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Trustees approve 3 new principals for 2019-20; employee contracts, too

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its regular board meeting for April on the evening of the 16th. A recap of the agenda is below.


  1. Call to order.


  1. Four students led the pledges of allegiance: Alyssa Ortiz & Esteban Skiles from San Jacinto Elementary, plus Omar Aguirre from Permian High School & Travis Johnson from Odessa High School.

 Four students led the pledges of allegiance: Alyssa Ortiz, Esteban Skiles, Omar Aguirre and Travis Johnson




  1. Reverend Steve Crone from First Baptist church gave the invocation.


  1. Special Presentations included the introduction of members of the District Operations Department, and a special award presented to outgoing school board member Ray Beaty. Dr. Beaty was originally elected to the board in 2006. He chose not to run for re-election this spring.

Trustee Ray Beaty poses with the Extra Mile Award plaque






  1. Verification of compliance with Open Meetings Act.


  1. Citizen’s request to address the Board. Charlene Romero McBride spoke to the Trustees about the upcoming Census 2020. She reminded those in attendance at the meeting how important it is for everyone to participate in the census. She also mentioned there are classroom ready activities and resources to teach about the census.


  1. Citizen’s request to address the Board. Armida Tarin requested to speak to the board about a concern she has a parent. She asked that she speak to them in closed session.


  1. Trustees spent a little more than 30 minutes in closed session with Mrs. Tarin. No discussion followed, and no action was taken.


  1. Report Items

 A. Trustees reviewed their Lone Star Governance Goals and Constraint Progress Measures.

 B. Trustees received a report on the progress of the Ector College Prep Success Academy. The school’s director Robert Bleisch opened the presentation focusing on the improved culture at Ector. He mentioned the school’s enrollment he has remained above 1,400 students all year; a recent student survey revealed strong scores regarding kids feeling safe and respected; and parent feedback has been very positive about the quality of instruction. Principal Charlie Quintela walked the Trustees through testing data from the spring that shows April’s benchmarks improved from the ones given in February.


 C. Trustees heard a report on the Phonics Program in Pre-kindergarten. Our Literacy Department piloted a phonics program at Pease and Zavala in the spring. The results so far show growth across the board.


 D. Trustees got an update on the budget and the district’s financials. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Howard gave Trustees an overview of the budgeting process. She told Trustees district leaders are estimating the fund balance will increase to more than $67 million at year-end, June 30, 2019 – a positive increase that has already improved ECISD’s bond rating to A-1. Dr. Howard said the revenue estimates for 2019-20 are being built on an enrollment figure of 32,596 and an average daily attendance of 93.5%. She added the district is watching the legislature very closely, and will likely not present a salary or stipend schedule to the school board until we have a better idea of what the new legislation will mandate. Dr. Howard told Trustees the district plans to give a 2% across-the-board raise for next year, at a minimum. She also said ECISD will be considered a Chapter 41 (wealthy) school district. This year it will mean the state will keep $581,000 (that it would normally send to ECISD) for the district’s wealthy status.


 E. Trustees heard a report on their continuing education requirements.



  1. Action Items

 A. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve TASB Policy Update 112, excluding CH (Local) which was mistakenly left off the list.


 B. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve TASB Board Policy AE (Local) Educational Philosophy. This simple wording change added the new Vision statement created by the board members during the initial strategic planning work – “OUR Students…THE Future.”


 C. Trustees voted 6-1 to approve the Lone Star Governance quarterly progress tracker report. Carol Gregg voted against the motion.


 D. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve purchases over $50,000. There are five items on this month’s list: student accident insurance & catastrophic insurance; lockdown response system; property & casualty insurance consultant; Erate eligible products and services; and professional development training for math.


 E. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the renewal of AVID for all ECISD schools plus AVID EXCEL for Bonham, Bowie, Crockett, Nimitz and Wilson & Young middle schools. AVID EXCEL is designed to serve English Language Learners, whether they are in the Bilingual program or have already been exited from it. EXCEL helps students build academic vocabulary.


 F. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the 2019-20 District Improvement Plan.


 G. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the annual agreement for iTCSS student information software through Region 18 Education Service Center.


 H. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification for 2019-20.


 I. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve low attendance waivers for Nimitz Middle School, Blanton Elementary, and Gonzales Elementary. Between February 4 and February 8, these schools experienced at least one day with low attendance (defined as at least 10% below the previous year’s average daily attendance figure) due to illnesses.


 J. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve overseas travel for students in the Culinary Arts program to travel to Greece in June.


 K. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve out-of-state travel for 10 students to attend the Business Professionals of America (BPA) national conference/contest in Anaheim, California, from April 30-May 5.


 L. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve minutes of past meetings.


 M. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve bills for payment.


  1. Trustees spent about 45 minutes in closed session discussing employees’ contracts and hiring.

 A. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve contracts for the 2019-20 school year.


 B. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the proposed non-renewal of Linda Voss’ contract.


 C. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the proposed non-renewal of Joshua Moore’s contract.


 D. Trustees voted 7-0 to hire Judi Tarleton as the new principal for Bonham Middle School. Mrs. Tarleton is currently the associate principal at Midland Lee High School, and previously worked as lead diagnostician and Special Education supervisor here in ECISD, as well as assistant principal at Abell Junior High in Midland ISD.


 E. Trustees voted 7-0 to hire Brian Ellington as the new principal for Bowie Middle School. Mr. Ellington is currently an assistant principal at Abell JH in Midland ISD. He was an assistant principal here in ECISD at Nimitz Junior High before that.


 F. Trustees voted 7-0 to hire Anthony Garcia as the new principal for Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School. Mr. Garcia is an eight-year veteran of ECISD. He is an assistant principal at Crockett Middle School and worked as an assistant principal at Odessa High School the three previous years.


  1. Information Items


  1. Request for Future Agenda Items


The meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.