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EUSTACE–Eustace ISD’s regular school board meeting Jan. 14 began with Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe presenting a variety of awards to the varsity boys cross country team. The team won the UIL state championship title in November 2018.

Dr. Holcombe presented an award to the team, and each team member also received individual awards. "Whereas the positive and significant accomplishments attained by dedicated public school students frequently go unnoticed and whereas recognizing demonstrated achievement whether individual or collected, is one of the real measures of success…," Dr. Holcombe continued by stating that the team has brought "distinguished honor to themselves and their school."

The team received several rounds of standing applause during the presentation. Dr. Holcombe also surprised the young men with State championship rings on behalf of the board.

Dr. Holcombe also acknowledged the school board recognition month of January. All members of the board were presented with certificates for their dedication that they show to the students, staff and community of Eustace.

The results of the Bond Sale for Eustace ISD were provided during the meeting, following an approval from the board. From 10 bids, Frost Bank won the bid with 3.82 percent interest. There was an increased amount of interest amongst conglomerate groups, with rates varying from 3.837 to 3.839 percent. The bond result report continued stating that Eustace ISD was under budget for their bond program. The construction fund deposit will be the full $38.6 million, which was the amount previously approved by the voters.

In review of the purchase of new buses for the district, the board was provided with handouts and information on some of their current buses and their current conditions. After some debate on cost of ongoing repairs vs replacement, mileage, and the current allotment for buses, the board approved the purchase of six buses instead of the planned five.

Buses will be the Navistar International brand and have the Angel Trax 5 camera system, luggage racks, center dome lights and 3-point seat belts. It was noted that the district will only let go of two to three of the proposed retired buses, as they prefer to keep some on hand in the event of an evacuation. The estimated cost for the six new buses is around $600,000.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Holcombe informed the board of the impressive energy savings of over $78,000 the district has had since going to Ideal Impact. He reminded the board of the Employee Appreciation Banquet, which is April 29, 2019. The Superintendent continued his report with the positive note of the Struck off Property List. He commented, "I wanted to include this, to show you how short it is becoming…Our Tax Attorneys have done an outstanding job trying to get these down."

In other business, trustees:

• approved various calendar, resolutions, and purchases for the upcoming months.

• approved next month’s board meeting moved from a school holiday to Feb. 21.

• announced the School Board Election is May 4, with Place 3 Jamie Potter, Place 4 Steven Bell and Place 7 Cotton Walker open.

• approved the purchase of a new band trailer with wrap,

• approved Local Policy Update 112 as written.

• heard that EISD has finished the first semester with a 97.12 percent attendance rate.

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