More Good News From EPISD

From KVIA.com:

The El Paso Independent School District board is expected to vote on increasing teachers’ salaries by 5% — a pay boost that comes with dire possibilities, namely a projected $29 million budget deficit and no employee raises for the next two years.

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EPISD’s financial challenges stem from decreased state revenue as a result of declining enrollment. Texas largely funds districts based on the average daily number of students in attendance.

EPISD has lost more than 12,000 students over the past decade, which has cost the district about $100 million in state revenue, according to information Chief Financial Officer Martha Aguirre shared with trustees at an April 5 budget workshop. For the 2022-23 school year, EPISD anticipates enrolling 1,900 fewer students — a loss of about $8 million in state funds.

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If no changes are made, and enrollment continues to fall, EPISD projects a nearly $4 million budget deficit in the 2023-24 school year and a $29 million deficit for 2024-25. Both of those financial assumptions are based on not raising employee salaries during that time period.

Remember that $668.8 million 2016 EPISD bond? The one that was supposed to “right-size” the school district? I have a hard time understanding how right-sizing a shrinking school district costs any money at all. It doesn’t cost me a dime to right-size my wardrobe when I’m doing spring cleaning.

They sold us a pig in a poke when they passed those bonds. “It’s for the children” was the mantra.

“It’s for the children.”

The problem is that the tax base is shrinking and our local governments are growing. People are leaving town, and the new businesses that are moving to El Paso are getting tax incentives, so they’re pushing more of the burden onto the taxpayers. The money has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is you.

The inmates are running the asylum. I want new management.

5 comments

  1. somehow we have to learn to live well with a stable population…El Paso cannot continue to grow all the way to Sierra Blanca, regardless of what the water utility and the developer crowd tell us….and that means rightsizing our Quality of Life projects!

  2. How much does the admin and superintendent get paid again? Sounds like it’s time for a bit of redistribution

    1. According to ElPasoMatters.com, the new Superintendent makes a paltry $277,000 a year. Chicken feed, in this bloated market of overpaid bureaucrats.

      I vote for giving her a chance to fail before we start picking on her.

      Of course, pick on her if you want. I like the action.

      1. A good friend who is an assistant principle in EPISD gives the new Supt high marks. She told me the Supt actually visits the schools, listens to the staff, and ordered HQ staff to pinch hit as substitute teachers when there is a shortage.

  3. ? declining enrollment while our population is increasing? How does that happen?
    STOP funding private schools with public school money!

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