On Monday afternoon, Ector County Independent School District officials announced that enrollment for a new student to Barbara Jordan Elementary has been closed.
The decision comes as the school and district reached record enrollment this year of 945 students. Last spring, Jordan had an enrollment of 907 students, which was already 121 percent over the recommended capacity of 747 students. In the district’s new release, it said the campuses’ auxiliary spaces like the gym and cafeteria were well beyond capacity and were having a negative effect on the campus.
The decision means that any student who moves into the school’s neighborhood will not be able to attend Jordan. Officials said from this point on any new student would be assigned to Ireland Elementary, which is the closest school.
The decision happened to be made a day before the Odessans for Kids, a political action committee formed to campaign for the ECISD bond election, plans to meet at Jordan to discuss the bond election. Part of the bond includes the construction of a new elementary school to be added in north Odessa, to help with capacity at Jordan.
Jordan is the third school to close enrollment this semester. Cavazos Elementary and Murry Fly Elementary have also closed their campus enrollment to additional students due to exceeding capacity issues.