EPISD agenda trick

EPISD held a special board meeting Monday, June 24, 2019.

From the agenda:

Subject of Meeting
1. Call to Order
2. Meeting to be Closed under Sections 551.071 and 551.072 of the Texas Government Code as follows:
A. Consultation with Legal Counsel Concerning Legal Issues Relating To:
1. Sale of Surplus Properties IFB 19-008 and Contract of Sale Between EPISD and MIMCO, Inc. for the Property Known as NE Tennis Center, Described as a Portion of Tract 5, Block 6, Castner Range Subdivision No 1, City of El Paso, El Paso County, Texas; Pursuant to Texas Government Code Sections 551.071 and 551.072
Closed Session Verbiage
Any final action as a result of this discussion will be taken at the re-opening of this meeting, later during the Open Session or at a subsequent meeting.
3. Discuss and Take Appropriate Action Regarding the Sale of Surplus Properties IFB 19-008 and Contract of Sale Between EPISD and MIMCO, Inc. for the Property Known as NE Tennis Center, Described as a Portion of Tract 5, Block 6, Castner Range Subdivision No 1, City of El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
(To allow the Board to take action if needed)
4. Order Canvassing Returns/Votes and Declaring Results of June 15, 2019, Board of Trustees Runoff Election
(To comply with Texas Election Code Sections 67.002, 67.003, 67.004, and 67.016)
5. Oath of Office to Members of the Board of Trustees
(To administer the Oath of Office to newly elected Trustees in Districts 3 and 6)
6. Election of Board Officers
(To comply with requirements in Board Policy BDAA [Legal and Local])
7. Selection of Delegate and Alternate to 2019 TASA/TASB Conference
(The assembly is the foundation of TASB’s governance structure and provides critical direction as TASB represents members’ interest before state and national policymakers)
8. Adjournment

Notice that they planned to hold a closed meeting and then come out into open session and vote on what to do.

What is really significant is that they scheduled doing this before items 4 and 5 which would recognize new board members.

Evidently the old group did not want the new guys to mess things up.

We deserve better


9 Responses to EPISD agenda trick

  1. Anonymously anonymous says:

    As much as I’d hate to disagree, I must.

    These types of contracts are never simple and can take months of negotiations and may involve multiple executive sessions. The new Trustees would likely not be up to speed on the issues and would have to vote to postpone until they were, thereby jeopardizing the transaction should the buyer terminate.

    Yes, I know… hard to believe.


    • Anonymous says:

      Why does any of this require a closed session? I hope the new board does something to fix JC’s problem with transparency.


      • Anonymous says:

        “Transparency” means NOT lying, denying, deceiving, hiding, covering up, SECRET, CLOSED meetings. Taxpayesr blow-off HALF-MILLION$$$$$ a year on this Cabrera dude for an over paid, undeserved “salary”, bennies. What exactly do we get for that? Money, OUR tax money is no object to him or his “Trustee” school board minions. He, they just increase taxes, TAKE more and more from US. And where does all the money go? Limos, vacations, plane tickets, his bennies. It certainly does not go to Teachers, the EDUCATION of Students. LESS students, closed schools? Where are the savings, where are the TAX CUTS for US?? EPISD. A society of corruption in El Taxo.


    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with everything anonymously anonymous says except for one point: “hard to believe”. Given the lack of transparency any new board member will not be up to speed regardless of how diligently they attended open sessions. So, it isn’t hard to believe at all.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Totally agree


  3. Anonymous says:

    Lie, deny, hide, deceive, waste, tax, spend, tax some more. That’s just what we get from Cabrera and his minions at EPISD. The society of corruption.


  4. Fed Up says:

    The discussion about the sale of OUR property should not have taken place in a closed session. The buyer was already a matter of public record, so what was it about the deal that EPISD wanted to keep private.


  5. Not everything requires a tin foil hat says:

    Why don’t you just call or email your board member and ask them why it is in a closed session? Then publish the answer on the blog here.


  6. anonymous says:

    Good luck. Apparently no crime is taken seriously at EPISD.

    Only 6 months of good behaviour and all charges will be dropped against former Associate Superintendent of the Elementary Division Maria Flores, former Director of the Priority Schools Division assigned to Jefferson High School Vanessa Foreman, former EPISD Associate Superintendent Damon Murphy, former Austin High School Principal John Tanner, and former EPISD Superintendent for Secondary Schools, James Anderson

    Charges to be dropped against former El Paso school administrators involved in cheating scheme



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