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Board of Trustees Highlights

October 26, 2016

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

What an exciting October we have had, and with the Cubs in the World Series, it can only get better! Our Board of Trustees continues discussions on several im p ortant topics, and we invite you to participate as you are able. For a synopsis of the October meetings, please read below.

At the October 4 meeting, the Board was presented updates on college admissions for the Class of 2016 as well as the Advanced Placement program. The latest Accountability Ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) were also presented.
See below for details.
 
At the October 18 meeting, the Board continued its discussion on Legislative Priorities and the District of Innovation initiative. The Board was also presented the Annual Financial Audit and the Annual Investment Report. See below for details.
 
See the full Board agenda packets online.
College Admissions Report

Westlake High School staff presented information on the Class of 2016 and the Advanced Placement program at the October 4 board meeting. There were 601 students who graduated last year, with 78% going to a 4-year college, 12% going to a 2-year college, and 10% moving on to a Gap Year, employment or military. The five colleges that had the most WHS students admitted were (in order) the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Austin Community College, the University of Arkansas and Texas Tech University. 

Westlake students took 1,255 AP exams last Spring, with 75% of students scoring a three or higher.

See presentation online.     
Legislative Priorities

The Board was presented the final draft of its Legislative Priorities, which identify key messages and possible solutions that might be proposed during the upcoming 85th Texas Legislative Session. The legislative priorities will be used as a basis for conversations with area elected officials.

See legislative priorities online.     
Accountability Ratings

The Board was presented the Accountability Ratings for Eanes ISD and all nine campuses at the October 4 meeting. The District and all campuses achieved the highest rating of "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In addition, seven campuses achieved Distinction Designations in specific accountability measures.
Plan for Innovation & Local Control

At the October 18 meeting, the Board was presented an update on the District of Innovation (DOI) planning, also referred to as the Plan for Innovation & Local Control. A District of Innovation is a concept passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, giving traditional independent school districts exemptions from some state mandates while increasing local control. After numerous discussions, the DOI committee identified the following exemptions on which to focus:
  1. maintain reasonable class sizes in grades K-4 of 22:1 or less, except in rare and extenuating circumstances
  2. determine a flexible school start date
  3. allow unique alternatives to educator certification for distinctive courses or needs
  4. adjust instructional minutes and school-day length
  5. implement a local teacher and administrator appraisal system
The draft plan is posted online until November 30 for review, and linked below. The proposed plan will be reviewed and discussed by the District Leadership Team at its Dec. 5 meeting. More discussions may take place at the Dec. 13 Board meeting, followed by a possible vote to approve the plan.     

See draft plan online.     
Annual Financial Audit & Investment Report

At the October 18 meeting, the Board was presented the Financial Audit for 2015-2016, as well as the Investment Report. Auditors from Maxwell, Locke & Ritter gave an unmodified opinion which is the best opinion that auditors can provide. Highlights from the audit include:
  • In July 2015, Eanes ISD issued $24 million series 2015B bonds to advance refund $24.8 million of previously issued bonds. This resulted in overall debt service savings of $1.7 million.
  • The District gained $3.8 million in land sales over the '15-'16 time period.
See Financial Audit report online.

The Investment Report from Patterson & Associates yielded no recommended changes for the 2015-16 year.

See Investment report online.

Future Meetings
 
The November Study Session is November 1 (6pm open session), while the Regular Meeting is November 15 (7pm open session). 
 
Always check http://eanesisd.net/school-board/schedule for the most up-to-date schedule. To see agenda items, listen to meeting audio, or access board policy, please visit http://eanesisd.net/school-board
Eanes ISD Board of Trustees
trustees@eanesisd.net
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