Eanes ISD

Board Highlights: Salary/benefits update, CCE Principal named, transfer student update, EEF donation and more!

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

It is the final week of school, can you believe it? We have had a tremendous year and will celebrate the Class of 2018 Friday at graduation. Thank you to all of our staff, parents, students and Board for another wonderful year.

Our Board of Trustees continue to discuss and finalize important decisions such as the 2018-19 budget and salaries and benefits decisions. Trustees Jennifer Salas and Julia Webber were sworn in after running unopposed in the May election. Congratulations to both of these dedicated Trustees!

In May, the Board heard reports on several topics including salary discussions, the Board's direction on transfer students and how they affect the budget, and more. We were also happy to announce Susan Fambrough as Cedar Creek Elementary principal. We are excited for her to join our team.

See a synopsis of the May meetings below. The full Board agenda packets are online.
Board Finalizes 2018-19 Salaries & Benefits

The Board was presented updated data on preliminary comparisons of salary adjustments in area school districts. The Board reviewed projections of where Eanes ISD would compare locally if employees were given anywhere from a 0% to 3% pay increase and analyzed how those amounts would affect the budget. For every .5% increase in salaries, the cost is $280,000.

The Board also reviewed comparisons of benefits around area school districts and an example of take-home pay over the years (see memo).

After much discussion, the Board approved a 2% of midpoint salary increase for 2018-19. They also approved a 2% increase on all district stipends and a 2% increase for temporary employees, substitute compensation and supplemental pay rates. The Board also voted to maintain the District's contribution to employee benefits at $473.00 per month.

See Salaries Comparison presentation.
See Benefits Comparison memo.
Susan Fambrough Named CCE Principal

Trustees approved Susan Fambrough as principal of Cedar Creek Elementary at the May 8 meeting.

Ms. Fambrough most recently served as Testing, Textbook and Student Success Coordinator for Quanah ISD, just south of the Texas-Oklahoma border. She served two years as Principal of Reagan Elementary in QISD. Ms. Fambrough also served as Principal of Steiner Ranch Elementary in Leander ISD five years, plus eight years serving in the role of Principal and Assistant Principal positions in Breckenridge ISD, Seymour ISD and Pflugerville ISD. During her six years of service in Pflugerville ISD, Ms. Fambrough also served one year as Public Relations Coordinator. Along with her multiple years of administrative experience, Ms. Fambrough has three years of teaching experience at the middle school level.

Eanes Education Foundation Funds 50

The Eanes Education Foundation announced it raised more than $2.5 million to fund teachers and support professional development. As part of the Teacher Fund, EEF will grant $2.5 million to fund 50 teachers next year and $25,000 to fund the newly-formed Institute for Excellence program, which provides leadership opportunities for staff.

Key positions on each of the nine district campuses funded by the EEF grant include librarians, counselors, school nurses, AP and pre-AP teachers and electives teachers. Positions funded by EEF help to provide smaller class sizes and sustain the outstanding education for which the district is known.
Transfer Students Program Discussed

At the May 8 meeting, the Board reviewed and discussed projected enrollment for 2018-19 and actual numbers from the April Kindergarten Round-Up.

Overall, the District's enrollment is projected to decline by approximately 60 students next school year. While some schools are mostly closed to out-of-district transfer students (CCE and HCMS), other schools have limited spots available in certain grade levels. Westlake High School is on track to increase by 40 or more total students next year.

The Board directed the administration to explore making up the decline in enrollment by advertising to attract transfer students in targeted areas, grade levels and schools.

See Transfer Students Analysis.
Envision Eanes Committee Formalized

The Board continued discussions about forming Envision Eanes, a proposed district-wide committee focused on medium- and long-term goals, strategic planning and the possibility of future bonds. The Board is in the process of finalizing the committee's charter, charge and application for prospective members as well as a potential timeline with a launch in the late fall of 2018.

See Envision Eanes background.
Club Oreo

Trustees recognized an all-girls West Ridge Middle School 7th grade Robotics team who competed in an international robotics tournament recently. Of the 109 First Lego League teams who competed, Club Oreo finished in the top 50 in the world and took home 2nd in the Robot Strategy and Innovation Award.
The Board also recognized West Ridge students who participated in the American Scholastic Achievement League Competition, an online quiz-bowl covering all core subject areas (plus
two trivia questions). Students need to apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills to be successful. The WRMS 6th grade team is the National Gold Medal award while the 8th grade team won the National Bronze Medal award. 8th grader Chris Wu won the State Champion trophy, and James Gibson won the State Champion trophy for 6th grade.
The Board congratulated winners from the Student Stock Market Game, a competition where students explore which stocks, bonds, and mutual funds make a virtual portfolio the strongest in the region.
* Barton Creek students won First, Second, and Third Place awards last fall.
* Hill Country students won Second Place last fall.
* West Ridge students won First Place last fall, and Second Place this spring.

BCE Stock Market Winners
WRMS Stock Market Winners

Future Meetings
The next study session is June 5 (6pm open session) and the regular meeting is June 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
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