Trustees vote to increase pay for substitute teachers
The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its regular board meeting for December on the evening of the 18th. A recap of the agenda is below.
Call to order.
Ross Elementary students Elijiah Trout, Randal Trout, and Nailah Trout led the pledges of allegiance.
Reverend Mike Atkins from Kingston Avenue Baptist Church gave the invocation.
Verification of compliance with Open Meetings Act.
Public Hearing regarding the application for a Chapter 313 Appraised Value Limitation by Oberon Solar, LLC. A.
Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the application from Oberon Solar, LLC, for appraised value limitation on qualifying property.
Trustees voted 7-0 to approve Oberon’s request to waive the job creation requirement. These types of agreements usually contain a requirement for a minimum of 10 new jobs; however, the solar facility only requires two full-time jobs once construction is complete.
Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the limitation on appraised value for school district maintenance & operations tax rate. These three votes marked the culmination of the application process that began in July. Oberon is putting in a 50 Megawatt solar project in southwest Ector County. This agreement grants a limit to property tax valuations for 10 years. It impacts the school district’s Maintenance & Operations tax rate (day-to-day operations) but not the Debt Service (I & S) tax rate. It projects a savings of $2.7 million for Oberon over the life of the agreement. This agreement also includes provisions to protect ECISD from a loss of local and state funding, and costs of annual audits. The company will pay the school district for those losses of funding.
Special Presentations - Trustees’ recognized the three students who designed the pictures for the annual school board Christmas Cards; honored this year’s top United Way fundraisers (Travis Elementary, Odessa High School, and the Curriculum & Instruction Department); introduced the schools that won the Red Ribbon Week decoration contest; congratulated Trustee Dr. Steve Brown for his election to the Texas Association of School Boards board of directors; and introduced the members of the C & I team.
Report on 2018 performance. Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Howard presented a recap of last year’s accountability scores for each campus. They pointed out one of the areas of biggest concern is the scoring domain that compares our students’ growth to the growth of students in comparable districts around the state. ECISD scores trail those similar districts significantly.
Report on HR strategies. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Gregory Nelson told Trustees the HR Department has a vision of ECISD becoming the preferred employer locally. They realize no single effort is going to fill more than 200 teacher openings (350 openings district-wide) and, to that end, the department has 26 initiatives in place. Those range from recruiting new people, growing our own staff, utilizing grant opportunities, finding housing options, and emphasizing salaries and benefits.
Update on progress of TRE projects. Staff members will receive their retroactive raises (from the start of the school year through this month) in a separate, lump-sum check on December 31. The raise will be part of their regular check starting in January. Five schools have gotten new roofs from the 2016 hailstorm; the other six buildings damaged that year are in progress. The bid process is underway for the first six buildings damaged in the 2017 hailstorm. The design and planning is underway for the facilities that will get secure entrances. A bid for fencing will open this week. One activity bus and seven yellow buses have been ordered so far.
Consent Agenda. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Consent Agenda, which is a group of routine or previously discussed items presented for approval all at once. This month’s Consent Agenda included the approval of Tammi Cole and James Webbs, Jr. for spots on the School Health Advisory Council; the annual retainer for Special Education legal services; the list of 2019-20 Dual Credit courses; out-of-state travel for the Odessa High School Bronchettes; and utilization of Innovative Course for an OCTECHS elective credit.
There was no closed meeting.
Trustees voted 6-1 to approve the purchase of a new textbook and records warehouse. Delma Abalos voted against the motion. The new property is at 119 E. 52nd Street, and formerly part of Saulsbury Industries. The property’s office and warehouse space are approximately triple the size of the current textbook warehouse. The cost is $745,000. Part of that cost can be recouped with the sale of the current textbook warehouse on 10th Street & Golder. The current warehouse is out of space. The staff spends several hours during the day moving pallets of materials out of the warehouse in order to have room to process them; then move them back into the warehouse at the end of the day. This spring will bring one of the largest materials adoption the state has seen and about 5,500 pallets of materials are expected to be received by ECISD – about ten times the usual number of pallets. This building also holds students records, which are required by law to be kept for 5 years. Here is a link to the presentation given to the school board members - https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=43643373.
Trustees voted 5-1 to approve Budget Amendment #4. Delma Abalos voted against the motion; Dr. Donna Smith was not present for the vote.
Trustees voted 7-0 to approve purchases over $50,000. Just one item this month, Literacy Library materials for middle schools.
Trustees voted 7-0 to approve a revised pay schedule for Substitute Teachers. The new rates for subs are increased as follows:
Short-term, uncertified subs $85 to $100 per day
Short-term, certified subs $100 to $120 per day
Para-professional subs $8.91 per hour to $9.30 per hour
Long-term, uncertified subs $170 to $190 per day*
Long-term, certified subs $190 to $220 per day*
*(the increases are for all long-term subs, not just those in core subject areas, will begin on the first day of the long-term assignment, and the new long-term daily rate will be paid for staff development days, too.)
Request for Future Agenda Items
The meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.