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ECISD Board Members Share Concerns About New Superintendent Search

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The search is on for a new superintendent in Ector County. School board members are already talking about what they want to see in a replacement.

A finalist could be named as early as May but not everyone thinks that's a good move.

There's no doubt the ECISD school board is sad to see Superintendent Hector Mendez go.

"The thing I appreciated most about Hector Mendez was he was able to think outside of the box," Place Three Trustee, Dr. Donna Smith, said.

But now their focus turns to finding his successor.

Here's how it's done: trustees will appoint an interim superintendent. The board can open the position for applications and could close it 10 days after the position was posted.

From there they could name a finalist and then they wait 21 days, by law, to vote.

It's a decision that could come as early as May. The same month as the school board elections.

"Theoretically we could get everything done before the election," Dr. Smith said.

But that's not sitting well with Dr. Smith.

"We could theoretically have four brand new board members," she said. "It's just not fair for this particular configuration to choose the person that the next configuration has to deal with."

Smith wants to hold off on making a quick decision and Place Four Trustee Tom Pace agrees.

He was a school board candidate when Mendez was chosen about a week before the last trustee election.

"I was on the same situation except on the other side," Pace said. "I didn't agree with their behavior then however it worked out quite well with Hector."

Members tell NewsWest 9 they want a replacement who's a good communicator and a creative thinker.

"Who has seen the same problems that we have and addressed them in interesting, innovative ways," Dr. Smith said.

"Continue moving the district in the direction it's moving," Pace added.

Both agree the search needs to be extensive.

"We have some qualified people in the district but there are other qualified people and we need to find the best person," Pace said.

"I hope that we can find someone who has the same experience, the same knowledge and the same sense of honesty and integrity to shepard us through," Dr. Smith said.

Members will be meeting this week to talk about naming an interim superintendent. 

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