1. Roll Call. Trustee Nelson Minyard was absent.
2. Ector College Prep Success Academy students Jimmy Garcia and Lance Little led the pledges of allegiance.
3. Reverend David Cadena from Tanglewood Baptist Church gave the invocation.
4. Special presentations included the reading of a Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation; TASB Stand Up for Texas Public Schools recognition for the Bonham Middle School Leadership Coaching pilot program; and presentation of Texas Education Agency Designation Distinctions to nine schools.
5. Verification of Compliance with Open Meeting Law.
6. Public Comment. No one requested to speak to the board.
7. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve a tax rate of $1.17792 for the 2019-20 school year.
Trustees voted 6-0 to approve a tax rate of $1.17792 for the 2019-20 school year. 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 (I&S), also called Debt Service, which provides the funding for debt (bond) payments. The rate adopted by the school board breaks down as:
- $1.06835 for M&O
- $0.10957 for I&S
$1.17792 total tax rate.
This tax rate is approximately 10-cents lower than last year’s total tax rate of $1.27957, as required by the provisions of House Bill 3. No one requested to speak to the school board regarding the tax rate.
8. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the Optional Flexible School Day Program available through the state.
Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the Optional Flexible School Day Program available through the state. The goal of the Optional Flexible School Day Program is to allow students an opportunity to have flexible hours and take courses needed for graduation while the district receives funding for students in attendance.
The program has two main objectives. The first is to allow a student who has dropped out of school or is in danger of dropping out, an option other than the regular classroom setting or school day. The second objective is to enable a student the opportunity to recover credits lost due to lack of attendance. ECISD trails the state averages in 4-and-5-year completion rates for students.
This type of flexible hours option is in place right now through ECISD’s Community Outreach Center but this program will make the flexible hours option available at Odessa High School and Permian High School.
This will provide one more pathway for students to finish their high school courses and earn their diploma. No one requested to speak to the board about the optional flexible school day program.
9-A. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve purchases over $50,000.
Trustees voted 6-0 to approve purchases over $50,000. ECISD’s School Nutrition Department is piloting a program allowing outside vendors to deliver their products that meet USDA Smart Snack Guidelines to middle school and high school cafeterias. This item will allow Chick-fil-a to supply several menu items.
9-B. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve class size waivers for the fall semester.
Trustees voted 6-0 to approve class size waivers for the fall semester. The State of Texas established a 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio for all kindergarten through 4th-grade classrooms. All classrooms, K-4, that exceed that ratio must be submitted to the state for a waiver. As of August 27, a total of 210 classrooms across 23 elementary schools are above that threshold. Eighty-eight percent of those classrooms have either 23, 24 or 25 students.
10. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the Consent Agenda.
Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of routine or previously reviewed items that are approved all together. This month’s Consent Agenda included minutes of previous meetings, bills for payment, the annual agreement with Texas Virtual School Network, four annual agreements with Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin, Head Start, Inc.; the annual memorandum of understanding with the Education Foundation of Odessa; the resolution to approve extracurricular status for 4-H; signature authority for programs/reports; campus improvement plans for 2019-20; renewal of the memorandum of understanding with Texas Tech for the 2+1 Teacher Prep program; and designation of the board’s investment officers.
11-A. Trustees heard the First Reading of TASB Update 113.
Trustees heard the first reading of Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Update 113. These proposed changes to 11 local school board policies are recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards. You can find the list of policies here on our website.
12. There was no closed session.
The meeting adjourned at 6:47 p.m.