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East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call (903) 425-4702. The public is welcome
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, call (903) 425-7131. The public is welcome.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Call (903) 887-1087 for more info. The public is welcome.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call (903) 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman and sets a night meeting the second Monday of the quarter at 6 p.m. Call (972) 932-0218. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call (903) 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call (903) 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call (903) 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call (903) 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call (903) 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call (903) 451-9229. The public is welcome.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Thursday of each month. For more information, please call (903) 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call (903) 432-3522.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call (903) 432-3704.

 

 

 

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Eustace ISD faces financial challenge
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Rotarian members were updated on the current financial strain of the Eustace ISD, Feb. 17, from guest speaker and Eustace ISD Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe.
He stressed that school funding is being decreased by 6 percent statewide and Eustace ISD will be reduced by 7.41 percent for 2012-13.
In 2011, the district lost $577,000 in state funds but is looking at a more than $772,000 reduction for 2012-13.
“It may be tougher next year and certainly more challenging,” Holcombe states as he faces suspending all employee raises and running with less staff even though the amount of children entering the school system has stayed the same.
In 2008-09, Eustace schools employed 114 teachers, 34 aides and 18 maintenance and custodial staff.
Those numbers decreased for 2011-12 to 106 teachers, 27 aides and 15 maintenance and custodial staff, a total of 18 positions.
Costs to maintain the campuses have stayed the same though the budget has been reduced by more than three-quarter of a million dollars for 2012-13, he said.
Due to the statewide fund reduction to certain school districts, Eustace, Kemp and Mabank ISDs have joined the Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition lawsuit along with 400 other districts.
This equals 53 percent of all the state’s school districts and represents more than three million students. Holcombe said the constitution requires funding levels that address both adequacy and equity. The 2012-13 funding cuts will not meet the equity needs to sustain the Eustace school system.
“This is real and will affect more than just schools. It will affect everything in between,” Holcombe stated.
“It will affect families as they will have less money for going to shows and out to dinner and that will affect our community businesses,” Holcombe added.
Holcombe, a graduate of Baylor and Texas Tech and Eustace ISD superintendent for 11 years, would like to know why all districts are not funded by the state at the same level.
Many school districts with fewer students and lower financial needs are receiving greater funding than districts with higher costs and higher student attendance.
“Students in one district should not be worth more than students in other districts,” Holcombe said.
These reductions in funding will most likely pose a challenge to produce college- and career-ready graduates in the coming years.
Holcombe encourages all community members to join the Fair Treatment of Property Taxpayers and Student Coalition at www.equitecenter.org.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• The golf tournament will be held April 20 at Kings Creek. Tee time is at noon with burgers served afterward.

House committee asks TEA to defer STAAR results as 15 percent of grade
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN–Students from across the state will begin taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test this March.
This test will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, (TAKS) test, which was instituted in 2003.
State Representative Lance Gooden said he has received many complaints about the requirement that the STAAR assessments count for 15 percent of a student’s final course grade.
Wednesday, Gooden co-signed a letter from the House Committee on Public Education to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) formally requesting that the agency defer the 15 percent provision for the current school year.
The test requirement is contributing to a “teaching to the test” culture that is preventing students from being college or workforce-ready.
“I believe that parents and teachers in our local community know what is best for our children,” Gooden said.
“Standardized tests fly in the face of my commitment to locally-controlled schools. Top-down education policy from Austin and Washington has shown to be a hindrance, not a help, so I will do everything in my power to prevent further encroachment into the classroom,” Gooden added.
Last session, The Texas House of Representatives overwhelming supported the repeal of the 15 percent provision, but it was not repealed due to a lack of support in the Senate.
Parents and teachers across Henderson and Kaufman counties have expressed their overwhelming opposition to an overemphasis on high-stakes testing that has come at the expense of a well-rounded education.

 

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