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The State of the District is good

The State of the District is good.

On March 7, Ector County ISD hosted its fourth annual State of the District event. Held at the Odessa High School Performing Arts Center, several hundred people from across the district and the community attended and enjoyed delicacies created and served by the students in our culinary arts classes, jammed to the rhythms of the Permian High School Jazz Band, learned about the progress ECISD is making in several areas and met a few of the people behind that success. The evening and its celebrations are a reflection of the tremendous work being done by #TeamECISD every day to improve the lives of our children and families. It was a good night. 

 

“We are pleased with the progress we have made,” said Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri. “We are pleased with the academic gains our students are making. Pleased with the talent development and compensation work our human resources team has put in place. But we understand we have much more to do, and we are excited about that challenge.”

 

The data shared was organized into the three themes of ECISD’s strategic plan: Foundational Excellence, Talent Development, and Learning Journey.

 

From Foundation Excellence, Dr. Muri spoke of the district’s investments in safety and security, including more than $560,000 on impact-resistant film on windows at every school. The ECISD police department introduced two of its four K9 officers that are trained in narcotics or weapons/bomb detection. ECISD’s finance department has earned a perfect financial rating score for four straight years and has pre-paid existing bonds to save local taxpayers more than $32 million in future interest payments. Speaking of bonds, Dr. Muri thanked the community for passing the $424 million bond in November. Interactive flat panels have already been purchased and installed, and some musical instruments have been purchased and delivered to schools.

 

From Talent Development, Dr. Muri celebrated teacher vacancies declining from 350 in 2019 to 36 this year; noted that more teachers will receive Teacher Incentive Allotment dollars this year and added this kind of stackable compensation means teacher can – and already do – earn more than $100,000 in ECISD. The district has developed a series of pipelines to grow our own teachers, diagnosticians, and counselors. Developing strong leaders is also a priority and ECISD is now the first school district in Texas (and the nation) to have a Registered Apprenticeship Program for Principals and is one of only 29 educational entities in the country to have received a federal Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program grant ($9 million).

 

In the Learning Journey, ECISD’s kindergarten readiness is up and exceeds the state’s average; overall STAAR improvements are being seen in Reading and Math; the number of graduates earning industry-based certificates has increased dramatically; as have College Board national recognitions and College, Career and Military Readiness numbers.

This link will take you to a copy of the presentation. A full rebroadcast of the event will be available after Spring Break.

A few more "red carpet" moments are captured here on our Ector County ISD Facebook page. 

Dr. Muri with 4th grader De'Anthony   PHS jazz band playing on stage