DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(050118) – ECISD BOARD APPROVES CHARTER FOR ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

ODESSA, TEXAS/MAY 1, 2018 – THE ECTOR COUNTY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEE HELD A SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 30TH,TO DISCUSS AND TO VOTE ON ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL BECOMING A CHARTER SCHOOL.

DURING THE APRIL 12TH MEETING, THE CHARTER SCHOOL PROGRAM THAT WAS PRESENTED TO THE ECISD SCHOOL BOARD NO LONGER INCLUDED TEXAS TECH. THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY INFORMED ECISD AND TEXAS TECH THAT THE MEMORADUM OF UNDERSTANDING APPROVED LAST WEEK WOULD NOT MEET STATUTORY REQUIREMENT OF THIS NEW LEGISLATION. TEXAS TECH DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO MEET ALL OF IT’S OBLIGATIONS FOR APPROVING THE CONTRACT BEFORE APRIL 30TH DEADLINE.

(ROBERT BLEISCH, DIRECTOR OF SAFETY NET DOMAIN AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY)

“THE GENERAL COUNCIL AT TEXAS TECH GOT INVOLVED. AND AT THAT POINT, THEY KIND OF FELT THAT THEY NEEDED TO REVIEW A LOT OF THINGS, AND SO, THAT KIND OF SLOWED THINGS DOWN FOR US A LITTLE BIT.”

“ONCE THEY KIND OF GOT A SENCE OF WHAT THE PROJECT WAS, I BELIEVE THEY FELT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH IT, AND AT THAT POINT THERE WAS SORT OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN TEXAS TECH AND ECTOR ISD ON AN M.O.U. SO WE MOVED FORWARD WITH AN MOU THAT STILL NEEDED TO BE REVIEWED ON THE TECH SIDE BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE CHANCELOR. ON FRIDAY AT 4:45(PM) WE GOT A CALL SAYING THAT THE M.O.U. WAS NOT GOING TO WORK.”

DUE TO THIS SET BACK ROBERT BLEISCH CREATED A 501 ENTITY-KNOWN AS ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL COLLEGE PREP SUCCESS ACADEMY TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH THE PROGRAM TO BRING EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO THE STUDENTS AT ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL.

(ROBERT BLEISCH, DIRECTOR OF SAFETY NET DOMAIN AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY)

‘’IT’S NOT THAT UNIQUE TO HAVE A 501 ENTITY RUN THE SCHOOL. IT WAS A CONVERSATION TEXAS TECH GENERAL COUNCIL WAS HAVING AT THE VERY BEGINNING.”

THE BOARD VOTED 7-0 TO IMPLEMENT A CHARTER PARTNERSHIP WITH ROBERT BLEISCH AND THE INDEPENDENT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION HE IS FORMING KNOWN AS ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL COLLEGE PREP SUCCESS ACADEMY.

(CAROL GREGG, ECISD SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT)

“I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM, THEIR ENVOLVEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY, THEIR ENVOLVEMENT WITH THE KIDS. THEIR AH, THEIR NEW PROGRAM AS FAR AS DISCIPLIN AND STRUCTURE.”

ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS HAD ISSUES WITH LOW TEST SCORES. THE TEA ADVISED ECISD THAT A CHANGE WAS NEEDED TO KEEP ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL IN COMPLIANCE WITH SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS.

(CAROL GREGG, ECISD SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT)

“THEY’VE BEEN IN ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDING IMPROVEMENT FOR FIVE YEARS, AND SO, THE STATE SAID, ‘YOU KNOW, YOU GOTTA DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THERE, YOU GOTTA MAKE A CHANGE, AND THIS IS THE CHANGE WE’RE GONNA MAKE.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

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Author: Danny Barrera