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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Recap

The ECISD Board of Trustees held its regularly scheduled meeting for February on the 19th. A recap of the agenda is below.


Sam Houston Elementary students Juan Lopez and Sarita Palacios led the pledges of allegiance.


The Reverend Matt Wilson of Antioch Christian Church gave the invocation.


The special presentations included:

  • Introduction of PTA Reflections contest winners;
  • Recognition of All-State Musicians;
  • Introduction of John Gillian, Texas Music Educators Association President;
  • The introduction of LBJ 5th-grade teacher Jami Sellers as the February World Class Leader in Education (pictured.)



  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the consent agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of routine items for approval all at once.
  2. Trustees heard a presentation from Murry Fly Elementary.

Yolanda Hernandez, principal at Murry Fly led the presentation. She said her campus iscommitted to excellence and this year the campus is focused on offering new teachers to the district professional development opportunities throughout the year. Staff members at Fly presented a series of videos which highlighted how CSCOPE has served as a good source for evaluating student progress and how it has engaged student learning; how technology implementation has helped with intervention, monitoring progress and creating motivation in student learning;and how the laptop initiative has made working more efficient and the new opportunities it has created in the classroom. One of the staff members also mentioned the growth of the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program as well as the Junior VIPS program and the benefits it has created for students,including an increase in attendance. Murry Fly also highlighted that it has received tremendous support from community partnerships and an increase inparent involvement.

  1. Ms. Cathy Posey withdrew her request to address the board.
  2. Trustees heard an update on the Home School Written Statement of Assurance. They were advised that the form used to document students who leave ECISD to be Home-schooled was updated because a required line at the bottom of the form was often being left blank and it was causing issues in reporting accurately. The line is now more prominently displayed in the top half of the form.
  3. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) construction delivery method for upcoming bond projects.

ChiefOperations Officer David Finley said the construction manager serves as ageneral contractor providing pre-construction (during design) and construction services. Having a contractor involved this early in the process is an advantage for the district.

  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Evaluation Criteria and Evaluation Committee for the selection of CMAR.
  2. Trustees heard a report from the District Continuous Improvement Team College & Career Readiness Subcommittee.

Diane Mata, director of guidance and counseling and AVID led the presentation. Mrs.Mata said all elementary schools are now AVID sites and are now exposing all students to college culture. She said visitors have been impressed with the district and AVID in ECISD has been nationally recognized. Mrs. Mata also mentioned Odessa High is currently in a coaching phase for it to become anational demonstration site. Omega Loera, director of advanced academic services presented to the board a growth in Advanced Placement and Dual-Credit enrollment. Carla Byrne, director of career and technical education mentioned Career and Technical Education currently offers 13 of 16 career pathways developed by the state. CTE added three new courses this year; forensic science, math forinnovators/engineering math and career prep. She said she is projecting radiology technology as a course in 2013-2014 and projecting growth in enrollment. Mrs. Byrne said the program has increased from 55 students in 2010-2011 to 238 in 2012-2013.

  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve Budget Amendment #6.

This amendment included money for the ECISD police department to improve their communications equipment and improvements within the security and technology infrastructure.

  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve to extend the District’s Bank Depository Contract with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.
  2. There was no closed session.
  3. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the routine personnel report. This is the list of resignations, retirements, and recommendations to hire.


The meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.