E.C.I.S.D. buys out Sollis' Contract

by Michael Stafford

NewsWest 9

Board members voted four to three to go ahead as planned with the 175 thousand dollar buyout of Wendell Sollis' contract.

But a few parents attending tonight addressed the board saying trustees fired Sollis on emotion and political agendas' and not because of poor performance.

One man claims the TAKS test scores are right in line with where they should be and had statistics in hand to back up his case.

Meantime, the board voted to name E.C.I.S.D's Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Hector Mendez to serve as interim Superintendent for the next four to six weeks.

Mendez says, quote, "It came as a bit of a surprise, but I'm looking forward to it.  I've been with the district for 27 years.  I'm a devoted employee, and I want to see the district go on with the business of education and getting ready.  We've got school starting in a few weeks.  We need to move forward and so that's what I plan to do and hopefully bring some calm. I mean calm some of the emotions so we can move forward and work steady," end quote.

Mendez tells NewsWest 9, he has spent 32 years as an educator.  He's also worked in the San Angelo and Midland school districts.

He has served as a teacher, a principal, and he's worked in administration in Odessa since 1993