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School board workshop highlighted by bond property purchases, proposed attendance zone changes

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its February Workshop on the 13th. A recap of the agenda is below.

 

  1. Roll Call.

 

  1. Verification of compliance with open meetings requirements.

 

  1. In his opening comments, Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri reminded everyone Monday, February 19, is a bad weather make-up day and since we have not had to miss any school because of the weather, we have nothing to make up. It is a holiday for the school district.    

 

  1. In public comment, Jordan Elementary teacher Samantha Campos told Trustees she is part of the recently launched LEAP initiative, calling it a transformative leadership program that has already had a significant impact on her personal and professional growth. She thanked the school board for this opportunity. Da’Niel Beauchamp, a multi-classroom leader at Bowie Middle School, said she had not heard of this type of program in any other district or state she has worked in, and called it a wonderful experience so far, thanking the district for this chance to grow as a teacher, a leader and a coach.

 

  1. Report/Discussion Items

 

  1. Trustees received an update on the launch of ECISD’s LEAP grant initiative. LEAP stands for Leadership for Ector’s Accelerated Performance, and it is initially focused on 10 schools that have a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students. LEAP will provide professional development for teachers and leaders and through a highly competitive, multi-year, $9 million grant will reward those who improve their practice and increase student growth with significant stipends. Bill Slotnik, CEO of Community Training and Assistance Center, called this grant “national recognition that ECISD is a school district on the rise.” There are four groups of staff members participating in the professional development provided by this grant. ECISD was one just 29 educational entities in the United States to earn one of these awards. Read more about the recent launch of this initiative.  Read the original announcement.

 

  1. The Strategic Plan quarterly update focuses on two areas, Post-secondary work and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. ECISD Portrait of a Graduate is a staff and community-defined standard of what students should look like upon graduation. The district has already surpassed its 2024 goal for College, Career & Military Readiness (the goal was 65%, last year’s score was 73%) and there are CCMR task forces on each high school campus to provide support to students to reach those standards. The department hosts several events for students – College Night, for instance – and will put on the district’s first Military Recruitment Fair in March.

Regarding National Board Certification for teachers, it is a strategic priority because it is the gold standard for advanced teacher credentialling, with studies showing a national board certified teacher has a measurable impact on student learning. ECISD, with support from the Permian Strategic Partnership, provides personalized support and financial assistance. In December, our first 5 staff members achieved National Board Certification. In May 46 teachers will be making submissions to the National Board. Our district continues to recruit teachers into the process.

 

  1. In this school actions presentation, Trustees discussed a series of recommendations involving attendance zones, grade configurations, and program changes at seven elementary schools. This was a lengthy discussion and is laid out separately on our ECISD homepage under Headlines. You can read the details of this presentation here. In a very brief summary, the recommendations for the board to consider are:
  • Establish a K-5 attendance boundary for Zavala Elementary that includes the previous Travis Elementary boundaries
  • Establish a K-5 attendance boundary for Pease Elementary
  • Establish at K-5 attendance boundary for Noel Elementary
  • Expand the attendance boundary for San Jacinto Elementary
  • Repurpose Burleson Elementary School into an early education center (PreK)

These proposals are based on the district’s commitment to bring families back together in Kindergarten – 5th grade neighborhood schools, right-size schools to maximize facility use and efficiency, give more children access to high quality seats in A & B rated schools, expand Prekindergarten, and expand Choice School options for families. The recording of this meeting will be available to watch this week once the video is processed, you can view it here (click on Board Meetings under the Live Board Meetings heading) – https://www.ectorcountyisd.org/Page/276

  1. Board Policy

 

  1. Trustees discussed revisions to local board policy EHBE(Local) – Special Programs: Bilingual Education/ESL. This policy revision spells out what the school district is already doing in implementing a dual language one-way program in which students learn academic content through two languages: English and Spanish…while also implementing a Dual Language Two-Way Model at appropriate campuses.

 

  1. Trustees discussed local policy GKG(Local) and the associated resolution of the board to accept as volunteers chaplains. Senate Bill 763 enables school districts to employ welcome chaplains as volunteers, providing essential support, services and programs for students as determined by the board. The recommended resolution affirms the existing practice of permitting chaplains to volunteer with schools in accordance with ECISD’s volunteer program.

 

  1. Trustees moved to closed session to discuss the purchase of property. Upon returning to the public meeting:

 

  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to authorize the negotiation and execution of a contract to purchase property at 5308 Andrews Highway for future use as the Transportation Center approved in Bond 2023.

 

  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to authorize the negotiation and execution of a contract to purchase a second section of property also at 5308 Andrews Highway for future use as the Transportation Center approved in Bond 2023.   

 

  1. There were no closing remarks.

 

  1. The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.