ECISD trustees to consider property purchases related to bond

ECISD Superintendent Scott Muri talks about STAAR and End of Course results at a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, in the first floor boardroom of the administration building. (Ruth Campbell/Odessa American)

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday will consider taking action on purchasing two separate properties for a career and technical center and new middle school.

In two separate items, supplemental agenda material says the board will be asked to discuss and take appropriate action regarding the purchase of real property “for construction including, but not limited to, approval of an offer, authorization to negotiate and execute a contract for purchase and other necessary and related documents, and approval of payment of the purchase price, closing costs, and other fees and expenses related to such purchase.”

The property purchases are part of the district’s $436,109,000 bond up for vote Nov. 7. The property would be for a career and technical center in the south part of the county and a new middle school in the west part of the county.

Passage of the bond will not affect the tax rate. The bond will not affect the ECISD tax rate of $1.014 per $100 valuation. Last year’s total tax rate was $1.17 per $100 valuation.

People 65 and older will see zero tax impact. The only things that would change that is if you have added to or renovated your home or there is a change in state law, which hasn’t happened.

The bond is divided into three propositions and people can vote for all of them, one of them or two of them.

Chief Communications Officer Mike Adkins said details will be announced after the board takes action.

In other business, the board will hear performance report presentations for schools ECISD is in partnership with — Ector College Prep, STEM Academy and the YMCA.

On a separate item, the STEM Team from the Curriculum and Instruction Department will present the impact the instructional frameworks have had after two years of implementation on the STAAR and EOC data for 2022-2023.

In addition, supplemental agenda material says they will celebrate the improvements in math and address how the team addresses improving the masters level for STAAR and end of course exams.

In addition, they will share the work and support provided to teachers and schools to ensure teachers know how to leverage the Cal Ripken Sr. STEM Labs, provided by the Permian Strategic Partnership, and Amazon Future Engineer and Boot Up professional development.

“In addition, the team will share some exciting events provided for our science teachers during the fall semester,” the material said.

A presentation on benefits also is scheduled.