EPISD to discuss Superintendent Loren...

EPISD to discuss Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia's contract

There are 85 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jun 21, 2010, titled EPISD to discuss Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia's contract. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Trustees of the El Paso Independent School District will decide today whether to extend Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia's contract.

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Pickle Dick

El Paso, TX

#1 Jun 22, 2010
Garcia needs to suck it up like the rest of us. A good leader would not take more when others are being cut and services are being removed.
healthy richard

El Paso, TX

#2 Jun 22, 2010
Pickle Dick wrote:
Garcia needs to suck it up like the rest of us. A good leader would not take more when others are being cut and services are being removed.
First, I am sorry to hear about your medical anomaly. Secondly, I agree with you.
Follow up

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 22, 2010
Senator Shapleigh's EPISD informants were passing along correct information. The "priority schools division" within EPISD exists soley to improve test scores at struggling campuses which they do largely by manipulating who takes the tests and when. The shifting of students among grade classifications is common practice and well known by teachers most of whom cannot afford to come out as whistle blowers. Both the practice of cheating and the promise of retaliation for reporting cheating stem from Garcia's "leadership."
Que Pas

El Paso, TX

#4 Jun 22, 2010
When you extend his contract, remove the buy-out option. In the future, leave that opttion out of contracts!
Must be nice to get paid for failure to do your job and get fired or quit.....
Pickle Dick

El Paso, TX

#5 Jun 22, 2010
healthy richard wrote:
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First, I am sorry to hear about your medical anomaly. Secondly, I agree with you.
Thanks Healthy Richard, but don't feel sorry for me. My name simply represents the state of leadership and politics in this town. I'm quite secure and robust otherwise.
Kyle

El Paso, TX

#6 Jun 22, 2010
If the EPISD trustrees agreed to his contract, then pay him more if he met his goals. Next time - set more goals. It's a signed contract. Let's don't spend a bunch of money is a court room.

One huge problem is that El Paso voters don't take the school board/trustrees serious.
xxx

El Paso, TX

#7 Jun 22, 2010
Give Garcia more money and benefits and screw the rest of the employee's. Garcia is a wart on the body of EPISD and needs to be removed, replaced and taken to task for his lack of true leadership when leadership is badly needed. (Follow up) is correct about whistle blowers and the retaliation that follows anyone with true concers that go aganist the current adminstrations will. EPISD needs better than what we pay for and what we are getting for that pay. EPISD needs to start making changes at the top top top levels before thinking about making changes at the bottow of the ladder.
MADASHELL

United States

#8 Jun 22, 2010
EPISD trustee,(?), Paticia Hughes, is notning more than a lackey for Lorenzo Garcia! She's got her nose so far up his butt she doesn't know if it's day or night!
Garcia is just another superintendent in a long line of manipulating,deceitfull arrogant money grubbing liars!
Just FIRE THE BUM!!!
EPISD voters should also recall Hughes and the rest of the untrustworthy trustees!
FEDUP

United States

#9 Jun 22, 2010
Getting a raise, typical El Paso mentality! Reward incompetence and corruption with more tax payer dollars!
Apparently only the EPISD school board is unaware or has conveniently closed its eyes to Lorenzo Garcia's shennanigans!
Why throw away good money by giving the incompetent Garcia a raise and contract extension?
Garcia shennanigans, even with school board full support and approval, maybe?
Folks, there's a foul fetor emminating from the EPISD Ivory Towers!
This clown, Garcia alredy earns $280,000! Does it seem to the board that he is truly deserving and needing more of our tax dollars thrown at him?
You bunch of worthless pant loads!
Recall all EPISD trustees!!!
Concerned

El Paso, TX

#10 Jun 22, 2010
Dr. Garcia should stay. I would like to see how he handles the district with less money. I was shocked to hear that the City of El Paso's budget is smaller than EPISD's budget. If this is true, then that is more than enough money to run a school district.
Gitterdone

United States

#11 Jun 22, 2010
He should go in there and ask for a pay cut and save two or three teachers. That would be a true leader; always looking out for the welfare of his staff and faculty. If you can read this thank a teacher!
jo jo brown

El Paso, TX

#12 Jun 22, 2010
MADASHELL wrote:
EPISD trustee,(?), Paticia Hughes, is notning more than a lackey for Lorenzo Garcia! She's got her nose so far up his butt she doesn't know if it's day or night!
Garcia is just another superintendent in a long line of manipulating,deceitfull arrogant money grubbing liars!
Just FIRE THE BUM!!!
EPISD voters should also recall Hughes and the rest of the untrustworthy trustees!
You are so correct.....But lets face reality, the board will give him an extension, mark my words....He hides behind the board earning more perks..... Hughes is lost.....Can't speak up because it is not an election....... She is Miss Popular...... When the students fail more, i hope her conscious can take it....Losers to them all......
Con Safo

