West Ridge Middle School

Board Highlights: New assistant principal announcements, budget, enrollment and compensation updates and more!

 
An Update from the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees
Superintendent's Report
The April board meetings focused on planning for the 2019-20 school year, including budget projections, enrollment, staffing and employee compensation and benefits. Christy Rome from the Texas School Coalition presented an update on the legislative session. The board also reviewed and approved the District Improvement Plan (DIP) which will roll into campus improvement plans.
 
We also welcomed and introduced three new assistant principals for the 2019-20 school year and plan to announce a fourth AP in May.
 
See a synopsis of the April meetings below. Full Board agenda packets are online.
New Assistant Principals Introduced
Three assistant principals were introduced at the April 23 meeting. The new positions are a result from a Texas Association of School Boards audit and recommendation to add assistant principals at elementary schools that did not have them. Welcome Michael Buthe (Forest Trail Elementary), Holly Reid (Cedar Creek Elementary) and Brandis Smoland (Valley View Elementary). The AP for Barton Creek Elementary will be announced in May.
 
2019-20 Budget Development
With several unknowns for the 2019-20 budget, including proposed legislation that could affect school districts' funding, the board was presented budget scenarios to prepare for upcoming budget decisions. The presentation also confirmed that for the first time in several years, the District will have a balanced budget for the 2018-19 school year. 
 
2019-20 Enrollment Projections
In general, enrollment for 2019-20 is tracking with projections. As of April 18, current total enrollment for next year stands at 8,110,  versus the original projection of 8,186. In comparison, the official enrollment for the current 2018-19 school year is 8,132, based on the final Friday in October 2018, as reported to the Texas Education Agency. Out-of-district transfer students for 2019-20 will likely be around 320, down from the current school year of 372.
 
See enrollment update online.
Legislative Update
Christy Rome from the Texas School Coalition presented a Legislative Update at the April 23 meeting. She reviewed the proposed House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 3 and how the pending legislation could affect Eanes ISD's funding.
 
See legislative update online.
2019-20 District Improvement Plan
The board approved the 2019-20 District Improvement Plan, which consists of local priorities and goals identified during the board-administrative Strategic Summit in January 2018. The DIP includes strategies, resources and responsibilities all with the focus of next school year. The DIP will now roll into the campus improvement plans.
 
See DIP online.
See DIP presentation online.
Board Recognitions
The board recognized the Special Olympics student-athletes for their hard work throughout the year. The board also recognized the Westlake HS national champion cheerleaders.
Special Olympics Student-Athletes
Westlake HS National Champion Cheerleaders
Future Meetings
The May study session is May 7 (6pm open session) and the regular meeting is May 21 (7pm open session). The board will also hold a special meeting May 15 at 9:15am to canvass the bond and trustee elections.
 
Always check 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 www.eanesisd.net/board
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