What are the real numbers?

With EPISD shrinking it makes sense that they will need fewer teachers.

A lot of the recent activity on this blog has been dealing with the displacement of teachers.

We have not heard about real numbers.  How many jobs need to be cut?

How many teachers will retire this year?

What will the reductions mean for the newly graduated people coming out of our local universities?  Will these people find jobs anyway–just at other schools?

If EPISD was forthcoming about the real numbers maybe their teachers could calm down.

Hopefully some of our readers will help us to understand.

We deserve bettter.


14 Responses to What are the real numbers?

  1. Mike Schwartz says:

    I can tell you what I know for a fact. A middle school lost 5 teaching positions, teachers there will have 40 students per class period. A high school lost 8 teaching positions. Again- others will have 40 per class period. Retirements were at an unusually high number- with no exact number given. I am told, the attitude coming from certain asst superintendents of finance and accounting is that exact numbers do not need to be revealed to the rank and file. The School Resource group was disbanded. The School age maternity center was disbanded (CCTA) although it is still listed as functioning on the website, This week should bring some answers.


    • Close them down says:

      Good start EPISD. If enrollment is decreasing then teachers need to be cut, schools need to be closed and less central office staff to be had. Thank you for being better stewards of our tax dollars. Keep it up and now close schools that are under utilized.

      Brutus to your question about number of positions needing to be cut, there is an article on KVIA with a quote saying 50 teachers will be “cut” yet still employeed and in most cases kept on staff at their campuse. So it sounds like 50 were identified as cut but in reality it was zero until actual positions materialize.

      As far as retirements that data will eventually be published in the TAPR report by TEA but it lags a year behind. As previously posted, just do an open records request. Here is the link:


      Brutus last question is what will it mean for new graduates? Seems like that would be a simple answer… if you have more teachers than you need, you will not be hiring as many new teachers. Since most districts in El Paso County are seeing declining enrollment it will not be as easy to find a job locally. As we all know, El Paso has a problem keeping it’s younger people in El Paso so I am sure this will only add to young new teachers moving to where there are jobs.

      Brutus did you get your questions answered?


    • Fed up with Mr. Crock says:

      Class sizes will be horrible. The superintendent shifted blame to all campus leadership “if parents complain, it’s your fault” he stated at the administration training. Here is what Mr. Cabrera, profesional superintendent has added (positions) this past academic school year according to HR website for EPISD. (I promise I am not making up any names as ridiculous as they sound, you can check their job descriptions):

      New Tech Director $85,000.00
      Chief Quality Officer $90,500.00
      Executive Director of Family Empowerment $90,500.00
      Executive Director of 21st century learning and well being $90,500.00
      Executive Director of Innovation $90,500.00
      Executive Director of Community Engagement $90,500.00
      Logistic Coordinator $51,500.00
      Senior Data Analyst $68,950.00
      Communications system coordinator $56,500.00
      A second Assistant Superintendent for Elementary $90,500.00
      Director of Social Emotional Learning $85,000.00
      Assistant general counsel (a third attorney) $85,500.00
      Coordinator of improvement planning $64,410.00
      Coordinator of family outreach $56,500.00
      Manager of contracts and coordination $56,500.00
      Transformation zone design fellow $69,000.00
      Director of active learning $79,100.00
      Director of technology apps $83,620.00
      Director of pilots in innovation $85,000.00
      Administrator of student progress initiatives $74,500.00
      Assistant director of athletic games $68,950.00
      lead coordinator of social emotional learning $74,500.00
      Coordinator of family outreach $56,500.00
      Coordinator of improvement planning $68,950.00
      Facilitator for innovation $64,410.00
      Facilitator for learning $64,410.00
      Women’s school principal (200 kids) $96,500.00
      Partnership development specialist $68,950.00
      Information security officer $83,620.00
      Maintenance part runner $19,000.00
      Remodeling leader $31,000.00
      Turf specialist $38,000.00
      Residence investigator for attendance $34,000.00

      Grand total- $2,312,870.00 (if they all get minimum salary)
      in other words 48 teachers.

      I am glad that my taxes pay for 3 lawyers, several executive directors of nothingness, and even a turf specialist. WOW! I’m sure education is top notch at EPISD, very innovative (SARCASM).


  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand the obsession with tracking each and every teacher job. If the teachers taught our children with the same effort they put forth in their incessant public campaigns against even minor labor adjustments by local school districts our children and community would benefit greatly.

    However, they do not. What public school, “teachers” do is demand ever-increasing wages while they constantly beat the drum that no school can decrease the amount of teachers, even if the school is shrinking. And let us not forget that measuring teacher performance is always a bad thing.

    Public school is a joke, rewarding failure after failure while teachers take advantage of the taxpaying population. People lose their jobs every day and no one here cries about it. You should cry about the property tax rates in this town, the largest of which are school districts, while also delivering the absolute least bang for the buck.


    • Agreed says:

      If EPISD was forthcoming about the real numbers maybe their teachers could calm down.

      Seriously??? If this blog is any indication there is absolutely no way teachers or the participants of this blog would calm down for anything or any reason.


  3. Anonymous says:

    I think the key point is that metrics help taxpayers better understand trends and how the district is being managed. Lack of transparency tells us something as well.


  4. Just do it says:

    Open records request…fairly easy to do Brutus.


  5. The Important Question says:

    How many students and teachers do we need to lose before we can also get rid of Cabrera?


  6. Anonymous says:

    It’s a question of trust and whether the district is capable of managing itself. With the school closure disaster employees were told by the BOM and teacher unions that “no jobs will be lost.” Here we sit with no closures and 50 surplus teachers. What if they had closed the elementaries! How many surplus then?


    • Carol Dunkin says:

      Of course, once they couldn’t close schools this year they looked for other ways to begin to recover cost by increasing secondary class sizes.


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