El Paso, TX

#14 Jun 22, 2010
The spineless trustees that we have need to start having a backbone a hold the administrators accountable. Do not give Garcia an extension and do not fire him! Let him work out the remainder of his contract and then asses his future at the end. The local school districts are notorious for extending the superintendents contract and then firing them, leaving the TAX payers with the bill. Enough is enough with the idiotic trustees. This group of clowns need to take a look at their selves and resign immediately for lack of leadership, incompetence, and accountability to the tax payers. They have allowing the administrators to run amok the entire district with little to no regard to the tax payers. Clean house and fire the entire school trustees!
nathan

El Paso, TX

#15 Jun 22, 2010
Kyle wrote:
If the EPISD trustrees agreed to his contract, then pay him more if he met his goals. Next time - set more goals. It's a signed contract. Let's don't spend a bunch of money is a court room.
One huge problem is that El Paso voters don't take the school board/trustrees serious.
I would agree with paying him his performance bonus if it is earned honestly. I believe that if a greater number of students passed the test,that a greater number of students district wide graduated, then yes by all means pay him his bonus. But, if he and his staff merely moved students with low performance to other higher performing campuses in order to manipulate the curve and make it appear as though he and his improved graduation rates and test scores only to receive there bonus, then no, it should be argued against, no mater the cost in court.
Maybe, if he wanted to improve what the people of El Paso think of him, that it was all just for the kids, he should tell the board thanks but no thanks to the performance bonus and pay raise. That I will suffer along with my staff and make due with what I have.
No superintendent nor board member should be held to a lower standard than those they supervise. I think it's time we start holding the board members to a much higher standard and making them more accountable to the voters.
I know that not all, but some become all too comfortable on boards and feel that know more than those they represent. I know they cannot implement everything that constituents in there districts bring to there attention but I feel that it is there job to listen and embrace concerns that people have about problems they see at schools and at district offices and to bring these concerns to the superintendent. All to often members on boards feel if things aren't too bad then why rock the boat but I say rock it, rock it good. Make the superintendent work for his bonus.
understand

El Paso, TX

#16 Jun 22, 2010
Look back at all the Superintendents we have had during the past 14 years. I have worked with EPIS for 14 years and honestly with the exception of Garcia most of them hid in their office. Now I am not saying Garcia does not have room for improvement, God knows we all do. I think people should get educated and look at the facts and forget the gossip. If we hire a new Superintendent I bet it would cost us more than Garcia. About the testing accussations and shifting ESOL students around is not something I can comment on because I am not at the high school level however I do know that part of AYP is graduation and a graduation requirement is to pass TAKS. If they need to pass TAKS to graduate and they are graduating I dont know how they can be sweeping them under the carpet. Also there are make up days for TAKS so having them be absent doesnt really sound like a smart choice.
Are you going

El Paso, TX

#17 Jun 22, 2010
This is beyond ridiculous. So he might get a raise even though some teachers might lose their jobs? Give me a freakin' break!
I really hope he does not get an extension.

GO TO THE BOARD MEETING TODAY!
Julie

United States

#18 Jun 22, 2010
Do not renew Garcia's contract, based on EPISD's current financial situation, a payraise and incentives should not be awarded.

Garcia should resign on his own volition. The district is in worse shape than before he arrived.

Garcia has brough in corruption, gross mismanagment of finances, unethical hiring practices, and cheating on TAKS testing.

Garcia's leadership abilities have gone uscrutinized by this Board. Garcia has taken away the board's power.

EPISD needs new leadership and new board members.
El Pasoans expect accountability.
Central Office

United States

#19 Jun 22, 2010
Do not renew Dr. Garcia's contract!
Stop the corruption!
MEok

El Paso, TX

#20 Jun 22, 2010
Concerned wrote:
Dr. Garcia should stay. I would like to see how he handles the district with less money. I was shocked to hear that the City of El Paso's budget is smaller than EPISD's budget. If this is true, then that is more than enough money to run a school district.
EL Paso ISD has over 9,000 employees and is the second largest employer in the city. The military is the first (Fort Bliss). Get your information right before posting on this site. Do your research and you will see what takes to run a school, books, electric, gas, water, telephone, internet, food, supplies (because will not buy their children supplies at some school), staff, teachers, adminstration, paper, and etc.
student

El Paso, TX

#21 Jun 22, 2010
healthy richard wrote:
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First, I am sorry to hear about your medical anomaly. Secondly, I agree with you.
You MUST be gay for making that comment!!!

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