Eanes ISD

Board Highlights: Budget, enrollment & a welcome to our new trustees!

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

The halls are dark and the classrooms are quiet. At the board and district levels, however, the work continues. Before students return in August, we will finalize the budget and continue planning for 2017-18.

We said goodbye to outgoing trustees Rob Hargett and Kal Kallison at the May 23 meeting. These gentlemen have put in countless hours over the years to make this district an exemplary place. We thank them for their service and wish them well.

The May 9 meeting featured a report on budget projections, including updated salary and benefits comparisons around the region, policy updates and the approval of an interlocal agreement with Travis County for a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon in front of Westlake High School. The Board also heard a presentation on new video technology at the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center (PAC).
At the May 23 meeting, the newly-elected trustees were sworn in. Christie Bybee returns to the Board, while John Havenstrite and Jason Paull replace outgoing trustees Rob Hargett and Dr. James "Kal" Kallison. The Board then saw reports on the Energy Star Rating and an update on enrollment projections.
See the full Board agenda packets online.
Trustees Sworn Into Office
Christie Bybee, John Havenstrite and Jason Paull were sworn in at the May 23 meeting after an unopposed slate cancelled the May 6 election. Bybee is in her second term on the Board, while Havenstrite and Paull are new to the Board.

Havenstrite, who has two children in the district, has been an Eanes resident 12 years. He is a senior account manager at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). He has been very active in the Eanes ISD community, including serving on campus leadership teams, the Community Dialogues task force, Facilities Master Plan steering committee and the Bond Oversight Committee twice.

Paull is a Westlake High School graduate with three children in the district. He has participated in numerous school and district programs, including Forest Trail Elementary Science Fest presenter, Westlake High School Business Incubator coach and co-chair of the Revenue Generation task force. Paull is the CEO of a small technology company.

Board Discusses Budget Scenarios

At the May 9 meeting, the Board was presented an update on budget scenarios reflecting compensation comparisons for 12 school districts in the region. The presentation followed the Board's direction to remain competitive with other districts in salaries for classroom teachers. The report included a 1%, 1.5% and 2% increase to Eanes ISD salaries and showed placement within the comparison group with those percentages and if no increase is given. The Board will continue its discussions on the budget at both June meetings.

See memo.

See salary comparisons.

See presentation.
Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Approved

At the May 9 meeting, the Board approved an interlocal agreement with Travis County for a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) in front of Westlake High School. The agreement comes as a result of a thorough study by Travis County traffic engineers and their recommendation for the PHB. The district then submitted a formal request to enter into the agreement to split the cost.

The project will improve safety for pedestrians and drivers traversing this busy thoroughfare on Westbank Drive near the tennis courts and softball complex. The pedestrian right of way is not always observed in the current crosswalk and the embedded lights are malfunctioning and cannot be replaced. The PHB will have flashing lights above the crosswalk, providing another method of catching drivers' attentions when the crosswalk is in use. The project and installation will be managed by Travis County with an anticipated completion during the summer of 2017.

See agreement.
All Campuses Receive Energy Star Rating
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, designed to help organizations track and assess energy and water consumption of facilities. Additionally, it helps verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.
For 2016, the district average was 92 out of 100, with all campuses rating above the minimum score of 75 for the first time since the district started the program five years ago. This is the first year Valley View Elementary has received the certification.

The scores can be attributed to district staff working as good stewards of the energy consumed within its facilities, bond projects that improve building efficiencies and the community for supporting these bonds and programs.

Some of the notable bond projects include:
2011 Bond
  • Barton Creek Elementary HVAC Replacement (Summer 2012)
  • Eanes Elementary HVAC Replacement (Summer 2012)
  • Forest Trail Elementary HVAC replacement (Summer 2015)
  • West Ridge MS HVAC Replacement (Summer 2012)
2015 Bond (To date)
  • Valley View Elementary HVAC Renovation (Summer 2016)
The Bridge Point Elementary HVAC, along with portions of Westlake High School and Hill Country Middle School are slated for replacement this summer, using May 2015 Bond funds.

See presentation.
Enrollment Projections Update

The Board was presented an update on enrollment projections with Kindergarten Round-Up and Student Information Verification now complete. As of May 17, enrollment is slightly less than early projections but the numbers are expected to increase as new kindergartners and remaining enrollment is verified. Approximately 93.7 percent of student enrollment has been completed.
American Scholastic Achievement Winners

The Board recognized the Hill Country Middle School and West Ridge Middle School American Scholastic Achievement League Challenge Champions. Four sixth graders from WRMS won the National Gold Medal Award, while one student was named national champion for posting the highest score in the country. In addition, an HCMS eighth grader was named state champion.
WHS UIL Awards
The Board also congratulated the Westlake High School UIL state winners in Ready Writing, Computer Science, Science and Speech & Debate.

Outgoing trustee Rob Hargett was recognized for his six years of service. Hargett served as board president during his tenure and was instrumental in community engagement
efforts during two successful bond programs.
Rob Hargett
Future Meetings
The June special meeting is June 6 (6pm open session), and the regular meeting is June 20 (7pm open session). Note: there will be no meetings in July; meetings will resume August 6 (6pm 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