ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A local administrator has been recognized as a Finalist for the 2019 Texan of the Year. Ector County Independent School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Scott Muri, was honored for his work and service during the months following the August 31st mass shooting.
“Honored and humbled both at the same time,” said Muri. “Honored, really that the work of our system has been recognized – the work of our community.”
Many in the Basin felt the impact of the rampage on August 31, 2019. Among those in pain, was the Ector County school district.
“Never want to have to go through that again. I don’t think anyone does. I don’t wish that upon anyone in the world,” stated Muri. “Just that sense of fear and anguish, and also anxiety, as to what should I do and what should we do as an organization.”
The student boy wept as they lost one of their own. Leila Hernandez was just 15 attending Odessa High as a sophomore.
“The recognition isn’t for me, it’s really for us. It was such validation for the work that happens in our counties,” said Muri.
And sharing the honor is Juan Cabrera. He currently serves as the superintendent for El Paso ISD. His community also suffered great loss on August 3rd when a gunman took the lives of 22 people.
“His community has just gone through something similar, so I reached out to him and sought his guidance. It was immediate. I was on a phone call with him and within five minutes, he had conferenced in his leadership team.”
Muri says he could not have done it without Cabrera’s guidance and the dedication of thousands.
“You know, it was dealing with your own personal anxieties first, but quickly, we had to pay attention to the needs of the thousands of the people that we serve as a school system. The outpouring of help from West Texas, the state of Texas and beyond Texas was overwhelming. We knew that we were not in it alone.”