Eanes ISD directors discussed a proposed new mission statement at a board meeting on April 27. (Amy Rae Dadamo / Community Impact Journal)
After months of work and community contribution, Eanes ISD is considering a new mission statement—A public statement to guide, inspire and unify the neighborhood.
The board reviewed the proposed new statement at a board meeting on April 27. An official decision has not been made; The directors will vote on the new statement at a subsequent board meeting.
The process began last March, when the district discussed the possibility of a new mission statement, according to Assistant Superintendent Jeff Arnett.
Over a year later, a diverse group of over 150 community members have provided input, including the Westlake High School Student Council, Principles, the District Leadership Team and the Committee on diversity, equity and inclusion.
A team of members of the EISD community were tasked with developing the new statement, including directors Ellen Balthazar, John Havenstrite and Envision members Eanes Mo Greulich and Martha Hansen.
Havenstrite said the proposed statement was designed to be a more modern representation of the district.
“We wanted a mission statement that more accurately reflects the times and current needs,” said Havenstrite.
The new EISD potential statement includes three elements: the passion of the district, what the district is best at and the impact of the district, according to the presentation.
The proposed statement entitled “Unite. Empower. Inspire. ”Reads:“ We unite our community through respectful relationships that build trust, accept differences and create a sense of belonging for all. We empower students by providing exceptional learning experiences that showcase diverse individual talents while encouraging curiosity and creativity. We inspire each other to lead determined lives of empathy, gratitude and compassion. “
Balthazar said the statement was ambitious and received positive feedback from students, staff and the EISD community. Greulich agreed.
“Overall, we hope this mission statement is humanistic and recognizes that students are more than numbers,” said Greulich.
The proposed statement will be presented to Council at a later date for formal approval.