Bond committee discusses procedures, why last one didn’t pass

first_img Bond committee discusses procedures, why last one didn’t pass Pinterest Ground rules and a scope of work were set for the new Ector County Independent School District Bond Advisory Committee that met Monday in the George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa cafeteria.TransCend4, the firm hired by ECISD to guide the committee through the process, also asked people why they thought the November 2017 bond issue failed and what’s different this time. About 72 people attended the meeting and 100 were invited. The committee includes some of the same people as the last one with some new additions.The bond is now proposed for May 2019, giving the committee more time to go over the information and make decisions. Superintendent Tom Crowe said a bond and tax ratification election will be held separately with the TRE coming first.“We’re starting from scratch,” Crowe said. “… We are making this a community conversation.”In remarks before the meeting started, ECISD Board of Trustees President Carol Gregg said the schools are overcrowded. The last time, the district did not give the community time to buy into the bond and TRE.She added that Ector County residents are not used to a downturn where people don’t leave. For years, Gregg said the student population stayed the same and now it’s increasing and continues to grow with more than 32,000 students.Crowe said the district will be very clear in its communications, which was an issue last time.Michelle Hughes from TransCend4, said all the information from meetings will be posted on the district website.Hughes told the committee to be respectful but that doesn’t mean they can’t express themselves.Some of the reasons why the group said the 2017 bond failed were: All the taxing entities raising their tax rates and/or going for specific levies. The district had two items that would raise people’s taxing and all the other entities seemed to be asking for more money, as well, which created mutually assured destruction, committee member Lorraine Perryman said. Perryman said the community also felt that the priorities were predecided; there continues to be a teacher shortage, but more facilities would have been built and there was a question of where more teachers would come from; adding more high schools also was an issue and ninth-grade centers should possibly have been considered. Perryman said presenting the bond in proposition may have given it a better chance to pass. Cruz Castillo, an architect who was on the previous bond advisory committee, said there was no teacher buy-in last time. Too little time to review information before the bond election. Castillo said he was grateful for the extra time.A lot of complications with marketing; not explaining the needs clearly; misperception of the information and misunderstanding of the presentation of the information.Overcrowding was not addressed properly.Asking for two high schools; issues with sports; not selling that properly; and people being unaware of the need for facilities.The community didn’t understand how it was going to affect them and the students. A bad plan that cost too much money and question marks about finances.Not enough accurate communication.Karen Howard-Winters, who was on the last bond advisory committee, said everything was pre-packaged last time and there was no way to separate out the items. She said what contributed to the defeat was the high cost and bad timing.Renee Henderson Earls, President/CEO of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, who also was on the bond advisory committee last time, said this effort must be driven by the community.Virgil Trower, a new member, said something has to be done to get voters out because with higher turnout it stands more of a chance of passing.What has changed is the boom has made people more aware of the needs and that there is more of a sense of urgency because there are more students coming in.Perryman said some people at her table thought nothing had changed, but some who were more optimistic said the district was humbled and ready to do things differently. Maybe with the boom, she said, people would see the urgency for more facilities.Hughes said districts usually determine needs based on demographics, where the growth is and a long-range facilities plan that shows when a roof is going to fail, for example.Conrad Turner, who was on the last bond advisory committee, said work on the 2012 bond was completed in February and six months later people were voting on another one.Ector Middle School, Noel and Pease elementary schools in their fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability standards. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Turner noted this and asked if this bond fails, “do we deserve better leadership?”Perryman, who has been a fan and critic of ECISD, said with the new boom and severely overcrowded schools that more facilities are desperately needed.“… But we need to build trust and faith in our school district to positively respond at the ballot box for what those real needs are,” Perryman said. “… I want to us to stay child centered as we approach this, that everything we do is focused on the children and the community and meeting their needs. As long as we stay focused on the kids, then I think we’ll go in the right direction and that will remove a lot of the peripheral debate.”Interim Odessa City Manager Michael Marrero was not part of the original process.“But tonight’s process is very promising because it really is well structured. The hope is that we get all the information that we need (so) we can then make a good recommendation to the school board,” Marrero said.Marrero added that it’s good to get a sense of what individuals think in terms of what they perceive to be the problems with the initial bond and look at those. People may differ on why it worked or didn’t work.“I think everybody’s input is valuable and shouldn’t be discounted,” Marrero said.So each one should be considered and analyzed as the process moves forward.Crowe said he liked that more people were involved in the bond committee this time and that some of the old members were back and that there were new people with fresh eyes.“I’m liking where we’re heading and Michelle’s got a lot of experience and a mature approach, so I’m anxious to see her working with everybody,” Crowe added.More InformationIn November 2017, a $291,172,291 bond and a tax ratification election failed.Some 7,186 people voted in the election. The bond failed with 61.81 percent, or 4,442 people, voting against it and 38.19 percent, or 2,744 people voting for it. The 2017 bond included a new comprehensive high school; conversion of Ector Middle School to a high school; a new middle school to replace Ector; a district wide fiber network; lifecycle improvements; fire and safety upgrades; secure front entries at each campus; Permian High School locker room renovation; Odessa High School weight room upgrades and expansion; and renovation of restrooms at Ratliff Stadium.A tax ratification election also was voted on in November 2017 with a total of 7,182 votes. Close to 40 percent, or 2870 people, voted for the tax ratification election and just over 60 percent, or 4,312 people, voted against it. Facebook WhatsApp Local News WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleSuspect charged in fatal 2013 shootingNext articleConcert’s partial proceeds goes to H.O.T. admin Twitter By admin – April 9, 2018 last_img read more


