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Trustees formally approve partnership for 3-year-old Prekindergarten next year

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its January Board Meeting on the 19th. A recap of the agenda is below.

 

  1. Roll Call. 

 

  1. Verification of compliance with open meetings requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

  1. Pledges of allegiance. 

 

 4. Invocation

 

  1. In a pair of video special presentations, Trustees were introduced to the three students who earned recognition in the National Merit Scholarship program, along with the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scholars; Trustees also received the Mayor’s proclamation that January is Ector County ISD School Board Month in Odessa. 

 

  1. In his opening comments, Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri thanked the Trustees for their work – which is volunteer work – on behalf of ECISD students and staff. He followed by talking with them about the recently completed student survey on school connectedness. School Connectedness is defined as the belief adults and peers care about their learning and about them as individuals. If students feel connected they will perform better academically. This fall, 59% of students, in grades 3-12, said they feel connected (61% is the national average in a pre-COVID atmosphere). Our goal is to be at the national average next spring and at 63% by 2024. The survey covers five areas: sense of belonging, school climate, rigorous expectations, school engagement, and supportive relationships. Overall, the highest rated area is Supportive Relationships with 72% positive responses; the lowest area is School Engagement at 45% positive responses. Schools are developing actions plans to address issues revealed through this survey, and kids will take the same survey again in April. 

 

  1. There was no public comment. 

 

  1. Action items

 

A. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve purchases over $50,000. There was only one, the roof replacement for Nimitz Middle School at a bid of just over $3 million.

 

B. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Election Order and Notice for May 1, 2021. Four spots on the ECISD school board are up for election this spring – Position 2 (Delma Abalos), Position 4 (Chris Stanley), Position 5 (Dr. Steve Brown), and Position 7 (Nelson Minyard). All four incumbents have filed to run for re-election.

 

C. Trustees voted 6-1 to non-renew the charter school agreement with Ector Success Academy Network (Ector College Prep Success Academy middle school). Carol Gregg voted against the proposal. The term of the ESAN Performance Agreement with ECISD ends June 30, 2021. As outlined in ELA (Local), ECISD Board of Trustees may renew the contract for up to an additional ten-year term. In accordance with law, the Board shall renew a charter performance contract only if the Board finds that the campus charter has substantially fulfilled its obligations and met the performance standards in the contract and applicable law. From Tuesday night’s board presentation: the campus met 6 of 24 academic goals set out in the Performance Agreement from 2018-2020; failed to meet generally accepted accounting standards for fiscal management; did not disclose a conflict of interest for services provided by the Charter Governing Board’s President in June 2020, until November 2020. Per the agreement, notice of non-renewal must be given by the ECISD Board of Trustees by the last Friday of January.

 

D. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Odessa YMCA as an Innovation Partner to help provide three-year-old Pre-kindergarten next year. With kindergarten readiness being one of the primary tenets of ECISD’s strategic plan, this partnership with the Y will help the District expand its pre-kindergarten program to up to 1,000 three-year-olds beginning August 2021. The Y currently serves children 6-weeks-old to 12-years-old at its existing three locations. It plans to utilize its new building on Pagewood as the site for 150 3-year-olds with potential for expansion. The Y has a ‘whole child’ educational plan and academic model designed for literacy development and logical math discovery that lead to kindergarten readiness. 

 

  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of routine or previously reviewed items that are approved all together. This month’s Consent Agenda included minutes of previous meetings; bills for payment; acceptance of donations over $10,000*; and out-of-state travel for the Permian High School orchestra to Orlando, Florida, from June 1-5, 2021 (if travel is allowed at that time).

 

 

  1. Reports/Discussion items 

A. Trustees heard the annual performance report. School districts are required to hold a public hearing to discuss their annual report which includes academic performance data, accreditation status, campus performance objectives, information on violent or criminal incidents and performance of the previous year’s graduates in their first year of college as reported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Much of the academic information on this year’s report remains the same as last year’s report due to the fact all state assessments were suspended last spring due to the COVID-19 school closures. This presentation will be available on the ECISD Accountability Department website the day after this meeting. 

 

  1. There was no closed session. 

 

  1. Information items. You can find these items, as well as the descriptions of previous items, here - https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1406?meeting=445663.    

 

  1. There were no closing remarks. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m. 

 

*$88,907.84 from the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP) through the Education Foundation for Teacher Housing Incentive. LINK HERE

 

$50,000 from the Education Foundation for a portion of the Grant Writer’s salary.