excel in the International Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest. Westlake High School received the Staff Excellence Award for overall excellence in its publication, the highest Blue and Gold Award a staff can receive.
The Board also recognized the National Merit Semifinalists, who represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Westlake had 29 students named as semifinalists.
National Merit Semifinalists
Due to the November 29 meeting and the way the calendar falls, there will be only one meeting in December on December 13 (7pm open session).