ECISD In Need Of 100 More Teachers

ECISD In Need Of 100 More Teachers

Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - The Ector County Independent School District looks to hire about a hundred more teachers for the upcoming school year.
Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - The Ector County Independent School District looks to hire about a hundred more teachers for the upcoming school year.

"Probably about 50 at elementary and 50 at secondary," said Mike Adkins, public information officer for ECISD.

The staffing shortage isn't a new problem to the district.

It's a dilemma the district has faced since the economic boom broke out in the Permian Basin.

"Right now, we're at the mercy of the way our economy is booming and the record number of students that we have," Adkins said.

According to Adkins, the State of Texas requires a maximum of 22 students in one class for grades kindergarten through fourth.

It's a mandate ECISD can't always meet, but Adkins says they try to cap the class size at 24 students.

Students say they feel the effects.

"We're getting up to 60 kids in GT at one class," said Jordan Johnson. a fourth grader at ECISD.

Adkins explains there is no state mandate for classrooms after fourth grade.

But for all grades, Adkins says the district is prepared to make arrangements.

Whether it be opening up another classroom on campus or hiring more teachers or teacher aids.

"I think they're amazing for keeping their head on and doing what they have to do, taking in all this extra-ness with all these other kids," said Audrey Hernandez, a mother of three.

Hernandez says she appreciates the teacher's hard work.

"Whether we're completely staffed or not, on August 25th, kids are coming to the first day of school so, we know we have to be adaptable and flexible," Adkins said.

"Bless ya'll teachers," Johnson said.

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