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ECISD Officials Look at School Zones

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

ODESSA-The Ector County Independent School District must figure out how to shuffle students in order to deal with population imbalances at various campuses.

Administrators already want to put a stop to transfers at impacted elementary schools next fall, not to deal with growing numbers district wide, but growing numbers in specific areas around town.

"What has changed are the housing trends and housing patterns." ECISD Superintendent Hector Medenz said areas North and North East of town have seen record growth.

Schools like Barbara Jordan Elementary are bursting at the seams.

"Is there enough cafeteria space for them, is there enough gym space?" Mr. Mendez says the questions are critical to figuring out the complicated puzzle of how to balance out the student populations within ECISD.

Tuesday a Demographer with Johnston & Associates presented a demographic overview to ECISD Board of Trustee members and administrators.

"We're not recommending anything other than they need to look at the current school zones and realign them," Leslie Johnston said Tuesday.

It's the first step to revive a project the district put on hold several years ago.

"This is just the first step in really planning a well thought out process for the future." Mr. Mendez said inside the conference room at the ECISD headquarters. "Obviously it needs to be very transparent and you need to get the community involved."

If the district decides to re-zone the school boundary lines it will take some time before the new zones are in place.

"I expect the school zones could be developed to become more neighborhood friendly." Johnston said.

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