The news from EPISD sounds like what the news from the city did when they were building the ball park.
Years ago we wrote in Running total about the difference between what we were told by the city and what ultimately happened.
In short the ballpark started off as a $35 million project.
By the time we published Running total the costs were over $220 million and that was before we learned that the bonds would cost us another $22 million because the city’s financial people did not sell them when they should have.
Now EPISD’s budget woes are the issue of the day locally. The Times wrote an article where they questioned the $7 million shortfall that the district is now talking about:
“The figure is a difference of about $4 million from the $2.9 million deficit that the district presented at a May 22 budget workshop, less than two weeks ago.”
Later in the article the Times quoted a school board member:
“Back in the day, during the bond, our hope was that we’d be able to get there with bond money,”
He was referring to the $668 million bond that now looks like it will fail to solve their problems.
Who at the district is responsible for the numbers they are publishing?
We deserve better