Eanes ISD

Board Highlights: Flexible furniture, CDC Relocation, field upgrades and more.

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

We have a quick turnaround in board meetings because of Spring Break, with our March study session taking place this week! There is a lot to discuss before we get away for a week and I invite you to participate as you are able.

In February, the Board heard reports on several topics including the transfer student program, an update from the field committee, the expansion of the flexible furniture program and more. We also began discussions on determining a timeline and process for bond and possible redistricting, which will continue discussions in March.

See a synopsis of the February meetings below. The full Board agenda packets are online.
Field Improvement Committee Update

The Board was presented an update from the Field Improvement Committee, a group formed Spring of 2016 to identify the possibility of upgrading current Eanes ISD fields using funds from a donation of $2 million.

With an initial phase of projects complete, a plan for the remainder of the funds was discussed and the majority of committee members expressed interest in the installation of artificial turf at the Westlake HS Baseball and Softball Fields. The group is pursuing fundraising opportunities to complete the project.

See Field Improvement Committee update.
Flexible Furniture Proposal

The Board approved the purchase of flexible furniture at the February 27 meeting, following a two-year pilot and the development of standards for furniture in classrooms.

The 2015 Bond program contained a $2 million line item to replace and update furniture, fixtures, and equipment. Rather than purchase traditional classroom furniture, the District elected to use a portion of those funds to pilot 21st Century Flexible Furniture in a number of Westlake High School classrooms beginning in the fall of 2016. Based on the positive experiences of the teachers and students involved in the pilot, the District moved ahead with a committee that was charged with developing standards for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

In this first phase, each elementary school will have five rooms furnished, each middle school will have 15 rooms furnished and Westlake HS will have 30 rooms furnished. Some booster clubs are providing supplemental funding for additional classrooms.

See flexible furniture memo.
See presentation.

Spanish Immersion Expansion

At the February 27 meeting, administrators announced Eanes ISD will expand the Spanish Immersion Pilot, Futuro, to Eanes Elementary kindergarten in 2018-19. The current pilot is completing a successful first year with kindergarten students at Cedar Creek and Bridge Point elementary schools. In this decision-making process, numerous aspects and data points were reviewed, including current class sizes, future enrollment projections, the number of sections in each grade level at various schools, parent support, teacher input, staffing constraints, the availability of qualified bilingual teaching candidates and financial implications.
See announcement on Spanish Immersion expansion.

CDC Relocation

At the February 13 meeting, the Board heard an update on the discussion to relocate the Child Development Center (CDC) at Cedar Creek Elementary. After reviewing program utilization, available classroom space, costs and working through different scenarios, the administration recommended the following:

* Re-distribute CDC program to Barton Creek, Valley View, and Forest Trail under the same service offerings (employee & community)
  • Barton Creek: Infant-PK (No changes)
  • Valley View: Infant-T2
  • Forest Trail: PS-PK. Cost to bring existing on-site portables at FTE up to required standards (ie. sinks, etc.) approx.$70,000.
* Replace the two (2) existing onsite portables at CCE with two (2) new Learning Studios with restrooms approx. $400,000.

See CDC relocation memo.
Transfer Students Program Update

The Trustees were presented preliminary enrollment projections to aid in their discussions on the future of the transfer students program. Last year, the Board and administration limited some schools and grade levels to new transfers based on enrollment constraints. The Board also limited the total transfers at Westlake HS to no more than 194 or 8% of enrollment.

Next year's projections show 160 out-of-district transfer students at Westlake HS, approximately 30 less than current numbers. The Board instructed the administration to not exceed 180 out-of-district transfer students at Westlake HS next year and to carefully monitor class levels throughout the district.

See transfer student program presentation.

Recognitions
Hill Country Middle School students were recognized for winning the No Barriers Youth and Wells Fargo Global Impact Challenge, a diversity and inclusion competition designed to spark ideas from high school and middle school students for building a world free of barriers, stereotypes and discrimination.
Hill Country was one of two first-place teams to receive $5,000 to help implement their projects. Six students led by teacher Sylvia Troxell, proposed a project to create a fun, interactive educational campaign about hidden disabilities to help ensure that all students welcomed, understood and encouraged to participate to the best of their abilities.

View the students' video.
Future Meetings
The next study session is March 6 (6pm open session), and the regular meeting is March 27 (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.
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