by Michael Stafford
The superintendent of the Ector County School District is out.
Wendell Sollis is out of a job, once the school district, buys out his contract.
It's not at all what trustees expected and the media was caught off guard as well.
We're not talking about the contract buyout, but rather, the open forum Sollis requested to discuss his future.
And at times, it got a bit ugly, as accusations about personal vendettas surfaced.
Superintendent Sollis was ok with the open meeting, but surprised by the outcome.
"No, I was not expecting this, I just decided today that I wanted this to be an open session, and I think it was a great idea, and if I am a superintendent somewhere else, then when it comes evaluation time, I'm not sure it's not a bad idea. Because with a high profile position, it's a marriage between a superintendent and a community and board, and they need to work together." Superintendent Wendell Sollis said.
After ten years with the district, and three years as Superintendent, Wendell Sollis says he'll weigh his options.
"As far as future plans, I need to take a little time and decide if I want to begin the process of applying somewhere else. Or do I want to do look at doing retirement. I just want to say thanks to the board of trustees for being open and honest with me tonight and I know they made the decision they think is best for the district and for the students here," Sollis said.
Newly elected Board President Carol Gregg, and three other trustees, decided it was time for new leadership.
"I just believe that the district needs to move in some new directions, I think there is some personel issues things like that we need to bring to work to bring more unity to the district, and I think at this point that we need to move into a new direction, we need new leadership," School Board President Carol Gregg said.
The hour long meeting covered everything from test scores to board ethics.
Sollis' opponents say not having a district plan this past year, shows a lack of leadership.
Others say a big drop in the number of recognized schools for academics is another bad sign.
But Sollis argued that basic education, the Career and Technology Center, fine arts, and athletics, show the district is moving in the right direction, and that test scores are improving, since he took over.
The projected buyout for the Superintendent's contract is about 175 thousand dollars, and Sollis will stay on board with the district, until the legal negotiations are complete.
No word yet on a potential replacement.