E.C.I.S.D. Bell Schedule

By Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - After months of study and looking at different options,  and a couple of parent meetings held earlier this weeek, ecisd officials decided to leave things like they are, but with a few adjustments.

According to Interim Superintendent, Hector Mendez, "We determined that the best course of action at this time is to remain with the current bell schedule.  Of course we'll have to make some enhancements to make it viable in order to be able to meet the needs of the four by four."

The four by four rquirements went into effect in 2005.

By the time they graduate, students should have four years credit of math and science, but after some harsh criticism by parents about a possibly longer school day, school officials decided something else had to be done.

"There were some excellent ideas presented by parents at those meetings and by teachers as well."

Aside from making zero hour more available to students, they can now explore options like virtual high school and even summer school.

There is also a chance for students to earn College credit at the same time.

Mendez says flexibility is the key.

"The ability, for example to have some flex time during the day for kids to go to OC or UTPB to take advantage of the dual credit, things like that," Mendez said.

Mendez goes on to say the clases available, will be the same as the ones offered in high school.

"It's all of the content areas.  It's math, science, social studies and English.  So they'll have a wealth of opportunities.  The neat thing about it is that they earn college credit while they do it."

Mendez says he feels very fortunate they took the time to visit with people, since it gave them another wealth of information they can tap in to, as they move forward on this issue.