EPISD just lost some votes for their upcoming $400 million bond election.
The former chief financial officer of the City of El Paso has just joined EPISD as deputy superintendent of finance and operations.
Our new deputy superintendent was intricately involved in providing the financial analyses for the ball park and the demolition and moving of city hall. The projects have been completed and her numbers were grossly wrong.
Now EPISD has put her in a position to mishandle bond funds if the district can convince the voters to approve them.
There is also an ethics problem here in my opinion. She was on the state-appointed board of managers of the district up until May of last year. Now she is becoming an employee. Did she make decisions while on the board that facilitated her hiring? I don’t know but many people have different standards than her and believe that she should avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
From the Texas Education Code:
Sec. A11.063.AA ELIGIBILITY FOR EMPLOYMENT. A trustee of an independent school district may not accept employment with that school district until the first anniversary of the date the trustee ’s membership on the board ends.
The state-appointed board of managers stepped down May 18, 2015. She started at the district May 18, 2016 according to the Times. Couldn’t she have waited one more day?
This does not bode well for the bond project.
We deserve better