The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its March Work Study on the
evening of the 7th. A recap of the agenda is below. Most Work Study
items are discussion only; there was no action taken during this meeting.
Trustees heard a presentation from our
subcommittee for the District Continuous Improvement Team Index 4: Post-secondary
Readiness. There are four measures for this index: percentage of students
earning Level II scores on STAAR, graduation rates, number of students on
specific graduation plans, and number of students in advanced courses,
dual credit courses and a coherent sequence (4-year) of Career &
Technical Education courses. Presenters gave the school board a quick view
of enrollment numbers for CTE, AVID, and Advanced Academics and how those
programs are benefiting our students and preparing them for college &
careers. You can see their presentation here https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=40161275
Trustees received an update on Campus
Turnaround Plans. Three schools – Blackshear Elementary, Goliad
Elementary, and Pease Elementary – that are in their second year of
Improvement Required (IR) walked through their turnaround plans for the
school board. Blackshear spoke of the need to improve use of data and Tier
I instruction, and the cultural awareness on campus; Pease talked about
the challenge of having seven long-term subs, improving Tier I instruction
and the benefit of now being a No
Excuses University school; at Goliad they are working on being more
focused and purposeful on all activities, and providing more feedback to
teachers along the way.
discussed a request to cancel the May 6 elections for Position 4 &
Position 5 and certify the unopposed candidates as “elected.” Those spots
on the school board are held by Doyle Woodall and Dr. Steve Brown,
respectively, and neither has a challenger in the upcoming election.
reviewed a scholarship agreement with the Permian Basin Workforce Development
Board. For the period of March 2017-November 2017 the PBWDB is providing
scholarship funds of $7,100 to ECISD Career & Technical Education for
dual credit tuition, textbooks, and materials. This money would be used to
support CTE programs that align with the PBWDB’s targeted occupations list
(high demand locally.)
Trustees reviewed the list of purchases
over $50,000. There are no new items for March yet.
discussed the idea of leasing a building for our textbook/records
warehouse. The current facility at 10th Street & Lee, is
about 10,800 square feet including office space, and is not large enough to
accommodate upcoming textbook adoptions. As an example: the warehouse
stores about 12,000 out-of-adoption textbooks from schools; will get some
14,000 texts and 163,000 consumable materials in the next adoption. The one
in 2018 is expected to be bigger. The proposed agreement would lease the
building at 2415 Catalina; a ten year lease starting on June 1 at a cost
of $14,500 per month. Trustees Nelson Minyard and Dr. Steve Brown said they
agreed the current warehouse needs to be upgraded but added they did not
agree with spending money on a lease. They said they preferred to see the
school district purchase a building or build one on property already owned
by the district. Carol Gregg called the lease a temporary solution but
asked for a permanent fix to be found. Superintendent Crowe said he would
continue to negotiate and look at all available options.
Trustees reviewed Budget Amendment #5.
The board looked over the annual
Interlocal Agreement/TCC Service Agreement for iTCSS to Region 18
Education Service Center. This software is used for teachers’ txGradebook
and parents’ access to txConnect for their students’ grades, attendance,
and discipline. The annual cost of this agreement is $387,810.