The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its regular meeting for November on the 15th, a recap of the agenda is below.
E.K. Downing Elementary students Jose Corral & Josue Gael Rodriguez led the pledges of allegiance.
Dr. Dawn Weaks from First Christian Church gave the invocation.
A busy night of special presentations began with representatives from Honor our Troops (HOT) attending the meeting to thank the school district for raising more than $6,200 through donations at the Odessa High School vs. Permian High School football game on October 28; the introduction of the OHS Guitar program which performed in the Board Room before the meeting; the announcement of Dowling Elementary cafeteria manager Rosa Hernandez as the World Class Leader in Education for November (pictured below); recognition of Burleson Elementary 5th grader Jacob Garza as the winner of the Texas Capitol House Chamber Christmas tree ornament contest and Alyssa Thomas, kindergartener at Hays Elementary, Madison Gipson, 8th grader at Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School, and Lexia Forester, senior at Permian High School as runners-up; recognition of the Permian HS band for qualifying for the UIL State Marching Contest; announcement of Lamar Early Education Center and Wilson & Young Middle School as the winners of the Red Ribbon Week foyer decorating contest; and announcement of School Nutrition ($2,472), Travis Elementary ($4,323), and Crockett Middle School ($10,224) as this year’s top United Way fundraising department and schools. Our school district campaign raised $72,900 with more money still to be turned in.
A. Trustees voted to approve Sarah Keitgas as a parent member for the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC).
B. Trustees voted 7-0 to recommend an appraisal instrument for the superintendent. State law says a school district can use either the instrument developed by the Commissioner of Education or a locally developed one. The new commissioner confirmed he has not developed an instrument yet, therefore it must be locally developed. That appraisal should be developed in consultation with the Campus & District Improvement teams, so this motion is recommending this appraisal instrument after review by, and considering input from, the DCIT and CITs.
C. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of item #4. 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 out-of-state travel for the PHS Satin Strings orchestra, innovative courses in oil & gas and culinary arts, the quarterly investment report, the annual financial report, and purchases over $50,000. Item #4, Purchases Over $50,000, included an estimated $50,000 for the cost of a new medical clinic plan with Medical Center Health System. After pulling this item from the previous vote, Trustees debated whether or not to put a cap on how much the school district would pay in annual co-payments under this plan. The school district’s financial commitment is unknown as this time because it is unknown how many employees will choose this coverage option or how much it will be used in its first year of existence (2017). The MCH ProCare Healthcare Plan for ECISD is set up to give school district employees convenient, accessible healthcare. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the agreement with MCH. Now approved, more information about the benefits available through this brand new partnership will be sent to ECISD employees in the coming days and weeks. If you would like to see the agreement, it can be found at this link.
D. There was no closed session.
The meeting adjourned at 7:06 p.m.