Muri Named Superintendent of the Year for Region 18
June 17 – The Ector County ISD announced that Superintendent of Schools Scott Muri has been selected as Area 18 Superintendent of the Year.
Muri joined CISD in 2019, from Spring Branch ISD in Houston. He has 33 years of public education experience that includes key leadership roles in large districts like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina and Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as in unique settings such as Walt Disney’s Celebration School in Celebration, Florida. .
“Scott’s positive impact on our school district is undeniable,” said 2021-22 School Board Chair Tammy Hawkins. “He is a strategic thinker and planner. Every decision he makes is based on what is best for our students. We are seeing incredible growth in academic achievement, and a lot of it is down to strategies, resources and expectations set by Dr. Muri.”
Under Muri’s leadership, ECIDD:
>> Reduction of teaching vacancies from 356 to 51 in two years.
>> Expansion of PreK to include a full day program for 4 year olds and a half day program for 3 year olds.
>> 13% increase in kindergarten readiness.
>> Increased SAT score by 40 points, surpassing state score by 15 points.
>> 7 point increase in college, career, and military readiness score.
>> Graduation rate increased to 85.5%, the highest in over 20 years.
>> Expanded school year to include 180 days of instruction plus an additional 30 days during the summer under the Extra Days School Year (ADSY) program.
>> Expanded access to technology with the purchase of 37,000 individual devices for students.
>> Integrated virtual tutoring coupled with outcome-based contracts to provide 6,000 students with 1:1 tutoring.
>> Became the first school district in the United States to partner with SpaceX to bring affordable broadband to students and families.
>> Developed the ConnEctor Task Force to bring affordable broadband to all Ector County residents.
>> Received over $50 million in grants to support the implementation of the district’s strategic plan.
>> Received a perfect score of 100 for the past two years on the Texas Education Agency’s FIRST Financial Report.
>> Built-in blended learning strategies to effectively personalize student learning from K-12.
>> Creation of a unique To and Through component that provides ongoing support to ECIDD graduates.
It is in the area of human capital management that some of the greatest progress has been made. Opportunity Culture gives teachers the ability to lead a campus team, coach others, and earn more money without leaving the classroom. The Teacher Incentive Allowance pays an allowance to teachers whose students demonstrate exceptional growth; this year, 120 ECIDS teachers received more than $850,000 in TIA incentives. A partnership with the Permian Strategic Partnership provides funds for teachers to pursue certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the benchmark for teacher professional development. Highly effective teachers have a profound influence on student success. With these programs in place, ECIDD teachers can earn over $100,000 per year.
Additionally, the district has created several talent development pipelines to recruit, develop, and retain teachers, including Odessa Pathway to Teaching, which is one of three district-authorized educator preparation programs in Texas.
“Serving the students, staff and families of ISD Ector County is one of the greatest honors of my career,” Muri said in the statement. “The partnership between myself and the CISSD Board of Trustees has enabled the district to address significant challenges and create great opportunities for our students and staff. Our strategic efforts are having a profound effect on growth, student success and opportunities as well as the overall system. Great things are happening at ECISD, and it is a privilege to be part of this exceptional team!”
Other accolades he has earned include an appointment by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), an appointment by Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to the Advisory Board of the broadband development worker, Dallas Morning News finalist for Texan of the Year for his leadership after the Odessa mass shooting and multiple invitations to testify before congressional committees and House and Senate committees of Texas on topics such as teacher recruitment and retention, strategies to accelerate student learning, and technology innovation.
National attention has focused on the ECIDD in many forms, two of which are a New York Times podcast series titled Odessa, and recognition of the 2020-21 Back-to-School Plan as one of the five best innovative plans every school district should consider.
Sponsored by the TASB, the Superintendent of the Year program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in instructional leadership since 1984. Nominees are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving quality of education, their ability to build effective relationships with employees, student achievement and commitment to public participation in education.
Superintendents of any of the state’s local school districts are eligible for nomination by their school boards. Local candidates are submitted to a regional selection committee, which chooses a candidate to send to the state selection committee.