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Workshop agenda highlights Student Support departments

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held a workshop on the evening of January 14. A recap of the agenda is below. The items on this agenda are discussion only.

 

  1. Roll Call. Carol Gregg was absent.

 

  1. Verification of Compliance with Open Meeting Law.

 

  1. Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri opened the meeting by thanking the school board members for their volunteer service. January is School Board Recognition Month and Dr. Muri asked the audience to recognize our Trustees with a round of applause. Dr. Muri also complimented the students in the Culinary Arts program for the “great meal” they catered for a recent meeting. He spoke of the quality of the food and the customer service provided by the students and how Culinary Arts is another example of our Career & Technical Education courses preparing students for college and career.   

 

  1. Public Comment. No one requested to speak.

 

  1. Report/discussion items

A. Trustees heard the first reading of TASB policy update 114. This is a series of 18 policies with updates recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). These updates are offered to school districts in order to keep local policies in line with changes to legal policies. NOTE: You can find all of these proposed policy changes (items A-F) as part of the board book published with this agenda – https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicAgenda.aspx?ak=68901&mk=50360257

 

B. Trustees discussed revisions to board policy DEC(Local) Compensation and Benefits: Leaves and Absences.

 

C. Trustees discussed revisions to board policy DGBA(LOCAL) Personnel Management Relations: Employee Complaint/Grievances. This proposed update clarifies who hears Level I grievances.

 

D. Trustees discussed revisions to board policy FNAA(LOCAL) Student Expressions: Distribution of Non-school Literature.

 

E. Trustees discussed revisions to board policy FNAB(LOCAL) Student Expressions: Use of School Facilities for Non-school Purposes.

 

F. Trustees discussed revisions to board policy EIC(LOCAL) Academic Achievement Class Ranking. The proposed update moves Pre-Advanced Placement courses to a higher grade point average “weight” in order to reward high school students who choose the more challenging, rigorous courses. If approved, this change would go into effect with the rising 8th graders – the Class of 2024. It would not affect those who have already started high school. All of these policies (items A-F) will be brought back to the board next week for a vote.

 

G. Trustees heard a report on the Student Support and Wrap Around services offered through the ECISD Teen Parent Related Services (TPRS) office and the ECISD Community Outreach Center. ECISD has seven divisions under the heading of Student Support, this presentation focused on these two. TPRS provides support, in a variety of ways, to keep teen parents in school. Things like providing transportation, child care, an incentive program, and making daily contact are ways the TPRS program reaches teen parents. Last year’s graduation rate was 85% for students receiving TPRS support. The department is still working with those who did not graduate. The Community Outreach Center, located on E. Clements, is where our ECISD social workers keep track of students and families to increase attendance and reduce the dropout rate. This includes monitoring truancy. The department works to connect families with needed community services, and offers a “Parenting Wisely” course to about 250 families each year.

 

  1. There was no closed session.

 

  1. Muri closed the meeting by thanking the presenters for being at the meeting, and thanked all of the Student Support departments for the work they do on behalf of students and families every day.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.