Thursday, June 20, 2013

Odessa Hasn't Given Up on H.T. Sanchez

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM

While it would seem the whole H.T. Sanchez as new TUSD superintendent thing was a done deal after Tuesday's 4-1 vote, his current employer, the Ector County Independent School District, hasn't given up on keeping the guy around. I suppose it's a positive sign that he's in somewhat high demand, since TUSD doesn't have his signature on a contract yet, this could end up getting weird, according to the Odessa American:

What they decide won’t be fully realized until a board meeting that the board hopes to hold as soon as Tuesday. But several in the community are rising up in support of Sanchez and pleading with the board to name Sanchez as ECISD’s superintendent...

However, after a discussion by ECISD’s board to host a workshop to further discuss its own search for the position (left vacant by Hector Mendez March 19 and filled by Sanchez March 26), the board wants to talk about its options — one of which could be asking Sanchez to stay. Or, perhaps for the board, it’s finding out whether he wants ECISD over TUSD, a district about twice the size of ECISD. TUSD has 80 schools, 50,000 students and 8,000 employees.

Board members say that there was nothing suspicious in the timing of the ECISD superintendent job posting going up the morning after Sanchez was named the lone finalist in Tucson. In fact, it’s purely coincidental, trustee Nelson Minyard said. He and board president Ray Beaty discussed it before asking the Human Resources Department to post it online; the move was to get the process rolling.

Per board policy, the board could name Sanchez the lone finalist for the position as soon as Tuesday since it will occur 10 days following the posting of the job. A lone finalist must be public for 21 days before being voted in by the board, according to the policy. ECISD Human Resources Director Brian Moersch was not at work Wednesday and could not answer questions on the matter.

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