EPISD bonds–why all at once?

EPISD’s new chief financial officer recently told us that the proposed bonds would not impact our school taxes all at once.

According to an article in the Times she told us that the bonds would be issued in three phases.

If that is the case why don’t they ask for the money for the first phase, prove to us that they can handle our money and then ask for the next phase?

Why do we need to approve money that they admit that they cannot spend before they are ready for it?

Could it be that things are going to get worse at the district and they want us to commit before we know the truth?

We deserve better

Brutus

4 Responses to EPISD bonds–why all at once?

  1. Follow the $$$$ says:

    HERE’S THE REAL STORY OF HOW MUCH MONEY IS GOING TO PEOPLE AND CONSULTANTS:

    Current Spending by EPISD on High Level Positions and Outside Consultants – Info From EPISD Website

    Here is the Secret Decoder Ring on which pay levels are which as far as position pay for High Level positions:

    http://www.episd.org/employment/professional_business.php

    Here are some, but not all, external consultant bid amounts:

    http://www.episd.org/departments/procurement_services/tabs.php

    Here is the EPISD check register (must look for specific company names by month to get annual totals):

    http://www.episd.org/departments/finance/check_register.php

    Superintendent $325,000 est. incl benefits
    Deputy Superintendent Academics $190,000 est. plus benefits
    Asst Super, Special Services $150,000
    Executive Director Special Serv $125,000
    Exec Dir. School Leadership $125,000
    Coor. ELL Compliance $80,000
    Coord Leadership Support $80,000
    Lead Coord Family Engage $85,000
    Coor. Student Success $80,000
    Coord. Fam Engage $80,000
    Chief School Officer $150,000
    Area 1 Super $150,000
    Area 2 Super $150,000
    Area 3 Super $150,000
    Area Facilitators (X3) $70,000
    Chief Acad Innov Officer $160,000
    Ex Dir Blended Learning $120,000
    Ed Dir (Temp Prof) $120,000
    Ed Dir Academics $120,000
    Dir Core Content and Acad Prog $100,000
    ALL Positions (X 130) $65,000 approx

    Chief of Staff $180,000
    Ex Dir Stategy $ 120,000
    Ex Dir Community Engagement $125,000

    Total for just these new positions (many more exist):

    $11,380,000

    So, some of these positions also have external consultants doing their job!

    Here is a brief on just a few of the External Consultants:

    HUB International (RFP 15-018) $54,000 x 3 years=$162,000
    Research and Polling (RFP 16-057 $100,000 X 2yrs = $200,000
    Brand Era PR Firm (RFP 16-044) $250,000X4 yrs = $1,000,000
    VLK Architects (RFP-15-597) $150,000
    Getting Smart LLC (Super Training) $125,000
    AVID College Readiness Prog $2,000,000 over 4 years
    Achieve 3000 College Readiness $800,000
    Renaissance Learning $1,000,000

    These are just a few of the things voters should look at. A bond is needed, but not at the amount that will be approved by the board on Tuesday.

    Oh and by the way, the Press Conference to announce the bond is already planned for AUGUST 17 at 2 PM. Guess the decision is already made…

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  2. STILL BLAMING HIS PREDECESOR?!?!?! says:

    Watching the news the last few days… Bad education for English Language Learners and Special Ed kids . Deputy Superintendent Durant blames Garcia even though none of the crap Garcia did had anything to do with what was in the paper!! Cabrera was NO WHERE to be found!!! Here’s a story that reminds me of Cabrera and his cast of cronies::

    A fellow had just been hired as the new CEO of a large corporation. The current CEO was stepping down and met with the new hire privately in his office, where he handed him three numbered envelopes.

    “Open these if you run up against a problem you don’t think you can solve,” the first CEO said.

    Things went along pretty smoothly for the first six month, but then sales took a downturn and the new CEO began catching a lot of heat. He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, “Blame your predecessor.”

    The new CEO called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at the feet of the previous CEO. Sales began to pick up and the problem was soon behind him.

    About a year later, the company was again experiencing a slight dip in sales, combined with serious product malfunctions. Having learned from his previous experience, the CEO opened the second envelope. The message read, “Reorganize.” This he did, and the company quickly rebounded.

    After several consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again fell on hard times. The CEO went to his office, closed the door and opened the third envelope.

    The message said, “Prepare three envelopes.”

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  3. Tickedofftaxpayer says:

    The reason taxing entities are rushing to borrow money is because of the low interest rates. Interest rates need to rise. If they borrow less, the odds are good that a few years down the road, higher interest rates would make it difficult to borrow the remaining amount. It is sad. The Fed is keeping interest rates artificially depressed because they realize that when they raise them over leveraged cities and/or the US Government are going to have some debt crises. Yet, taxing entities see this as a green light to take on more debt. And the real victims are those near retirement and retirees. Social Security isn’t designed to be a sole source of retirement income. The private sector switched most employees to 401Ks and banking crises have gutted a lot of that value. Bank savings gets no interest under our present system. A stellar annual rate of return on investments is 5% now. That means folks who are trying to save are getting totally screwed–their savings aren’t growing through investment returns very quickly. Plus they will be also have to pay for out of control public spending and public sector retirement programs, which takes money they could otherwise be adding to savings.

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  4. Old Gringo Guy says:

    Brings to mind that old saying about cutting the puppy’s tail off an inch at a time, instead of all at once, so it won’t hurt as much. I just thank God that I’m old enough that the school tax portion of my tax bill is frozen at an older rate.

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