Socorro ISD could seek bond issue by ...

Socorro ISD could seek bond issue by 2013 as enrollment grows, ...

There are 15 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jan 28, 2010, titled Socorro ISD could seek bond issue by 2013 as enrollment grows, .... In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Rising enrollment in the Socorro Independent School District has school administrators searching for more school money, which could include a bond issue in the coming years.

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Art

El Paso, TX

#1 Jan 29, 2010
The Superintendent needs to start cutting all the overpaid positions they have in the administration’s office and relooking at some of the other over staff positions that are just stealing oxygen at tax payer’s expense. Don’t even think of asking for a cent until the District (Board members and Superintendent) have gone through the entire staff and see where they can cut out some of the positions. And don’t give us the “it’s for the children” line either!

Since: Apr 08

El Paso

#2 Jan 29, 2010
More border crossers....more taxpayor help
illegal immigration becoming a bigger problem
join numbersusa.com
let your voice be heard...immigration laws should be enforced
Drew

Laredo, TX

#3 Jan 29, 2010
Wouldn't more people moving into the district mean additional revenue in terms of new residents paying their share of property taxes? Those of us already situated should not be expected to foot the bill. There has to be other ways of doing it.

He has 8-10 assistant superintendents under him at about $115,000 each. That's a cool $1 million a year in spending!
I agree

El Paso, TX

#4 Jan 29, 2010
Drew wrote:
Wouldn't more people moving into the district mean additional revenue in terms of new residents paying their share of property taxes? Those of us already situated should not be expected to foot the bill. There has to be other ways of doing it.
He has 8-10 assistant superintendents under him at about $115,000 each. That's a cool $1 million a year in spending!
I agree, Drew. Needing more schools means new housing in the area, which should bring in more tax revenue. An approval of another bond means an increase in the property tax. I have yet to understand why my Socorro ISD taxes are so much higher than the other local districts, yet they state they have no money. People in El Paso are scared to admit that the student populations of all the school districts are disproportionate to the amount of homes in El Paso...and the reason is... It is politically insensitive to discuss it and truly deal with the real issue. Because we are on the border, the school districts cannot afford the student populations they are servicing, which is causing some of the highest property taxes in the state, yet people wonder why such high taxes on the properties and lowest TAKS testing in the state. Same problem... The only way to force the districts to address this issue is to disallow their borrowing and forcing higher and higher taxes.
Tired SISD Parent

United States

#5 Jan 29, 2010
Let me just add that, if these new families were in fact BUYING HOMES, then YES ii would ADD Revenue. However with these NEW FAMILIES either coming in and RENTING HOMES(the burden of TAXES lies on the Owner)or just borrowing their friends, family members addresses to get their kids in our school district, there is NO ADDITIONAL REVENUE.

Art, I agree with you-SISD needs to review all the current positions, and those that are necessary in the day to day functions of the school district should be kept, all others get rid of, either way-CUT THE FAT SISD.
And for pete's sake- check some address', I'm sure there will be a pretty good chunk of kids that shouldn't be attending schools in SISD.
Frank

United States

#6 Jan 29, 2010
Welcome to school funding 101. More houses = more property taxes. Right? Yes, however, since the passage of House Bill 1 in, I believe 2005, More property taxes received by the district = less money received from the state, so, a district can never get ahead. Plus, I believe the funding levels from the state are set at the 2005-06 levels. This is now 2010. Things have changed except in the minds of the legislature.
no name

Copperas Cove, TX

#7 Jan 29, 2010
stop building so many houses....the military is not coming in like people thought....
Angel

El Paso, TX

#8 Jan 29, 2010
I hear what you all are saying and I do agree with you all.It will really be up to you alls school board to tighten up the rings and see what jobs are really needed. Right now is the time to attend your school Board meetings. The Buget has to be done by June. April-May is contracts for everyone that works for the Distric of Socorro. You as a tax payer have a right to ask for how much your people are making. Names will be blacked out due to the Laws,but the position will be posted. Good Luck.
Pay Attention

AOL

#9 Jan 31, 2010
"And don’t give us the “it’s for the children” line either!"

Now lets see how many Bonds has SISD had? What have they done with those bond money? Questions???????? and Yes they got them because they used "give us the “it’s for the children” ". The SISD Board and Superintendent should have been cutting the fat on the staff since their last bond issue don't you think. As Minerva Baumann stated on her Sunday article "People are most often at their best when things are at their worst. How we react when we see others suffering shows us who we are." Lets face reality the SISD Board and the superintendent are not spending our tax dollars properly which leads me to believe that they must not have spent the bond money as they said they would. I would like to know if the money that was borrowed with bonds was spent as they said they would.
Frank

El Paso, TX

#10 Feb 2, 2010
Don't worry, "Pay Attention". The board of trustees ordered an outside audit of the 2004 bond to be done. We will all know soon enough if there was any "hanky panky" going on. I doubt it, but an outside audit will, hopefully, quiet people like you who voice these types of accusations.
XDLT

El Paso, TX

#12 Feb 6, 2010
Art wrote:
The Superintendent needs to start cutting all the overpaid positions they have in the administration’s office and relooking at some of the other over staff positions that are just stealing oxygen at tax payer’s expense. Don’t even think of asking for a cent until the District (Board members and Superintendent) have gone through the entire staff and see where they can cut out some of the positions. And don’t give us the “it’s for the children” line either!
Understood. Thank you, X
XDLT

El Paso, TX

#13 Feb 6, 2010
Drew wrote:
Wouldn't more people moving into the district mean additional revenue in terms of new residents paying their share of property taxes? Those of us already situated should not be expected to foot the bill. There has to be other ways of doing it.
He has 8-10 assistant superintendents under him at about $115,000 each. That's a cool $1 million a year in spending!
You are correct, thank you, X
XDLT

El Paso, TX

#15 Feb 6, 2010
Frank wrote:
Don't worry, "Pay Attention". The board of trustees ordered an outside audit of the 2004 bond to be done. We will all know soon enough if there was any "hanky panky" going on. I doubt it, but an outside audit will, hopefully, quiet people like you who voice these types of accusations.
I agree and look forward to the information.
Sally

Brownsville, TX

#18 Feb 6, 2010
SISD doesn't understand that tax payers do not trust what they say. The superintendent enforces not trusting SISD by having his kids attend school in YISD.
Parent

United States

#19 Feb 7, 2010
What a stupid person...De la T. get real and do some cost cutting. You are going to wait for 3 years for a bond... but what are you going to do to cut cost in these 3 years? My problem is that your kids do not attend schools in SISD. Why are they going to EPISD. I will send my compliant to Willie G.

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