Community meeting set for Ector Middle School

A community meeting on a proposal from Texas Tech University to create an in-district charter school at Ector Middle School, 809 W. Clements St., is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday with dinner and student performances at 5 p.m.

The plan is one of the options available to school board members as a remedy to Ector being in its fifth year of being rated improvement required under state accountability standards.

Noel and Pease elementary schools are also in their fifth year of IR. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.

ECISD has a total of eight schools on the improvement required list.

Representatives from Texas Tech University will be presenting their charter plan for the school’s staff, students and parents, and interested community members Thursday.

Parents of students whose elementary schools feed into Ector are also invited to hear the presentation.

Ector Middle School’s community partners want to see a large parent turnout, and are providing dinner in the form of free hot dogs, chips and drinks; child care will be available on campus, and door prizes are being awarded, a news release said.