By Jen Kastner
ECTOR COUNTY- The Ector County Independent School District's Board of Trustees voted 7-0 Thursday night to place a $129,750,000 bond proposal on the November election ballot.
Superintendent Hector Mendez tells NewsWest 9, "I'm very happy and so is the leadership team." He says this proposal didn't happen overnight. "About 13 years ago we began to look at and acknowledge the shifting student population, particularly to the west and now to the north as well," he said.
That shift has created overcrowding. If voters pass this bond, the district will get three new elementary schools and add extensions onto the two existing high schools. Those extensions will be built to accommodate 9th graders.
The district will be moving to what they call a "middle school concept." Elementary schools will house K through 5th graders. Middle schools will house 6th through 8th graders. High schools will house 9th through 12 graders. An overwhelming number of educators believe that model will better align students with the way the state curriculum is set up.
"We have needed this for 20 years," retired ECISD School Teacher, Chuck Isner, said.
Isner has a history of confronting the district for what he calls its history of implementing tactics, fear and intimidation on their educators. He believes that this bond could help get the district and its administration back on the right track.
"This will help alleviate a lot of the morale issues. Not all of them. Yet, you can see that it will definitely help elevate the scores in the district. It is going to be beneficial to everyone in the community, including students, teachers and administrators," Isner said.