The Bond Advisory Committee wrapped up its work with a presentation to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 15. The BAC recommended a bond proposal focused on 7 priorities with a cost of approximately $287 million dollars. You can see the committee’s presentation by clicking HERE.
During the 2016-17 school year a review of Ector County ISD’s facilities brought to light the fact most of the district’s schools were built prior to 1960. Specifically, 19 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools were built before 1960. Hood Junior High, now Wilson & Young Middle School, was built in 1960. That is 25 schools that are at least 57 years old.As our Ector County community continues to grow and the need for new school facilities increases school district administrators hired the architectural firm PBK to assess every square foot of space in ECISD buildings – about 5 million square feet. That work was done during the spring semester.
At the same time ECISD worked with Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) to conduct a comprehensive demographic study of population trends, employment trends, housing projections, ratios of students per household, and projected student enrollment. PASA demographers presented their information twice – at school board meetings on April 11 & May 15 – pointing out housing trends are a real key to analyzing and predicting growth.
The demographers put together 5-year and 10-year potential growth scenarios. They pointed out that, through their experience, even if the growth numbers don’t hit predictions the location of that growth will hold consistent. The information from their studies can be found at the links below.
As you look at the Geocoded Zone maps the capacity is listed first and then growth projections by year. The final slides of the presentation are potential building scenarios to accommodate future growth – PLEASE NOTE THESE MAPS ARE NOT HIGHLIGHTING ATTENDANCE ZONES, they are what the demographers call “catchment areas” to show how the number of students in the county could be divided among the number of schools.Full details of the demographic study. This report is more than 300 pages long and includes maps, tables, and long-range projections in detail.The information from the demographic study along with the full facilities assessment is necessary to be the foundation of a long-term master plan for ECISD facilities. On May 23 a Bond Advisory Committee of 62 community members began the crucial task of evaluating these reports, financial information, and ECISD’s bond history in order to decide the next steps necessary for Ector County ISD future.
One the left side of this page you will find the Bond Advisory Committee’s calendar of meetings. After each meeting all of the documents given to the committee will be posted for our community to see, too. Simply click on the Meeting Link with the date to find that information.