EPISD bonds–she’s at it again

Look at this chart from the June 29, 2016 presentation to the EPISD facilities advisory committee:

EPISD-tax base assumptions

We can all understand that forecasting is more difficult when looking out long periods than short.

Why then could the district’s new deputy superintendent of finance and operations tell us what she thinks the taxable value of properties in the district will be in 2046 but not what enrollment will be?

The chart shows a steady decline in average daily attendance at the district up through 2022.  Average daily attendance is important because it is the primary source of revenue for the district.

How can she tell us with a straight face that attendance will magically stabilize six years from now in 2022 and that we will see no further declines?

Her numbers show a further 10% decline in attendance in the next 10 years.

Maybe we should be saving our money instead of buying luxuries.

We deserve better

Brutus

7 Responses to EPISD bonds–she’s at it again

  1. A DOSE OF REALITY says:

    THE PROVERBIAL UNICORN — FALSE EXPECTATIONS OF SAVINGS THROUGH SCHOOL CLOSURE

    The concept of closing schools is not new! It has proven disastrous in other communities! And, in EPISD, they will be disrupting the education of over 10,000 students, 1/6 of the entire population of students, by closing their neighborhood school, transporting them far away, moving teachers and principals, etc.

    Here is a link to a media story concerning the millions of dollars that were spent in up keeping, utilities, security, etc. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/audit-closing-schools-cost-quadruple-the-reported-price-tag/article/2507444

    The buildings themselves don’t go away once closed! Unless, of course, EPISD administration has already issued an insider deal to a certain Charter School company that comes from The Valley, which everyone knows is one of the two incubators of “progressive” education ideas (the other being the felony-ridden Dallas ISD when the Deputy Superintendent for Academics and a good number of the highly paid consultants come from). So here’s the play: Part 1 Charter School Conglomerate comes to El Paso and meets with certain supers. Part 2. Hey We Just Happen to Have Schools We Want to Close In Each Area of Town! C’mon, Charter School and pick the schools you want…a couple in each region of El Paso…and we will close them and lease or sell them to you in a sweetheart deal at a tremendous loss like we did with Roosevelt Elementary School when we sold it for $1 to La Fe. We will do the “Consultant Shuffle” to pay someone to tell us what we need and then we will assemble a group of community members, stroke their egos and carefully guide them to make the decisions we need them to make so that it all looks legit! Part 3 Then when the Local Media announces that you, the Charter School Conglomerate, are coming to El Paso, we will be the only district that will speak very positively about you and clear the way for “partnerships” with you where we export our At Risk students to you so our numbers are higher…just like the last administration. Part 4. We all live happily ever after, laughing our way to the bank, at the expense of the poor ignorant El Paso saps. Let’s all keep our eyes open. This is what is going on behind the scenes while we are spoon-fed the “opportunity” to give input so that all the ideas “appear” to come from this magical stakeholder committee.

    Check out Chicago Public Schools, Austin ISD, Pennsylvania and others that spent out the butt and actually spent more than they thought they would save by closing schools…

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  2. Y Que! says:

    The TEA failed to do it’s job in reforming this most corrupt board.

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  3. Dan Wever says:

    Remember guys, everything the committee sees comes from the administration. If you expect anything other than what the administration wants you are loony tunes!

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    • Reality Checker says:

      The only other option is for the committee members to go out and do their own research, information gathering, and analysis. Good luck with that. They lack the knowledge, resources, or time to run a parallel process, nor were they recruited to do that. If the committee members distrust the process, they should speak up publicly or resign from the committee, unless they are serving on the committee for the prestige.

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      • Dan Wever says:

        Reality Checker, how about if they ask how much bond money has already been spent on the schools that are being proposed to close. Also ask how much it will cost to bus students from a neighborhood school to one out of their neighborhood and how many of these transported children will go into classes with a student to teacher ratio of greater than 22-1 in the lower grades since under the District of Innovation class ratios are no longer limited. Will they save money by taking the students from one of the closing schools and getting them to a Charter school which is what will happen to many of them. They can do a lot more than be a rubber stamp for a group of trustees and administrators who are trying to kill public education.

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  4. Jerry K says:

    Who’s is “she?”

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