At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday night the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing to adopt the tax rate for the coming year. The agenda recap is below.
A. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the certified appraisal roll from the Ector County Appraisal District.
B. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve a tax rate of $1.15 per hundred dollars valuation, which is exactly the same as last year’s tax rate. A school district’s tax rate is broken down into two parts: Maintenance & Operations (M&O) which provides the funding for day-to-day operations; and Interest & Sinking, also called Debt Service, which provides the funding for debt payments. For 2016-17, Trustees approved an M&O rate of $1.04 and an I&S rate of $.11 for a total tax rate of $1.15. No members of the community spoke to the school board about the proposed tax rate, though at the beginning of the regular meeting a citizen, Conrad Turner, did question school board members on several financial matters.
The hearing adjourned at 6:06 p.m.
After the tax hearing the Board of Trustees held its regular meeting for September, a recap of the agenda is below.
Crockett Middle School students Edwin Castillo & Sarai Sanchez led the pledges of allegiance.
Family Minister Donald Bugg from Antioch Christian Church gave the invocation.
The special presentations included the introduction of Burnet Elementary School Special Education teacher Patricia Logan as the World Class Leader in Education award winner for this month (pictured below); recognition of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce as a Stand Up for Texas Public Schools honoree; announcement of 11 schools that earned a total of 15 Distinction designations from the Texas Education Agency for performance on last spring’s STAAR tests; recognition of Odessa High School named to the Washington Post’s list of Most Challenging High Schools; recognition of Murry Fly Elementary 5th grader Madelyn Rodriguez for winning the W.D. Noel Youth Volunteer of the Year award; recognition of three Odessa HS students for earning Outstanding Performance at last spring’s UIL Harp Solo & Ensemble contest.
A. Trustees tabled the reappointment/appointment of members to the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) until next month. School board members received four applications the day of the meeting and wanted more time to review them before voting.
B. Trustees voted 7-0 to accept a $150,000 grant from Chevron. Chevron is donating $150,000 for the 2016-17 school year of which $86,750 will go toward JASON Learning (science curriculum) and $63,250 will go toward Project Lead the Way (the engineering program.) Chevron is a tremendous partner with our school district having already committed more than $500,000 to curriculum, training, and science education for our staff and students.
C. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve Board Policy FFA (Local) Student Welfare: Wellness and Health Services.
D. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Board Policies included in TASB Update 105. The Texas Association of Schools Boards periodically offers recommendations for updating local school policies to keep them in line with changes made to the state’s legal policies. The policies listed in Item D and Item E reflect those recommendations. NOTE: If you would like to see the policies as presented follow this link -- https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicAgenda.aspx?ak=68901&mk=50213647 – and then scroll to the item(s) you want to see and click on those.
E. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Board Policies included in TASB Update 106.
F. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of routine or previously discussed items presented for approval at one time. Included in this month’s Consent Agenda were four memorandums of understanding with Head Start and one with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin; a class-size waiver to the TEA for 30 kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms that exceed the state mandated student-to-teacher ratio (30 is lowest number in six years and that is directly attributable to the opening of three new elementary schools and new boundary lines that went into effect one year ago); and the refinancing of current bonds to save taxpayers between $6.5 and $10 million dollars over the life of the bonds.
Item 15 of the Consent Agenda was pulled from consideration.
G. There was no closed session.
The meeting adjourned at 6:54 p.m.