In April a Bond Advisory Committee of 70 people, a cross section of the Ector County ISD committee, began meeting to review the school district’s needs for capital projects, facilities improvements, and timelines and costs for any such projects. The Committee will offer counsel and input to the ECISD administration and will present its findings and recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration of a May 2019 bond referendum.
Driving the discussion is the need to prepare for an expected increase in Ector County’s population – and school enrollment – due to a thriving local economy. Since 2008 Ector County ISD’s enrollment has grown by 5,000 students. Despite opening six new schools during that time (3 high schools of choice and 3 elementary schools), most schools, particularly the middle schools and high schools, are operating above capacity. In fact, the three new elementary schools built through proceeds of the 2012 Bond have been closed to enrollment each year since they opened in 2015.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.
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.