Jockeys, Juleps and All That Jazz fundraiser

first_img communities in schools logo WhatsApp Pinterest By admin – May 3, 2018 Facebook Pinterest Twitter Previous articleBaby showers set nationwide for veteransNext articleSULLUM: Stopping drivers without a legal justification is unconstitutional admincenter_img Communities in Schools Permian BasinThe sixth annual Jockeys, Juleps and All That Jazz fundraiser benefitting Communities in Schools Permian Basin has been scheduled from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at the Petroleum Club of Midland, 501 W. Wall St., Midland.There will be dinner, libations and live music.Call 205-1364. Twitter Jockeys, Juleps and All That Jazz fundraiser Facebook WhatsApp Local Newslast_img read more


ZoomInfo Launches ‘Targeted Audiences’ to Optimize Advertising Campaign Precision and Performance

first_img Facebook Pinterest ZoomInfo Launches ‘Targeted Audiences’ to Optimize Advertising Campaign Precision and Performance Local NewsBusiness Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleKey Risk Expands Focus on Human ServicesNext articleCommonwealth Eyes Future Growth with Key Additions to Technology, Information Security Leadership Teams Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img WhatsApp VANCOUVER, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– ZoomInfo (NASDAQ: ZI), a global leader in go-to-market intelligence solutions, today announced the launch of Targeted Audiences, a new product that gives digital agencies and marketers the ability to target their ideal customers with unprecedented accuracy. Marking its expansion deeper into the marketing and advertising space, ZoomInfo’s industry-leading B2B data allows advertisers to leverage professional contact and company information to create campaigns with unmatched precision and enhanced performance. Digital agencies and marketers typically face challenges in collecting high-quality, complete B2B audience data. Most widely available contact information for companies and their employees is either inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated, which means many digital agencies and marketers deliver their messages to the wrong people altogether. Targeted Audiences provides persona-based demographic inputs such as department and management level. It also offers in-depth B2B insights, including firmographic information about companies such as revenue, employee size, headcount growth, and industry. These new audience filters enable marketers to deliver their messages to the right people at the right time. With Targeted Audiences, marketers can now tap into persona and individual contributor data to identify audience segments that they would not have been able to create previously. For example, colleges and universities can pinpoint individual contributors and managers who work at companies that offer tuition reimbursement. Luxury brands that want to connect with C-suite executives at companies with more than 100 employees can reach their target market with precision. For the first time ever, financial advisory firms can target ads to all director-level employees at companies that recently went public. “Targeted Audiences allows marketers to build strategic campaigns based on contact and company information and creates new levels of granularity in B2B audience data that have never before existed on the market,” said Henry Schuck, ZoomInfo Founder and CEO. For more information, please visit the ZoomInfo Targeted Audiences page. About ZoomInfo ZoomInfo (NASDAQ: ZI) is a Go-To-Market Intelligence Solution for more than 15,000 companies worldwide. The ZoomInfo platform empowers business-to-business sales, marketing, and recruiting professionals to hit their number by pairing best-in-class technology with unrivaled data coverage, accuracy, and depth of company and contact information. With integrations embedded into workflows and technology stacks, including the leading CRM, Sales Engagement, Marketing Automation, and Talent Management applications, ZoomInfo drives more predictable, accelerated, and sustainable growth for its customers. ZoomInfo emphasizes GDPR and CCPA compliance. In addition to creating the industry’s first proactive notice program, the company is a registered data broker with the states of California and Vermont. Read about ZoomInfo’s commitment to compliance, privacy, and security. For more information about our leading Go-To-Market Intelligence Solution, and how it helps sales, marketing, and recruiting professionals, please visit www.zoominfo.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005155/en/ CONTACT: Media Steve Vittorioso Director, Communications ZoomInfo 978-875-1297 [email protected] KEYWORD: WASHINGTON UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING MARKETING DATA MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS SMALL BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TECHNOLOGY SOURCE: ZoomInfo Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005155/en By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Twitter TAGS  Twitterlast_img read more


