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The time to say 'thank you' to our school board trustees

This month, Ector County ISD joins the 1,024 school districts throughout Texas to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.


“Our school board members are volunteers who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district, all without pay. Their goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” said ECISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”


Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. Our Ector County ISD board is responsible for an annual budget of $300 million; 32,000 students; 4,200 employees; and 43 campuses.


In this, a year like no other, our ECISD school board has provided steady leadership, keeping the well-being of students and staff members at the forefront of their decision-making. Decisions such as:

  • In April, Trustees quickly moved to adopt policy amendments that ensured employees continued to get paid for regular duty schedules during the emergency closure of schools;
  • Passed resolutions making an additional 10 days of COVID leave available, allowing work from home, and establishing premium pay under designated circumstances;
  • Approved calendar updates to support safety and learning by phasing-in students’ return in the fall, and establish an extended year with additional instructional days for elementary students next summer;
  • Approved raises for all employees, with no increase to insurance premiums;
  • Unanimously voted to maintain the same tax rate as last year;
  • Saved local tax payers approximately $17 million with early payoff and refinancing of existing bonds


“Our Trustees came through when we needed them most this year,” said Dr. Muri. “They charted a course that supported our staff and protected our schools, while ensuring that academic progress could continue for all students. It was a daunting situation, but they navigated to success.”


Ector County ISD is served by these seven dedicated community members:


Delma Abalos, Position 2, board president

Tammy Hawkins, Position 6, board vice president

Dr. Steve Brown, Position 5, board secretary

Carol Gregg, Position 1

Dr. Donna Smith, Position 3

Chris Stanley, Position 4

Nelson Minyard, Position 7


This month, take a moment to recognize our local trustees. Take a moment to honor the work they are doing to help our students sail into the future. Take a moment to say thank you for the work school board members are doing on behalf of our students and community.