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MAP scores reflect "extraordinary" growth in report to Trustees

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held its June workshop on the 14th. A recap of the agenda is below.

 

  1. Roll Call.

 

  1. Verification of compliance with open meetings requirements.

 

  1. There were no opening remarks from the superintendent.    

 

  1. The meeting moved to closed session for a grievance hearing. At the hearing’s conclusion Trustees voted 5-1 to overturn the earlier decision.  

 

  1. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Muri told Trustees the district would get an update on the water main break after this meeting, make a decision about Summer Learning tomorrow, and notify staff and parents with the latest news.

 

  1. There was no public comment.

 

  1. Reports/Discussion items

 

A. Trustees discussed the budget for the 2022-23 school year. The school board plans to officially adopt the budget next week, on June 21, at a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. Trustees are anticipating the overall tax rate will stay the same as it is now - $1.17792 per $100 valuation. A school board in Texas is legally required to approve three separate budgets: the General Fund budget which is projected to be $338,720,000; the Debt Service budget projected at $27,547,576; and the School Nutrition budget at $18,115,065. All are balanced budgets. The highlights of the General Fund budget come from the 2022-23 Compensation Plan which Trustees approved last month:

  • Starting teacher salary raised to $58,750 (NOTE: in 2017-18, ECISD’s starting teacher salary was just $44,500)
  • Everyone on the teacher pay scale will get a minimum increase of $2,000
  • 4% general pay increase at midpoint for hourly employees (campus-based and central office)
  • 3% (of midpoint) pay increase for all professional employees (campus-based and central office)
  • Raise minimum wage to $15/hour (this is up from $10/hour two years ago)
  • The pay increases come at a cost of approximately $9.3 million to the District’s budget.

During the discussion it was noted, the two largest expenditures, by function, are Instruction, which is 60% of the General Fund budget and Maintenance & Operations, which is 10% of the General Fund budget.

 

B. Trustees received an update on 2021-22 MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) results. MAP, taken by student three times each year, measures how much students grow from test to test during the year. Proficiency follows growth. MAP Growth is one of ECISD’s Strategic Plan Indicators of Success: in 2021 50% of students hit projected growth measures; in 2022 53% of students hit projected growth measures. With MAP, the 50th percentile represents a year of growth; numbers higher than that indicate more than a year of growth. In K-8 Reading, students met or exceeded growth projections in 3-7, 10 and 11 and closed gaps significantly in kinder, 1 and 2. In K-8 Math, students hit or exceeded growth projections in all grades. Science, given for the first time, hit or exceeded growth projections in 3-5, 7 and 8. Trustees also looked at a breakdown of specific student groups. This presentation can be seen at https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Agenda/1406?meeting=529981.

 

C. Trustees reviewed the 2022-23 District Improvement Plan (DIP). The DIP aligns to the major themes of the strategic plan, and the district goals align to the Board of Trustees’ goals. A few elements of the DIP that have been of particular focus over the past year are distribution and use of technology to enhance anywhere/anytime learning for students; the district’s commitment to social-emotional learning resources that will help students and staff recover from the effects of the pandemic and school closures, but also create a culture of safety and respect in each school; personalized learning for students (which includes the high-impact tutoring used during this past year) and for staff members’ professional development; the expansion of Prekindergarten to increase Kindergarten Readiness; dropout recovery efforts like the Virtual Academy and the new partnership with Acceleration Academy; and the Talent Development work to create pipelines for hiring new teachers and strategic compensation for those most effective in leading/coaching colleagues and growing student achievement, i.e. Teacher Incentive Allotment, Opportunity Culture and National Board certification.  

 

  1. Board Policy

 

A. Trustees reviewed revisions to local board policies for the District of Innovation (DOI) renewal plan. The Board of Trustees recently approved the ECISD District of Innovation Plan and the related exemptions from state statutes. The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Policy Service assisted the District in proposing revisions and additions to ECISD board policy

 

  1. Action items

 

A. Trustees voted to reorganize board officers, starting at the next meeting. The new board president will be Dr. Steve Brown, vice president Carol Gregg, and secretary Chris Stanley.

 

  1. Trustees moved to closed session to discuss personnel issues and the appointment of a new board member for Position 7. After returning to open session the board voted 6-0 to approve the following:
  • Trustees will interview all 8 of the Position 7 applicants at a special board meeting on Monday, June 20. The board will vote on the appointee during the meeting on Tuesday, June 21. Those applicants are Randy Adams, James Drexler, Toni Hardesty, Dennis Jones, Travis Overton, John Rabenaldt, David Sovil, and Robert Thayer.
  • Elisha Sessions as the new principal at Gale Pond Alamo Elementary. Elisha has been the assistant principal at Alamo the last three years, and taught for five years at Austin Montessori adding to her experience in Choice Schools.
  • Adonica Galindo as the new principal at Gonzales Elementary. Adonica has four years of experience as the assistant principal at Ross Elementary 7 years as a kindergarten teacher, two years as a campus curriculum facilitator and one as an instructional coach.
  • Dorothy Ortiz as the new principal at Milam Elementary. Dorothy just completed her first year as the assistant principal at Burnet Elementary. She also has experience as a middle school assistant principal, and one year as a high school assistant principal to go along with 15 years as a classroom teacher.
  • Raquel Rodriguez as the new principal at Ross Elementary. Raquel is currently the assistant principal at Noel Elementary, and has 10 years of experience as Special Education teacher, 3 years as an instructional coach and two years as a campus curriculum facilitator.
  • Mauricio Marquez as Executive Director of Leadership responsible for coaching and mentoring campus leaders. He has been the principal at Odessa High School for the past five years, before that serving as the principal at Crockett Junior High (7 years), Blackshear Elementary (3 years), 2 years as an assistant principal at Burleson Elementary and four years as a teacher at Ector JH. He was the Region 18 Outstanding Principal in 2021.
  • Chelsea Reyes as the Executive Director of Guidance & Counseling. She worked as the director of guidance and counseling for the past two years and served students as a school counselor for seven years.

*Following these hires, two appointments were announced: Anthony Garcia will move to Odessa High School as principal from Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School, and Jessica Redman will move to Wilson & Young MS from Buice Elementary.   

 

  1. There were no closing remarks.    

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.