Mednax to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences

first_img Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusinesscenter_img TAGS  Mednax to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences WhatsApp FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Mednax, Inc. (NYSE: MD) today announced that it is scheduled to make presentations at two upcoming investor conferences. The Company will present on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 2:25 p.m. ET to investors attending Citi’s 2021 Healthcare Services, Medtech, Tools, & HCIT Virtual Conference. Mednax will also present on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET to investors attending the J.P. Morgan Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference, taking place virtually. The presentations will be broadcast through live audio webcasts. ABOUT MEDNAX Mednax, Inc. is a national medical group comprised of the nation’s leading providers of physician services. Physicians and advanced practitioners practicing as part of Mednax are reshaping the delivery of care within their specialties and subspecialties, using evidence-based tools, continuous quality initiatives, clinical research and telehealth programs to enhance patient outcomes and provide high-quality, cost-effective care. The Company was founded in 1979, and today, through its affiliated professional entities, Mednax provides services through a network of more than 2,300 physicians in 39 states and Puerto Rico. Additional information is available at www.mednax.com. Certain statements and information in this press release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the Company’s objectives, plans and strategies, and all statements, other than statements of historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future. These statements are often characterized by terminology such as “believe,” “hope,” “may,” “anticipate,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “positioned,” “strategy” and similar expressions, and are based on assumptions and assessments made by the Company’s management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no duty to update or revise any such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results, developments, and business decisions to differ materially from forward-looking statements are described in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, including the sections entitled “Risk Factors”, as well the Company’s current reports on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company and its financial condition and results of operations; the effects of economic conditions on the Company’s business; the effects of the Affordable Care Act and potential changes thereto or a repeal thereof; the Company’s relationships with government-sponsored or funded healthcare programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, and with managed care organizations and commercial health insurance payors; the Company’s ability to comply with the terms of its debt financing arrangements; the impact of the divestiture of the Company’s anesthesiology and radiology medical groups; the impact of management transitions; the timing and contribution of future acquisitions; the effects of share repurchases; and the effects of the Company’s transformation initiatives, including its reorientation on, and growth strategy for, its pediatrics and obstetrics business. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005134/en/ CONTACT: Charles Lynch Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy 954-384-0175 ext. 5692 charles—[email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA FLORIDA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: NURSING HEALTH HOSPITALS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT MANAGED CARE GENERAL HEALTH SOURCE: Mednax, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 06:45 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 06:45 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005134/enCopyright Business Wire 2021. Twitter Twitterlast_img read more


KB Home and the Well Living Lab Unveil New “Healthy Living” Concept Home in…

first_img KB Home and the Well Living Lab unveil new “Healthy Living” concept home in Phoenix, Arizona. Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsBusiness Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  KB Home and the Well Living Lab Unveil New “Healthy Living” Concept Home in Phoenix, Arizona Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleScale Computing HE150 Named to SearchStorage’s 2020 Storage Products of the Year, Best Enterprise Storage Systems and Products of 2020Next articleAffise Raises $8M Series A to Make Partnerships a Measurable and Transparent Marketing Channel Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more


