New Trustee sworn in to office
The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held a workshop on the evening of September 8. A recap of the agenda is below.
- Roll Call. Carol Gregg and Nelson Minyard were absent.
- Verification of Compliance with Open Meeting Law.
- In his opening remarks, Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri reminded the board members this (September 8) was the first day of Phase IV of students’ return to school in-person. He said, in essence, this was the fourth, first-day of school. In this case, 4th and 5th graders could return to elementary schools, 8th graders to middle schools, and juniors and seniors to high schools. He mentioned a school district in Georgia that used a very similar back-to-school plan as ECISD was called a “national model” by a news report. He offered congratulations to our local teams who designed the plan for ECISD to follow as it opened schools this fall.
- There was no public comment.
- Action items
A. Judge James Rush administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Position 4 representative Chris Stanley. Mr. Stanley will fill Position 4 until the next general election date in May 2021.
- Reports/Discussion items.
A. Trustees heard a presentation on the Bilingual/English as a Second Language programs. The number of students in the programs is increasing and stands at more than 6,000 this year. There are 24 different languages spoken in ECISD; English and Spanish are the most prevalent with Vietnamese rounding out the top three. The Transitional Late-Exit Model is being phase out in favor of a Dual Language Model that research is showing to be more effective, with higher academic achievement and increased literacy rates. A review of data show students in the Bilingual/ESL programs improving academic performance in most areas of 3rd – 8th grade STAAR tests and End of Course exams. The gaps between ECISD’s English Language Learners and the general student population has closed significantly over the last several years.
B. Trustees received an update on proposed revisions to local board policies. This is part of a regular update from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). TASB is recommending 11 policy changes and 4 policy deletions. The proposed revisions can be found on our ECISD website - https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1406?meeting=376215
C. Trustees and Dr. Muri discussed the yearly measures the District will use to ensure the board’s goals are being met. In recent years, the Board of Trustees developed three very specific goals to be achieved by the end of the 2023-24 school year. Those being:
- The percentage of students achieving or exceeding Meets Standard on state assessments will increase from 32% to 60% by May 2024 across all tested content areas.
- The percentage of all students in K-3 reading at or above grade level will increase from 60% to 85% by May 2024.
- The percentage of high school graduates considered College, Career, or Military Ready will increase from 11% to 34% by May 2024.
Through the Strategic Planning process, District leaders identified 14 indicators of success, that if done well, will move student achievement toward fulfillment of those board goals (shown here). As Dr. Muri spoke with Trustees he compared the 14 indicators to dominoes. He said if they are lined up correctly, as each moves it influences and moves the others. Trustees spoke of reviewing their goals and potentially updating them in light of the initiatives supporting the strategic plan. Board members will receive quarterly updates on the work being done to improve performance and, ultimately, achieve the goals they have established.
- There was no closed session.
- There we no closing remarks.
- The meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.