ECISD schedules more parent meetings

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will convene in a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Bonham Middle School cafeteria, 2201 E. 21st St., for a parent meeting to discuss public school system accountability.

Meetings are being held at schools that are on improvement required status under state accountability standards, or are elementary schools that feed into middle schools that are on IR.

ECISD has eight schools on improvement required. Three — Ector Middle School and Noel and Zavala elementary schools — are in their fifth year of improvement required. If they do not come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.

The district has been working toward getting the campuses off of IR and one way is a partnership with an institute of higher learning. Crowe said Thursday he received one application from Texas Tech University.

It will be reviewed by a review committee by April 3, Crowe said. The review committee consists of seven community members and two internal members.

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin had presented a proposal, but Crowe said they decided not to submit an application.

Crowe has said a contract has to be sent to the state by April 30 and April 24 is the target date for the board to vote on it. He added that he plans to present it to the board in the first part of April.

Crowe said Bonham has a turnaround plan that involves using the AVID program school wide starting in the fall. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college preparation program where students learn organizational and note taking skills, among other things.

Other meetings are scheduled for:

  • 6 p.m. March 8 in the Gonzales Elementary School library, 2700 Disney St.
  • 6 p.m. March 19 in the Burnet Elementary School cafeteria, 3511 Maple Ave.
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