Longtime ECISD leader retiring

first_imgLocal News Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleDaniel Lopez Jr.Next articleOAT052419 OPD hit and run Digital AIM Web Support Bowie Middle School principal Sheila Stevenson is retiring after 35 years with ECISD. After almost 35 years with Ector County Independent School District, Bowie Middle School Principal Shelia Stevenson is retiring.Through the years, Stevenson has taught drama, reading, seventh and eighth-grade English, emerging technology, which was a new computer course, and was the coordinator of school-within-a-school at Permian High School for a year.That was for “over-aged, at-risk ninth through 12th-graders.” She then became the assistant principal and the vice principal at PHS, followed by principal at Bowie Middle School. She is completing her eighth year there.“I made the announcement to the faculty and staff on March the 22nd that I would be retiring effective June the 28th,” Stevenson said.Prior to ECISD, Stevenson worked for two years with the University of Texas System at University of Texas Permian Basin and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.Brian Ellington, an assistant principal of Abell Junior High School in Midland, will become the new principal at Bowie. Stevenson said she thinks he’ll do well.After more than three decades in education, Stevenson said, she knew it was time to enjoy the fruits of her labor.“I will remain in the city, continuing to take care of my 90-year-old mother, looking forward to spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren and I’m going to continue community service with a new nonprofit. It’s called QR Club, which stands for Queens Rock, and a few other undertakings. Then I’m going to relax and travel with my already retired husband,” Stevenson said.Stevenson and her husband, Clarence, have three grown children and four grandchildren.QR Club will involve working with “many, many queens in the city between the ages of 11 and 18.”“We’re going to work on their self-esteem. We’re going to work on projects that are going to help with community service. We’re going to work with projects that will help them as they continue to plan their graduation,” post graduation and plans for the future, Stevenson said.“I want to work with kids to make sure they know that there is potential for greatness for students, so we’re going to be working with those kids all year and they’ll come from many of the schools within ECISD,” she added.After 15 years as an administrator, Stevenson said the children are the most rewarding part of her job.“There is nothing more humbling than to bond with students when they stop me in the hallways to chat, or when I get the handwritten notes from students acknowledging thanks, suggestions and concerns. I enjoyed creating a culture and climate with faculty and seeing our commitment to building strong, meaningful relationships. I enjoyed the many parents that daily entrusted me with the process of teaching their children to become lifelong learners,” she added.She also enjoyed seeing the success students had and the impact she had on many adults, students and parents.What she won’t miss are people who disrespect educators and those who don’t put young people first.“… But I know I’m going to miss the daily interactions with staff, the teachers and administrators because it’s like seeing your friends at work. They are my family, so I’m going to miss that,” Stevenson said.A native Odessan, Stevenson graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and a minor in Spanish and English. She earned a master’s in educational leadership from UTPB.When she graduated from UT Arlington, one of her mentors, the late Joseph Rutledge, who was principal of Blackshear when it was a high school, approached Stevenson and said ECISD needed her to teach and he needed her to teach.Then the late Winfred Richmond, who was principal at Ector High School, and his assistant principal Steve Brown, now an ECISD trustee, gave her the chance to be a reading teacher at Ector Junior High.She was in a clerical slot for five weeks before a teaching spot opened.Having a degree, but no certification was kind of tough, she said. So once she got her foot in the door, she got a reading teacher position and earned her reading endorsement from UTPB.Brown said Stevenson was fantastic teacher and a “phenomenal role model in the community.”He added that she moved right up, taking on a variety of leadership roles, including her posts at Permian when he was principal. Brown said she did an exceptional job there.He said he was thrilled to see her get the principal position at Bowie and noted that she “takes care of business” and makes decisions that are in the best interest of students.“She’ll be missed. … Shelia’s just a great person, a great individual with a beautiful family. She will be missed. I can tell you that,” Brown said. Longtime ECISD leader retiringcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 last_img read more


Pet vaccination clinic

first_img By Odessa American – May 1, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook Pet vaccination clinic Local News WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestcenter_img The Odessa Police Animal Control, 910 W. 42nd St., has scheduled a drive up distemper- parvo vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the shelter’s East parking lot.Distemper-parvo vaccination is $10. Microchip available for $15.For more information, call 432-368-3526 or visit tinyurl.com/yupa8x3h. Facebook Twitter Pinterest TAGSdistemper-parvoOdessa Police Animal ControlPetvaccination Previous articleNORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE: Jackalopes’ comeback falls shortNext articleWest Texas Blowout Odessa Americanlast_img read more