ECISD trustees canvass the vote

ECISD Superintendent Scott Muri goes through the vote canvas with Board of Trustees President Chris Stanley and trustee Tammy Hawkins Thursday at the administration building. Proposition A for $424,263,000 was the only one of the three that passed Nov. 7. (Ruth Campbell|Odessa American)

Part of the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees met Thursday for a special meeting at the administration building to adopt an order canvassing the Nov. 7 election results.

Those present were Board President Chris Stanley, trustee Tammy Hawkins and Superintendent Scott Muri. Tatiana Dennis, the attorney for the district, said only two board members need to be present under the Election Code and board policy to canvass the vote.

  • Proposition A got 5,560 (56.83%) votes in support and 4,223 or 43.17% against.
  • Proposition B was 5,073 or 52.05% against and 4,673 or 47.95% in support.
  • Proposition C got 5,270 or 54.12% against and 4,468 or 45.88% for.

The total bond package was $436,109,000, but one of three propositions — Prop A — passed with 56.83 percent, or 5,557 votes for and 43.17% against, or 4,222 votes. It is for $424,263,000.

Proposition A includes a new Career & Technical Education Center to be located in south Odessa/Ector County; a new middle school to be located in west Ector County; districtwide maintenance and repairs; new bus purchases and a new transportation facility.

Also replacement of the district phone system, PA/bell/clock/fire alarm system replacements; a security camera refresh; classroom interactive flat panels; large group instruction area audio/visual equipment.

Complete renovation of the Permian High School Auditorium; replacing outdated instruments; performance risers for all middle school choirs; classroom instruments for elementary campuses; uniforms for middle school bands and mariachi; JROTC facility needs.

Additionally, the complete replacement of the Transition Learning Center for students with special needs learning to transition from school to the workforce; complete replacement of classroom buildings and barns; LED lighting at the Odessa High School baseball and tennis stadiums; LED lighting at the Permian High School baseball stadium; resurfacing of tennis stadiums at all middle schools; replacement of indoor bleachers in main gyms of all middle schools; and land purchases.

Students from the Transition Learning Center were in attendance and one, Kevin Yarborough thanked the board.

“If I may, you have just made my day,” Stanley said.

Hawkins added, “Thank you so much for being here.”

Dallas Kennedy, a transition facilitator at the TLC, brought 11 students with him. Kennedy said they wanted to come when they heard there was a board meeting Thursday morning.

“I appreciate the community supporting the school district. It’s a really good thing for our community. Our students need it,” Kennedy said.