The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its regular meeting for January on the evening of the 17th, a recap of the agenda is below.
Ector Middle School students Abraham Hernandez & Leo Lopez led the pledges of allegiance.
Reverend Jackie Brem from Second Baptist Church gave the invocation.
A busy night of special presentations included a performance by and recognition of the 9 TMEA All-State Musicians from Odessa High School and Permian High School; School Board Recognition Month activities; introduction of Cavazos Elementary 2nd grade Bilingual teacher Imelda Tarango as the World Class Leader in Education (pictured below); recognition of OHS senior Kennedi Cox and PHS senior Robinne Rios for qualifying for the State UIL Student Congress debate; and recognition of Chevron for earning distinction as a Stand Up for Texas Public Schools partner from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).
A. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve a resolution asking the State Legislature to repeal the A-F Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools, scheduled to be implemented in August 2018. House Bill 2804, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015 requires the commissioner of education to implement an A-F grading system that assigns each district and campus a letter grade in five different domains and an overall grade. ECISD joins more than 230 school districts in Texas that have adopted a similar resolution against the A-F Accountability System. To see the resolution click here.
B. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve a resolution joining a coalition of Texas school districts to petition the State Legislature to fund Texas Education Code (TEC) Section 42.2521. Section 42.2521 of the TEC states that, to the extent money specifically authorized to be used under Section 42.2521 is available, the Texas Education Commissioner shall adjust the taxable value of property in a school district that, due to factors beyond the control of the board of trustees, experiences a rapid decline in the tax base used in calculating taxable values in excess of four percent of the tax base used in the preceding year. This provision has not been funded in recent years. Districts in Texas are joining together as part of a coalition to petition for funding in the 85th Legislative Session. There is no cost to the ECISD to join the petition. Over the past two years Ector County ISD has lost more than 17% (equal to some $24 million) in appraised property values well above the 4% necessary to qualify for funding under this statute. If funded, ECISD would be eligible for approximately $13 million. You will find these resolutions here -- Resolution 2015 & Resolution 2016.
C. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of previously discussed or routine items presented for approval together. A few of the items on this month’s Consent Agenda were a request for PHS’s orchestra students to travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado in April; sale of a small piece of property in Goldsmith; and the purchase of two pieces of property on Golder Avenue (1203, 1211) that will be turned into parking lots next to the school’s new performing arts center.
D. There was no closed session.
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.