Hiring elementary principals on agenda

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees will deliberate hiring principals at Blanton, Goliad and Ireland elementary schools during their meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.

They will also discuss contract renewals for administrators, teachers and other professionals.

A request to approve a memorandum of understanding for a teacher residency grant is also on the agenda.

Supplemental agenda material says in March of 2023, the Texas Education Agency announced a grant competition for the 2023-25 Texas Strategic Staffing Grant for Sustainable, Paid Teacher Residency Programs.

Grants will be awarded to Texas school districts to pay a portion of a district administrator’s salary to work in collaboration with the local Education Service Center’s Texas Strategic Staffing Technical Assistance Provider and an Educator Preparation Program on the Vetted Teacher Residency Program List, the material details.

The purpose of the collaboration is to provide a planning process for beginning; or, to sustain the work of a Teacher Residency Program and to continue the Strategic Staffing Model.

ECISD is applying for the grant for the purpose of sustaining and potentially growing the Teacher Residency Program to alleviate teacher shortages and to plan for future staff openings and district needs.

The memorandum of understanding is between the TxCEE program at Region 18 Education Service Center, the Strategic Staffing Technical Assistance Provider; The University of Texas Permian Basin College of Education, the Educator Preparation Program on the Vetted Teacher Residency Program List; and, the Ector County ISD for the purpose of collaborative planning for the future of the Teacher Residency Program at Ector County ISD.

Under special presentations, Student Spaceflight Experiment Program Winners will be introduced; there will be a presentation of Spirit Scholarship winners from Odessa High School and Permian High School; Young Professionals of Odessa campus awards; and recognition of career and technical education state and national qualifiers.