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Trustees vote to extend superintendent's contract through June 2028

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its September Workshop on the 12th. 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 welcome principals to the meeting. All of them were in attendance for item 6B, the Campus Improvement Plans.   


  1. There was no public comment.


  1. Board Policy


  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve TASB Local Policy Update 121: DEA (Local): Compensation and Benefits: Compensation Plan. The proposals include minimal changes to reduce redundancy and do not change district operations.
  1. Report/Discussion items


  1. Trustees received an update on STAAR 3-8 and End of Course exam data. Continuing improvement is the theme of the Spring 2023 STAAR results for ECISD students, and it comes even as the state introduces a redesigned test.

STAAR tests are given in math and reading-language arts (RLA) in grades 3-8, in science for 5th and 8th graders, and social studies for 8th graders. ECISD students showed impressive improvement with increases in 12 of the 15 passing levels, which means the students achieved the state standard of Approaches or higher. These charts show ECISD and State performance in the Approaches, Meets and Masters levels.

Students must pass five End of Course (EOC) exams as part of graduation requirements in Texas. ECISD’s 2023 EOC results show the number of students who passed increased in all five of those EOC exams: Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and U.S. History.

The next set of slides show performance results over time. They highlight 2019 to now, the effect of the pandemic, and state trends, too. These numbers also show ECISD students are shrinking the gaps between the District and the state in many areas. The yellow bar indicates this year’s test was a new test so the comparisons are not apples-to-apples.

Dr. Muri closed this presentation with the announcement that ECISD’s College Career & Military Readiness (CCMR) score for 2023 increased to 73, from 65 one year ago. *See the sets of charts. 


B. Trustees discussed Campus Improvement Plans for the 2023-24 school year. They reviewed the process for developing a CIP, along with the school’s goals and strategies. Each school, regardless of rating, is required to build a Campus Improvement Plan annually. The plan serves as the blueprint for how each school will uniquely address the campus-specific needs identified in their Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CAN). Three principals shared their campus plans with Trustees – San Jacinto Elementary, Bowie Middle School, and Odessa High School. The plans will be brought back to Trustees next week for approval and, after approved, will be posted on each school’s website.


  1. Trustees moved to closed session to discuss the superintendent’s appraisal and contract, as well as real estate.


  1. Trustees voted 7-0 to extend Dr. Muri’s contract for one year, to June 30, 2028, increase his salary by 3% (the same percentage increase given to full-time classroom teachers) to $328,801.56, increase his number of vacation days from 20 to 30 per contract year, and that Section 3.3.5 be modified to allow the superintendent to be paid for all earned, but unused, vacation days.


  1. In his closing remarks, Dr. Muri thanked the school board and said it is exciting to look ahead at the future of this school district. He said when we, the Team of 8 work together, they, the students and staff, do better and achieve more.


  1. The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.