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Luz and Gloria from Ector County ISD are crossing their fingers that they get to work with Project ELL.
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An Odessa mom and dad are going up against the Ector County School District. Their son is a special needs student, who they say, requires a certain amount of physical and occupational therapy. According to his parents, the district didn't provide that. So they took their complaint to the Texas Education Agency. Paul and Cynthia McCoy are going up against Ector County Independent School District. "I know what my son needs, and they know what they want to give or what they're willing to give. So you butt heads until you get what you need," Cynthia said. Their son needs physical and occupational therapy. "My son had a stroke at birth and his left side was affected," Cynthia said. The McCoy's moved from Wyoming to Texas last summer, and thought their child would receive the same care. Cynthia said that's not the case. "He didn't get the services he needed in the summer time. He hasn't gotten the proper OT so he's actually gone backwards. He's not doing the things he used to do," she said. The McCoys filed a complaint with the Texas Education Agency. The TEA reported back to them with their findings in just a few weeks. According to the TEA's report, Cynthia's son did not get the services he needed. The report also found that 27 other students in the district weren't receiving physical and occupational therapy until nearly 30 days into the school year. "We come to find out there wasn't a physical therapist on staff," Cynthia said. The TEA report said there wasn't a physical therapist for the first 27 days of the 2012-2013 school year. ECISD said they have contracted a physical therapist but still have an opening for an occupational therapist. ECISD officials told NewsWest 9, this is still an on-going situation, therefore they couldn't comment, but the district does not agree with the report's findings. "We do, Ector County, does provide those therapy services at complete accordance with state and federal laws. We don't agree with all the findings in that TEA report and that's part of the reason the process is still going on," ECISD Spokesman, Mike Adkins, said. In the TEA's report, the district is required to compensate the 28 students for the therapy they didn't receive, as well as provide proof. "Therapy or any service provided to a student are going to be a little bit different depending on the student's circumstances and their needs," Adkins said. Still, the McCoys said this has been a very frustrating situation for them. "We'd sooner buy helmets and have two-a-day practices and throw everything that way and forget about other individuals. It's very difficult," Paul said. Paul and Cynthia said their son is getting more physical therapy and the therapist is working to make up for time lost. However, they said they are still having issues getting their child occupational therapy.
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ODESSA, TEXAS/MAY 1, 2018 - THE ECTOR COUNTY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEE HELD A SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 30TH,TO DISCUSS AND TO VOTE ON ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL BECOMING A CHARTER SCHOOL. DURING THE APRIL 12TH MEETING, THE CHARTER SCHOOL PROGRAM THAT WAS PRESENTED TO THE ECISD SCHOOL BOARD NO LONGER INCLUDED TEXAS TECH. THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY INFORMED ECISD AND TEXAS TECH THAT THE MEMORADUM OF UNDERSTANDING APPROVED LAST WEEK WOULD NOT MEET STATUTORY REQUIREMENT OF THIS NEW LEGISLATION. TEXAS TECH DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO MEET ALL OF IT’S OBLIGATIONS FOR APPROVING THE CONTRACT BEFORE APRIL 30TH DEADLINE. (ROBERT BLEISCH, DIRECTOR OF SAFETY NET DOMAIN AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY) “THE GENERAL COUNCIL AT TEXAS TECH GOT INVOLVED. AND AT THAT POINT, THEY KIND OF FELT THAT THEY NEEDED TO REVIEW A LOT OF THINGS, AND SO, THAT KIND OF SLOWED THINGS DOWN FOR US A LITTLE BIT.” “ONCE THEY KIND OF GOT A SENCE OF WHAT THE PROJECT WAS, I BELIEVE THEY FELT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH IT, AND AT THAT POINT THERE WAS SORT OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN TEXAS TECH AND ECTOR ISD ON AN M.O.U. SO WE MOVED FORWARD WITH AN MOU THAT STILL NEEDED TO BE REVIEWED ON THE TECH SIDE BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE CHANCELOR. ON FRIDAY AT 4:45(PM) WE GOT A CALL SAYING THAT THE M.O.U. WAS NOT GOING TO WORK.” DUE TO THIS SET BACK ROBERT BLEISCH CREATED A 501 ENTITY-KNOWN AS ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL COLLEGE PREP SUCCESS ACADEMY TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH THE PROGRAM TO BRING EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO THE STUDENTS AT ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL. (ROBERT BLEISCH, DIRECTOR OF SAFETY NET DOMAIN AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY) ‘’IT’S NOT THAT UNIQUE TO HAVE A 501 ENTITY RUN THE SCHOOL. IT WAS A CONVERSATION TEXAS TECH GENERAL COUNCIL WAS HAVING AT THE VERY BEGINNING.” THE BOARD VOTED 7-0 TO IMPLEMENT A CHARTER PARTNERSHIP WITH ROBERT BLEISCH AND THE INDEPENDENT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION HE IS FORMING KNOWN AS ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL COLLEGE PREP SUCCESS ACADEMY. (CAROL GREGG, ECISD SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT) “I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM, THEIR ENVOLVEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY, THEIR ENVOLVEMENT WITH THE KIDS. THEIR AH, THEIR NEW PROGRAM AS FAR AS DISCIPLIN AND STRUCTURE.” ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS HAD ISSUES WITH LOW TEST SCORES. THE TEA ADVISED ECISD THAT A CHANGE WAS NEEDED TO KEEP ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL IN COMPLIANCE WITH SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS. (CAROL GREGG, ECISD SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT) “THEY’VE BEEN IN ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDING IMPROVEMENT FOR FIVE YEARS, AND SO, THE STATE SAID, ‘YOU KNOW, YOU GOTTA DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THERE, YOU GOTTA MAKE A CHANGE, AND THIS IS THE CHANGE WE’RE GONNA MAKE.” FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA
