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Board of Trustee Highlights

December 15, 2016

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

As we finish the first semester and head into the Winter Break, I want to take a brief moment to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. We are ending a tremendously successful Fall semester, complete with state and national recognitions in several areas including Niche rankings, Texas Education Agency ratings, and more. Our elementary schools have collected and donated to various groups around the area, and our middle schools have adopted families and collected items, all for worthy causes.

And after the break, the Spring semester will kick off with our Westlake High School Band performing in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena on January 2 - make sure to watch! 

Thank you to all of our students, staff and families who make Eanes ISD such a wonderful school district. I wish you a restful, joyful break. 

For a synopsis of the December meeting, please read below.

At the December meeting, the Board heard more discussion on the GPA Proposal, was presented an update on the Westlake Athletic & Community Center and reviewed the 2017-18 calendar options for final review and vote.
The Board also approved Steve Ramsey as the Westlake High School Principal and approved the Plan for Innovation & Local Control. See below for details.
  
See the full Board agenda packets online.
Ramsey Named WHS Principal

The Board unanimously approved Steve Ramsey as the Westlake High School Principal, after he served as interim the past six months. Previously, Ramsey served as principal of West Ridge Middle School four years. Prior to WRMS, he served as Associate Principal and as a teacher/coach at Westlake High School. He was a teacher/coach at Austin High, as well as Duncanville and Kingwood high schools earlier in his career.

Ramsey earned a Master of Educational Administration from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Texas.

Click image to see Mr. Ramsey's WHS knowledge tested. 
Click image to see Mr. Ramsey's WHS knowledge tested.
 
 
GPA Committee Update

At the December 13 meeting, the Board heard additional comments on the proposed GPA system changes during a special Open Forum. Prior to the meeting, the Board also received a document with dozens of comments submitted online.

The Board voted down the proposed changes to all but one component and instead charged the District to convene a new committee to allow further discussion and consideration. In January, the Board will begin to establish parameters and guidelines for continued study.

The component related to Latin honors for graduation distinctions passed 6-1. This addition to the academic achievement policy expands honors based on achieving a certain weighted numerical grade average threshold. Criteria for honors will be published in the high school course catalogue and will go into effect for the Class of 2018.         
     
2017-18 Calendar Approved

At the December 13 meeting, the Board was presented the final two options of the 2017-18 calendar for consideration. The two options were both recommended as choices for the Board to consider after they were reviewed and discussed by the District Leadership Team (DLT) at its December 5 meeting.

After the Board's discussion, the calendar titled Option 2 was approved for 2017-18.

 
District of Innovation & Local Control Approved

The Board approved the Plan for Innovation & Local Control at the December 13 meeting. The plan will now be forwarded to the Texas Education Agency for formal recognition. As of today, Eanes ISD will be only the 53rd public school district in Texas to receive this designation.

 
See the Plan for Innovation & Local Control online.   
Westlake Athletic & Community
Center (WACC) Update

The Board was presented
an update on the lease with the Westlake Athletic & Community Center (WACC). Currently, several Eanes ISD groups utilize the WACC, including badminton, band, baseball, boys & girls basketball, cheer, football, soccer, softball, Teen Teaching, track, and ultimate Frisbee.

See presentation online .  
Recognitions
 

The Board recognized Westlake High School student Nolan Screen, who was named to the Texas State Youth Preparedness Council. The Texas Youth Preparedness Council brings together youth leaders from across the state who are interested in emergency preparedness and making their communities more resilient in the face of potential disasters.

Future Meetings

The January study session is January 10 (6pm open session), and the regular meeting is January 24 (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
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