For me, one of the more interesting stories in today's Odessa American is this one by Elaine Marsilio, reporting that Renda Berryhill, a member of the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees said she plans to remain in office ... even though her family has moved out of the Odessa High district she represents. The report goes on to state that the decision to move outside the district she represents, is so Berryhill's son may attend Permian High, and play football with the Panthers.
Nothing earth-shattering here ..... this is just the latest variation on a story that crops up often in the news, and we've had other variations of this theme on a number of occasions, here in West Texas ..... Fort Stockton, Odessa, Midland, the Panhandle ..... school board, city council, U.S. Congress.
But this one has some different, and disturbing angles for me. I recommend you read the whole story to learn how the system might be 'worked' to someones advantage ..... or to the advantage of a 'pair' of someones ...... "Jamie Berryhill also remarked that he and Renda might use both their properties — the leased home on the east side and their Mission Messiah shelter on West Second — to run for the school board for separate districts in the future. "
Another point of interest is that some of the views offered in the article are from someone who was perfectly comfortable with occupying a leadership position in Odessa's public school system, helping direct every facet of its operation - while sending her child to a private school in Midland.
I'd like to know what YOU think.