ECISD Asks Community To Help House Teachers 7/25/13
July 25, 2013
Odessa – The Ector County Independent School District is still looking for places to house their future teachers. Officials have now resorted to asking the community to help. It’s a problem that just doesn’t seem to go away, hundreds of teachers in both Midland and Odessa are still looking for a place to live. In an e-mail sent out by the district, they ask a simple question, “Do you have a room to spare for a teacher moving here from out of town?”
“I think it says a lot about our community, how they will allow others into their homes and offer up a room,” said Elementary Human Resources Director Staci Ashley.
ECISD is still searching for teachers for the upcoming school year, on the districts website they still need to fill just under 200 positions.
“We are in the process of hiring, we actually have some in the middle of the background checks and are coming in to sign contracts. When you look at the positions posted online its not actually the most accurate,” said Ashley.
But still, that’s 200 families moving to the area looking for a home. Due to many apartment complexes still at full capacity and homes being scarce to find, ECISD is hoping for some community help. We reached out to our viewers to see if you would be willing to put up a teacher and we received many mixed opinions, some already trying to help.
“I am in the process of doing so. Just waiting for the teacher to accept the job here in Odessa. If no, I would still have a room available,” said a CBS 7 viewer.
“I have extra room but would not take in strangers, no. One, you don’t know them at all, if the room had a separate entrance and bathroom, ok different story, but in the house? No,” said a CBS 7 viewer.
Ashley says the district hopes to have all positions filled before the school year begins, however a plan is in place if there are still vacant spots.
“We are working with our substitute teaching office, they are working hard and making sure they are trained and ready to go and make sure they are highly qualified. We may have some substitutes begin the school year with full time, and that is okay, we’ll make sure that they are ready to go,” said Ashley.
If you would like to help out ECISD and rent out a room, contact Rebecca Mull in the ECISD Human Resources Department at 456-9359.