ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Concluding six months of research, the Community Bonds Committee presented the Ector County ISD Trustees with its final report and recommendations during its school board meeting Tuesday night.
The committee’s responsibilities include three specific actions:
- Review the Physical Condition Assessment Study and other assessments of all current facilities.
- Consider options for existing, renovated and/or new facilities; the impact of expected enrollment; the proposed curriculum; Technology; activities; and costs.
- Develop and present to the Board of Trustees a facility and recommendations for a future bond election that will form the basis for the District for the next five years.
In six months, the committee held eight meetings, two community meetings, and two intensive sessions. The committee’s guiding principle was to assess the learning needs of students as well as the physical condition of existing school buildings. The committee was asked to consider the age of the buildings, the building capacity and the expected future needs.
According to a release from ECISD of the district’s 60 facilities, more than half (31) are over 60 years old. A demographic study projects growth in the coming years with ECISD likely to reach 35,700 students by 2028. The Facilities Assessment Study assessed all needs (mechanical, electrical, plumbing and more) of every building in ECISD.
The study scales the needs as Priority 1 (to be resolved in 1-2 years), Priority 2 (to be resolved in the next 3-5 years), Priority 3 (6-10 years) and Priority 4 (11 or Research has identified more than $175 million in needed repairs and indicates these repairs will need to be made over the next one to five years.
The Committee also heard presentations from ECISD department leaders and considered those needs as well. Faculties such as athletics, fine arts, vocational and technical education, technology, transportation and others. Architecture firm PBK, which carried out the Facility Assessment Study, led the committee through a study of current costs for school construction that included area guidance. and standard student enrollment.
The Committee also devoted considerable attention to a community survey conducted by the District, polling 1,000 Ector County voters on a variety of school district topics, bond projects potential, and tax implications of a number of different bonds.
At the conclusion of their current work, the Community Bonds Committee recommends that the Trustees prioritize: Priority 1 and Priority 2 for repair and maintenance needs for all schools; future growth and safety on campus by building a comprehensive new high school; expanding vocational training and vocational education with a modern Career & Technical Education Center; and replace and improve technology throughout the County.
During the meeting, the Trustees asked why the committee was not recommending new elementary schools or new middle schools at this time.
The committee said it listened to survey responses about what the community would support, and it adhered to its guiding principles and the concept of “worst, first.” They feel the greatest need is in secondary schools, where there is no room for development or expansion of Odessa High School and Permian High School. They said they had to reduce that crowding by building a new high school. The facility assessment found that there are some areas of middle school and elementary school that are underutilized at the moment, although they added that it will need to be addressed in the not-too-distant future. .
Based on survey responses, the committee recommends that the Board consider these recommendations and develop a bond proposal under $400 million, and that the Trustees seek to hold an election. bonds on May 7, 2022.
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