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Trustees hear update on pre-kindergarten plans
The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held a workshop on the evening of November 12. A recap of the agenda is below. The items on this agenda are discussion only.
- Roll Call.
- Verification of Compliance with Open Meeting Law.
- Opening remarks by the superintendent. Dr. Scott Muri took a couple of moments to congratulate Trustee Delma Abalos on winning an outstanding educator award through Odessa College’s OC Honors program; congratulate Trustee Dr. Steve Brown on his election to the Texas Association of School Boards Board of Directors; and thank ECISD police for taking initiative to suggest buying a K-9 unit that will be trained to search for weapons. The dog and officer should be hired, trained and ready to visit schools in the spring semester.
- Public Comment. No one requested to speak.
- Report/discussion items
A. Proposed revisions to local board policy CC(Local) Local Revenue Sources. All revenues derived from the licensing of the trademarked symbols of Permian High School and Odessa High School shall be placed in a designated account for the purpose of awarding annual scholarships to Permian HS and Odessa HS current District graduates as outlined in Regulations.
B. Proposed revisions to local board policy CDC(Local) Other Revenue: Gifts and Solicitations. The Board delegates to the Superintendent or designee the authority to accept unsolicited gifts on behalf of the District. However, any gift with a market value of $10,000 or more, any gift that the potential donor has expressly made conditional upon the District’s use for a specified purpose, or any gift of real property, shall require Board approval. Once accepted, a gift becomes the sole property of the District.
C. Implementation of full-day pre-kindergarten. Data shows 65% of ECISD kindergartners were not ready to enter kindergarten; that includes 57% of the students who attended pre-kindergarten, who also were not ready when they entered kindergarten. Research shows full-day pre-kindergarten benefits students by improving children’s receptive and expressive vocabulary; improving literacy skills in reading and writing; improving emotional learning; and improving school readiness. Currently, most ECISD pre-k students attend for half of a day as compared to those in full-day pre-k at Schools of Choice. A high quality, full-day pre-kindergarten program is needed, and ECISD is committed to putting that in place next year for all eligible students. Eligibility qualifications are defined by the Texas Education Agency. Those requirements are English learners; participants in free or reduced lunch program; Homeless; a child of an active duty member of the armed forces; a child of a member of the armed forces who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; in foster care; a child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award. To make the move to full-day pre-kindergarten will require 23 additional teachers and/or partnerships with state-approved providers like Head Start (this will allow ECISD to accommodate eligible students as well as those who are tuition-based). As these plans are developed District administrators will decide where additional pre-k classrooms will be located.
- Trustees spent about 30 minutes in closed session.
- There we no closing remarks.
The meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m.