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Community Rallies Behind Sanchez at ECISD Workshop Meeting


By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The sole purpose of Monday night's special workshop meeting was for ECISD to discuss how to hire a new Superintendent. Before the board could get to the items on the agenda, 13 members of the community, including teachers, principals and parents put in their two cents concerning the position. Many expressed their support of Interim Superintendent H.T. Sanchez, who was noticeably absent.

"As Chief of Staff and Interim Superintendent, he has come along side and helped us," Malcolm Tyree, the President of the PTA, said. 

"As Collin Sewell said, we already have someone right here with that proven experience," Pam Harper, a former educator, added.

"Dr. H.T. Sanchez is and always will be the leader we need," Armando Nunez, director of Payroll at the district, said.

The only problem is Sanchez has been offered the same position in Tucson, AZ. As one community member pointed out, according to an Arizona newspaper, Sanchez has no plans to stay with ECISD.

"I have an article from the Arizona Daily Star, dated June 23, he said, 'My focus is on Tucson and on the work that's there in Tucson," he said. 'If it's put forward, it's a great honor but I am the superintendent in Tucson and that's where I'm at,'" James Thornhill, quoted.

The board was also criticized for not beginning the search sooner.

"Because of the time it took for you guys to get to this point, to initiate a search, we're now in a position where an individual, who's served as Chief of Staff, as Interim Superintendent, who's now been selected and voted upon by another school district," Tyree said.

The board decided to hold another special meeting in a week to vote to appoint Sanchez as the sole finalist.

NewsWest 9 spoke to Sanchez earlier this month when he was offered the job in Tucson. He told us that he and TUSD are in the process of figuring out the details of his contract and that he could be in Arizona as early as July.