The directors of Eanes ISD adopted a new mission statement at a board meeting on June 22. (Amy Rae Dadamo / Community Impact Journal)
Eanes ISD administrators adopted a new district-wide mission statement at a board meeting on June 22.
The approval had been in the works for more than a year, according to administrator Ellen Balthazar, who served on the committee tasked with developing the statement. The goal was to create a statement that better reflects the comprehensive education of EISD, which not only focuses on academic study, but promotes social and emotional learning among students.
As a long-time director, Balthazar said she was a member of the board that approved EISD’s previous mission statement over 15 years ago, and that one of the goals of the committee was to write a more modern and ambitious statement.
“We wanted a mission statement that wasn’t as grounded in the pedagogical language of the 1980s and 1990s,” Balthazar said.
The mission statement, titled “Unite. Empower. Inspire … Every Person, Every Day “reads:” We unite our community through respectful relationships, creating a sense of belonging for all. We empower students by providing them with an exemplary education that develops curiosity, creativity and individual talents. We inspire each other to lead a determined life of empathy, gratitude and compassion. ”
The final statement is the result of feedback from nearly 250 stakeholders from groups such as the District Leadership Team, Westlake High School Student Council and the Superintendent’s Office.
According to Balthazar, the new statement was well received by the community, with some students saying it gave them “goosebumps.”
Trustees agreed, including James Spradley, who said the mission statement captures what the district aspires to do. The action passed with a 6-0 vote; Administrator Kim McMath was unable to attend the June 22 meeting.