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Trustees receive Strategic Plan update, review measures of success for district goals
The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its November Workshop on the 9th. A recap of the agenda is below.
- Roll Call.
- Verification of compliance with open meetings requirements.
- In his opening comments, Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri offered congratulations to Julie Marshall, principal at Dowling Elementary School, for being named the Odessa College Honors Outstanding Educator and celebrated earlier this afternoon at the OC Honors event. In addition, Education Foundation board member (and non-stop volunteer) Lisa Wyman was selected as the Outstanding Individual through the OC Honors program. He asked board members to congratulate both of them when they see them again. Finally, Dr. Muri mentioned CDC release of a COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11, and the school district is working with the Ector County Health Department to host clinics for students – the first of which will be tomorrow (Wednesday, November 10) at Zavala Elementary. ECISD is trying to take an active role in making vaccines easily available to students who want it.
- There was no public comment.
- Board policy
5A. Trustees discussed recommendations for policy updates in TASB Policy Update 118. These recommendations are to bring local policies in line with legislative changes. This was first-reading only and no action was taken. The update will be brought back to Trustees next week for a vote.
5B. Trustees discussed a Resolution of Termination of Resignation of Employment Delegation of Authority: DFE(Exhibit A). This resolution and the one in Item C (below) designate which administrators may accept a letter of resignation.
5C. Trustees discussed a Resolution of Termination of Resignation of Employment Delegation of Authority: DFE(Exhibit B).
- Reports/Discussion items
6A. Trustees heard the quarterly update on strategic plan work. The aspects of the plan covered in this presentation were Personalized Professional Learning, District Technology Standardization, and the plan’s 14 Indicators of Success.
Establishing district technology standardization is one of the projects under the theme of Foundational Excellence. The focus of this work has been on three areas. One: WiFi and internet connectivity. In April 2021 all portables were equipped with wireless access; in October 2021, nearly 3,000 access points were installed around ECISD; in November switches will be installed for power; and by February 2022 another 3,154 access points will be installed making ECISD classrooms ready for anytime, anywhere connectivity. Two: devices for staff. Teachers have expressed the desire for mobility in class, so each is to be outfitted with a laptop computer, docking station, an additional computer monitor, and an external keyboard and mouse. Three: devices for learning in the classroom. This includes a Promethean interactive flat panel and 1:1 student devices, iPads for kindergarten through second graders and Chromebooks for 3rd through 12th graders.
Developing personalized professional learning. This is set up in several ways; coaching that takes place in the classroom, in real time with current students; mentoring that takes place in the classroom in nearly real time, away from students; Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that take place shortly before or after instruction; or independent learning in which a teacher researches a problem of practice, implements a solution, then reflects on the experience. These are always centered on issues of actual practice. By the numbers, Talent Development has now offered 113 professional learning sessions for teachers plus another 37 for non-instructional employees equaling more than 13,000 seats filled in professional learning sessions this year. The Talent Development Department offers professional learning opportunities for teachers, aspiring campus leaders, principals and staff members. Coming is a TCLAS grant to provide space for 52 teachers residents over the next three years and 6 paraprofessionals to become certified teachers.
ECISD’s strategic plan features 14 measurements, or Indicators of Success. The Trustees and superintendent reviewed those measurements from year one of the plan and compared them to the goals projected for the year. These indicators range from attendance to student academic growth to kindergarten readiness to graduation rates and more. The presentation included the most updated measurements plus a look at the many ways the District is already working to improve those areas. You will find the indicators of success on the ECISD Strategic Plan webpage - https://www.ectorcountyisd.org/Page/5017.
- Trustees moved to closed session.
7A. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the hiring of Brandon Reyes as executive director of operations, overseeing custodial, energy management, transportation and school nutrition. He has worked as the ECISD director of school nutrition for the past two years, and also has three years of experience as a school nutrition buyer for ECISD. As an Air Forces Staff Sergeant, he earned a top award for professionalism and discipline.
- There were no closing remarks.
- The meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.