The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its regular meeting for April on the evening of the 18th, a recap of the agenda is below. The meeting was held at George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa to accommodate the large number of students being recognized. Carol Gregg was absent and Nelson Minyard had to leave the meeting early.
The pledges of allegiance were led by Permian High School student Jose Andrade & Odessa High School student Hayden Erwin.
Lead Pastor Dr. Griffin Jones from Crossroads Fellowship gave the invocation.
The special presentations included the introduction of Buice Elementary 4th grade teacher Mary Linda Carrasco as the World Class Leader in Education, the announcement that Ector County ISD was named one of the NAMM 2017 Best Communities for Music Education for the third year in a row, recognition of two students – Ezaiah Cisneros from Ector MS & Gabriel Haley from Bowie MS – who competed at the state science and engineering fair, and the introduction of some 120 Career & Technical Education students who qualified for state competitions (not all were able to make the meeting.)
A. Trustees heard from George Tomlinson who asked to speak to them about the recent reassignment of the OHS and PHS principals. Mr. Tomlinson said he represented a group of parents who feel these moves will cause more harm than good. He said the parent group feels there are extenuating circumstances over the last 3 or 4 years – he mentioned the local economic boom and the enrollment it brought, a shortage of teachers, and 9th-graders moving to the high school campuses – that should allow the two principals more time. The group asked for the decision to be reconsidered and reversed.
B. Trustees voted 4-0-1 to approve the nomination of Tom Crowe for Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Donna Smith abstained. This contest is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and is coordinated through the Regional Service Centers across the state.
C. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve the 2017-18 traditional calendar. Exactly 501 votes were cast on the three options with Option #1 receiving 449 of them (90%). The version approved tonight will be posted on our website as soon as possible tomorrow.
D. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve Board Policy EIC (Local) Academic Achievement: Class Ranking. This policy change directly impacts this year’s 8th graders and younger students. Those already in high school will not be effected by this policy. This policy makes several changes to the way high school class rankings will be done in the future: 1. It changes the weighting given to advanced courses; 2. It stipulates that only core courses, Languages other than English (foreign languages), and International Baccalaureate electives will be used to determine grade point averages for the purpose of class rankings; 3. States the end of the first semester is when senior class rankings will be finalized. Discussions about changing this policy began during the fall semester of 2014 and have included representatives from the high schools and administrative departments. NOTE: This policy, the ones listed in Item E below and all of the items on this agenda can be seen in more detail at this link - https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicAgenda.aspx?ak=68901&mk=50237855. Once on this page scroll to the agenda item you want to review and click on the attachments.
E. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve updates to Board Policies for TASB Update 107. These are language changes recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards.
F. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of previously discussed or routine items presented for approval together. Included in this month’s consent agenda were out-of-state travel for BPA students; the 2017 textbook proclamation for Career & Technical Education Grades 9-12, Languages other than English, Algebraic Reasoning, and Statistics; updates to the Occupational Safety & Training course for OCTECHS students; a $170,000 grant from Chevron for science and engineering classes; the AVID contract for 2017-18; a Memorandum of Understanding with UTPB for the Counseling Intern Program; and setting the canvassing date for the Trustees election on May 6.
G. There was no closed session.
H. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve employment contract renewals, contract extensions for administrators, teachers, and other professional support employees.
The meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.