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School board allocates TRE approved money for raises, projects

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its regular meeting for November on the evening of the 13th. A recap of that agenda is below. Dr. Steve Brown and Carol Gregg were absent.


Reagan Elementary students Chloe Granado and Claire Thomas led the pledges of allegiance.


Reagan Elementary students Chloe Granado and Claire Thomas with superintendent Jim Nelson, Trustee Dr. Donna Smith.




Reverend Andy Hill from West Texas Cowboy Church gave the invocation.


Special Presentations included the recognition of Permian High School junior Josh Garcia for earning his way to the State Cross Country Championships, and introductions of Advanced Placement & International Baccalaureate Scholars and National Merit Scholarship honorees.


A. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve one purchase over $50,000 – the materials for a pilot phonics program and professional development to go with it, for the two Pre-K through 2nd-grade campuses, Zavala and Pease.


B. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve budget amendment #3. Most of this amendment is revenue from the recently approved tax ratification election. It is re-allocated for staff raises, roof repairs, bus replacements, and controlled-access entrances for schools. These items were part of the budget approved by the school board in June, but could not be allocated to these projects until the TRE received voter approval.


C. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve an Interlocal Agreement to participate in a Harris County Department of Education 19 Cooperative Purchasing Program. This is a co-op that has many awarded contracts for food products and equipment and stands to benefit ECISD’s School Nutrition Department.


D. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve returning donated land back to the donor family. The Parks family donated property to ECISD in April 2008, with a condition that the district would start construction of a school within ten years. It has been determined the site is not big enough for a school so no effort has been taken to build one on that location. With this item, the Board of Trustees acknowledges the rights to the land reverted back to the Parks Family as of April 2018.


E. Trustees voted 4-1 to hire Hazard Young Attea Associates as the firm to conduct the search for a new superintendent. Delma Abalos voted against the motion. In August, the school board interviewed three firms, including HYA. The firm’s process will engage the community through meetings and surveys, recruit potential candidates, help the board through the steps of selection and offers the option of helping transition to the new superintendent. Another aspect of the firm’s responsibility is to assist in creating a profile and job description for the new superintendent.


F. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve a modified schedule State Assessment Days Waiver. This waiver allows the schedule of classes for students not being tested to report to school after the state testing time has ended. This waiver request may be approved for up to three years.


G. Trustees voted to approve a revised 2018-19 salary schedule. Trustees approved the salary schedule in June but the salary changes (raises) that went into the effect with the successful passage of the TRE, plus administrative reorganization taking place, required this update to the salary schedule. In regard to the reorganization, Mr. Nelson told board members some administrative positions will have different titles and responsibilities. He said his goal is to make the administrative team more responsive to the needs of the campus. He said with retirements and new hires the changes in positions for this year result in a cost reduction of about $94,000.


H. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of routine or previously discussed items presented for approval all at one time. Included in this month’s Consent Agenda were overseas travel for the Permian High School and Odessa High School choir and theater programs to England, Scotland, and Ireland; out of state travel for OHS Harp students (Chicago) and PHS Band students (Indianapolis); the annual financial report, and the quarterly investment report.


I. Trustees spent almost 45 minutes in closed session discussing hiring.


J. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve Roberto Cedillo as an executive director of secondary education. Mr. Cedillo comes to ECISD with more than 12 years in education. He was most recently a Human Resources Director in Midland ISD. Prior to moving into HR, Robert was an Educational Leadership Consultant at Region 18 and worked with districts and campuses across the region related to school improvement and leadership development. He was with Midland ISD for 11 years where he led Midland Freshman for three years and served as an associate principal, grade level principal, AVID and Spanish teacher and coach, and a teacher assistant. He grew up in Midland and is married to Kimberly; they have two children. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Angelo State University.


K. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve Dr. Lilia Náñez as the associate superintendent of curriculum & instruction. Dr. Náñez brings more than 32 years of experience in education and related fields. She is currently the executive director of leadership development in Frenship ISD. Prior to taking that role, she was an account executive & education consultant with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for 3 years. She led the C & I team in Edgewood ISD for 3 years where under her leadership 5 of 6 campuses came out of Improvement Required status in one year. They moved the high school out of IR and had 4 distinctions the following year. She was a very successful elementary principal in Midland ISD from 1999-2007 where she turned around two campuses in the 8 years she served as principal. In the other 7 years she spent in Midland, she was an assistant principal, Bilingual/ESL specialist, and a Bilingual/GT teacher. Lilia is a native of Alpine and is married to Ignacio – they have two sons at Texas Tech University. She has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University, and Master’s degrees (Mid-Management & Counseling) and a Bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University in Accounting.


The meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.