Ector County ISD Names New Principal for Odessa High School

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Odessa High has a new principal but not without a little controversy. The Ector County ISD board voted to give the job to Gregory Nelson.

"Odessa High is a great school, it doesn't need someone coming in and trying to fix everything. I have to go in and learn Odessa High School, the great things that are happening," Nelson said.

Those are the word from Gregory Nelson. After a 5 to 1 vote, he was elected to become the new leader of Odessa High. Nelson says that the upcoming school year will be a learning process.

"My vision is to go in and learn what's going on at Odessa High School, that they value that's successful, that's working, and at the same time, as a team, collaboratively identify things that are concern areas for growth and we will address those kinda as we go," Nelson said.

The only board member that didn't vote in favor of Nelson was Dr. Donna Smith, she says, it was of a more of moral obligation not vote for him.

"I just knew that the faculty and staff at Odessa High school were very supportive of Mr. Quintela. I wanted to respect their opinions and thought that they could use some stability and contiguity," Smith said.

Superintendent Hector Mendez says that even though Charlie Quintela, who was the interim principal at Odessa High for the past months, had been doing a good job, the board had to look at everything that constitutes being a good principal.

"As you evaluate, we had an interview process, we also had the staff involved. As I evaluated all three components, to me, it was a decision to go with Mr. Nelson," Mendez said.

Nelson says in order for things to continue to run smooth at OHS, it's going to have to be a team effort.

"I am not the master mechanic. The team will work on the things that need to be addressed, I want to empower people, not make people feel that their knowledge and expertise are not considered," Nelson said.