Former Hospice Home To Become ECISD Teacher Housing

Former Hospice Home To Become ECISD Teacher Housing

Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - "Our hope was that something would happen just like this you know, something where the building would be used for the great good of Ector County," said Skip Hedgpeth, CEO and co-owner of Home Hospice
Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - "Our hope was that something would happen just like this you know, something where the building would be used for the great good of Ector County," said Skip Hedgpeth, CEO and co-owner of Home Hospice

The former "Hospice House" shut its doors for good back in March.

But they will soon be reopened by its new owner, the Ector County Independent School District

"It gives us another way and another thing to be attractive to teacher candidates who are moving here from other parts of the state," said Mike Adkins, communications director for ECISD.

The ECISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to purchase the home .

"This Hospice Home property was originally build as a boarding house for teachers back in 1938. Now, 76-years later, it's going back to it's original purpose..teacher housing, during the time of a housing crisis.

Adkins says the property's location is a prime spot as it's centrally located to all different schools and with 16 potential rooms available, Adkins says it's an additional draw for teachers.

"With the housing situation that we have right now, just with the way the economy's going, the housing, the number of people moving in, the number of teachers that we need to recruit," Adkins said.

Hedgpeth with home hospice tells me he's glad to see the historic building being used to help out area residents.

"We wanted it to be used for the good of the citizens of Ector County and so, we couldn't be happier about that," Hedgpeth said.

According to Adkins, the district purchases the home for $550-thousand dollars.

ECISD will be in full control of the property as the growing district continues to work to recruit new teachers.

"There's not just one solution, and so we're looking at all different sorts that have been and this is just one more piece to it," Adkins said.

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