Two elementary schools were hit by the terrifying tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday. At one of those schools, seven students were killed by the twister. NewsWest 9 spoke with the Ector County ISD about whether or not they are ready if and when a twister strikes our area. Children who went to class Monday morning at Plaza Towers Elementary School went to learn math and science. But at the end of the day, they learned something more valuable, survival. Seven students perished when that deadly twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma. It left several others crawling out of the rubble bloodied and bruised. "We do have processes and plans in place when in case something like what has happened in Oklahoma were to happen here," Mark Rowden, ECISD Chief of Police, said. Rowden says those emergency plans are tested at least annually to make sure Ector County schools are safe whenever such a weather event occurs. "Our schools conduct a minimum number of tornado drills, our severe weather drills, every year. That way the students are aware of what to do, yes they do have specific procedures that they follow," Rowden said. "They have specific things that they do, areas within the school that they're taken that have been deemed the safest in the event of a severe weather event. " New schools are set to be built after a school bond was approved recently. It's still in planning stages and NewsWest 9 asked Rowden if he knew if any of the new buildings would be built to withstand tornadoes or even include bunkers. "Those things are considered in the design. I'll be honest with you we haven't gotten that far along in the design of the buildings to this point. But yes, its always safety in every way is a consideration in the construction of a new school," Rowden said. Right now, the school district has an emergency alert system to notify parents minute by minute when an emergency crisis arises. "That's one of the reasons why we have those cooperatives between the governmental entities is simply because the fact if one fails, or say for instance, our administration building was to be hit, then we have another way communicating to the public. Another thing is we would use the news media," Rowden said. Back in Moore, the school superintendent, Susan Pierce, said teachers and administrators put their well rehearsed crisis plan into action as the tornado approached. But she says there are limits to what people can do in the face of such a powerful storm.
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Some Ector County ISD employees have frequented board meetings this year, expressing their frustrations with the district and administration. Now other principals and teachers say they will not be the "silent majority" any longer and they want their voices heard too. Principals and teachers from 8 different campuses addressed the board to tell trustees what they like about the district and how happy they are on their campus. However, the positive energy quickly became heated when another group took the mic. "I'm here to tell you some of the positive things happening at ECISD," explains one teacher addressing the board. One after another principals and teachers take the microphone. "I've been able to attend some of the board meetings and my concern is it's always been negative, I never hear a lot of positive...especially about our kids," says Crockett Junior High Principal Mauricio Marquez. They took the time to showcase their campus. "We cannot control what we see outside the window but we sure can control what we see in the mirror and that's ourselves," explains Blanton Elementary School principal Linda Voss. "And it's our jobs as educators to take responsibility and do what it takes to help our kids succeed." They also discussed excitement over new educational tools in the district like CSCOPE and Eduphoria. "Being a 6th grade teacher, when I found out about it I locked myself in my room and I cried," one teacher tells the board. "I was totally overwhelmed but as the year went on and I became more familiar with parts of CSCOPE it really made my job easier." "It's evident in the data that this works," says another first year teacher. But the mood quickly shifted after TSTA President Chuck Isner revealed the results from a survey conducted just 2 weeks before school got out. He says the results from the 810 responses are exactly what they expected. "The concerns that we have been expressing all year long and have been dismissed largely by the administration and majority of the board are real," Isner says. However, board members say the survey is not an accurate representation and was not conducted properly. "The very worst time is to give a survey 2 weeks before schools out... everyone's tired, Mr. Isner," explains trustee Dr. Donnie Norwood. " "You took it upon yourself and whoever to go ahead and distribute this survey?" asks Superintendent Hector Mendez. "Yes," Isner replied during the meeting. "They're here to make me look bad," he claims. "And there's no question in my mind about that." Isner says they will be conducting another survey in the fall. There were 810 responses on the NEA survey. That's out of 3,400 employees. Here's a look at some of the highlights... On a positive note, almost 89% say they are either "somewhat satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the impact they have on the lives of the students they serve. 58% say they are also somewhat or very satisfied with the "professional relationships" between staff and administration on their campus or work site. However, 56% say they are either very or somewhat dissatisfied with the amount of administrative paperwork required of them. 59% say they are either very or somewhat dissatisfied with the amount of input they have on professional development decisions in their school or district.