ECISD Holds Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Middle School System

ECISD Holds Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Middle School System

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It was the second in a series of town hall meetings Ector County ISD is hosting. The meetings invite parents to voice their concerns and opinions now that the district is moving to a middle school format.

"I'm not necessarily concerned about anything, I just want to be informed," Heather Kirk, said.

Kirk has two daughters that will be affected by the transition. She was one of about 35 people in attendance at the meeting.

"I was really disappointed. I thought there should be more people," Kirk said.

The district will collect all the input from each meeting and use it as they decide how they want the middle schools to work.

"It'll drive a lot of things: the type of staff; the counselors; the type of schedule; the start time and end time. There's a whole lot of dynamics that'll be involved based on what the parents' feedback is," ECISD Chief of Staff, H.T. Sanchez, said.

Parents at the meeting were asked three things: what they like about elementary 6th grade; what they didn't and what they would like to see new for middle school.

Sanchez said they want to meet the community's expectations during the transition.

"The only way to do that is by opening the doors, inviting them in and saying let's talk about what you expect ECISD to offer your student," he said.

The junior high principals are also doing their part to make sure they'll be prepared for the transition.

"We'll go to the presentations and the meetings and the training's about middle school, their curriculum, their teachers, their principals," Bonham Jr. High Principal, James Ramage, said.

But with such a low turnout, an important discussion could be overlooked.

"I think more people need to come out. My philosophy is, if you don't come, you can't complain," Kirk said.

The next town hall meeting is scheduled for March 4, 2013. The meeting will be held at Bowie Jr. High and will start at 5:30 p.m.