The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its regular meeting for December on the 13th, a recap of the agenda is below.
West Elementary students Diamond Mancha & Ariannaly Gonzalez led the pledges of allegiance.
Reverend Caleb Eckel from First United Methodist Church gave the invocation.
A busy night of special presentations included a performance by the Milam Elementary choir & Suzuki violin programs; recognition of Permian High School teacher Jo Shedwin for her 50 years with ECISD (pictured below). Mrs. Shedwin is retiring at the end of this semester; introduction of Odessa High School student Jamie Inman for making All-State Orchestra; introduction of Permian High School junior Alissa Miramontez for making All-State Volleyball; recognition of the three students -- Carrie Pinera from Crockett MS, Serena Lara from Permian HS, and Jolexy Galindo from Noel Elementary -- whose designs were chosen by the school board members to adorn their Christmas cards; and the announcement of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce being named one of just four Employers for Education Excellence by the State Board of Education.
A. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve Budget Amendment #3.
B. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve three architectural firms (PBK, JSA+Stantec, and Parhill Smith & Cooper) to make up a pool to choose from for projects that best fit the strengths of the firms and the needs of our school district. As discussed at last week’s Work Study presentation a comprehensive facility assessment will be one of the first projects to come. It will be designed to go over every square foot of space in ECISD buildings – that’s about 5 million square feet. This information is necessary to be the foundation of a long-term master plan for ECISD facilities.
C. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve True North as the consultant for long-range technology and infrastructure planning. This item goes hand-in-hand with the facilities assessment in the previous item. A full evaluation of the district’s technology infrastructure is needed to be ready to meet the quickly growing technology needs of our students and teachers.
D. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve a retainer agreement with Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. for Special Education Legal Services. This is a renewal of an annual agreement.
E. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of previously discussed or routine items presented for approval together. A couple of items on this month’s Consent Agenda were an agreement with Texas Association of School Boards for an Energy Cooperative Purchasing Program, and an Interlocal Agreement with Region 17 Education Service Center for Coordinating Services (school nutrition supplies & materials.)
F. There was no closed session.
The meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.