EPISD delays action: Plan to close schools vehemently opposed

Full story: El Paso Times

Kimberly McDonald, PTA President and Schuster mom, becomes emotional as she pleads with the EPISD board to not close their school.
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Dick Weed

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lets buy them off with free bus cards and subway sandwiches for life
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Dick Weed wrote:
lets buy them off with free bus cards and subway sandwiches for life
Let's get someone to help you get a life, learn some manners and respect.
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CLose the schools! Under 300 students? Check out the other schools in the district.

How many office staff on those two campuses? How many on the bigger campuses? Just about the same.

You can do it School Board! Make some more quality decisions.

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The Majority who uses the schools are not taxpayers, but are people who live off of taxpayers.
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This so much bull! Why do we taxpayers have to foot the bill for these loud mouthed kids making babies and expecting everyone in the city to baby sit them?
The district needs to tighten its belt and use its money wisely. Close those schools and save some money. If the people of that community aren't happy they can always go to a private school.
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leave the fine arts alone!!!!!!
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Working wrote:
This so much bull! Why do we taxpayers have to foot the bill for these loud mouthed kids making babies and expecting everyone in the city to baby sit them?
The district needs to tighten its belt and use its money wisely. Close those schools and save some money. If the people of that community aren't happy they can always go to a private school.
your probably a westsider... you'd be fighting for your school if it were closing...thats the last thing that should go
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leave the fine arts alone!!!!!!
The arts have been in decline for years around here.
Close them already

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Kick the noncitizens out of all public schools!!! That will save a fortune and probably will have no school closures at all.
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<quoted text>your probably a westsider... you'd be fighting for your school if it were closing...thats the last thing that should go
You are assuming!
This city has got to close those services which are cost ineffective. It must do the most it can with what money it gets. Central Office takes up a big chunk of that money, don't be fooled. Taxpayers are tired of the smoke and mirrors game that the Superintendent is playing. He has shown that he is not above manipulating and using children to get his way. Heck, his own family has a restraining order on him.
If this pattern continues we in this city will see lay offs, programs cut, hourly employees and teachers moving to furlough days.
Central Office admistrators are immune from all this since they have taken steps to protect themselves. Close those schools. If you are not happy El Paso has fine private schools you can attend.
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We taxpayers need a superintendent with "guts", if schools need to be closed, close them and that is it! You'll always have parents - crying, crying, crying!!!
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The time is coming where Austin will tell the school districts what they "have to do". EPISD can't seem to get with the program.
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Is this really happening? We need to get rid of this overpaid Lothario we call a Superintendent and get someone who can make a decision.
Close those schools! Cut that fat from the Central Office, The Superintendents exploits are proof that he has too much free time on his hands.
Get off the fence and make a decision.
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They cut 86 jobs from central office! That is a lot of people who lost jobs. Do not minimize those people and their loss of jobs. You don't even know what you are talking about and are just trying to preach hate.
Working wrote:
<quoted text>You are assuming!
This city has got to close those services which are cost ineffective. It must do the most it can with what money it gets. Central Office takes up a big chunk of that money, don't be fooled. Taxpayers are tired of the smoke and mirrors game that the Superintendent is playing. He has shown that he is not above manipulating and using children to get his way. Heck, his own family has a restraining order on him.
If this pattern continues we in this city will see lay offs, programs cut, hourly employees and teachers moving to furlough days.
Central Office admistrators are immune from all this since they have taken steps to protect themselves. Close those schools. If you are not happy El Paso has fine private schools you can attend.
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I am appalled by the number of negative posts on this article. I am the mother of two EPISD students. They receive quality education at Schuster. The school has met EVERY requirement needed to stay open. It is an excellent school. Keeping it open saves jobs and allows students the ability to be taught as they should be: in small class settings. It's an open campus: any student can register at Schuster no matter where you live.

As for people who complain about taxes and schools.... Read the studies that show that areas with good, strong, healthy schools are areas with higher property values. Countries that don't value education are falling behind in this world. Don't be ignorant. Educate yourself and learn about the connection between taking care of our children, their education and a healthy community.
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Close them already wrote:
Kick the noncitizens out of all public schools!!! That will save a fortune and probably will have no school closures at all.
Against the law to kick them out. Schools are not even allowed to ask their status. That is one of the reasons why Shapleigh/USDE is investigating Bowie. All children regardless of immigration status are required to be enrolled in a school within their home's boundaries.

Change the state/federal laws if you want the immigrant children out.
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Conrad Bantam III wrote:
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The arts have been in decline for years around here.
no they havent
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Working wrote:
<quoted text>You are assuming!
This city has got to close those services which are cost ineffective. It must do the most it can with what money it gets. Central Office takes up a big chunk of that money, don't be fooled. Taxpayers are tired of the smoke and mirrors game that the Superintendent is playing. He has shown that he is not above manipulating and using children to get his way. Heck, his own family has a restraining order on him.
If this pattern continues we in this city will see lay offs, programs cut, hourly employees and teachers moving to furlough days.
Central Office admistrators are immune from all this since they have taken steps to protect themselves. Close those schools. If you are not happy El Paso has fine private schools you can attend.
i guess you didn't read it right i never said I wasn't happy, if I wasn't happy I wouldnt be fighting to keep schools open, education is the last thing that should be cut...I do agree that cuts have to start at the top...as far as his personal life we cant assume anything its none of our business
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Concern wrote:
The time is coming where Austin will tell the school districts what they "have to do". EPISD can't seem to get with the program.
Austin can't tell a school district what to close
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Working wrote:
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If this pattern continues we in this city will see lay offs, programs cut, hourly employees and teachers moving to furlough days.

Central Office administrators are immune from all this since they have taken steps to protect themselves. Close those schools. If you are not happy El Paso has fine private schools you can attend.
Don't know your facts. Administrators were part of the 86 group let go, and more are to come. Also, EPISD's administrative costs are lower than similar sized school districts. EPSID has 92 schools that need administrative oversight, provided by Central Office such as Finance, Payroll, Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction, etc. Without enough Central Office personnel the campuses, teachers/students will suffer because there will be no one available to help them, creating a backlog. Principals and teachers will be left with the burden of a maze of state and federal paperwork handed to them due to cuts. They will have less time to teach and manage the campus.

What people do not realize or fail to understand is that Central Office is the one that deals with all the state and federal mandates, all the employee and parent/student problems and issues.

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